KEMPTVILLE — Abracadabra — the organizers of Kemptville Live are conjuring up the one and only Steve Miller Band as Saturday headliner for this summer’s annual concert series at the Campus.
Steve Miller’s scheduled July 25, 2020, appearance in the North Grenville community follows an outstanding 2019 for the recording artist. He released a second volume boxset of his collected vinyl, opened his vaults for the first time ever, releasing the acclaimed Welcome to the Vault Boxset, performed live in over 50 cities, played Fly Like an Eagle with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, did two nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center performing Cannonball Adderley and the Blues, and more.
The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer — soon to be inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame as well — shows no signs of slowing down. He’s hitting the road in 2020 with his special blend of original American music along with special guest Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, plus the comedy and music of Gary Mule Deer.
Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ’60s.
With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music — and society — could be in the years to come.
Then, in the ’70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock ‘n’ roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, dominating radio through today. Hit followed hit in an endless flow: The Joker, Livin’ in the USA, Take the Money and Run, Rock’n Me, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner, Jungle Love, and Abracadabra among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio-and impossible not to sing along with.
Running through Miller’s catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and song craft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados — Les Paul was his godfather — so as a budding guitarist and singer, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from their musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, meeting T-Bone Walker and learning to sing and play listening to him and Jimmy Reed. Miller then moved to Chicago where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield.
Miller and his eponymously named band have played to more than 20 million people in the last 20 years. In addition to touring, he also contributes time to serving on the visiting committee of the Department of Musical Instruments of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he curates and hosts shows at both institutions celebrating blues, jazz and early American music.
From 2015 to 2017, Miller and guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan presented seven sold out shows at JALC: “Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis,” “T Bone Walker – A Bridge From Blues to Jazz,” and, with along with harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite, “The Blues Triangle: Memphis, Texas and Chicago.”
In 2018, Miller and Marty Stuart presented two sold out shows called “Music from Appalachia.” In 2019,
Miller joined forces with the Patrick Bartley Sextet and vocalist Brianna Thomas to bring “Cannonball Adderley and the Blues” to the JALC stage.
Kemptville Live Music Festival tickets are on sale now at www.kemptvillelivemusicfestival.com.