Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shuggie Otis Summer 2015 Tour

Shuggie Otis

Rhythm & Blues legend Shuggie Otis came out of retirement – or a really long hiatus, depending on how you look at it – a couple of years ago to perform his first live dates in years. The critically-acclaimed artist shook off the ring rust and managed to lay the smackdown on audiences with an exciting live show that included new takes on classic Otis songs like “Inspiration Information,” “Shuggie’s Boogie,” and “Strawberry Letter 23.” A brief 2014 tour led to Otis’s first concert album, Live In Williamsburg, which was released last year on CD, vinyl, and DVD.

Otis will hit the road again in July for a coast-to-coast barnstorming tour across North America. To give you an idea of the kind of show to expect, I wrote in my review of Live In Williamsburg for The Blues magazine (U.K.) that “Otis’s vocals and guitar playing show little or no rust here, displaying the same livewire electricity as his groundbreaking 1970s work, albeit tempered with experience and wisdom.” Shuggie possesses a unique musical voice and blues-based guitar style that incorporates elements of funk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll unlike any artist before or since.

Shuggie Otis Live In Williamsburg
Shuggie Otis is the son of West Coast R&B legend Johnny and a true musical prodigy that learned not only from his father but also by performing and recording alongside legendary talents like Al Kooper, Etta James, Frank Zappa, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Otis recorded his first album at age sixteen and largely retired from the business by age 30 with a handful of classic recordings to his name. The 2013 reissue of Otis’s landmark 1974 album Inspiration Information (which included Wings of Love, a bonus disc of unreleased recordings) led to renewed interest in the skilled singer, songwriter, and guitarist and, subsequently, to last year’s tour. If you’ve never seen Otis perform – and chances are that you haven’t – you’re going to want to catch one of the below-listed shows. You can thank me later... 

Shuggie Otis Tour Dates

07/05 @ City Winery, Napa CA 
07/10 @ Continental Club, Houston TX
07/11 @ Continental Club, Austin TX
07/12 @ DADA Club, Dallas TX
07/15 @ Rev Room, Little Rock AR
07/16 @ City Winery, Nashville TN
07/17 @ City Winery, Chicago IL
07/19 @ Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa CAN
07/20 @ Lee's Palace, Toronto CAN 
07/22 @ The Sinclair, Boston MA
07/23 @ Iron Horse, North Hampton MA
07/24 @ Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY
07/25 @ B.B. King Blues Club, New York NY 
07/26 @ The Egg, Albany NY
07/30 @ Ardmore Music Hall, Lancaster PA
07/31 @ Howard Theater, Washington DC
08/01 @ Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh NC
08/03 @ Georgia Terminal West, Atlanta GA
08/06 @ Vinyl, Pensacola FL


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