The Royal Oak Music Theatre is better known for presenting rock acts, but this Friday the venue will host “An Evening of the Blues” featuring Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite.
Their new CD, “Get Up!”, is their first collaboration together.
Harper, a two-time Grammy winner, wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on the CD, released on the legendary Stax label. Harper, 43, is known for playing a mix of rock, blues, folk, and reggae music. He has an obvious reverence for old-time blues and gospel. In 2004, he recorded an album, "There Will Be a Light" (Virgin), with the legendary gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama.
Harmonica virtuoso Musselwhite, 69, is a six-time Grammy winner. The Mississippi native is a member of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame.
A longtime friend of the late John Lee Hooker, Musselwhite has recorded with artists such as Bonnie Raitt and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
You may remember him as the harp player in the fictitious band The Louisiana Gator Boys in the film “Blues Brothers 2000.” That band, headed by B.B. King, also included Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, Koko Taylor, and many, many other blues greats.
General admission tickets to the all-ages show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre are $49.50. For information, click royaloakmusictheatre.com.
Popa Chubby, Johnny Winter at Cally’s
Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills has several standout blues shows planned.
Popa Chubby performs this Saturday, March 2. Johnny Winter returns March 7 with Funky D Records artists Horse Cave Trio opening.
You wont want to miss the “Blues Summit East vs. West” featuring two of Southeast Michigan’s greatest guitarists, Jim McCarty and George Bedard, on March 9. McCarty, with his band Mystery Train, and Bedard, with The Kingpins, will each play a long set with their respective bands. Then, the two guitar masters will jam on a third set together.
For info, click atcallahans.com.
The Attic Dwellers Acoustic Club is a loose affiliation of acoustic blues loving performers and fans that get together once a month to enjoy the music.
The next session is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at Paycheck’s Lounge in Hamtramck.
There are no dues, just a circle jam for seasoned and beginner musicians, as well as fans.
Wolfgang Spider reports that among the jammers at February’s jam were standout harmonica player Larry Everhart and first-time visitor Danny Kroha, who showed off his skills on guitar and kazoo.
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