After a successful tour with the Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts, Blues at the Crossroads returns for round 2, celebrating two blues legends, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Both musicians are competing for the title of the “father of modern Chicago Blues,” which will be hard to determine considering both have inspired countless artists; ranging from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to John Mayall and Eric Clapton. They helped usher in the 1960’s British blues explosion and continue to define the blues with their individual penchant for the art form.

Although they are considered friends first and foremost, Muddy & The Wolf are rivals for the top slot, which in turn, will most likely make their performances top-notch. The Fabulous Thunderbirds are also on deck. Vocalist/harmonica player Kim Wilson has led the band, comprised of Wilson, James Cotton, Tinsley Ellis, Jody Williams and Bob Margolin, for the past 30 years. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound mixes Texas blues and southern rock with harmonica laced swamp blues and R&B. Blues at Crossroads is a night not to miss for any avid blues fan. (Kyle Eustice)


Blues at the Crossroads 2, February 6, at The Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St., 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-58. Visit for more information.

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