Hector Anchondo at The Gathering Place

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Hector Anchondo (second from left) and his band will appear at The Gathering Place on Saturday January 20th.
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(7th in a series on the 2018 Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival)

Popular blues artist Hector Anchondo returns to the Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival this year. Hector doesn’t just play the blues— he lives and breathes the blues. At 16-years old, the budding musician picked up his first guitar and never looked back, beginning an instant love affair with the instrument, especially Fenders.

Born in Omaha, but raised seven miles outside of Salem, Missouri, Anchondo was able to take advantage of the tranquil farm life and learn guitar at a steady pace. He was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocasters like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr.

As he got older, his propensity for music only intensified. After playing countless shows at family gatherings and hole-in-the-wall dive bars, Anchondo made the move back to Omaha, Nebraska in 2000. His first official recording, ‘Rookies of the Year’, was with his first band, Anchondo, and featured more energetic, Latin-influenced grooves. Recorded by the infamous A.J. Mogis of Presto! Studios (and later Saddle Creek Records), the album funded any touring for the next few years. With a home base in Omaha, it made traveling much easier.

Hector Anchondo and his band will be playing twice at The Gathering Place, 207 West Main Street, on Saturday, January 20th. First, hey will be leading this year’s Jam Session, from 1 - 5 p.m., and they’ll return to The Gathering Place a few hours later to perform at Saturday’s Pub Crawl, from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

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