Enjoy Johnny Burgin's Traditional Blues and BBQ in Kalamazoo

Before leaving on his Tour of Japan, Johnny Burgin is presenting a Blues Workshop and Concert on August 18 at Kalamazoo's beautiful Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Johnny will be joined by funky blues band Crossroads Resurrection, 8 food vendors, beverage tent and 9 merchandise vendors, incluing Johnny's merchandise table.

  • 145 E Water St, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Blues Workshop 4:00 PM
  • Food, Beverage, & Merchandise Vendors Open 5:00 PM
  • Crossroads Resurrection plays 6:00 Pm
  • Johnny Burgin Band plays 8:00 PM

Event Info:

Johnny's road band includes Swedish Slide Guitar Queen Marie Martens on bass and featured guitar/vocals, and longtime drummer Steve Dougherty. His Johnny's credits include ....

  • Delmark Recording Artist
  • 2023 BMA nomination for Best Traditional Blues Artist
  • 2019 Blues Blast nomination for Best Live Recording Award
  • Touring and recording with Pinetop Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sam Lay, and more
  • Elvin Bishop: “His guitar style is raw and rude and real ... a nice original [vocal] style – he’s damn good!”
  • Vintage Guitar: "stellar fretwork, gloriously loose, earthy Chicago blues"
  • Teaching guitar at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Youth Workshop in Clarksdale, MS

Johnny grew up in Mississippi and South Carolina. When he moved to Chicago, Johnny thought he was pretty good on guitar, but a trip to a club on the West Side to meet (and sit in) with blues legend Tail Dragger made him realize and he had to start over to really play Chicago blues! For 20 years in Chicago, he patiently developed his own blues style under the tutlelege of Tail Dragger and Sam Lay, drummer for Howlin' Wolf and Paul Butterfield.

A sabbatical to California in 2016 expanded his blues vocabulary and led to Johnny Burgin Live, recorded in Sonoma county with guest stars Charlie Musselwhite, Kid Andersen and Nancy Wright, which Living Blues called

"a joyous listen." Johnny followed up No Border Blues: Japan CD came from Johnny’s many tours and long relationships in Japan and is the first American compilation of the underground Japanese blues scene.

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