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John Lee Hooker to be celebrated with Detroit blues pageant

Detroit’s dean of the blues is established to be honored with a particular summer season tribute, which include a posthumous essential to the city.

The late bluesman John Lee Hooker will be celebrated by community and traveling to performers at the most up-to-date edition of Detroit Tunes Weekend, scheduled July 2 outdoors New music Corridor.

The no cost festival will feature a daylong lineup of artists undertaking in celebration of the influential singer-guitarist, including Michigan mainstay Bettye LaVette, Detroit blues queen Thornetta Davis and Serbian-born star Ana Popovic. Detroit’s Jimmy D. Scott will near the night with an all-star jam that features Kern Brantley, Howard Glazer and Harmonica Shah. Tosha Owens and Eliza Neals also fill the invoice.

For fest organizer Vince Paul, president of Music Hall, the real coup is the reserving of Zakiya Hooker, the 74-year-old daughter of the late musician and a veteran blues artist in her possess ideal. She’ll carry out with a band that involves her partner, Ollan Christopher Bell (of the ‘70s soul group the Purely natural Four) and Canadian guitarist Anthony Reed.

Zakiyah Hooker (left) performs with her father, John Lee Hooker, in 1998.

The Detroit indigenous, who still left the metropolis for California in the mid-‘70s and now lives in Ga, explained she’s thrilled to arrive house for a tribute to her father in the metropolis wherever he designed his identify.

“When I bought the phrase from Vince, the first factor I said is that it is way overdue,” Hooker reported. “Detroit is in which (John Lee Hooker) became well known. It’s where by ‘Boogie Chillen’ place him on the map. I was definitely touched that they’ve taken the time to pull this together.”