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All-Star Tribute to Blues Legend James Cotton




Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River


Join James Montgomery, Kenny Neal, Bob Margolin, Curtis Salgado, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines, and Many Others for a night a celebratory blues. FOR A FULL LIST OF GUEST MUSICIANS w BIOS HERE.

Presented by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc., this is a must-attend show for blues aficionados, the all-ages show will take place at the Narrows Center for the Arts 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA.  Tickets for the show are available at Advance tickets are available for $27.  Tickets will be available for $30 on the day of the show. VIP tickets are $75, includes a meet and greet with the musicians.

This tribute will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the world's greatest blues harmonica players, guitarists and singers pay tribute to Cotton, many of whom played with him over the course of his storied career. The artists performing include Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters Band), James Montgomery, Jerry Portnoy (Muddy Waters Band, Eric Clapton), Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Curtis Salgado, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Cheryl Arena, Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live), Kenny Neal, Darrell Nulisch, Paul Oscher (Muddy Waters Blues Band) backed by the James Montgomery Blues Band. Other special guests are expected to join the lineup.

CDurstPix“James Cotton was a true legend in the music world, setting the path for many other artists to follow,” said James Montgomery. “Every artist performing in this show, myself included, was inspired in some way by the work of James Cotton.  Every blues musician today owes a debt to him and it’s an honor to be part of this tribute.” 

videoThe show on December 6 will be recorded for a documentary about James Cotton, being produced in conjunction with Northern Light Productions, scheduled for release in 2019.  The film, They All Stood Up, is a feature documentary that traces Cotton’s career, one that began at 9 and continued for more than 70 years until his death at age 81. 

jc45James "Superharp" Cotton, who died in 2017, was one of the last American blues legends to trace his history to the beginning of blues music. He rose from humble beginnings in Tunica, Mississippi to become a protégé of Sunny Boy Williamson, and played with Howlin Wolf, the Muddy Waters band and later became a bandleader and solo artist. He went on to tour with the Rolling Stones, Janice Joplin, Paul Butterfield, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Santana, BB King, Steve Miller, The Who, Richie Havens and other rock and roll greats, won a Grammy in 1996 and was later inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.  

“There are very few musicians who have had the influence over a genre of music the way James Cotton did on the blues.  He brought his music from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to the streets of Chicago to the world of rock and roll and the live music scene in Texas,” said Judy Laster, producer of the film.  “Along the way, he shared his musical journey with many greats, including Janice Joplin, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller and many, many more."    Check out the James Cotton Tribute archive HERE.

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The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musicians receive access to medical care and to supporting the work of independent filmmakers. Proceeds from events will be distributed to eligible 501 (C) (3) organizations pursuant to the guidelines established by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.

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