Close up with Taj Mahal at the Pour House

The blues/roots legend plays an intimate show in April

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Taj Mahal
Blues/roots singer, guitarist, pianist, and Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal — an American music veteran of 40 years with a massive catalog of songs — returns to Charleston this spring with his own backing combo for an intimate concert at the Pour House on April 15.

The Taj Mahal Trio includes bassist Bill Rich, who’s played with Taj off and on since 1969, and drummer Kester Smith, who’s been keeping time with the guys since the late ’70s. The band is one of Taj’s many ensembles. They’re on the road behind the recent release of a 36-track, double-disc compilation titled The Essential Taj Mahal (Columbia/Legacy), culled from recordings from 1967 through the late ’90s. They have a new concert DVD titled Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band Live @ St Lucia as well.

Tickets go on sale for $35 on Sat. Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. via Etix.com. This show will be standing-room only and general admission. See tajblues.com and charlestonpourhouse.com for more.

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