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Duke Robillard Duo
October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence.
Born Michael John Robillard on October 4, 1948, in Woonsocket, R.I., Duke has carved out one of blues’ most illustrious legacies, while also trodding some lofty related territories as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio sideman, producer, label operator and educator.
After showing an early affinity for music and guitar, he founded Roomful Of Blues with pianist Al Copley in Westerly, R.I., in 1967. By adding horns, Roomful announced itself emphatically as the prototypical jump blues band, and became a New England legend and a fixture beyond, as did Duke himself.
- “One of the great players” BB King
- “Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality.” the New York Times
- “Most everything Duke Robillard has done as a guitarist during the past four-plus decades…bears witness to his musical intelligence and his dedication to his craft”.- Downbeat
- “Robillard’s ability to play across the spectrum of blues is legendary. Few players can move stylistically from Texas to Kansas City to Chicago’s West Side, but Robillard makes it seem easy.”- Guitar Player