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June 17, 2007

Lou Pride Sings Classic Blues, Soul

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Canada


Lou Pride &
Rooster Blues Band
Thursday, June 21
Rozsa Centre
University of Calgary

Concert Wraps Up Blues History Lecture Series

Internationally renowned performer Lou Pride will perform with the Calgary-based Rooster Blues Band one night only on June 21 at the Rozsa Centre of the University of Calgary.

Noted as “one of blues’ best kept secrets” (All Music Guide), singer Lou Pride has a classic blues/soul voice that has found its way onto critically acclaimed albums, a slew of hit singles, and countless performances as an in-demand blues performer renowned for his electrifying stage presence. Born outside of Chicago, he got his start singing in the choir at church, where the pastor was Reverend E.J. Cole (Nat King Cole’s father). He went on to build a resume that includes working with Clarence Carter, Betty Wright, Ko Ko Taylor, Kool & the Gang, and B. B. King, and a discography that includes four solo albums and a slew of singles. Lou continues to tour the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The Rooster Blues Band had its origins in Calgary in 2000, and since then has developed into a dynamic live show that has resulted in engagements at major festivals, universities, and the premier blues clubs in Canada and the USA. The band tours regularly tours with Chicago blues and R&B legend Lou Pride, winner of the “Most Outstanding Blues Recording Artist” award given by Living Blues magazine. The Rooster Band’s stylish mixture of Blues and Urban influences, R&B, acoustic and electric styles, and fusion–all backed by a strong reverence for the stylistic roots of popular music.

This concert brings a three-part multi-media lecture series presented by Professor Victor Coelho (Boston University), to an end. Professor Coelho is a member of the Rooster Blues Band and presents this lecture series on blues history, its practitioners, and its cultural significance. Lectures are free and open to the public on June 15th at Noon at Rozsa Centre; June 18th at 7:30 pm and June 19th at 7:30pm at Boris Roubakine Hall (Craigie Hall C105, University of Calgary).

for more information, call (403) 220-5376 or visit www.finearts.ucalgary.ca

Thursday, June 21  7:30 pm
Lou Pride with the Rooster Blues Band
Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

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