Civic Arts Plaza presents
ELVIN BISHOP with Special Friends
JAMES COTTON & PAUL THORN
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre (Concerts)
Elvin Bishop's music has been making people smile for over 50 years. A founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin has performed and recorded with music legends such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and the Allman Brothers. Joining in this anticipated Thousand Oaks appearance are Special Friends, James Cotton and Paul Thorn.
"The blues is all about feeling," says Grammy Award-winning harmonica legend JAMES “MR. SUPERHARP” COTTON. “If I don't feel it, I can’t play it.” Now in his 69th year as a professional musician (starting at age nine), James Cotton not only feels it, he lives it. His overwhelmingly powerful harmonica is one of the iconic sounds of the blues.
Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music - bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer before sharing his experiences with the world as a singer-songwriter. Pimps and Preachers, which topped the Americana charts for three weeks and broke into the Billboard Top 100, perfectly exemplified the vivid scope of his songwriting and illuminated his family background.