Blues music is alive and well, says musician Guy Davis, who will be performing Thursday at the Douglass Theatre.
It is an endangered species that needs care and exposure, especially the older stuff, Davis said, adding that he will be playing classics such as Little Red Rooster as well as music he has written, including some in the style of Mississippi John Hurt and some in the Delta style.
Davis, the son of actors Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis, took piano lessons as a child with his siblings. He was the first to quit but is the only one still in the music business. In addition to Hurt, some of Davis early influences were Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson, and he has been working on the harmonica and a song in the style of Sonny Terry.
The blues will make you think, dream, laugh, cry and feel involved. You can expect all that without even feeling like youre being educated, Davis said. And you will have a solid, foot-stomping good time.
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27
Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.