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In concert: Corey Harris' new shade of 'the blues'

Singer, songwriter, and winner of
Singer, songwriter, and winner of '07 'genius award' for his innovative approach to the blues, Corey Harris performs, Saturday, at San Juan Community Theatre.
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He has toured, recorded and performed with some of the top names in the business such as BB King, Taj Mahal, and the Dave Matthews Band, to name a few. At the same time, he’s carved out his own niche in blues.

Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Corey Harris shares his unique musicianship Saturday, Nov. 9, at San Juan Community Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Earlier that day, at 2 p.m., Harris will share his knowledge of the blues in a free presentation on the Whittier stage, entitled “The Evolution of the Blues”.

Harris began his career as a New Orleans street singer, traveling throughout the southern states. In his early twenties, he lived in West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many traditional blue songs while creating his own vision of the blues, influenced by reggae, soul, rock and West African music. As a songwriter, he has kept one foot in tradition and the other in experimentation.

In 2007, Harris was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship—commonly referred to as a “genius award”—and proclaimed an artist who “forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism.”

Tickets: $25 adults, $12 student reserved, $5 RUSH. Info, 378-3210, www.sjctheatre.org.

 

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