“The Mayor of Benderville“, renowned blues guitarist Tab Benoit, makes his triumphant return to headline the 7th Annual Big Blues Bender, at the Westgate Resort & Casino, Thursday, September 9 through Sunday, September 12.
Tickets/Info: (702) 518-3222 or visit https://www.bigbluesbender.com. Benoit performs at the Baller Party (Thursday September 9; 2:30pm-4:30pm); on the Pool Stage with Alastair Greene and Corey Duplechin, (Friday, September 10; 5:45pm-7:15pm); headlines in the International Theater (Saturday, September 11; 10pm-11:45pm); and the Big One in the Bender Ballroom: Tab Benoit’s Midnight Ramble (Sunday, September 12; 12 Midnight-2am), immediately followed by the Bender Brass Wrap Party, from 2am-3am (always runs longer).
Benoit earned the “Mayor of Benderville” nickname due to his leading memorable all-night music jams each year featuring notable guest musicians, while often performing on the drums as well as guitar. Tab and the 2021 Whiskey Bayou Revue are touring throughout 2021 (complete itinerary below).
Benoit’s recent “Chicago Takeover” featured the Louisiana-based musician performing for six evenings in June at the famed City Winery. “Tab Benoit residency helps usher in the return of live music in Chicago,” writes the Chicago Sun-Times, who also interviewed Benoit. Read the entire interview, here. Benoit continues to add new dates to the tour, including four consecutive nights at the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, September 9-12 (updated itinerary below).
Tab and guitarist Samantha Fish performed together last November at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium for a live concert streamed worldwide. “This is an artist whose playing speaks to you as much as his lyrics do,” wrote Music Connection magazine, reviewing Benoit’s Ryman show set. “What Tab lacked in theatrics he made up for with a warm and disarming stage presence and heartfelt playing.”
The Grammy-nominated Benoit was selected among the “30 Best Blues Guitarists In The World Today” by Guitar World in 2020 and also co-authored the book Blues Therapy, about the blues and mental illness.
Benoit, known throughout his thirty-plus career for his environmental activism, performed two nights in his hometown of Houma at the memorable 16th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival. He also appears prominently in the IMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to protect and restore the Wetlands, and produced a CD to help restore that state’s Coastal Wetlands. Benoit was inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists in the Spring of 2020.
Whiskey Bayou Records is a partnership between Benoit and his partner and manager, Rueben Williams. The label has thus far released albums by such established and up-and-coming artists as Eric McFadden, JP Soars, Alastair Greene, Damon Fowler, Eric Johanson, Jeff McCarty, and Dash Rip Rock.
TAB BENOIT & THE WHISKEY BAYOU REVUE ON TOUR!
- Sept. 9/10/11/12 BIG BLUES BENDER Las Vegas NV
- Sept 14 (Tues) RHYTHM ROOM Phoenix AZ
- Sept 15 (Wed) RHYTHM ROOM Phoenix AZ
- Sept 16 (Thur) BELLY UP TAVERN Solana Beach CA
- Sept 17 (Fri) WORLD RECORDS Bakersfield CA
- Sept 18 (Sat) FULTON 55 Fresno CA
- Sept 19 (Sun) CENTER FOR THE ARTS Grass Valley CA
- Sept 21 (Mon) FREMONT THEATER SanLuisObispo CA
- Sept 22 (Wed) FELTON MUSIC HALL Felton CA
- Sept 23 (Thur) THE COVES Union Hall, VA
- Sept 24 (Fri) CORNERSTONE Berkeley CA
- Sept 25 (Sat) MYSTIC THEATER Petaluma CA
- Oct 8 (Fri) THE FILLMORE New Orleans LA
- Oct 19 (Tues) RAMS HEAD ON STAGE Annapolis MD
- Oct 20 (Wed) RAMS HEAD ON STAGE Annapolis MD
- Oct 21 (Thur) THE BIRCHMERE Alexandria VA
- Oct 22 (Fri) ELEVATION 27 Virginia Bch VA
- Oct 23 (Sat) THE COVES Union Hall VA
- Oct 24 (Sun) PARAMOUNT BRISTOL Bristol TN
- Oct 26 (Tues) SELLERSVILLE THEATER Sellersville PA
- Oct 27 (Wed) SELLERSVILLE THEATER Sellersville PA
- Oct 28 (Thur) COHOES MUSIC HALL Cohoes PA
- Oct 29 (Fri) INFINITY MUSIC HALL Hartford CT
- Oct 30 (Sat) CENTER FOR THE ARTS Natick MA
- Nov 2 (Tues) CITY WINERY Boston MA
- Nov 3 (Wed) BULL RUN Shirley MA
- Nov 4 (Thur) SPIRE CENTER/PERFORMING ARTS Plymouth MA
- Nov 6 (Sat) BEACON THEATER Hopewell VA
- Nov 11 (Thur) MARTIN’S Jackson MS
- Nov 12 (Fri) SATURN Birmingham AL
- Nov 13 (Sat) WALKER THEATER Chattanooga TN
- Nov 14 (Sun) TAFT THEATER Cincinnati OH
- Dec 9 (Thur) RYMAN AUDITORIUM* Nashville TN
- Jan 23 (Sun) NEWBERRY OPERA HOUSE Newberry SC
- Jan 28 (Fri) CULTURE ROOM Ft Lauderdale FL
- Feb 4 (Fri) PLAZA LIVE ORLANDO Orlando FL
- Feb 5 (Sat) CTR FOR THE ARTS OF BONITA SPRINGS Bonita Springs FL
- Feb 12 (Sat) DIXIE CARTER PERFORMING ARTS CTR Huntingdon TN
- March 27 (Sun) CENTER FOR THE ARTS OF HOMER Homer NY
- March 29 (Tues) GATEWAY CITY ARTS Holyoke NY
- *with Samantha Fish
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