Blues infused rock to fill Vail streets
VAIL – With six albums, a tireless international touring schedule and several Grammy nominations, the North Mississippi Allstars have brought their unique blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll to stages around the world, earning a diverse and loyal fan base wherever they’ve gone. They bring their funky, bass-heavy sound to Vail Village Wednesday night, as part of the Street Beat free winter concert series.The North Mississippi Allstars were founded in 1996, a product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Mississippi musical greats like RL Burnside, Jr. Kimbrough and Otha were at their peak, touring the world, making classic records and doing the all-night boogie at Jr’s Juke Joint and Otha’s BBQ Goat picnics. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi Blues legacy while playing and shaking it down at the juke joints with their blues ancestors. Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody (drums and vocals) joined up with bassist Chris Chew to form the core of their own band, The North Mississippi Allstars. Through the filter of generations of Mississippi blues men, the Allstars pioneered their own blues-infused rock and roll and continue to do so. The North Mississippi Allstars take the Street Beat stage at 6 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie. Eagle, Summit and Lake County residents may register once each week for the Volvo Grand Prize drawing of a 2007 Volvo V50. Out of town guests can register weekly for a chance to win a return trip in the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway Vacation with deluxe accommodations. Additional prizes are given away weekly from the stage. Parking in Vail Village is free of charge after 3 p.m.
The Street Beat concert series is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information, visit vvf.org or call 949-1999.