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Kevin Burt & The Corridor
July 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Kevin Burt and some of the best musicians of the Corridor – including many Iowa Rock & Roll and Iowa Blues Hall of Famers – will take the stage from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently get him compared to a range of artists such as Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.
Burt is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come-on to the most playful growl. Though he performs between 325 and 400 shows a year, he holds nothing back night after night and audiences leave knowing that.
Burt has won many awards and played many festivals both solo and with his band, the Instigators. His awards include Best Entertainer in Iowa City (three times) ,Best Band in Iowa City (three times), Iowa Blues Challenge Champions, named as one of the top 25 unsigned blues bands in the world by the International Blues Challenge Competition and he made history in January 2018 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., when he swept the solo categories!
In a comparably short career, Kevin Burt has shared the stage in one form or another with a who’s who in the music world: B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Bernard Allison, Junior Wells, Robert Lockwood Jr., David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Wayne Baker Brooks, Blues Traveler, Head East, Molly Hatchet, Three Dog Night, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Chubby Carrier, Terrance Simieon, Dan Zanes, The Holmes Brothers, Tony Brown, Jerry Dugger, Ken Valdez.
Burt is also recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators. This honor was given to him by Iowa Governor Chet Culver in February 2009. Burt is a registered artist and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council. He has also written and published a classroom harmonica method book called “Just Play It: an introduction to blues harmonica.” His approach is simple: education through entertainment. His program has been going strong since 1994. Burt plans to continue this work as well as his community work with children and the arts.