Past Exhibits

Blues Musician Eli Cook - Up Close and Personal Concert

December 2, 2017

 

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

 

Tickets are $15  BUY NOW

 

Cash bar available

 

Blues Musician Eli Cook is coming to the Bower for an intimate, acoustic concert. Enjoy an up close and personal experience of music and conversation. A rare opportunity to meet one of the top Blues Musicians in the United States according to Music Magazine.

Eli has played with the greats including opening for  B.B. King and currently touring along with Tinsley Ellis, who stated: Eli Cook is in the Vanguard of young, 21st Century blues rockers.

 

At only 31 years of age, Eli has already produced 7 albums, including the latest release (8/17) critically acclaimed High Dollar Gospel.

 

“This is a fine blues record that doesn’t stick to convention.” Vintage Guitar -2018

 

About Eli

 

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the

 

tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.

 

At 18 he was opening up for B.B. King – a few years later he’s playing in Canada – and then the next week he’s blending in with his hometown locals.

 

 

What the music industry says about Eli Cook:

 

 “Among the top 3 solo blues artists world-wide - Blues Matters Magazine”

“Everybody knows the story of the crossroads, where blues guitarists go at midnight to
trade their souls to the devil for musical prowess. It’s just a myth, of course, but if it were true, 21-year-old firebrand Eli Cook could have bragging rights, as his scarifying solo-country blues chill like a hellhound on your trail.”
-Dave Rubin, Guitar Player Magazine, 2007

 

 “Like Son House, Skip James, and the other pre-war country blues masters who inspired him, Cook received his grounding in gospel music—he was even invited to play in backwoods black churches—performing at local revivals around Charlottesville, Virginia, where his deeply emotional solo-acoustic playing made him stand out. Unlike those early bluesmen, however, Cook was never conflicted about performing sacred versus profane music.” – Guitar Player (2007)

 

 

 “Artists often talk about the blues as a living and growing thing and not just a style of music fit for museums. Cook puts that theory into practice and moves things forward.” – Slant Magazine

 

Back away the - concrete is buckling………

 

 

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