Q: Do you know the format of the night?
A: "The best thing I can do is to describe the nature of what we'll do. We'll play some traditional boogie woogie, blues of the swing variety or jazzy blues, and New Orleans rhythm and blues material. It's rhythm music. It's a whole lot of fun. It's meant to move you."
Q: You mentioned you played Groovin’ on the Green last year. Have you played there before?
A: "No, last year was the first time."
Q: What was your experience like, and what are you looking forward to this year?
A: "The space is wonderful, and there's plenty of room for people to gather. It was really great. I saw a lot of familiar faces, and met a lot of nice folks. It was a warmhearted event. We had fun. There was a little rain while we were setting up, so we wondered if people would come out, but they did. It was nice."
Q: Why would you encourage your friends and fans to come out on Thursday?
A: "It's a concert setting. It's not like coming to a club where there are all kinds of distractions and things. It's special."
Q: You’ve received a lot of awards and accolades. Is there one that is especially meaningful to you? And, why?
A: "At the Cincy Blues Fest, which happens every year, there is a piano stage, the Arches Boogie Piano Stage. The folks that put that on have established an International Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame, and in 2013, I was inducted into this hall of fame. That meant the world to me. Boogie woogie is a world I didn't grow up in, and I heard it and fell in love with it."
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How to go
What: Groovin’ on the Green featuring Ricky Nye with special guest Lil’ Red & The Rooster
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22. (The series runs on Thursdays throughout the summer.)
Where: Village Green Park, Fairfield
More info: www.Fairfield-City.org/Green