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‘Wolfman’ Washington howls through Vail

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily Wolfman Washington has been playing the blues (and jazz and R&B) since the 1950s. He plays a free show Wednesday in Vail.

VAIL – Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been an icon on the New Orleans music scene for decades. His guitar work and vocals have defined the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk and blues since he formed his first band in the 1970s. He brings his time-honored musical tradition to the stage in Vail Wednesdayfor a free Street Beat concert. Washington began his career during the 1950s rhythm and blues period that spawned dozens of hit songs and made New Orleans the recording destination of choice for legends like Ray Charles and Little Richard. Born in 1943, Washington was on the road by his late teens, spending years touring with musical greats such as Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas and legendary jazzman David Lastie’s Taste of New Orleans band. When Washington first formed his own band he was often pigeonholed into the blues genre. But, taking his cue from the greats who had trained him, his sound reflects the full range of music born from the musical city of New Orleans. He certainly can howl the blues, hence his nickname, but his musical talents have always defined pure Crescent City soul. In later years, with the second rise of funk, Washington fully embraced that genre as well.

Like history’s greatest jazzmen, Washington channels everyday life into his music. Depending on the setting, the band plays the blues, R&B, soul, funk, jazz and everything in between. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters 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. ================

Crescent City soulWhat: ‘Wolfman’ WashingtonWhen: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Checkpoint Charlie in VailCost: FreeInformation: Call 949-1999=============

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