October 21: John Lee Hooker, Jr @ Mt. Tabor Theater | 21st Century Blues Man

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Blues Ain't Nothing But a Pimp
John Lee Hooker, Jr.

John Lee Hooker, Jr
Mt. Tabor Theater
Doors open at 9pm for patrons 21+.
Tickets are $12 in advance through TicketsWest and $15 at the door.

Grammy-nominated, world-renowned blues man and son of a legend, John Lee Hooker, Jr. will take the stage at Mt. Tabor Theater October 21. Live in Istanbul, Turkey, his new album released in May on his own Steppin' Stone Records, explodes with fiery intensity as Hooker sets the audience on fire at the Efes Pilsen Blues Festival, proving that the blues are indeed an international language understood around the world.

John Lee Hooker Jr. was born in Detroit “Motor” City with Delta blues-filled blood running through his Motown veins. As the son of the great John Lee Hooker, he was exposed to the life of the blues from a young age. At only eight years old Jr. performed on Detroit's WJBK radio and knew from that moment that he wanted to follow the path of his father and become a world-class musician. Touring alongside Hooker, Sr. throughout his teens, Jr. had already performed in prestigious venues such as Detroit's Fox Theatre with acclaimed musicians like Jimmy Reed by the time he was 16. In 1972, an eighteen year-old John Jr. was singing vocals alongside his father for the recording of Hooker, Sr.'s album Live at Soledad Prison (ABC Records).

Unfortunately, while living the “life of a bluesman” he succumbed to the demons that surround it, derailing his musical career for many, many years. Drugs, alcohol, divorce, incarceration, and death nearly brought his once promising career to a screeching halt, but it was living the blues and his faith in the Almighty that resurrected Jr. Hooker. With the support of his family and friends, and a crew of talented musicians who never ceased to believe in him, Jr. Hooker finally found his own inner muse, making music that expresses the depth of emotion he has experienced in his personal life.

Hooker's delivery is so dead-on that listeners might begin to wonder whether the tales he tells are true. It's more likely that they represent the work of an artist who knows that good singing, playing, and storytelling add up to great music.” – Blues Revue

Joining Hooker, Jr. will be Portland's own transcendental junkyard blues band, Cicada Omega. As a whole, the Cicada Omega gives a refreshing sound to the music of the deep South, a continuation of blues, country, gospel, R&B and rock traditions. It is an other-wordly blend of pounding rhythm, southern evangelism and electrified junk. With two drummers, a home-made upright bass, and electric guitar, mixed with the chants, screams, and preaching of a snake-handling front man, their music defies categories by reinventing musical traditions rather than simply following them.