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The Bel Airs

The Blue Note Presents

The Bel Airs

The Mojo Roots

Fri, December 7, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

MINORS: $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under the age of 21.

The Bel Airs
The Bel Airs
Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash.

The Bel Airs will mark their 30th year performing together in 2011. The Pruitt brothers' harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene--leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues". David's "big guitar" and Dick's howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.
The Mojo Roots
The Mojo Roots
If you think there's nothing new and exciting coming out of the blues genre, you haven't heard The Mojo Roots. With performances that turn on a dime from a driving, hard-hitting shuffle to an aching, tear-dripping slow blues, the Mojo Roots brand of soul-soaked blues is captivating audiences in their home state of Missouri and beyond.

Fronting the band on harp and vocals, Jordan Thomas loses himself in every song---with incredible results. Thomas's passionate vocals and fiery harp-playing truly set The Mojo Roots apart. And when off the harp, his rhythm guitar work fills just the right niche. On the lead guitar, Trevor ''T.J.'' Judkins is quickly winning accolades as an incredibly virtuosic young guitarist, with a rich, studied tone and a patient economy of playing that is all too rare. Bassist Jim Rush, a stalwart Midwest blues performer for over three decades, sets the groove with bright, punchy bass lines. And as an accomplished front man in his own right, Rush also shares the microphone on some tunes. Paired with drummer Andy Naugle's clean and controlled backbeat, steeped in the great Chicago tradition, Rush and Naugle form an unshakeable rhythm foundation for this blues tour-de-force.

Having earned a spot at 2013 International Blues Challenge on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, The Mojo Roots are poised to take their place on the national stage. Their new 2013 album release, What Kind of Fool, is already gaining widespread attention for its soul-soaked sound and powerful songwriting. If there was ever a doubt about the future of the genre, rest assured: The Mojo Roots are striking just the right balance between preserving and further developing the blues.
Venue Information:
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
http://www.thebluenote.com/