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Published: 2010/10/27
by Abigail Bull

Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts

Big Head Todd

A momentous tour to celebrate what would be the 100th birthday of arguably the most legendary delta blues musician—Robert Johnson—is set to unfold with the New Year. The tour will coincide with a studio recording crafted through collaborations between artists in the likes of Big Head Todd & The Monsters, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm.

Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis will play home to the musicians honoring Johnson this fall, as they lay down the collaborative tracks inspired by the man who sold his soul to the devil in order to play the blues. The inclusion of Edwards in this special occasion creates a direct connection to Johnson:he was an attendee at the blues master’s final live performance.

Co-produced by Ron Hausfeld and Ted Kurland Associates’ Jack Randall, The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts will kick off on January 28 at San Francisco’s oRegency Ballroom. Additional dates are set to be added soon.

January 28 San Francisco, CA—Regency Ballroom
January 29 Costa Mesa, CA—Orange County Performing Arts Center
January 30 San Diego, CA—(2 shows) Anthology
January 31 Santa Barbara, CA—Campbell Hall / UCSB
February 1—TBA
February 10 Ann Arbor, MI—Hill Auditorium / U of M
February 11 Chicago, IL—Orchestra Hall
February 12 Kansas City, MO—Uptown Theatre
February 13 Meridian, MS—Riley Center / MSU
February 16 Chapel Hill, NC—Memorial Hall / UNC Chapel Hill
February 17 Washington, DC—Strathmore Performing Arts Center
February 18 Boston, MA—Berklee School of Music
February 24 Ridgefield, CT—The Playhouse
February 25 Princeton, NJ—McCarter Theatre
February 26 Blue Bell, PA—Montgomery County Community College
February 27 New Bedford, MA—Zeiterion Theater
March 4 Milwaukee, WI—Potowatomi Casino
March 5 Omaha, NE—Holland Performing Arts Center
March 6 Minneapolis, MN—Orchestra Hall
March 7—TBA
March 8 Urbana, IL—Krannert Center – Tyrone Festival Theatre

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