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Featured Event: Delbert McClinton (Photo Above)
Where? Boulder Theater
When? Sept. 13, 8:00pm
Multi-Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton is “One of the Fortunate Few,” who has managed to live his dreams for more than six decades. The stars have aligned for Delbert. Those stars may have leaned toward the blues, but Delbert has managed to keep them on the bright side.
Startin’ A Rumor: Delbert and Lennon
His reputation grew, and when he was 22, he traveled with Bruce Channel to England to tour in support of Channel’s hit “Hey Baby,” on which he played harmonica. Delbert and John Lennon spent time over a period of several days. The two 22-year old young musician/singers had a lot in common.
Delbert explains, “The Beatles were opening for us on the tour. They would open the show, then I would play three songs or so, and then Bruce (Channel) would come out and we would do the headliner set. John wanted me to give him some tips on harmonica. The story’s been romanticized. I didn’t really teach him. I showed him what I did. When to suck and when to blow. Nothing really more than that. Although it was a moment in time.”
McClinton earned his first Grammy nomination in 1989 for Live from Austin and his first win in 1991 for his duet with Bonnie Raitt on “Good Man, Good Woman.” The following year, McClinton collaborated on projects with Melissa Etheridge, Tom Petty, and Tanya Tucker, with whom he partnered on the popular, “Tell Me About It.”
McClinton earned two more Grammys and topped the Billboard Blues chart with a series of albums in the 2000s, including Nothing Personal, Cost of Living and Acquired Taste. He teamed up with Clark again for his most recent release, Blind, Crippled and Crazy.
Delbert is driven by the lessons of his mentors, and shares what he has learned with those who follow the path.
Giving It Up For Your Love: What’s Next
Delbert McClinton has big plans up his sleeve. This is a big year for the multi-Grammy award winner and legendary musician. In November, Delbert turns 75. Live shows have been his focus and bread-and-butter throughout his career.
So what keeps the energy in more than 60 years of music? His incredible musical versatility has been a blessing and a curse. He has managed to stay ahead of the curve – rather than just riding the wave of musical popularity. He has paddled out and caught the wave as it is forming as an innovator in American music.
Delbert has found more than a million friends on the road, on the Sandy Beaches Cruises and on stages around the world. His new album project includes a signature song that is easily his soundtrack for this year.
Arts & Film
Sept 7-9 – Letters From Baghdad
6:30pm Boedecker Theater – Dairy Arts Center
Sept 8 – The Oath
Times vary. Boedecker Theater – Dairy Arts Center
Sept 10 & 13 – La Cenerentola
1:00pm Boedecker Theater – Dairy Arts Center
Sept 12 – May it Last
4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm Boedecker Theater – Dairy Arts Center
Sept 7 – Juan Birch
9:00pm The Lounge at Boulder Theater
Sept 8 – Seu Jorge
7:30pm Chautauqua Auditorium
Sept 9 – Jonny Lang
8:00pm Boulder Theater
Sept 9 – Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs
10:30pm The Lounge at Boulder Theater