Hamilton Loomis

6:30pm Saturday on the Bandshell Stage

Hamilton Loomis was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, by parents who were also musicians. Music ran in his veins, and he played drums, piano, guitar, and harmonica. He performed in his family’s doo-wop group.

A protégé of Bo Diddley, Hamilton met the music icon backstage at Houston’s famed Rockefeller’s when he was 16. Before the night was over, Hamilton was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Bo has appeared on 2 of Hamilton’s cd’s and presented a red guitar to Hamilton, that he still plays.

Photo courtesy Mississippi Valley Blues Society