Legend Taj Mahal lays it down at Track 29
Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr. was born in Harlem in 1942 to a gospel-singing mother and a West Indian jazz piano-playing father.
Growing up in this musical household, he was exposed to a whole gamut of musical styles. As a young, college-bound man, he had a series of dreams about Gandhi and social justice, and out of those dreams came the name he’d become famous with: Taj Mahal.
In his 50 years of music since, Taj Mahal has stayed true to the blues—but he’s also incorporated many influences from all around the world. He’s played with a Who’s Who of music legends, including Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, Ry Cooder, and the Rolling Stones. And along the way, he’s become a legend himself, winning Grammys in 1997 (“Señor Blues”) and 2000 (“Shoutin’ in Key”).
This is not the time to stay in on a Sunday night. Get your blues shoes on and truck on down to Track 29 to hear Taj and his trio. You’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t.
Taj Mahal Trio
Sunday, March 23, 8 p.m.
1400 Market St.