Music Monday presents Muddy Waters tribute
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The Northwest's top Muddy Waters Tribute show will return Nov. 13 to Lake Theater and Cafe, 106 N. State St in Lake Oswego.
The show features four internationally acclaimed blues musicians who relish in the performance of old school, traditional blues. The night will feature the songs of Muddy Waters and his influences performed in their original style.
Each year the Cascade Blues Association hands out "Muddy Awards" to the finest blues musicians and venue in the Northwest.
The Lake Theater and Cafe won the Muddy Award in 2016 for best venue and the musicians — Alan Hager on guitar, Mitch Kashmar on harmonica, Jimi Bott on drums and Dean Mueller on bass — have accepted many Muddy Awards during their careers.
The leader of the event will be this year's Muddy Award winner for Best Electric Guitar, Alan Hager.
Hager is well known as a master of traditional finger picking guitar and has played in a duo with Curtis Salgado for more than a decade performing songs by Muddy Waters and his contemporaries.
As an educator, performer, and a lifelong student of the music and life of Muddy Waters, Hager will share with the audience both the music and the history of this great blues legend.
A Muddy Waters shows is not the same without harmonica, and filling the shoes of the great Little Walter will be this year's Muddy Award winner for Best Harmonica, Delta Groove recording artist Mitch Kashmar.
Kashmar is regarded as one of the most soulful and powerful blues singers in the business today; his blues harp (harmonica) playing is second to none for creativity, drive and excitement.
Kashmar will be playing harmonica and sharing the singing duties with Hager throughout the night.
Last year's Blues Music Award for Best Drummer went to Portland's Jimi Bott, who has won a great many Best Drummer distinctions.
And finally, on the upright bass will be the multi-Muddy Award winner Dean Mueller.
Mueller started the Lake Theater and Cafe Music Monday series in June 2014. As a faculty member at Port Townsend Blues workshop, Mueller has had the opportunity to play upright bass with many of the blues greats past and present.
As one of the dwindling few who still play blues on the doghouse, he will deliver the blues bass as it was originally conceived.
General admission tickets are $15 each and VIP tables seating four people are $80. Purchase at the door or online at laketheatercafe.com.
Music Monday concert series won the 2016 Muddy Award for Best Venue.