Rock the Stream
San Francisco native, Tommy Odetto first got the musical bug as a little boy when he was introduced to the music of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Beatles. As Tommy approached his teens, he discovered guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Deeply inspired, he picked up the guitar and never looked back. Odetto was a semi-finalist for Guitar Center’s King of the Blues and was also featured in Guitar Player magazine as an Artist-Watch. He made two stints with Bay Area bands and served as a guitarist for Big Brother and the Holding Company, in 2016 he decided to step to the front of the stage to pursue his dream of being a front-man.
Since that time Tommy has been fortunate to perform his rock and blues at major festivals like Bottlerock Napa Valley and the Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Rally; and has opened for bands like Marshall Tucker Band, Chevy Metal, Uriah Heep, Ace Frehley, and Robin Trower to name a few. Last summer, Tommy opened for Cheap Trick, was tapped to open 2 nights with Foreigner and toured for 7 dates with British Blues Legend John Mayall. A few of Odetto's greatest honors include being asked to join Dave Grohl on stage; playing in front of his home-town crowd with Rick Nielsen, and recording at Studio 606, home of the Foo Fighters.
A frequent visitor and performer in the Midwest; Odetto recently decided to give it a try full time. Now that he can call Milwaukee home, he is thrilled to be getting back on stage after the endless shutdown of 2020.
August 6, 2020 @ 7pm CDT
Guitars for Vets
HELPING VETERANS COPE WITH PTSD THROUGH MUSIC.
Nearly one million of our Military Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle. But many are finding hope in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music therapy helps soldiers cope. That’s why we provide Veterans with guitars and a forum to learn how to play.