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Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite

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Charlie Musselwhite playing the harmonica

Two living icons of the blues, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvin Bishop and Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite, team up for this exclusive duo performance.

Known for his muscular guitar style and weathered, evocative voice, Bishop was a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, formed in 1963, and was inducted into the Rock and Hall Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of the pioneering band. He left in 1968 and blazed a trail as a solo artist, leading hit own Elvin Bishop Group and sharing the stage and recording studio with the likes of the Grateful Dead, Al Kooper, B.B. King, the Allman Brothers, John Lee Hooker, John Thorogood, and Clifton Chenier. Bishop achieved pop stardom when his 1976 single “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the three-time GRAMMY nominee was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.

Rising to prominence as part of the explosive blues scene of the early 1960s, Mississippi-born harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite paid his dues on Chicago’s storied South Side, working the clubs with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Joe Williams and John Lee Hooker. His 1966 Vanguard Records debut, Stand Back!, was a critical and commercial triumph that helped bridge the gap between Chicago blues and rock and roll, establishing him as a major musical figure. Now a treasured part of the Bay Area music community, The GRAMMY winner has worked with artists ranging from Tom Waits and Eddie Vedder to Gov’t Mule and the KODO drummers of Japan.

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