Elvin Bishop – DANCE CONCERT

The Center for the Arts presents
Friday, November 29, 8:00PM
$25 members, $28 non-member

DANCE CONCERT
Limited theater seating – plenty of room to DANCE!


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
FOLLOWING HIS SOLD-OUT SHOW LAST YEAR


“careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit.” - Rolling Stone

Elvin has become one of the most respected and beloved artists to come out of the 60′s blues-rock explosion… – All About Jazz

“Bishop is a good-hearted soul whose life mission is to entertain to the best of his ability.” – Downbeat

Elvin Bishop has been travelling the Blues road longer than most, and he’s got the stories to prove it.  Stops along the way include his work as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60s, recordings with legends such as Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker, and The Allman Brothers, and Pop success with his own 1976 smash hit Fooled Around and Fell In Love. Bishop’s long and varied career has included plenty of side trips along the way as well, from deep down gutbucket Blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to good time Rock & Roll on concert stages and festivals around the world. And at every stage along the way, he’s instilled all of his music with passion, creativity, and a healthy helping of wisdom, wit, and good humor.

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bishop’s earliest exposure to music came from the family’s radio, where in between How Much Is That Doggy In The Window and Your Cheatin’ Heart, young Elvin could sometimes catch classic records of Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Once he’d got his feet wet, there was no turning back. He quickly acquired his first guitar and on his own began working out the basic outlines of the Blues, R&B and Rock & Roll that had captured his soul.
By the time he was preparing for college in the late 1950s, Bishop had earned a National Merit Scholarship that alloweed him to go to almost any school he chose – and the only choice on Elvin’s mind was the prestigious University of Chicago, which just happened to be located on Chicago’s South Side, ground zero for much of the urban Blues Elvin had so far been studying only from a distance. He arrived in Chicago in 1959, and before long crossed paths with a fellow student Paul Butterfield. Together, they explored the taverns and Blues joints in the black neighborhoods surrounding the university campus at a time when Blues giants like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Howlin’ Wolf could be found playing in corner bars for a $2 cover charge just about any night of the week.

 By 1963, Bishop and Butterfield were ready to graduate – not from the university, but from their apprenticeship under Chicago’s Blues veterans. They made their first recordings that year, doing a session with veterans Billy Boy Arnold and James Cotton. That same year, they recruited Howlin’ Wolf’s former rhythm section of Sam Lay on drums and Jerome Arnold on bass, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was born. In 1965, after adding Mike Bloomfield and Mark Naftalin to the lineup, their revolutionary debut LP was released, opening the door for virtually all the young white Blues bands that followed. Bishop remained in the fold for three albums with the Butterfield band, including their innovative East-West release (on which Bishop and Bloomfield’s intertwining guitars helped set the stage for the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, among many others who followed), before getting the itch to move on and venturing out on his own. Elvin released several well-received albums in the early 70s, before experiencing his biggest Pop success, the gold-record earning national hit Fooled Around and Fell In Love from his 1976 LP Struttin’ My Stuff.

Road work kept Elvin busy through the 80s, and as time went by his journey led him back to the Blues that were at the root of all his musical endeavors. And that fertile territory has been his focus ever since.
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