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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. Photo: Courtesy
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. Photo: Courtesy

By Evan Da Silva

As part of their tour to celebrate the release of their newest album You Asked For It…Live!, Sacramento-based Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will be preforming at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano Wednesday, June 24 with doors opening at 6 p.m. Estrin, who handles harmonica and vocals, is accompanied by Chris “Kid” Andersen on guitar, J. Hansen on vocals and standing drums, and organ, piano and bass, courtesy of Lorenzo Farrell.

“I played the Coach House once as part of a harmonica player revue, but never with our regular Nightcat line-up,” Estrin said. “We wanted to play the Coach House ever since because it’s such a great room with all kinds of cool history. I can’t wait to get in there with the regular band.”

For over 30 years, while producing nine albums and being nominated four times for Band of the Year by the Blues Music Awards, Rick Estrin fronted Little Charlie & The Nightcats. After Charlie Baty’s retirement in 2008, Estrin brought Andersen aboard to fill the guitar void and renamed the band. Staying with Alligator Records, their original label, the group released their debut album Twisted in 2009, followed by One Wrong Turn in 2012.

The four have received universal critical acclaim praising them for their energetic and engaging live performances, as well as a musical style unique to the rock and blues genres. In 2013, Estrin himself was awarded Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica by the Blues Music Awards.

The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are $20 and dinner reservations with priority seating are also available. For tickets or more information call 949.496.8930 or log on to

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