Big Head Blues Club

Big Head Blues Club

Friday, November 11, 2016, 8pm

The Music Center

$32 - $62

Big Head Blues Club

with Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Erica Brown


Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon

If you’re a fan of Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, or even Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Rolling Stones, then you’ve heard the songs of Willie Dixon. Big Head Todd and the Monsters join forces with blues stars Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of Muddy Waters, Grammy nominee Billy Branch, and Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks to pay tribute to one of the pillars of modern blues and one of the most influential songwriters of early rock ’n’ roll.

Preconcert lecture: Early Blues Recording Labels: A Music Industry Legacy
Fri, Nov 11, 6:30pm
Jim O’Neal, cofounder of Living Blues Magazine and research director of the Mississippi Blues Trail, provides insight into the compensation of blues legends like Memphis Slim, B.B. King, and Mamie Smith in this informative, entertaining talk. Free with concert ticket.

  • Dixon penned over 500 songs including “You Shook Me,” “I Just Wanna Make Love to You,”“Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “Bring It On Home.”
  • Dixon was also an accomplished bass player, singer, and in 1937 won the Illinois State Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship, later sparring with Joe Louis.
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters are best known for their platinum-selling record Sister Sweetly, and the hit song “Bittersweet,” but have also been fans of blues music since their first days together playing music in high school. 

Come early and witness our area’s Piedmont blues tradition live! Strathmore is proud to present the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation musicians in the Lockheed Martin Lobby prior to Shades of Blues Music Center performances. Learn more about AEBHF.

This performance is part of Strathmore’s Shades of Blues festival. Check out the full line-up.

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