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Gettin’ Diddley for a birthday present

Wren Wertin
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Ellas Otha Bates McDaniels – a.k.a. Bo Diddley – is always in the mood for good music. Touring the country in honor of his 75th birthday, he’s stopping in Vail for one concert at Vail’s 8150.

New Orleans R&B spitfire Eric Lindell is going to open the show with his own spin on funky roots music. It’s an auspicious beginning to what should be a full throttle, rockin’ show. Local boys Little Hercules will play a set, after which they’ll back the legendary Bo Diddley.

“The history is amazing behind this man,” said Cristian Basso, Little Hercules bassist. “He’s credited with being one of the originators of rock ‘n’ roll, period. All the music you hear today, in one way or another, has been influenced by this man’s music.”

It’s a big show for Vail.

By backing the musician, Little Herc becomes part of a tradition that began decades ago.

“What’s really cool in our minds at least,” explained Basso, “is back in the day, all these blues musicians going from city to city, they just used a local band. So it’s really special to be a part of this local tradition. It’s great that we got to work with him.”

The Mississippi-born McDaniels is one of the most influential guitarists America has seen. His guitar is rectangular and allowed for “distortion” before it became a given on the rock scene.

After toying with a boxing career, McDaniels began performing in Chicago clubs in the mid-’50s. He took his name from his first hit, “Bo Diddley.” That wasn’t the last time he sang about himself – he found hits in other self-referential songs such as “Bo’s a Lumberjack” and “Diddley Daddy.” Several of his songs were covered by big names such as the Rolling Stones, the Doors and Bob Seger.

Eric Lindell

Eric Lindell has been making waves on the New Orleans R&B scene. Handy with a guitar and even handier with a phrase, the musician grew up soaking up the blues and R&B sounds of San Francisco.

Soon after moving to the Crescent City, he discovered a new neighbor of his played the drums. They decided to get together for a little bit of jamming. The two clicked, which is how Lindell ended up breaking onto the New Orleans scene in earnest with Stanton Moore, Galactic drummer.

Lindell is notorious for spirited, late-night jams – so arrive wide awake. He performs at the Fillmore on Saturday with the funky Meters and Robert Randolph.

For more information on the show, call 8150 at 479-0607.

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