SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2006, AT 8 PM
Multiple Grammy-winning bluesman Keb' Mo' brings his soulful storytelling to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, November 4, 2006, commencing the 2006/2007 Songbook Series, a three-concert series featuring intimate performances by some of the foremost talents in contemporary American music.
Aptly titled Keb' Mo': Bring It Home, this performance marks a welcome return to Walt Disney Concert Hall for this South Los Angeles native. Since his last sold-out appearance in 2004, Keb' Mo' was honored with his third Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues album for his revelatory solo-production Keep It Simple. He also recently released his eighth album, Suitcase. Produced by long time collaborator John Porter, Suitcase is a diverse collection of original songs about universal themes - the ups and downs of life and love. Whether performing gritty country blues broadside ballads, lilting odes to love, or folk rags, Keb' Mo's richly resonant vocals, and acoustic and slide guitar mastery, take the listener on a soulful and authentic journey.
This concert is the first of three Songbook Series performances presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. On February 25, 2007 legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach is backed by a vibrant string section, and on May 5, 2007, with her Black Cadillac recording as the roadmap, Rosanne Cash showcases her gift of storytelling as she weaves interpretations of American masters and the Carter-Cash heritage through her own rich song catalog.
Keb' Mo' is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America before evolving into a universally celebrated art form. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles, he adopted his better known stage name when he was a young player who became inspired by the force of this essential African-American legacy. His acclaimed self-titled 1994 debut album introduced that now famous appellation to the world, and his latest album, 2006's Suitcase, brings it to new heights. In 1980, Moore released his own solo LP, Rainmaker and his second album, Keb' Mo', won immediate acclaim. Subsequent albums have demonstrated the depth and breadth of Keb' Mo's artistry and three, Just Like You, Slow Down and Keep It Simple, have been honored with Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 2006, Keb' Mo' was Grammy-nominated for Country Song of the Year for "I Hope," a collaboration with the Dixie Chicks which appears on their new album. Also in '06, Keb' Mo' produced Behind The Levee, the new album from New Orleans-based funk-rock jam band the subdudes and had music featured on the soundtrack for Sony Pictures' RV. Throughout the year, "The Blues," Public Radio International's award-winning, thirteen-hour Keb' Mo'-hosted series (originally created for 'The Year of the Blues' in '03), will air on XM Satellite Radio's Bluesville channel. Previously, Mo' was interviewed and musically spotlighted in the "Feel Like Going Home" installment of Martin Scorsese's celebrated 2003 film series The Blues. Over the years, Keb' Mo' has also continued to be featured as an actor, including his portrayal of Robert Johnson in Can't You Hear The Wind Howl, a docu-drama of the blues legend narrated by Danny Glover and featuring commentary from Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Robert Lockwood, Jr. and other Johnson-influenced music icons. Keb' Mo' is also featured on-camera in the 2006 motion picture event All The King's Men, and, playing himself, sang "America The Beautiful" during the inauguration scene of the moving series finale of the award-winning show The West Wing.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2006 at 8PM
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
KEB' MO': BRING IT HOME
Tickets ($33-$85) are on sale now online at LAPhil.com, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full-time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.
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Adam Crane, 213.972.3034; Lisa Bellamore, 213.972.3689; Photos: 213.972.3034