BMA-nominated Nancy Wright leads Fat Tuesday blues party

Tahoe Onstage

Nancy Wright and Buddy Emmer are back in Tahoe onstage tonight at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Threes are wild tonight at Harrah’s Tuesday Night Blues when saxophonist Nancy Wright makes her third Center Stage appearance with the Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

Last month, Wright was nominated for the third consecutive time for a Blues Music Award for Best Horn. The 40th annual Blues Foundation event will be held in Memphis on May 9.

“I am always surprised and humbled,” Wright said. “It’s wonderful to get recognition and know that people are paying attention and liking it.”

In addition to blues, Wright said he plans to play a couple of New Orleans tunes tonight, Fat Tuesday.

Wright appears on Tommy Castro and the Painkillers’ new album, “Killin’ It Live.” She also will soon release her own live album recorded from a show at The Saloon at North Beach, San Francisco.

“Nancy’s definitely got it going on,” Emmer said. “She’s such a pro. She’s just got that vibe.”

The weekly blues show at Harrah’s Center Stage is now in its sixth year. Emmer’s band, which features vocalist Kim Emmer, opens at 8 p.m. The featured artist comes on for a second set at about 9:15 p.m. A third set, which is more an improvisational jam, closes out the night.

Two guest artists will debut this month, Lazarus Col on March 12 and Evan Thomas on March 19. Jeramy Norris returns on March 26.

— Tim Parsons

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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