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Blues411 Concert Series: Harper and Midwest Kind




 An amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, Australian singer/ songwriter "Peter D. Harper", now based in Detroit, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper possesses a powerful. soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre. Harper calls it “World Blues” -- a rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful, virtuoso harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a feast of timeless mystery. Harper has received an amazing 14 x  Blues/ World Music awards (including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.  He recently won a Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Vocalist".  No Depression Magazine,'s (USA) Rod Ames, adds that Harper " has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I have ever heard..".  While Carol Borrington of United Kingdom's Blues Matters states " Harper possesses impassioned vocals and an equally emotionally-laden harp! His songs are distinctive and often catchy, though rooted in a late 60s/early 70s style, occasionally with a tinge of Americana or rock". Harper is backed by his talented Detroit based band "Midwest Kind" which features:  Elijah Russ on guitar,  James Norris on Bass Guitar and Dee Washington on Drums. Harper's new CD "Show Your Love" (Blu Harp) reached # 3 internationally on the Billboard Blues Charts, only being beaten out by Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa and an amazing 6 months in the Top Ten, . Also # 1 in the Netherlands, # 1 in Italy and # 1 on the Australian Blues Charts (Top 5 for 5 months).    Harper and Midwest Kind have recently returned from an amazing sell out tour of Australia and a ground breaking debut two week tour of China.  Harper and Midwest Kind continue their record of being booked at 30 - 35 festivals/ 200 shows per calendar year. A new CD is in the works and is due to in,2019.

Earlier Event: March 15
High South
Later Event: March 22
Farewell Angelina - 5:30pm Matinee