September 7, 2017
Texas Flood returns to Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs on Sept. 23
WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. — SEVEN Bar goes on a journey through the blues on Sept. 23, as Tommy Katona returns with the premier Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute act in the nation, Texas Flood.
The show is free to the public inside Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs. Katona will start rocking at 8 p.m.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was known as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, helping to inspire the revival of the blues in the 1980s. Katona, on guitar and vocals, and his band pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and other legends. The artist also highlights the future of the blues with their in-your-face music and raw, high-energy style.
Katona’s father, Katona Sr., was a well-known blues guitarist in Pecs, Hungary. At the early age of 4, he was watching one of his father’s videos of the Texas legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan quickly became one of his greatest musical influences. At age 9, Katona started playing in his father’s band and was regarded as a child prodigy.
His infatuation with playing blues continued to develop, and in the mid-90s he had numerous successful shows as well as TV and radio performances in Hungary. These included opening for the Rolling Stones, playing with Memphis blues legend EB Davis, and sharing a stage with Muddy Water’s son, Big Bill Morganfield, and the great Chicago harmonica player Sugar Blue.
While Katona had made it big in Hungary, his dream was to go to Texas to play the blues, just like his idol Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 2006, he traveled to Texas to attend the Stevie Ray Vaughan fan club tour and the SRV Ride and Concert in Dallas. There he played with local Texas greats, such as Wes Jeans, Texas Slim, Jim Suhler, Cheryl Arena and Alan Haynes.
After the tour, he returned to Hungary, where he recorded and released his first original album in 2006, “Let Your Fingers Bleed.” Katona and his band toured the spring and summer of 2007, playing the Puista Blues Festival in Finland and opening for the great Johnny Winter and Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers. After the summer tour, the musician was ready to venture to Texas.
Katona landed in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2007, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday. He quickly submersed himself in the business. Since that fateful day, Katona has brought Vaughan’s lyrics to life, touring across the nation as Texas Flood.
For more information on Texas Flood, visit www.texasflood.net.
Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs is located off U.S. Highway 412 and State Highway 59 in West Siloam Springs. For more information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com or call (800) 754-4111. All guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.