Eric Bibb and Raul Midón -
Tue, Sep 9 -
Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
91.3 KBCS and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcome acoustic blues and multi-award winning singer/songwriter Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne (fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) and Raul Midón - solo for two nights. Show times at 7:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday, doors open at 5:30pm.
With the release of his new inspirational CD, Jericho Road, Eric Bibb has completed an ambitious project that has been several years in the making. The American-born Bibb, who lives in Finland and who tours around the world, has further expanded his blues/roots palette to include even more exciting world music flavors. Working with his long-time friend, producer Glen Scott, the songs on the new album focus on the harsh realities of today's conflict-ridden world and the universal quest for freedom and peace. Bibb explains: "The title refers to the road between Jerusalem and Jericho where the Good Samaritan stopped to help a stranger in need after better-off religious leaders had passed by and done nothing. Over the course of many album releases over the years Bibb has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards in several categories. In addition to the Grammy-nominated Shakin' a Tailfeather children's album (with Taj Mahal and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir), other noted albums included Friends, which featured Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis and Mahal as special guests. Two collaborations with his father (who lives in Vancouver) were A Family Affair and Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson, which Stony Plain released in 2006. More recent was his 2010 Booker's Guitar, a tribute to blues pioneer Bukka White, on which he played White's steel-bodied National guitar.
Raul Midón’s newest release, Don’t Hesitate (Sept 2014), is a musical and personal milestone for the soulful and virtuosic multi-instrumentalist. The album features a song called “Mi Amigo Cubano,” which he co-wrote with Bill Withers, as well as duets with Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright. A smoothly expressive singer, an emotionally insightful songwriter, and an innovative acoustic guitarist, Midón maintains an expansive musical vision that has led People Magazine to call him “an eclectic adventurist.” The 14-song album finds his infectious, personally-charged songcraft as sharp and soulful as ever, manifesting an organic blend of R&B, jazz, and Latin elements. He has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released eight albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."
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