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Lake Theater will be 'Professin' the Blues'

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Australias First Lady of the Blues, Fiona Boyes, will present an evening of blues at Lake Theater and Cafe on Aug. 10.

Lake Theater and Café will present “Professin’ the Blues,” “an evening of music, artistry and tales from the road,” with Fiona Boyes and Jimi Bott on Aug. 8.

Join award-winning Australian blues artist Fiona Boyes and Portland’s Jimi Bott for an evening of acoustic blues, set against the backdrop of Boyes’ original Mississippi folk art. Boyes and Bott will play music and talk about their experiences as songwriters, performers and recording artists.

This event is a pre-release concert of Boyes’ debut album with Grammy Award-winning Reference Records, “Professin’ the Blues,” and features Bott on drums. The album will be available in October.

Tickets to the performance are $15 each and can be purchased online at laketheatercafe-com.seatengine.com/shows/39983.

Boyes, Australia’s First Lady of the Blues, has five USA Blues Music Award nominations in four categories, and more than 30 Australian music awards, spanning blues, folk, jazz and Americana genres. Equally at home on acoustic and electric guitars, her mostly original repertoire takes you on a blues journey.

With Boyes will be blues drummer Jimi Bott.

Bott is one of the most-recorded and awarded blues drummers in the world. He received the Blues Music Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis in 2015.

During his 30-year career, he has appeared on more than 70 recordings and countless live performances. His professional career began in the San Francisco Bay Area while he was still in high school. He went national with Mark Hummel a mere two years later. An audition on his 21st birthday landed him the job of his dreams with Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, the very band that had inspired him to play music.

Currently, Bott is the drummer for The Mannish Boys, records regularly as top-session drummer and is a regular on the local Portland scene with Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes, Woodbrain, Suburban Slim, Jim Wallace and others.

— Barb Randall