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August 19 @ 8:00 pm $25
For the 10th installment of his celebrated series, George Bedard will present a “Best of” his History of American Music series. This will feature songs from all nine previous shows. “Each year we took a different path, from blues to swing, rockabilly, surf, and country” says Bedard. “We hope that you will join us for this unique retrospective”. Along with Rich Dishman on drums and Pat Prouty on bass, special guests include Mark “Mr. B” Braun on piano, Ross Huff on trumpet, and Dan Bennett on saxophone.
Guitarist and bandleader George Bedard has been a seminal figure on the Michigan roots rock scene and has played the closing night for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for 25 years. He was a founding member of the Silvertones in the 1970s, and in 1984 he formed the first version of George Bedard & The Kingpins. Their debut recording won CD Reviews “Best Blues CD of the Year” award, and Guitar Player Magazine described the music as “a brainy composite of blues phrasing and rockabilly bad-boy twang.”
Bedard has backed such luminaries as Johnnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Big Joe Turner, Earl King, Eddie Taylor, Koko Taylor, Johnny Adams, Koko Taylor, and Kim Wilson. The Kingpins, featuring Pat Prouty on bass and Rich Dishman on drums, have earned a reputation as one of Michigan’s best live bands.