100 Years of Blues May 7th, 2016

On the heels of Segerstrom Center’s inaugural Jazz Weekend this past October, Orange County audiences can look forward to a very special day of classic and contemporary blues, presented by a trio of American masters, including venerated bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, Grammy®-nominated R&B vocalist Bettye LaVette and "The Godfather of British Blues," John Mayall.

The show takes place in Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. KJAZZ’s Bubba Jackson will serve as MC.

May 7, 2016

7:30 P.M.


Charlie Musselwhite - Bettye LaVette - John Mayall

John Mayall has long since earned the title “The Godfather of British Blues”. Best known for helping launch the careers of Eric Clapton, Peter Greene and Mick Taylor, In 2013, he signed with producer Eric Corne's label, Forty Below Records, and has since been experiencing a true artistic and career renaissance, which has continued with the release of a brilliant new studio album titled Find a Way to Care, produced by Mayall and Corne.

Bettye LaVette has been releasing albums since the 1960s, enjoying a career revival following the release of her landmark 2003 album, A Woman Like Me. Since then, LaVette has been reminding listeners she’s working at the peak of her powers, earning a Grammy® nomination for her 2007 release, Scene of the Crime, and releasing a subsequent stream of albums further confirming her status as one of the strongest and most individual interpretive vocalists in the 21st century.

Charlie Musselwhite may be the only musician to get a huge ovation just for opening his briefcase. Fans know that’s where he keeps his harmonicas and they’re about to hear one of the true masters work his magic on the humble instrument. He’s taken blues harp from the clubs on the south side of Chicago, where, along with Mike Bloomfield, backed Big Joe Williams and on to places it’s never been before, sharing the stage with everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Mick Jagger and INXS. He’s released more than 20 albums.

May 8, 2016

Due to an unanticipated travel conflict for the group, this show has been cancelled. The Center is working on a rescheduling that we hope to announce soon.

All ticket holders are being contacted. They are being offered the option of a credit towards another engagement or a full refund.