History of American Roots Music 6th Installation: From Swing to Surf
For his sixth annual journey through American roots music, Bedard will be joined by two longtime friends and former bandmates, Pianist Mark “Mr. B” Braun and guitarist Steve Nardella. Bedard and Nardella were founding members of the seminal ‘70’s roots-rock band, the Silvertones. Bedard and Mr. B have collaborated on a number of recordings in various styles. The evening will begin by exploring some of those recordings, from blues to small band swing. They will then move on to New Orleans R & B with a tribute to the late great Fats Domino.
Bedard and Nardella will explore the world of guitar instrumentals, from blues like “Lockwood Jump” (a Silvertones composition recorded on Bedard’s “Pickin’ Apart The Past”) and Freddie King’s “Hideaway” to Link Wray’s “Rumble” and Dick Dale’s “Misirlou”. Backed by drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Pat Prouty, the dueling guitarists will hit the mid-‘60’s running, with some unabashed surf guitar.
Bedard has closed the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for more than 25 years, performed on the main stage of thousands of clubs, and headlined hundreds of national and international festivals. Bedard and his Kingpins band also represented the U. S. State Department in an embassy cultural arts tour through Honduras a few years ago. In addition to the indominitable Kingpins, he has played with the Bonnevilles, the Silvertones, and Tracy Lee and the Leonards, and has shared the stage with such blues luminaries as Eddie Taylor, Joe Turner, Big Walter Horton, Bonnie Raitt, Johnnie Johnson, Kim Wilson, and many others.
Tickets for the 8:00pm concert (doors open at 7:30pm) are $27 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission, and are available at the The Ark box office at 316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, in person at MUTO at the Michigan League Underground, by phone at 734.763.8587, or online at: www.theark.org.