Legendary blues performer Curtis Salgado (one of the original Blues Brothers and former lead singer for Santana) will be in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Lucky 7 Casino’s new Tolowa Events Center. Tickets for his concert are $25 each and are available at the Lucky 7 Casino’s Players Club, or by phone at 707- 487-7777. For more information visit www.lucky7casino.com.
Salgado is a legend in blues circles as much for his unique blend of blues, soul, and R&B, as for being the man responsible for inspiring a bit of pop culture and music history. In October 1977, Salgado was a 25-year old singer and harmonica player performing at the Eugene Hotel lounge when John Belushi stopped by. In town filming the movie “Animal House,” the actor was looking for a laugh and found something else entirely – the inspiration for the now-iconic “Blues Brothers” characters.
“Sometimes when I think of the Belushi thing, and The Blues Brothers, I don’t know what to think,” says Curtis Salgado. “I get totally blown away.”
The Blues Brothers reintroduced blues to a whole new generation.
“It was a good thing,” says Salgado. “It turned a whole lot of people on to the music.”
Born in Everett, Wash., in 1954, Salgado credits his parents with his love of music. “I grew up around music, and I grew up around black music. ‘Cause my parents were hip!’” says Salgado.
By the time he was 18, Salgado was part of the growing Northwest blues scene performing with the likes of Robert Cray, Muddy Waters, Bobby “Blue” Band, and Bonnie Raitt. Later, Salgado would also tour with his band The Stilettos, opening for such acts as Steve Miller and The Doobie Brothers. In 1990’s he was the lead vocalist for Santana. Salgado was selected 2010 Blues Music Award – Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, has been awarded “Best Male Vocalist” by the Cascade Blues Society nine times since 1989. He has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
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