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Lucky Peterson

Tue, Oct 10 -
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

All purchases are non-refundable/non-exchangeable.
$30.50 Includes a $6.00 Service fee

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes bluesman Lucky Peterson and his band for two nights touring in support of his latest release The Son of A Bluesman. Band members are Lucky Peterson (guitar, vocals, Hammond B3), Tamara Peterson (vocals), Timothy Waites (bass), Raul Valdes (drums), Shawn Kellerman (guitar) and Marvin Hollie (keys). Show times Tues. and Wed. at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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Lucky Peterson is, literally, the son of a bluesman. Born Judge Kenneth Peterson in 1963, Lucky was raised on music in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. His father, James Peterson, was a blues singer and owner of the Governor’s Inn, a northern version of a Deep South "chitlin’ circuit" roadhouse club. Artists like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor played there regularly. Virtually growing up on stage, Lucky began playing almost before he began talking.

So he wrote a song called “The Son of a Bluesman” and named an album after it. The lyrics start off a little corny, describing how the musical genre was basically waiting for him from birth. But one line at the end of the first stanza stands out: “I didn’t choose the blues, the blues chose me”. In other words, he can’t help himself. “The Son of a Bluesman” is one of a handful of songs on the album that follows the tried-and-blue 12-bar blues format. No matter how much Peterson sidesteps that old standby, you can bet anything that he’ll dip right back into it. The Son of a Bluesman‘s title track lays it out all on the table. It’s got urban grit, soulful lead guitar work, a Hammond organ that swallows the empty space and a tale of James Peterson’s death and Lucky’s redemption.

As a child prodigy, Lucky was somewhat of a novelty act. Now he is a true blues veteran. Over the last three decades, Lucky has played to audiences all over the world, dazzling both fans and critics with his multi-instrumental talents (he plays keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and trumpet), his soulful vocal style and his youthful approach to the blues.) Chicago’s Reader raved, "His musicianship is unassailable…a combination of sleek-handed dexterity and imagination…a happy marriage of blues authenticity and foot-pleasing danceability. This is a young musician of unlimited enthusiasm and nearly unlimited potential having the time of his life and excelling at every stop along the way."

By the time Lucky was five, word of this child prodigy had spread among the blues community. Willie Dixon, a friend of James Peterson, heard little Lucky and produced the boy’s first record, a single entitled 1,2,3,4 and a follow-up album for Chicago’s Today Records. The single hit the airwaves with a bang and the national television appearances followed. As Lucky continued to grow, he honed his instrumental


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