John served up a GREAT show for the inaugural event on The Back Stage! Heartfelt thanks to all those in attendance, plus to those who so generously contributed via the tip jar, and, to those who rolled up their sleeves to help with the set-up and food. The weather was perfect, the music even more so, with surprise guest Bob Webber (Sugarloaf/Green Eyed Lady) joining John on stage for a few songs... an all around gem!
"Putting bread on the table" became a challenge for many career musicians during the covid pandemic, this concert series is focused on providing some direct relief.
An evening with John Long - An extraordinary experience
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It is a glimpse not only into John's own 70-something year old artists soul, but also into the souls of innumerable past giants of the blues, gospel, folk and traditional country. Not just because he so deeply connects to what those before him had to say, but also, because so many of them sensed his potential way back in the 1960's, and went out of their way to embrace and mentor him.
John is a rare living link, in story and in craft, to Terry & McGhee, Big Walter Horton, Roosevelt Sykes, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, and many other legends who no longer walk among us. His tales of those shared stages and friendships are plentiful and engaging. Come and ask him about his long relationship with Homesick James, and how Homesick introduced his then 19-year-old self to Muddy one night in a Chicago watering hole. Or about the huge multi-artist Barry Fey concert he shared with BB King, Big Mama Thornton and more at a crowded McNichols Arena. Then sit back and watch this master ply his trade in a properly intimate setting.
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Tickets are now available, only about 35 will be sold... projected to sell out. Click the Store/Prices tab above and you're there. Can't attend but still want contribute... add a little somethin' to Johns tip jar on the Store page.
Fathers Day is the week before, a ticket or two would be a great gift for your favorite dad!
Might(?) need a couple volunteers, reach out if interested. Handy on a BBQ grill is a plus.