Northern Michigan Events: Bluesman Guy Davis to perform in Traverse City

Traverse City Events: In a month blessed with great Northern Michigan entertainment (including the Traverse City Comedy Festival and My Dear Disco at the Traverse City Winter Microbrew Festival) count one more winner: Blues singer and guitarist Guy Davis and the High Flying Rockets performing at Traverse City’s Dennos Museum Center on February 25. Davis lists composing, acting, directing, and writing on his resume—but mostly the revival of acoustic blues traditions through African American stories, original songs and performance pieces.

When you think Davis imagine Bind Willie McTell and some Fats Waller, some Buddy Guy and some Taj Mahal. He’s got some Zora Neale Hurston and some Garrison Keillor. But most importantly—Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeate every corner of Davis’ creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. (Source

As Robert Gordon, author of Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters writes, "If the earthy power of Guy Davis’s sandpaper vocals doesn’t grab your attention and the resonance of his acoustic-guitar strings doesn’t turn your head, you need to make sure you’re still alive….”

Davis performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25. Tickets are $25 advance, $28 at the door and $22 for museum members plus ticket processing fees of $2 per ticket. Purchase tickets at or by calling the box office at 231-995-1553.

The concert is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Begonia Foundation that has made possible performances for schools at the Milliken Auditorium on February 25, 2011. Teachers wishing to bring students should contact Diana Bolander, curator of education at the Dennos at 231-995-1029 or [email protected]

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