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On Saturday November 25, 2017 the Detroit Blues Heritage Series will present“Booker Plays Hooker” a tribute to John Lee Hooker featuring Muruga Booker on Drums and John Sauter on Bass (both of whom played with Hooker) , Billy Davis Guitar on Guitar (who knew Hooker), Tony “P-Strat” on Guitar and Misty Love on Vocals.

This event will take place from 2:00PM until 4:00PM at the Historic Scarab Club. The Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth in Detroit’s Cultural Center. A $5.00 donation is requested.

John Lee Hooker is an American icon. This year represents,what would have been, John Lee Hookers 100th Birthday. Arriving in Detroit in 1943. He Also worked recorded well known Detroit Bluesmen Eddie Burns and Eddie Kirkland.  In 1948 he also recorded “Boogie Chillin”,which was recorded by Bernie Besman and released by Modern Records (Los Angeles). By 1949 “Boogie Chillin” had become the best selling race record of that year. Other songs written by Hooker include “Boom Boom” and “Dimples”. Hooker gained wider exposure in 1962 when he played the “American Folk Blues Festival, which toured Europe. In 1970 John Lee Hooker recorded “ Hooker and Heat”, which he recorded with the Rock group Canned Heat. This led to wider collaborations with rock bands and his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. He also won several Blues Grammy’s in the 1990’s culminating in a Lifetime Grammy in 2000. John Lee Hooker passed away in 2001. 

The Detroit Blues Society and the Scarab Club are 501(c) 3 non-profits dedicated to the Arts. For more information please call the Scarab Club (313-831-1250) or contact Ed Schenk at eschenk@comcast.net

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