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Thursday, May 14, 2009

One-Man History of the Blues Coming to Town

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 2:08 PM


Spencer Bohren will be coming to town on June 10 with his "Down the Dirt Road Blues" show, in which the New Orleans musician deconstructs a blues song era by era.

Part history lesson, part concert, Bohren takes one blues song, "Down the Dirt Road Blues," and plays it 10 different ways, as he charts the evolution of the music through the years.

That means you'll hear the song as a front-porch acoustic number, a Delta blues riff, a jug-band song, a Chicago-blues scorcher and a rock tune. Best of all, Bohren plays the song on era-specific instruments, like the banjo and electric guitar.

If you ever wondered what the difference is between Delta and Chicago blues, or how Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters spin the blues to their region and style, Bohren will probably fill you in with his scholarly program.

It takes place at 8 p.m. on June 10 at the Historic GAR Hall & Museum (at the corner of Riverview Rd. and Main St.) in Penninsula. Tickets are $7 and $10; if you have a student ID, you'll get in free. You can find more info here. —Michael Gallucci

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