What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues, and the Canadian band The Rockin’ Highliners all have in common? Answer: Duke Robillard — guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, producer, session musician, and a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of these musicians has shared recording studio space or stage time with this legend in the blues community.
With nineteen Blues Music Award nominations and six wins, four for best guitarist, plus Grammy nominations, Duke Robillard is one of the most creative and honored blues guitarists of our time. BB King himself ranked Duke as “One of the great players,” and The Houston Post rated him as “one of God’s guitarists.” The New York Times simply praised Robillard as “a soloist of stunning force and originality.”
Celebrating his 50 year career, Duke Robillard is currently touring cross country and will be taking the stage in Portland at The Aladdin Theater on Sunday, July 9. Tickets for this all ages event are $25.00 and can be purchased in advance at TicketFly.com. Show time is 8:00 pm. The Aladdin Theater is located at 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue.