Tab Benoit

September 20, 2014 · Doors open at 19:00

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Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands.

In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards). In 2006, he received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana’s LeRoux. LeRoux joined Benoit on Power of the Pontchartrain in 2007 and the live Night Train to Nashville in 2008.

Medicine is more than another strong entry in Benoit’s increasingly impressive discography it’s one of his most defining albums. ‘Magic happens when you least expect it,’ says Benoit. ‘Most of the stuff here was played live ~ these are mostly first takes. When it came down to playing, we weren’t trying to structure things. We were open to the moment.’

Chase Walker Band

The Chase Walker Band is passionately reinventing roots music into modern vinyl-worthy classics with a vibrant flare. Heads turn and do a double-take when the Chase Walker Band unleashes their sound in a live performance. These teens, Chase Walker (lead guitar/vocals), Randon Davitt (bass guitar/vocals) and Matthew Fyke (drums), explode with talent, maturity and soul far beyond their years. Their sound is raw and real. No faking it here. Hailing from Southern California, ages fifteen to sixteen, they take you back to a nostalgic feeling of 70’s Blues with a modern groove. After Chase and Matt met at a blues camp, Chase’s school mate, Randon, came on board to solidify the power trio in October 2012. While they draw inspirations from masters such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Little Walter, and 60’s blues-rock groups such as Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsies, The Band—they are reinventing vintage vibes into their own brand of contemporary Blues filled with haunting atmosphere, passion and venom. Their deep soul and talent juxtaposed with their young age create a jaw-dropping reaction from audiences while they try to reconcile the seeming incongruence. They are young kids…yet they play like seasoned pros. Time and again, eyes grow wide with disbelief. The confidence and precision in the band’s musicianship make believers out of the most discerning music lover.

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