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Tab Benoit Kicks Off Winter/Spring 2023 Tour at House of Blues/Cleveland

Tab Benoit, Renowned Louisiana Bayou Blues Guitarist, Kicks Off 2023 Tour at House of Blues in Cleveland, OH, Friday, February 17; Tour Support Act: JD Simo

Renowned Louisiana Bayou blues guitarist Tab Benoit kicks off his Winter/Spring 2023 Tour at the House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Friday, September 17. Show: 8pm. Tickets: $30.-$90.25. Info: (216) 523-2583 or visit

Opening for Benoit is JD Simo, a Chicago-born, now-Nashville-based transplant and one-man crusader dedicated to keeping music real, raw, and honest. Simo has worked as a songwriter, guitarist, and producer with artists such as Jack White, Tommy Emmanuel, Luther Dickinson, Dave Cobb, Blackberry Smoke, and has even been a member of Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh’s “Phil & Friends”. Simo’s latest album Mind Control was released in 2021.

Tab Benoit Live! Some Recent Reviews

“The final song of the night was “Night Train” from 2005’s Fever on the Bayou which Benoit jammed on for over ten minutes with explosive guitar licks. It was a bring down the house conclusion,” wrote Blues Rock Revue in their recent review of Benoit’s show in Salem, OR. 

“Based on how early the capacity crowd filled The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on a Thursday night, the world still loves a great guitar hero. The good news for concertgoers who came to the legendary venue last night was they got to see two guitar masters (Tab Benoit and JD Simo) on the same bill,” writes Rock ‘n’ Roll Truth.    

“Tab Benoit has been a frequent Lincoln visitor over the three-plus decades that he’s been bringing his brand of blues out of Louisiana. Known for his distinctive guitar tone and fiery playing, he’s a powerhouse vocalist who sounds something like Otis Redding,” writes the Lincoln Journal-Star.

“Benoit took the stage, and within ten minutes the rain slowed to a drizzle, then stopped completely.  Blues From The Top 1, Mother Nature 0,” writes Denver Entertainment Hub’s Rick Witt. “From his set opening “Why Are People Like That” to his encore “Medicine”, Benoit had the delighted crowd swinging, singing, and swaying. Benoit’s set was the perfect culmination of three fabulous days of extraordinary music at an extraordinary venue in an idyllic location”.

Tab Benoit is renowned throughout his thirty-plus-year career for his passionate environmental activism. To that end, he performed two nights in his hometown of Houma, Louisiana at the 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 2020.  Benoit is one of the featured musicians in the Sony Picture Classics 2022 movie JazzFest: A New Orleans StoryFrank Marshall & Ryan Suffern’s documentary on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.   

One of the most impressive guitarists to emerge from the rich Bayous of Southern Louisiana in recent time, Tab Benoit’s guitar tone can be recognized before his Otis-Redding-ish voice resonates from the speakers. He doesn’t rely on any effects and his setup is simple. It consists of a guitar, chord, and Category 5 Amplifier. The effects that you hear come from his fingers.

Tour Dates

Feb 17 (Fri) – Cleveland OH@House of Blues*

Feb 18 (Sat) – Niagara Falls NY@Private Event*

Feb 19 (Sun) – Ithaca NY@Hangar Theater*

Feb 21 (Tue) – Nashville IN@Brown County Playhouse*

Feb 23 (Thur) – Kalamazoo MI@Kalamazoo State Theatre*

Feb 24 (Fri) – Grayslake IL@James Lumbar Center for Performing Arts*

Feb 25 (Sat) – Skokie IL@North Shore Center for the Performing Arts*

Feb 26 (Sun) – Madison WI@Barrymore Theater*

Feb 27 (Mon) – Mankato MN@Hooligans*

March 1 (Wed) – Milwaukee WI@Turner Ballroom*

March 2 (Thur) – Viroqua WI@Historic Temple Theater of Viroqua*

March 3 (Fri) – Iowa City IA@Englert Theatre*

March 4 (Sat) – Bloomington IL@The Castle Theatre*

March 6 (Mon) – Memphis TN@Lafayettes Music Room*

March 7 (Tue) – Memphis TN@Lafayettes Music Room*

March 8 (Wed) – Memphis TN@Lafayettes Music Room*

March 10 (Fri) – Jackson MS@Martin’s*

March 11 (Sat) – New Orleans LA@Tipitina’s*

March 31 (Fri) – Cedar Park TX@The Haute Spot**

April 1 (Sat) – Houston TX@Heights Theatre**

April 2 (Sun) – Dallas TX@The Kessler**

April 4 (Tue) – 

April 11 (Tue) – Birmingham AL@Saturn

April 12 (Wed) – Murfreesboro TN@Hop Springs Beer Park

April 15 (Sat) – St Petersburg FL@Tampa Bay Blues Festival

April 20 (Thur) – Raleigh NC@Lincoln Theatre

April 22 (Sat) – Newberry SC@Newberry Opera House

May 7 (Sun) – New Orleans LA@New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

June 3 (Sat) – Greeley CO@Greeley Blues Jam

June 30 (Fri) – Kansas City MO@Knuckleheads Saloon

July 6 (Thur) – Dayton OH@Levitt Pavilion

July 8 (Sat) – Johnstown PA@Flood City Music Fest

Sept 7/8/10 (Thur/Fri/Sun) – Las Vegas NV@Big Blues Bender

Nov 7/8/9/10/11 (Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat) – Ft Lauderdale FL@The Big Easy Cruise

*JD Simo Support Act        **Alastair Greene support act

Photo By Jean Frank

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – Tab Benoit Feature/Interview

NASHVILLE SCENE – Tab Benoit Interview

SPLICE MAGAZINE – Swampland Jam Live Review



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