Steve Guyger & the Excellos Bring Bucks Blues Explosion to Newtown
Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 in the Zlock Performing Arts Center also features Mikey Junior; free masterclass takes place at 3 p.m.
Bucks County Community College, which has been bringing outstanding musical talent to the region for more than 50 years, proudly presents the Bucks Blues Explosion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, as part of the Bucks Live! concert series.
The concert features well-known bluesman Steve Guyger & the Excellos, with innovative Mikey Junior as the opener. Guyger (pictured, left) began playing harmonica back in the late 60s, and his passion for the blues harp took him to Chicago to learn at the feet of the masters of the art. He has been dishing out some of the finest blues to be heard anywhere over the last four decades. The Philadelphia resident has toured with the late Jimmy Rogers, among others, and has played with many of the great Chicago bluesmen and contemporary players.
Mikey Junior (pictured, below) became a self-taught blues prodigy while growing up on Trenton, New Jersey. Since then, he has released an impressive six CDs as well as a documentary DVD. He’s been praised by blues societies and players for his original take on “old school” styles, while his latest release “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” is being hailed as a watershed effort by the blues community.
In addition to the concert, the artists will present a masterclass at 3 p.m., which is free and open to the public.
Both the 3 p.m. masterclass and 7:30 p.m. concert take place in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center, located inside the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. There is ample free parking. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired.
Tickets for the Bucks Blues Explosion are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and free for Bucks County Community College students with current ID. A VIP ticket is $25, which includes a preconcert reception to meet the artists. The reception, which begins at 6 p.m., includes light hors d’oeuvres, two glasses of wine or beer, and reserved seating. VIP ticketholders must be age 21 or older and VIP tickets are limited. Tickets can be purchased at www.bucks.edu/tickets.
The Bucks Blues Explosion is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee.
Forthcoming musical events include former Black 47 lead man Larry Kirwan with “Ireland: A History in Song” March 16; three-time Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin – best known for his collaboration and friendship with the late David Bowie – April 12; Philadelphia jazz legend Odean Pope and his “tenor terror” sax May 3; and the Bucks County Community College Jazz Orchestra May 8.
To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/live or call 215-968-8087.