Canned Heat

Thursday, October 24, 2019 — 8:30 pm

Canned Heat
The Vista Room
2836 Lavista Road Decatur, GA 30033

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Event Description




Coming off a 2-week European tour the Vista Room Atlanta is the 1st stop on the USA leg

Celebrating 50 years since Woodstock & 38 albums to their credit, CANNED HEAT is still going strong, anchored throughout by the steady hand of drummer/band leader Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra and New Orleans legend, Dale Spalding on harmonica, guitar and lead vocals. Chicago great Harvey Mandel recently departed to resume his solo career so John Paulus rejoined the band as lead guitarist with Rick Reed on bass after the recent passing of Larry Taylor.

 Canned Heat rose to fame due to their knowledge and love of music and being blues historians & record collectors. Alan Wilson and Bob Hit took the name “Canned Heat” from a 1928 Tommy Johnson song but also the nickname for Sterno, the ethanol and methanol-based cooking fuel that poor folks drank in order to get high, with often-fatal results. Wilson and Hite didn’t know it at the time, but the lethal origin of their name would prove bitter.

 They were joined by Henry Vestine, another ardent record collector and former member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Rounding out the band in 1967 was Larry Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician exh Jerry Lee Lewis / The Monkees and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums who had played in two of the biggest Latin American bands, Los Sinners and Los Hooligans. They attained 3 worldwide hits, “On The Road Again” in 1968, “Let’s Work Together” in 1970 and “Going Up The Country” in 1969 became global boogie rock anthems with the latter adopted as the unofficial theme for the film Woodstock and its generation.

They secured their niche in rock ‘n roll history performing Monterey Pop in 67l (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who) and the headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. The band can boast of collaborations with John Mayall and Little Richard and later with blues icon, John Lee Hooker, the musician that they initially got much of their musical inspiration from in the first place. This union produced the spirited and revered album, “Hooker ‘n Heat.”


They are credited with bringing a number of forgotten bluesmen to the forefront including Sunnyland Slim, found driving a Chicago Cab, Skip James, found in a hospital in Tunica, Miss and took him to the Newport Festival, Memphis Slim and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown with whom they recorded in France and Albert Collins.

Sep 3rd, 1970, the band was shattered by the suicide of Alan Wilson. His death sparked reconstruction within the group and member changes have continued throughout the decades. On April 5th, 1981, at the Palamino in Los Angeles, gargantuan vocalist, Bob Hite, collapsed and died of a heart attack and on October 20th, 1997, Henry Vestine died in Paris, France following the final gig of an Eu tour. In 2008, singer/harmonica frontman Robert Lucas passed away from a drug overdose.

Despite untimely deaths and musical trends, Canned Heat has survived well-performing at world-renowned venues like Paris’ Olympia, both Fillmores, The Kaleidoscope, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and even Royal Albert Hall. They have played more biker festivals and charity events than any other band in the world. They and/or their music have been featured on many TV sessions and movies and numerous

Fito’s new 2019 book, “LIVING THE BLUES,” tells the complete and outrageous Canned Heat story of “Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival” along with over 100 captivating pictures from their past and is available AT THE SHOW ! and popular book outlets.




There are no bad views of our stage at The Vista, even if you are standing!  Often these are the best tickets if you want to be up close and personal with your favorite artist.  Be aware that holders of Standing Room -  Main Floor tickets have not purchased a seat and are not guaranteed a seat. This means that for sold out shows, holders of these tickets will likely be standing. If you want to assure the exclusivity and comfort of a reserved table at a show that is likely to sell out, we recommend purchasing a Reserved Table. 


Don’t like standing or bumping elbows, or maybe you want to take the worry out of fighting traffic to be early to get a table? Exclusivity may be for you! Reserved Table tickets provide ticket holders the option to have a table saved for you. When the doors open to our venue, your reserved table will be waiting for you. Please note, Reserved Table tickets must be purchased in groups of 4 or 6, as there are 4 or 6 seats per table. 



You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

NAPOLEON'S at The Vista Room – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine next-door in  Napoleon’s before your concert. Napoleon’s features a mix of Classics and house specialties including Healthy Bowls (Vegan and Vegetarian-friendly), Featured entrées, Tacos, and Sandwiches.  Please allow 90 minutes to dine before the beginning of the show.

THE VISTA ROOM  – Our “SHOW MENU” is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat.  So, there is no additional reservation required. The kitchen will be open through intermission. Tableside beverage service will continue throughout the performance.


Please call us at 404-321-5000 for any questions before the show.