Rock & Pop

Curtis Salgado/Sam Hooper Group

When: Wed., Feb. 22, 8 p.m. 2017

Bluesman Curtis Salgado, who released the vibrant The Beautiful Lowdown last year, started his career some 40 years ago. He grew up listening to Count Basie and Fats Waller. At some point, his older brother and sister introduced him to Wilson Pickett and Muddy Waters. Before long, he had taught himself to play harmonica. When he was in his early twenties, Salgado led his own band, the Nighthawks and then joined the Robert Cray Band. In the '80s, Salgado also played with the long-running blues outfit Roomful of Blues. During that era, the blues went mainstream and even MTV played videos from Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Fabulous Thunderbirds. Salgado has called his latest effort, The Beautiful Lowdown, his "most adventurous" album; lit lives up to the billing. The hard charging album opener “Hard to Feel the Same About Love” features spirited horns and soulful vocals. Salgado even gives reggae a go with “Simple Enough.” In the politically-charged “I’m Not Made That Way,” he addresses the hypocrisy of the world in which we live. Expect these tracks to make their way into tonight's setlist. (Niesel)

Price: $15 ADV, $18 DOS

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