[Up-and-coming star Jamiah Rogers will appear June 15.]
Eric Schelkopf: Is this the first time you've played at Blues on the Fox? What do you think it is going to be like playing with people like the legendary Taj Mahal?
Jamiah Rogers: Yes, it is. All you know is that it's going to be a very good time. I've been around some big names before, but to be on the same stage playing with them, it's a great feeling.
Schelkopf: Speaking of big names, you've been on stage with Buddy Guy, right?
Rogers: Yes. He tends to sneak up on me on some of my performances. He's a cool dude.
Schelkopf: I know your dad, Tony Rogers, plays bass guitar in your band. What's it like to have your dad be part of your band?
Rogers: Well, you know, he's my manager, too. He's actually the first person who started me out on guitar. So for him to be my bass player, that's just twice as fun, when we can interact on stage and share the same musical vibe.
Schelkopf: You started playing drums when you were 3 years old and then your dad decided you should play guitar. What did you think about that at the time? Did you think that was a good idea to change from playing drums to playing guitar?
Rogers: My dad is a multi-instrumentalist too. He plays guitar, bass, drums and piano. When I was growing up, I was messing around with that stuff too. We had the whole rehearsal set up in our basement. So that was my playground.