Music Scene: Hall of Famer Dave Mason, more
Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Dave Mason and his acoustic trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St.
The bio link at davemasonmusic.com is divided into six sections, each covering a segment of Mason’s lengthy career.
Click on “The Early Years” and readers can learn about the British youth’s struggle early on when he took a fall at age 5 and because of intense hip trauma, contracted a condition called Perthes syndrome. After more than 18 months — nine of those months in traction, strapped to a metal board — he had to learn how to walk again.
“Dave’s initial dream was to become a member of the Royal Air Force,” the bio said. “Yet at an early age, Dave’s talents and strength showed up more in creative endeavors. At 16 he began to play guitar and sing, and by 17 became a working musician in his first band called The Jaguars,” the bio said.
“The next year he formed The Hellions, where he struck up a lifelong friendship with Jim Capaldi. Capaldi and Mason later formed a group called The Deep Feeling, then through Capaldi, Mason met Steve Winwood and Chris Wood.
“The four joined forces to form what is considered one of the most influential bands of all time, Traffic.”
The “Traffic” section of Mason’s bio details the group’s success and its subsequent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Click on the “Guest Appearances” to scan Mason’s prolific credits and you’ll see him listed with Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and Fleetwood Mac, to name a few.
And finally, a click of the “Causes and Charities” link adds that “Dave Mason has supported many charities over the years that help with spreading the joy of music to those less fortunate.”