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Hear Muddy Waters birthday tribute

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Harmonica player Mitch Kashmar will play with Alan Hager, Jimi Bott and Dean Mueller April 4 in tribute performance in honor of Muddy Waters birthday.

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A tribute show will debut on the late Muddy Waters’ birthday, April 4, at Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego.

The show honoring the great blues master features four award-winning blues musicians who revel in playing old school traditional blues. The program features the songs of Muddy Waters played by Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winners Alan Hager on guitar, Mitch Kashmar on harmonica, Jimi Bott on drums and Dean Mueller on bass.

Hager is this year’s Muddy Award winner for Best Acoustic Guitar. He is known for his mastery of traditional finger-picking guitar and has performed alongside Curtis Salgado for more than a decade. Hager will share the music and history of Waters, known for classics such as “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” Waters died in 1983 at age 68, and has had a “lasting impact on popular music,” according to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum’s website.

This year’s Muddy Award winner for Best Harmonica, Delta Groove recording artist Mitch Kashmar, will be on harmonica and also will take on vocals with Hager.

Bott is the recipient of last year’s Blues Music Award for Best Drummer. He has received six Blues Drummer of the Year Muddy Awards. The biography on his website states he is among “the most recorded and respected blues drummers in the world.”

On upright bass will be Mueller, a multi-Muddy Award winner. Mueller launched the Lake Theater & Cafe Music Monday series in June 2014. As a faculty member at Port Townsend Blues workshop, Mueller had the opportunity to play upright bass with many blues icons.

The Monday Music series features jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the area in the Lake Theater and Cafe, 106 N. State St. in Lake Oswego.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the April 4 happening, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at laketheatercafe.com.