The most requested artist in the history of the Vilar Performing Arts Center will make his triumphant return to the theatre on Thursday evening, August 5, at 9 p.m. when legendary Delta bluesman Keb’Mo’ brings his unique meld of old and new musical styles to Beaver Creek.
His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock folk and jazz, in which he is well-versed. In total, it owes as much to contemporary music's singer-songwriter movement, including his longtime friends and collaborators Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, as to the spirit of blues godfather Robert Johnson that dwells in his work.
In 1994 he released his debut album, “Keb' Mo'”, which was his new professional name; an African-American version of his given name that he felt would better reflect his blues orientation. The record earned glowing reviews from such publications as the New York Times, People, and the Houston Chronicle, while critics hailed Mo' as an important new voice with both authentic blues roots and a contemporary sound.
He began opening for stars such as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, and George Clinton. In 1996 Mo' released his second album, Just Like You, which won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album--as did his next release, Slow Down, in 1998.
Mo's music could soon be heard everywhere--on radio; on the television series Touched By an Angel and the CBS drama The Promised Land; on several film soundtracks, including One Fine Day, Tin Cup, and Down in the Delta; and on the concert stage, as Mo' shared star billing with such performers as Bonnie Raitt and Celine Dion.
"When I first heard Delta blues," Mo' told Guitar Player Magazine, "it really grabbed me and became my foundation as a player, but it never occurred to me to shut off other things that make me who I am as a musician."
Tickets for Keb’ Mo’ are priced at $58 and are available HERE, by phone at 888.920.ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek.