Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Rusty Wright Band to perform at Courthouse Concert on July 5
    The Rusty Wright Band will perform at the Courthouse Concert in Downtown Howell on Friday, July 5, from 7-9 p.m. 
   A variety of local area musicians take center stage every Friday night throughout the summer on the lawn of the Historic Howell Courthouse as Concerts at the Courthouse enters its 21st season! This perennially popular program is a free series of concerts presented by the Livingston Arts Council throughout the summer, featuring rock, folk and blues entertainment at an outdoor family (and pet)-friendly venue. Pack a blanket or chair, and bring a snack or eat at one of Howell’s many downtown restaurants before enjoying the evening’s entertainment!
    This year’s series continues with a group that’s been called “easily the best blues band Michigan has produced in the past 10 years.”  For Rusty Wright, it’s “all about the moment,” commanding the stage to deliver the musical heat, the infectious grooves and penetratingly sincere songs that have earned the Michigan native an international audience and recognition as a Master Blues Artist in the International Blues Hall of Fame®.     Formed in 2004, the band's second public performance was opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd at an outdoor amphitheatre in pouring rain with lightning crashing nearby. The crowd of 4000+ rewarded them with a standing ovation and became the nucleus of the band's ultra-loyal Midwest following. In the years since, The Rusty Wright Band has expanded their audience to encompass three continents. T    hose who’ve seen Wright and his top-drawer band – wife and singer-guitarist Laurie Wright, drummer Chris America and bassist Nic Allen – perform live will attest to the outfit’s razor-tight, explosive delivery of inventive blues songs. The band's innovative sound is a hot rod fusing of Texas and Chicago-style blues, swinging boogie and Southern rock, with a twist of Motor City grit.
     It’s that rare combination (along with Wright’s trademark, flowing white hair and eye-popping guitar leads) that commands immediate attention. Wright's fearless approach to music has cultivated growing legions of loyal fans and has driven Wright since he first started exploring the wonder of music, from blues and country to early rock ’n’ roll to “the long-hair” stuff of the Allman Brothers and LynyrdSkynyrd.
    Since 2006, the band has released six albums on Wright’sSadson Music label; 2015’s “Wonder Man” reached #8 on the Billboard Blues Chart and #4 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart, as well as numerous other national and international airplay charts. The disc was included in a number of year-end "best of" lists and nominated for Album of the Year in the Vintage Guitar Magazine Reader's Choice Awards alongside luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Pink Floyd's David Gilmore, and Sonny Landreth.
    Originally from mid-Michigan, Rusty and Laurie Wright, along with their ever changing number of feline family members, now make their home in Florida.
   Concerts at the Courthouse runs every Friday night from June 28th – August 23rd. In the event of inclement weather, concerts may be cancelled – listen to WHMI 93.5 for updates or visit the Livingston Arts Council Facebook page. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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