Western Colorado Botanical Gardens brings the blues at Friday festival

The first sentence of his online bio takes you on a journey back in time.

“Archie Lee (Hooker’s) songs recall the melodies, the attitudes and the roots of his life.”

Hooker, the nephew of the late great John Lee Hooker, began singing in a church choir then formed the gospel group The Marvelous Five before the Mississippi native moved on to Memphis, where the bright lights and unique sounds of the city captured his imagination.

The next stop on Hooker’s musical journey was California, where he performed live with his legendary uncle. He toured Europe in 1995 and later recorded his first album, “Suicide Blues,” there.

Fast forward to the present and the community is invited to join Hooker with guests The Williams Brothers Band, Flat Top Reed and King Snake at The Blues Festival, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 30, at the Elizabeth B. Harris Amphitheater, at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.

The concert is part of the Summer Festival Series. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. Take lawn chairs and blankets.

Food, beverages and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. No outside food, drinks or coolers will be allowed and no dogs permitted.

Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $22.50 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at area City Market stores, The Muse in Fruita, Western Slope Communications (Drive 105 FM), Cumulus Broadcasting and the Botanical Gardens.

Call 245-3288 ext. 5 or 858-7675 for information or go to http://www.raindancepromotions.com.

— Compiled by

Tammy Gemaehlich


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