Very sad to lose my good buddy and awesome drummer, Vernon Jones, last month. He suffered a major heart attack and never fully recovered. We had many fun times playing together in The Vernon Jones Blues Cartel all over NE Ohio. He was the drummer for the legendary bluesman, Robert Lockwood, Jr. for years. Vernon was also a mentor and influenced many young players in the Cleveland blues community. He was responsible for Sam Hooper Group’s first appearance on the Fox 8 TV, Morning Show, promoting his event with activist Laura Cowan to prevent domestic violence and provide support to the victims. Vernon Lamar Jones, will be missed, but his legacy of influence lives on.
This summer has been so exciting with the shows at Tri-C JazzFest, Nighttown, Look About Lodge and more! August is packed with fun shows as well. Hope to see you at the Moreland Roll n Stroll at The Dealership this Saturday 8/4 with Sam Hooper Trio then the same night I’m with Nitebridge for our special Here Come the British rock show at the Music Box.
Sam Hooper Group will also be at these great outdoor events, The Grove Blues Festival in Mayfield Village (8/11) and SPARX City Hop in Playhouse Square (8/17). See the Shows page for more gigs and details.