Second Annual Little Charlie Baty Celebration Concert

The Sacramento Blues Society (SBS) is pleased to make this an annual concert fundraiser for The Sacramento Blues Society Little Charlie Baty Memorial Music Scholarship.

Sacramento's own legendary Rick Estrin and the Nightcats travel the world, spreading the joy and power of their music. So in 2023, you only will get to see them maybe two times in Sacramento if you are lucky. In 2023, they are nominated for Band Of The Year, Drummer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year from The Blues Foundation. This is an amazing honor!

Says the band: “Being a part of this band is such a great experience both on and off of the stage. If you look up ”team work” in the dictionary, you’ll see Rick Estrin and The Nightcats listed as an example. We’d also like to congratulate everyone who received a nomination, we are all part of this great family. Thanks to the Blues Foundation for all the great work you continue to do. Visit to cast your votes! We are beyond humbled by this honor and we look forward to seeing you out there somewhere soon.”

“Hugely entertaining, intelligently conceived and executed roots rock with a wickedly cool and otherworldly twist on tradition. Estrin’s harp work is masterful.” –Living Blues

“Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter.” —DownBeat

A portion of the net proceeds this night will be donated to SBS’ newly created Little Charlie Baty Memorial Music Scholarship. The endowment honors Charles “Little Charlie” Baty, master guitarist, and fearless blues musician. This scholarship also honors Charlie Baty’s commitment to the “Blues in Schools program,” and supports the Sacramento Blues Society’s commitment to continuing the education and preservation of Blues music. It will support students in the School of Music within the College of Arts and Letters, California State University, Sacramento, California. More info and ways to donate here.