Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind
Nominated for two 2018 Blues Music Awards
2015 Grammy Award Winner | Best Blues Album "Step Back" - Johnny Winter
2010 Blues Music Awards Winner | Best Harmonica Player
Jason Ricci first performed at the Blues Festival in 2005
Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players on the internet today Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence. Nick named “Moon Cat” (a street name he once used in Nashville and New Orleans to avoid police detection) Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press. Love him or hate him, through performing, singing, song writing, teaching, harmonica playing and activism in the fields of L.G.B.T., mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young, white, queer, skateboarding, punk rock loving, multiple convicted felony having Moon Cat from Maine is currently changing the world through music and education.
Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Step Back’ (2014), He has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010.
Featured performer at the Rock & Roll hall of fame with Zac Brown & Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015, Jason has worked and/or recorded with Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Peter Karp, Sue Foley, and many others.
YEARS PERFORMED AT THE BEAN: 2005; 2007; 2015