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Mitch Woods

Mitch Woods
"Friends Along The Way" CD Release


Mitch Woods celebrates his release of Friends Along The Way. Garnering world wide acclaim, it features duets with many of the greats in the blues world, including Van Morrison, Taj Mahal, Marcia Ball, and many more. It has been nominated for 2 Blues Music Awards (Piano Player of the Year, and Best Acoustic Album). Come and celebrate this momentous time and enjoy what Mitch is known for worldwide: boogie woogie, blues, jazz, and entertaining piano and vocals.

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

Mitch Woods has been the torchbearer of a great American blues musical heritage, four years but four decades. Taking his inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, Mitch breathes fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.” Born in Brooklyn in 1951, Mitch Woods began playing classical piano at eleven, but his real initiation into blues and boogie piano had already been assured at age eight. “My mom would hire this superintendent of the building, to take me to school, and we stopped off at his cousin’s house, where somebody was playing boogie-woogie piano. It really hit me.”

Earlier Event: March 23
EQV Vocal Ensemble
Later Event: March 25
Dick Whittington Trio