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Taj Mahal Trio w/ James Justin & Co.

When: Fri., April 15 2011

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 with his own backing combo for an intimate concert. The Taj Mahal Trio includes the frontman on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals, 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. 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 and the Phantom Blues Band Live @ St. Lucia as well. Expect a broad range of roots music — from country-blues to reggae, Caribbean, folk, and jazz styles.

T. Ballard Lesemann

Price: $35 (adv.)

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