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Three Blues Legends Perform In Concert At Rye Arts Center

Phil Wiggins, left, and George Kirby Jr.
Phil Wiggins, left, and George Kirby Jr. Photo Credit: Contributed

RYE, N.Y. -- Three legendary blues musicians, Phil Wiggins, George Kilby, Jr. and Sherman Holmes, will perform at The Rye Arts Center’s newly renovated Performing Arts Room, on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for the general public and $20 for Arts Center members.

Wiggins, of Washington D.C., played with numerous musicians who play traditional acoustic blues. He spent much of his career touring with guitarist John Cephas as an acoustic harmonica-guitar blues duo known as “Cephas and Wiggins”. Wiggins joined forces with guitarist and vocalist George Kirby, Jr., after the passing of their respective musical partners. Together they formed a partnership producing songs based on topics such as religion, racism, corruption, police/race strife, forgiveness, and the preservation of the environment.

Kirby earned his blues chops producing records and playing with Pinetop Perkins, a pianist of the Muddy Waters Band. Kirby also shared the stage with Albert King, Etta James, and James Brown when he led “The George Dickel Band” at New York’s Lonestar Café. He can be seen with his band most Sundays at BB King’s in Times Square.

Wiggins and Kirby have performed at locations such as Carnegie Hall, Robert Albert Hall, and the White House.

Holmes is a vocalist, bassist, and songwriter of the Soul/Gospel/Blues trio “The Holmes Brothers.” For 35 years, The Holmes Brothers’ blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and country has been performing for audiences around the world. “What Kilby has done by bringing different generations of blues musicians together is to make sure that the torch is not only passed but stays well-lit,” said Dave Eisner, The Institute for Musical Traditions.

For tickets and more information visit their website or call 914-967-0700.

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