Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert welcomes two new friends, the blues and roots music duo Joe Filisko and Eric Noden, as the special guests on the first Saturday of the new year. As part of the Kaneland Arts Initiative’s Concert Series, the show takes place on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaneland High School auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Rd, in Maple Park, Illinois. Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased at the door.
Filisko and Noden are experts in the harmonica and guitar styles that defined the blues in its earliest days. With jaw-dropping virtuosity, they create more layers of sound and feeling than most full bands can summon, and both are high-energy, ultra-rhythmic performers.
“Eric and Joe are possessed by the spirits of Howlin Wolf, Sonny Terry, Robert Johnson, Johnny Woods, Sonny Boy Williamson, Gwen Foster and transported listeners back to the 1920′s Delta,” says Mickey Raphael, harmonica player for Willie Nelson. They’ve performed at the Chicago Blues Festival and in Sweden, Belgium and other parts of Europe. They are heard weekly on WFMT Radio, where they play the theme song on Saturday night’s “Sweet Folk Chicago.”
Lee Murdock is known internationally as “North America’s Great Lakes Balladeer,” and also as a fluent instrumentalist on six- and twelve-string guitar. Lee also loves to play blues, ragtime, swing and classical music on the guitar. After meeting Eric Noden and Joe Filisko at the Fox Valley Folk Festival a few years back, Lee knew that he’d want to invite them to his Hometown Concert.
Audiences at the Hometown Concert can expect a round of impromptu jamming between Lee and Filisko and Noden in the second set. Each year, the concert opens with a short set by Lee and one by the guest artist, followed by an intimate on-stage “song swap” with both artists on stage for the second set.
Lee Murdock’s Hometown Concert is an annual event which now draws people from all across the Chicagoland area. Tickets for the Annual Hometown Concert are $12.00 at the door. Advance reservations are not needed, but call (630) 557-2750 for directions or further information.