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Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group.
“My parents had a fantastic record collection and, when I started writing, I gravitated towards what I’d been listening to all my life. I have a huge reverence for the blues and all it encompasses, but I’ve always been fond of R&B and funky music.”
A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston’s famed venue Rockefeller’s. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis’ albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays.
“That one night began my education and I spent a lot of time with Bo over the years listening to him tell so many stories,” said Loomis. “He was so generous and most people don’t know that he was really philanthropic. He played free concerts around his hometown for homeless shelters, schools and anyone that just needed help. He was always giving! That’s another thing that planted the GIVE IT BACK seed in my mind. It’s all coming full circle.”
Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor. Described by Blues Blast Magazine as “a non-stop turbo of power, one minute moving from side to side of the stage, and then taking on his horn player in a head-cutting contest on the apron of the stage the next minute.” Loomis’ energetic, get-in-with–the-crowd antics are infectious. The swaying and clapping are just as he envisioned.
“Being comfortable on stage is something that comes completely natural to me,” he says. “I feel joy when I play music and it literally moves me. It moves my body. I learned long ago that whenever music is coming from you, from deep inside your soul and from the right place, people will feel that on a deeper level and might not even know what’s going on inside of themselves. I enjoy engaging the crowd and feel a show should be an interactive experience.”?
The Civic Centre and Luxfords Restaurant location:
The Civic Centre is located just off the High Street adjacent to the free public Luxford car park.
Heading up the hill (north) turn left off the High Street at NatWest bank and the Civic Centre is straight ahead accessed by steps or a ramp.
Follow the road into the free Luxford public car park (3 hours maximum) or up to the top section where you can park for up to 10 hours.
Use TN22 1AL in your GPS devices.
Uckfield train station is situated at the bottom of the High Street.
On leaving the station turn right and walk up the hill (north).
Turn left off the High Street at NatWest Bank and the Civic Centre is straight ahead accessed by steps or a ramp.
Uckfield bus station is situated at the bottom of the town opposite the Tesco supermarket.
On leaving the bus station cross the road via the pedestrian crossing and turn left and up a short flight of steps to access Tesco car park. The Civic Centre is located to the right of the Tesco store accessed via steps or a ramp.
Alternatively cross the road via the pedestrian crossing and turn right to access the High Street. Proceed up the hill and then turn left off the High Street at NatWest Bank and the Civic Centre is straight ahead accessed by steps or a ramp.
The Civic Centre is normally open at 8.00am to facilitate hirers’ access but closing times vary according to room bookings and events.
The building is open to the public as part of the Wealden Community Toilet Scheme Monday – Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Luxfords Restaurant is open 9.30am – 3.00pm, Monday to Saturday and by arrangement for specific events.
The Civic Centre
Uckfield, East Sussex,
T: 01825 761659
T: 01825 769694
The booking office is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4 pm
The Civic Centre strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support you. We aim to make your visit a memorable experience with every need catered for.
Please call us with any specific requirements
The Civic Centre can be accessed via ramps from the direction of the High Street and from Tesco supermarket. There is an automatic door providing access to the Civic Centre and there are disabled toilet facilities on the ground and first floors. The first floor can be accessed via the customer lift.
There is an induction loop facility in the Weald Hall (where most events are held). Please ask if you require additional assistance when visiting or booking and we will do everything to accommodate you.