2010-02-11 / Entertainment

World Class Bluesman Performs At Ice House

Famed blues guitarist Tom Principato brings his award-winning sound and band to the Ice House in Berkeley Springs for a concert on Saturday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are now on sale for the limited seating hall. The concert is produced by the Morgan Arts Council.

Billed as the “Potomac Superpicker” on the cover of Vintage Guitar Magazine, Principato has been playing virtuoso blues with some the world’s finest performers for more than 25 years and is repeatedly described as a great unsung hero of the blues guitar. He has more than 16 CDs to his credit, including the most recent: “Raising the Roof” which won Best Blues Recording from WAMA in 2008, one of nearly two dozen he's won from the Washington-based music association over his career. Principato and his trio of back-up musicians toured clubs and festivals extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Principato is a blues veteran who’s been working the club circuit since he first discovered B.B.King in high school. A rootsy, blues-rock guitarist and passionate vocalist, virtuosic instrumentals have always been an integral part of his live shows. His fluid style encompasses everything from traditional blues and rock to Latin, funk, New Orleans, R&B, and even some Hindustani slide guitar riffs. “I don’t play jazz but I get jazzy at times,” he said.

As one music reviewer claimed, “It’s difficult to understand why this blues-rocking Telecaster master isn’t a major contemporary blues/roots star. Principato is sure talented enough and he’s been leaving mouths agape with his classy yet searing guitar pyrotechnics over the United States and Europe for the better part of four decades.”

The concert is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, West Virginia Commission on the Arts and hotel taxes from Bath and Morgan County. For more information on the concert and Tom Principato, check online at www.macicehouse.org or call 304-258-2300. The Ice House is located on Independence and Mercer in downtown Berkeley Springs.

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