Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards (10:00PM)
Don't miss legendary Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys performing with an all-star cast of musicians, including Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals), Robert Kearns (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Michael Webb (John Fogerty, Poco), and Chark Kinsolving (Mike Farris, Spoonful).
You may not know that you already love his music, but you do. Many of the greatest rock hits of the past five decades bear the unmistakable thumbprint of one of America's most accomplished rock 'n' roll icons: Bobby Keys. In fact, it's impossible that any fan of popular music could be unfamiliar with the trademark sound and swaggering soul of the Texas-born saxophone player. From humble roots as an uncredited performer with Buddy Holly and Dion ("The Wanderer") to album-defining contributions with the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile On Main Street (1972)) and his work with each of the four Beatles and Elvis, his illustrious career has led him from studio to stage all across the globe.
In recent years, Keys has stepped out of the sideman position and watched his own popularity grow as an entirely new generation of listeners has begun to pay attention to the contributions of this one-of-a-kind artist. Beginning with a few word-of-mouth showcases at Nashville's Mercy Lounge, the cream of Music City's music community began to flock to Keys's performances. His concerts proved to be the perfect platform to pay tribute to his rich history, while showcasing his personality and undeniable stage presence. Very few artists have displayed the exceptional range of talent - not to mention the vast catalog of hits - as has Keys, so it's only fitting that he would handpick a backing band as esteemed as his back catalog. Together, this versatile band of musicians is able to effortlessly recreate spot-on renditions of hits from Keys's storied career, as well as new compositions for an upcoming album. Presented in a rock 'n' roll revue format, the songs are able to shine while the man behind the sax gets to tell his side of the story. And it's a hell of a story.
With the release of his long-awaited autobiography Every Night is a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys (2012, Counterpoint), longtime fans will finally be offered a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the genre's most seasoned session players. 2012 will also see the release of a new documentary about Keys's life, as well as a number of high-profile tour dates throughout the US. It's shaping up to be another incredible year for Bobby Keys, and with the help of the Suffering Bastards, it's clear that this year will undoubtedly be just another zenith in a roller coaster ride of a life that's simply too good to be true.
The London Souls
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