Tulsa, Oklahoma: the U.S. epicenter of Entertainment – first, hosting last weekend’s Presidential rally; and now, welcoming something to their fine city that’s a bit more, how you say, user-friendly: a live concert by renowned blues-rock guitarist Mike Zito, who kicks off his ‘Social Distancing Tour 2020‘ at The Shrine, 112 E. 18th St., on Thursday, July 2. Showtime: 7:00 pm.
Mike Zito is one of the hardest-working, most recognizable names in the world of Blues. When he’s not producing albums for the artists on his fledgling Gulf Coast Records label, the St. Louis native is touring throughout the U.S. and Europe (he was on a 30-city European Tour this past March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing the cancellation of his entire tour.
Not to be outdone, Zito set up a Go Fund Me campaign that was hugely successful, resulting in an album entitled Quarantine Blues, recorded with Zito’s touring band (Matt Johnson, Doug Byrkit and Lewis Stephens).
“Blues/rock guitar man and all-around cool guy Mike Zito has made the best of a bad situation by releasing a hot new album called Quarantine Blues,” writes Rock And Blues Muse, in a review of the new album, a free release done especially for Zito’s legion of loyal fans – written, recorded, and mixed over the last two weeks while Zito and his band were in quarantine after returning home from Europe after all of his gigs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zito is very much at the peak of his powers, pandemic or not, and his performances speak for themselves quite eloquently. These are some of the best songs of his career and are not to be missed. Turn this set up loud and it will keep your soul alive.
- July 2 (Thur.) THE SHRINE Tulsa, OK
- July 3 (Fri.) KNUCKLEHEADS* Kansas City, MO
- July 4 (Sat.) KNUCKLEHEADS Kansas City, MO
- July 8 (Wed.) CITY WINERY Nashville, TN
- July 9 (Thur.) MOJO’S BONEYARD Evansville, IN
- July 10 (Fri.) RUDE DOG PUB Cape Girardeau, MO
- July 11 (Sat.) BB’S JAZZ BLUES & SOUPS St. Louis, MO
- July 14/15 (Tues./Wed.) ZOO BAR
- July 16 (Thur.) STOCKS N BONDS Omaha, NB
- July 17 (Fri.) SOARING WINGS VINEYARD Springfield, NB
- July 18 (Sat.) TBA
- July 22/23 (Wed./Thur.) THE BLUE ROOSTER Sarasota, FL
- July 24/25 (Fri./Sat.) THE FUNKY BUSCUIT Boca Raton, FL
- July 26 (Sun.) EARL’S HIDEAWAY Sebastian, FL
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