Blues Star Keb' Mo' to perform benefit concert for Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I., April 25, 2011 - The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce that three-time Grammy award winning, singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo' will perform a special concert for the benefit of the Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 10 at 8 p.m. at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, R.I. Known for his unique blues sound and soulful performance that embraces pop, rock, folk, and jazz, Keb' Mo's show is one of the most exciting blues performances around. Tickets for the show will go on sale on April 27 at 10 a.m. Tickets are priced at $35, $55 and $100, and can be purchased online at newportwaterfrontevents.com or via phone at (401) 846-1600. Members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum save 10% on the $35 and $55 tickets. Click for tickets.
All proceeds of the concert will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum to support the mission of preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.
The concert will be a highlight of the organization's premier week of the year, as it will be held on the final day of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event, and Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, during which Andre Agassi will be inducted to the Hall of Fame. Annually, these events draw tennis fans from around the world to view exciting professional tennis, to honor the newest individuals to receive the highest honor in tennis and to visit the Hall of Fame's remarkable, historic grounds and comprehensive Museum in Newport, R.I.
"Keb' Mo's live performance on the Newport waterfront on the final night of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and Hall of Fame Induction Weekend is a great way to extend the festivities beyond the courts for a great cause," said Christopher E. Clouser, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. "We are most grateful for his generosity in supporting the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum."
The show will be hosted at the Newport Yachting Center, a waterfront concert venue, which is located in the heart of charming downtown Newport, right off America's Cup Avenue. All seats are under a tent and are within 100 feet of the stage, offering an intimate setting for this very special performance.
Tickets start at $35, and a Preferred ticket is available for $55. A Premier ticket, which offers seating within the first five rows, is available for $100. Tickets can be purchased online through newportwaterfrontevents.com. Online sales offer the benefit of "at home" ticket printing. Tickets are also available by calling the Newport Yachting Center Box Office at (401) 846-1600.
Keb' Mo's music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles to parents originally from the deep South, he adopted his better known stage name when he was a young player who became inspired by the force of this essential African American legacy. In the storied tradition of bluesmen before him including Muddy Waters - formerly McKinley Morganfield -and Taj Mahal, who began his days as Henry St. Clair Fredericks, Moore became known as Keb' Mo'.
His acclaimed self-titled 1994 debut album introduced that now famous appellation to the world, and his latest album, "Live & Mo' ", represents another musical experience to be savored. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock, folk and jazz, in which he is well-versed. In total, it owes as much to contemporary music's singer-songwriter movement, encompassing his longtime friends and collaborators Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, as to the spirit of blues godfather Robert Johnson that dwells in his work. For Keb' Mo', the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling ethic, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional weight.
Keb' Mo' is a three-time Grammy winner for Contemporary Blues Album and was Grammy nominated for Country Song of the Year for "I Hope", a song he co-write with the Dixie Chicks that appears on their latest album. His songs have also been covered by such artists as B.B. King, Wynonna, Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, Robert Palmer and Tom Jones. He has been a featured guest on other artist recordings including India Aire, Marcus Miller, Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Solomon Burke, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Dixie Chicks, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, and the global musical movement of Playing for Change. On camera he has appeared and performed music for several television and motion pictures including playing himself, singing "America The Beautiful" during the inauguration scene of the moving series finale of the award-winning show "The West Wing."
For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Newport Yachting Center at (401) 846-1600 or visit www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.
About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was recognized as the sport's official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive Museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 218 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. The buildings and grounds, which were constructed in 1880 by McKim, Mead & White to serve as a social club for Newport's summer residents, are renowned for their incredible architecture and preservation. The facility was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is supported by Official Partners including BNP Paribas, Campbell Soup Company, Chubb Personal Insurance, Kia Motors and Rolex Watch USA. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.