Pinetop Perkins

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Pinetop Perkins

Postby tjkeysman » Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:15 pm

I've posted this a couple places on this meassage board....but I'm just really excited

Pinetop's coming back to South Bend at age 93

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW for the "Train to Rock 'N Roll City" to be held Saturday, August 6, at the Jon R. Hunt Plaza located in front of The Morris. The event features headliner Pinetop Perkins and is sponsored by The Vine. Opening bands include: Driftwood, Funk Harmony Park, and Little Frank and the Premiers. The event opens at 4:00PM and the show starts at 5:00PM.

Tickets are $15.00 in Advance/$20 Show Day and can purchased at The Morris Box Office or over the phone at 235-9190 or (800) 537-6415. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM and Saturday 10AM-2PM. You can also purchase tickets 24 hours a day online at Welcome Pinetop Perkins back to South Bend!


Train to Rock 'N Roll City with Headliner Pinetop Perkins
at Jon R. Hunt Plaza Located in Front of The Morris Performing Arts Center

Headliner Pinetop Perkins – considered the most famous blues pianist of all time –
returns back to South Bend at age 93. Before moving to Austin, Texas, in 1999, he lived in LaPorte, Indiana, and made numerous appearances in South Bend during the mid to late 90’s, igniting the local blues scene. Local blues musicians were tickled to be in the presence of a legend!

Pinetop Perkins is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing. He has made a living playing blues since 1926 and is widely regarded as one of the best blues pianists. Pinetop created a style of playing that has influenced three generations of piano players and will continue to be the yardstick by which great blues pianists are measured.

Born Willie Perkins, in Belzoni, MS, in 1913, Pinetop started out playing guitar at house parties and honky tonks, and switched to piano after sustaining a serious injury that made picking a guitar painful. He started using the name "Pinetop" out of admiration for his mentor, Clarence "Pinetop" Smith and is best known for playing piano in the great Muddy Waters Band during the band’s highest career point. Pinetop and other Waters' alumni formed the Legendary Blues Band in 1980. He eventually left to concentrate on a solo career and has headlined nearly ever major showcase room in North America and most of the major festivals here and abroad.

After leaving town at age 87, Pinetop has been hard at work touring around the world, winning lifetime achievement awards and even getting Grammy nominations. This will be Pinetop’s first performance in South Bend since he left the area and will be quite the homecoming!

Opening Bands: Driftwood, Funk Harmony Park, Little Frank and the Premiers.Event times: 6 Aug 2005 (Sat)
4:00 PM Event Opens
5:00 PM Show Starts
Ticket Information:

$15.00 - In Advance
$20.00 - Show Day

Tickets can be purchased at the Morris Box Office or over the phone at 235-9190 or (800) 537-6415. The Morris Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM and Saturday 10:00AM-2:00PM. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day online at
Tickets website: BUY TICKETS
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Presented by: The Vine, 103 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend
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RE: Pinetop Perkins

Postby dcblues » Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:23 am

Pinetop headlined the DC Blues Festival last year and kicked ace. There's not too many of his generation still touring. See him if you can!
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RE: Pinetop Perkins

Postby smokindog » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:33 am

I had no idea he lived in Laporte In. I grew up in valparaiso. He is one of the greats for shure. Never to old to boogie :-) Hell he even has Less Paul beat for LOL --the dog
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