Three-time Grammy winner and roots music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ will perform songs from his new album, “BLUESAmericana,” along with favorites from his 20-year career May 15 at Mesa Arts Center.
“My job is to look for something that’s truthful,” says the artist, whose given name is Kevin Moore. “Lies are the hardest things in the world to remember, but the truth digs right inside me, and it reaches other people, too. If a song is truthful, the way the songs on ‘BLUESAmericana’ are, I have a piece of that song inside of me, so I can always deliver it from my heart.”
During a career that has spanned more than two decades, the singer/songwriter and guitarist has earned a reputation as a modern master of American roots music. NPR calls him the “modern ambassador for the blues.”
His songs have been recorded by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer, and his playing inspired leading instrument maker Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster acoustic guitar.
He’s collaborated with numerous artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke and Little Milton.
Mo’ also performs the theme song for the TV sitcom “Mike & Molly” and was music composer for TV’s “Memphis Beat.”
If you go
What: Keb’ Mo’ in concert
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15
Where: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Information: (480) 644-6500 or MesaArtsCenter.com
Keb’ Mo’ Pre-Show BBQ
What: A picnic buffet featuring habañero chicken sausages, oven-roasted chicken, and pulled pork served with mustard red potato salad, fresh fruit salad, brown sugar baked beans, sandwich fixin’s, brownies, iced tea and lemonade. A cash bar is available and includes the evening’s specialty drink, the BLUES Americana Margarita. The Paris James Blues Band will supply live entertainment.
When: 6 p.m. May 15
Where: The north patio at Mesa Arts Center
Cost: $20 per person, includes one alcoholic drink
Information: Purchase tickets in advance through the box office.