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John Hammond plus Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks at The Colonial Theatre

Saturday, April 16 @ 8 p.m.

A double bill sure to please tried-and-true plus new lovers of distinctly American blues and country swing music features two stars who found their starts in the 1960s. Grammy and Blues Award-winning master guitarist John Hammond, who will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame next month, has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (who was discovered while playing in John’s band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and other legendary acts. A tireless performer, he remains one of the world’s premier acoustic blues artists.

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks reveals its founder’s dry-if-warped wit through irrepressible rhythms blending swing, jazz, country, and folk. Having evolved from hippie to hipster, he, too, boasts an awe-inspring list of musical collaborators, including Bette Midler, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Brian Setzer, and Tom Waits. The Washington Post explains it clearly: “On the spectrum of musicians who can play and crack wise, with Jimmy Buffett holding the mainstream end and the late Frank Zappa having nailed down the hipster extreme, Dan Hicks rests firmly in the fun middle ground, accessible and still a bit weird. Thank heavens.”

The Colonial Theatre
Pittsfield, MA

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