Funky Blues Finale and Dance Party with James Cotton

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XPN presents this free concert event, capping off its super-cool Mississippi Blues Project, a yearlong dive into the music of the Delta. The festivities kick off with popular host David Dye spinning Funky Friday, his weekly foray into the realm of boogie, until 7 p.m. From there, Blues & Beyond host Jonny Meister gets the atmosphere started by pumping out the blues jams. Finally, at 8:30 p.m., comes a live performance from none other than legendary harmonica player James Cotton.

A student of Sonny Boy Williamson, Cotton got his real start in 1954 when he replaced Junior Wells as Muddy Waters’ harp ace, an integral role that he filled with power and precision for a dozen years. Not one to play sidekick forever, he eventually released his debut album for Verve Records in 1967. The 1970s saw Cotton’s peak as a bandleader, becoming known to the world as a bouncy, sweaty, whirling bluesman, not only wailing on the harmonica with his signature style, but utilizing his roaring vocals as well.

Due to throat problems, Cotton cannot sing like he used too, but he’s still an absolute powerhouse behind the instruments. And his vocal issues haven’t appeared to slow his recorded output at all, seeing as how his latest effort, Cotton Mouth Man, was released less than four months ago at the tender age of 77. / ANTHONY TRIVELLI

5pm. Free, but RSVP required. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. xpn.org
 

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WHEN
Friday, September 06, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
5pm. Free.

WHERE
TLA , 334 South St, Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/06/2013. .

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