Blues virtuoso Andy Cohen has performed with Rev. Gary Davis, Etta Baker, John Jackson, Rev. Dan Smith, Bro. Daniel Womack, and Jim Brewer, and is one of the few individuals who can do justice to practically every style of traditional blues: Mississippi, Piedmont, Memphis, Chicago, ragtime, and gospel in a one evening, all of it honed from a lifetime of hearing the masters in person and often playing with them. Though primarily a fingerstyle guitarist, Andy is perhaps the world’s most famous dolceola player, and one of his seven solo CDs is devoted to that small piano-like instrument with wooden hammers. He also received a life achievement award in 2012 from the California Autoharp Gathering. Visit www.andycohenmusic.com for samples.
Andy is joined by Takoma Park’s own Eleanor Ellis, Piedmont blues singer and guitarist who has performed as a solo artist and with Pearl Bailes, Rick Franklin, Flora Molton, and National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins, among other tradition bearers from the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation.
At Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC 20012 (Metro: Takoma). $20; members $10.