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The Bardavon Presents The Keb' Mo' Band
Three-Time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist
Poughkeepsie's Bardavon presents the Keb' Mo' Band on Sunday, October 21 at 7pm at the Bardavon Opera House.
The music of Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo' is a living link to the seminal Delta blues tradition that traveled up the Mississippi River. His new album The Reflection captures his musical spirit and virtuosity in a masterful blending of blues, jazz, R&B and soul.
The Reflection is the first new studio album by Keb' Mo' since Suitcase in 2006. These twelve songs are the product of an important period of personal and professional growth for the artist formerly known as Kevin Moore. In that time, he started a new family; moved from Los Angeles to Nashville; built a state-of-the-art home studio, and founded his own label Yolabelle International, distributed by Ryko and the Warner Music Group.
Keb' Mo' is a three-time Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and a key figure in the acclaimed 2003 PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. But The Reflection is not, in essence, a blues album. In sound and spirit, it's closer to the work of African-American "folk soul" singer/songwriters like Bill Withers, Bobby Womack, and Terry Callier.
Indeed, tracks like "My Shadow" and "Crush On You" would have fit neatly into Urban radio's "Quiet Storm" format at almost any time in the past 25 years. The Reflection brings together all of this singular artist's diverse influences-disco R&B, American folk and gospel, rock, blues, and more-in a sound that is truly and uniquely his own.
Through all the changes of the past several years, Keb' Mo' found time to play a couple of hundred shows on several continents. He composed and recorded music for the acclaimed TNT series Memphis Beat starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodward. And he wrote some of the best songs of his career for The Reflection-material strong enough to attract such notable guests as country music superstar Vince Gill ("My Baby's Tellin' Lies"), nouveau-soul chanteuse India. Arie ("Crush On You"), saxophonist Dave Koz ("One Of These Nights"), and veteran session guitarist David T. Walker ("All The Way," "The Reflection," "The Whole Enchilada").
Tickets are $64 to see the show in the Golden Circle; or $49 reserved seating and are available at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie 845-473-2072 or the UPAC Box Office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, 845-339-6088 or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com .
The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters; the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1505-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston-and the region's premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues and stages outdoor events. The Bardavon restores and preserves its historic theaters for today's audiences and future generations to enjoy. Visit www.bardavon.org