Keb’ Mo’ headlines 7th Global BASH
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFREE
KEB’ MO’ just won the “Best Americana Album” GRAMMY for Oklahoma, an album that explores Tulsa history, including the Greenwood District’s triumphal and tragic past. In his quarter-century as a recording artist, the charismatic singer-guitarist-songwriter and four-time GRAMMY winner has consistently draw upon his seemingly bottomless roots-music expertise to make deeply expressive, highly personal music.
That’s the case throughout Oklahoma, whose expansive creative vistas reflect the state’s wide-open spaces. The album’s 10 tracks deliver some of the most adventurous and personal work of his career. The inspiration for the title track “Oklahoma” started with a visit to the state in 2013 for a benefit show with Kenny Wayne Shepard. Keb’ witnessed first-hand the aftermath of a destructive tornado. “I thought about what it must be like to live in Oklahoma and all the great people that have come from Oklahoma,” he recalls. With just a melody in his head and little personal connection to the state, the title track was almost never conceived. But fate led him to a songwriting session with Dara Tucker, an Oklahoma native. Together, they set about portraying the complicated depth of American history played out in her home state. Native American connection and tragedy, natural and manmade disasters, incredible musicians and the Tulsa Sound, and western ruggedness and fortitude are all themes. Notable is the mention of Greenwood/Archer and Pine, known as “Black Wall Street,” which was infamously destroyed in 1921 in one of the most devastating massacres in the history of US race relations. Robert Randolph, Rosanne Cash, Taj Mahal and Latin-pop star Jaci Velasquez lend their talents to Oklahoma.
7th annual SCHEDULE
(Outdoor Guthrie Green performances are free. Indoor Duet Jazz shows are ticketed).
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
7:30-8:30 Wine Tasting @ Duet Jazz
9:00-10:30 DDAT – Native jazz/hip-hop @ Duet Jazz
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
5:00-9:00 INSPYRAL Circus Arts @ Guthrie Green
5:00-6:00 MONHOLLON BROS. – African drumming @ Guthrie Green
6:00-7:00 LAKOU MIZIK – Haitian voodoo grooves @ Guthrie Green
7:00-7:30 PERIZAD & ELYSIUM BELLYDANCE @ Guthrie Green
7:30-9:00 KEB’ MO’ – blues/Americana @ Guthrie Green
9:30-11:30 – TBA @ Duet Jazz
Since arriving on the scene in the early 1990s, Kevin Roosevelt Moore (rechristened Keb’ Mo’ around 1994) has earned a reputation for his mastery of multiple blues styles, his ability to combine traditional approaches with a contemporary attitude, and for his timeless storytelling sensibility. Keb’s guitar playing has garnered him his third invite to Eric Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Festival and has inspired Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster and Bluesmaster Royale acoustic guitars and Martin Guitars to issue the HD-28KM Keb’ Mo’ Limited Edition Signature model. He has been featured in TV and film, including playing Robert Johnson in the 1998 documentary Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl, and performed for President Obama at the White House.
Presented in collaboration with our amazing friends at Duet Jazz.