History of Blues in America

March 8, 2021 | By: Communications Staff

Electric riffs and soulful rhythms will drift through the St. Joseph County Public Library on Wednesday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m. The Library welcomes Joey Leone and his Chop Shop band for a unique presentation of music and history. Leone will delve into the history and impact of blues music in America while playing some of the genre’s most memorable songs.

From Robert Jordan to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leone takes the audience on a journey through the evolution of blues and traces its far reaching influence in American music. Leone performs his “History of the Blues” presentation with humor, historical fact, and musical mastery. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Leone has played for audiences in 22 different countries and 49 states. Leone plays an assortment of blues styles, from pre-war to electric, as well as his own compositions. He has toured as a sideman guitar player with high profile artists, such as Etta James, the Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Kahn, and more.

Joey Leone and his Chop Shop band will be performing at the SJCPL Main Library, 304 S. Main St., in the Colfax Auditorium on July 25th, at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Contact 574-282-4646 or vist sjcpl.org for more information. This event is part of the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge runs until August 4. For more information or to register, visit sjcpl.org/summer-reading.

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