September 02, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Guy Davis Trio will perform a free blues concert on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lobby of the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Davis will be joined by Mark Murphy on bass and Professor Louie on keyboards and accordion.

The performance is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. There will be a free pre-performance talk in the Lobby from 6:45-7:15 p.m.

The event is sponsored, in part, by Gary and Sandy Sojka. This tour engagement of Guy Davis is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Whether he is appearing on Late Night With Conan O'Brien or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage or David Dye's World Café, in front of 15,000 people or teaching an intimate gathering of students, Davis feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his 'all.'

His 'all' is the blues. The routes, and roots, of his blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people's cry, or playful and bouncy as a hay-ride. He's a musician, composer, actor, director and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of his creativity. 

Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African-American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. 

The Daily Herald Tribune of Grand Prairie, Alberta, says, "Davis' folksy and humble stage presence, combined with his humorous monologues, made one feel that this was not a concert, but rather an impromptu performance on a front porch down in some southern swamp. Indeed, at times Davis had the audience singing, clapping and stomping their feet."

For more information about this free performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a free classical performance by Narek Arutyunian on clarinet with Yekwon Sunwoo on piano on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Weis Center's Lobby. The Sept. 21 performance is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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