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Arts council hopes blues artist brings new people to shows

The McDuffie Arts Council is changing the sound in its concert series. The April 17 concert will feature Jeff Liberty and Electric Mudd.

Arts Council Chairman Marion Ivey said all the previous concerts were jazz, bluegrass or roots.

"And all that's been great," Mr. Ivey said. "Now, we're trying to add a little variety, I suppose. This is kind of in theme with the upcoming Blind Willie Festival. This is an electric blues artist."

Mr. Liberty achieved his blues reputation on the sidewalks of New Orleans' French Quarter, the back streets of St. Louis and Beale Street in Memphis, according to his website.

He moved to Columbia approximately 10 years ago, where he and his band were voted best solo artist, new band and blues band in several readers' polls. He is a regular at the Dam Bar and the Doghouse in Lexington, S.C., and Joe's Underground in Augusta.

Wade Tatangelo, of the Sarasota Weekly Planet describes Mr. Liberty's style as "fuel-injected ... specializing in the kind of blues that lights a fire under your seat."

Mr. Ivey is hoping the new sound will bring some new blood to the concert series audience.

"He's a little harder-edged than we've had," Mr. Ivey said. "Hopefully that will gain us a younger audience, but at the same time, have something that still is cultural."

The gates of the concert open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

The venue is an outdoor garden, so those attending should bring their own refreshments, picnic baskets, lawn chairs or blankets, Mr. Ivey said.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Children younger than 10 are $1.

Tickets are available at the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, McDuffie Museum or Culpepper Ford.

An opportunity to win tickets can be found on the arts council's website at www.mcduffie

Web posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010

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