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5 Facts About Keb’ Mo’

August 28, 2014

Keb' Mo' Blumenthal Performing Arts Knight TheaterKeb’ Mo’ is considered one of the best blues performers by many fans and critics. He returns to Charlotte on Sept. 22 to play Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Click here for more information and tickets.

Fresh off of a tour with Philadelphia funk-blues-hip-hop collective G-Love & Special Sauce, Mo’ will be playing the latest from “BLUESAmericana,” released in April. Get a FREE download of “America the Beautiful” from the new album HERE.

Mo’, 62, has had such an incredible career that he might merit another “5 Facts …” post, but here are the first five to get you going.

  1. His real name is Kevin Roosevelt Moore. Quentin Dennard, his original drummer, called him “Keb’ Mo’” and the guitarist’s label rolled with it. Mo’ started his career playing steel drums and upright bass in a calypso band. He moved on to play in a variety of blues and backup bands throughout the ’70s and ’80s.
  2. He’s won three Grammy Awards for best contemporary blues album: “Just Like You” in 1997; “Slow Down” in 1999; and “Keep It Simple” in 2005. Here’s a video of Mo’ with Robert Cray in concert in 2007.
  3. Mo’ has had an acting career too. It began with an early ’90s Los Angeles production of Leslie Lee’s “The Rabbit Foot.” He portrayed Robert Johnson in the ’98 documentary “Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl” and appeared three times on the TV series “Touched by an Angel.” He also played the ghostly bluesman “Possum” in John Sayles’ 2007 movie “Honeydripper.” These days, his TV work is more behind the camera. He performs the theme song for the smash CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” and was music director for “Memphis Beat.” And, yeah, he was on “Sesame Street.”
  4. He is a major activist. Among the highlights: He was in the No Nukes group; he performed at the Concert for Peace in honor of the Dalai Lama in 2007; and he performed with Keith Richards and others on the “Playing for Change 3: Songs Around The World” album. From his interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” in 2008, Mo’ says his message of hope and tolerance comes straight from the heart. “You gotta mean it. That’s the main thing,” he explains. “I don’t think it matters how long you’ve lived, but once you get on the planet and start experiencing things, then you got something to talk about.” Check out the “Playing for Change 3” playlist on YouTube.
  5. In 2012, Mo’ — along with Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Warren Haynes — performed at the White House for the “Red, White and Blues” special. The concert, hosted by President Obama and the first lady, was captured in a PBS special. (Click here to watch the full special.)  Mo’ performed “Henry” for the special.Keb Mo at White House

Click here to get your tickets now for Keb’ Mo’ Sept. 22 at Knight Theater. Tickets begin at $35.50. It will be an incredible evening of blues with one of America’s best!

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