Warwick - Singer and instrumentalist John Bendy will explore the blues and the people who made it famous on Friday, Aug. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Albert Wisner Public Library. This is the third concert in the library’s summer music series: “Celebrating Authentic American Music.” The blues. From its origins in the Mississippi Delta of the American southland, to the clubs of Chicago, this program will tap the deep well of the American blues tradition. Bendy will be joined by his “friends:” Mike Bendy on bass, Michael Purcell on piano and organ and Harold Rydell on drums. Bendy moved to Sugar Loaf from Brooklyn in 1990 at the age of ten. It was shortly after moving that he picked up the guitar. Since then his guitar playing has taken him from coast to coast in the United States as well as throughout Europe with the Bendy Pastorius Group. He has also shared the stage and made music with Kenwood Dennard (Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Maceo Parker, Harry Belafonte), Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea), Mike Pope (Blood Sweat and Tears, Mike Stern, Brecker Brothers, Chick Corea), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band), Randy Emerich (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders) Debbie Davies (Albert Collins), Popa Chubby, Bill Perry and many others. “Celebrating Authentic American Music” is made possible in part with funds from Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange and the support from the Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation.
If you go John Bendy & Friends will perform an outdoor blues concert on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick. Although the performances of “Celebrating Authentic American Music” are free, registration is required. Call 986-1047 ext. 3. If the weather is fitting, the concert will be held outdoors on the library grounds. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket. In case of rain the performance will move into the library’s community room.