Boston University College of Fine Arts presents Keep on Believing Blues Concert with blues legend Lou Pride, and special guests Simon Estes and Peter Guralnick
Boston – On Wednesday, October 10, the Boston University Department of Musicology welcomes Chicago blues legend Lou Pride for a one night only performance with bass Simon Estes, the Rooster Blues Band, and a pre-concert lecture with author Peter Guralnick. A protégé of soul legend Curtis Mayfield, Lou Pride is a bear of a man with a big, gospel-inflected voice that wraps every note with skill and emotion. From his roots in Chicago’s First Baptist Church, to stages throughout North America and Europe, Lou Pride carries on the great, classic tradition of Rhythm in his second annual performance at BU.
Like the singers he’s often compared to – Bobby Bland, Z.Z. Hill, Little Milton, Robert Cray, and Al Green – Lou Pride combines a solid blues storytelling demeanor with a classic soul delivery. Pride will be joined by Simon Estes, internationally acclaimed opera singer and Professor of Music at Boston University, in three spirituals. In addition, Pride will be backed up once again by the Rooster Blues Band, led by guitarist and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at Boston University Victor Coelho, and includes Tom Knowles, from the band of the late, great blues legend, Long John Baldry, and acclaimed Berklee College of Music drummer Larry Finn.
The evening begins with a lecture by acclaimed author Peter Guralnick, entitled The Secret Language of Rhythm and Blues. Guralnick is an alumnus of BU and is well known for his award-winning books on Elvis Presley (Careless Love, Last Train to Memphis), Sam Cooke (Dream Boogie) and Robert Johnson (Searching for Robert Johnson).
The Boston University Department of Musicology, which offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences, uses conferences, workshops, new course offerings, and special events to demonstrate the relevance of musicology to the larger sectors of both the University and the greater Boston community.
The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the B.U. campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
Presenter: Boston University College of Fine Arts
Event: “Keep on Believing” Blues Concert with Lou Pride
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center at Boston University (685 Commonwealth Avenue)
Tickets: $10 general public; $5 students; available at the door or in advance by calling 617-353-8725
Schedule: 8:00 Lecture by acclaimed author Peter Guralnick; 8:30 Concert begins
For more information: 617-353-8725 or www.bu.edu/cfa