He's been described as "a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America." That's an intriguing attribution for a musician, calling to mind all sorts of musical associations, from folk/roots to jazz and rock. And he is all this: Keb' Mo' is known for his post-modern blues style, influenced by many eras and genres.
Ordinarily, this would be a concert a Mauian might encounter only on the Mainland, but the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) will present this three-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician to the stage of Castle Theater for a solo acoustic performance on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Keb' Mo's genre-blending artfulness, intuitive lyrics, unique guitar style, distinctive voice, and magnetic charisma on stage have won him a tremendously loyal fan base. He has been making critically acclaimed albums since 1994, when he released the self-titled debut album that made the music world take notice. His second release, "Just Like You," which celebrates the healing, almost joyful aspects of the blues (as contraindicative as that may seem), won the first of his three Grammy Awards. His third release was "Suitcase" in 2006, and the latest album, "The Reflection," is a journey deep into life and an even greater expansion of his musical body of work.
Keb’ Mo’ is known for his post-modern blues style, influenced by many eras and genres.
Though it seems that Keb' Mo' flies just under the radar of big name recognition, during his vibrant 18-year career, he has been recognized with a vast number of honors, awards and nominations, including Grammys, BMI awards, and numerous W.C. Handy Blues Awards.
He has composed theme songs for television theme songs, and acts occasionally, appearing in "Touched By An Angel," "The West Wing," "The Martha Stewart Show," CBS's "Mike and Molly" and "Sesame Street." On film, he acted alongside Danny Glover in "Honeydripper." Keb' Mo' was recently part of two PBS specials: "Live at Infinity Hall" and "Red, White and Blues, In Performance" at The White House.
Look on The MACC's Web events calendar (MauiArts.org, "SHOWS" tab) for video and music clips, or visit Keb' Mo's site at www.kebmo.com.
Once you take a listen, you will not want to miss the opportunity to hear this "musician's musician" for yourself!
Tickets are still available at The MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469), or get online at mauiarts.org.