New Sydney and Melbourne sideshows have been announced for Benjamin Booker, one of the stars of this year’s Bluesfest.
Based in New Orleans, Booker draws his influence from post-war electric Blues, and garage punk. In 2017 he released Witness an album that he created in response to the racial tensions facing America in 2017. The title track features civil rights icon and Bluesfest favourite Mavis Staples and is an anthem which demands listeners to answer the question: “Am I going to be a Witness?”
Prior to the album’s release Booker wrote an essay which detailed the experience that led him towards writing the album’s title track. The title track’s references to police brutality and activism garnered Booker coverage in politically-leaning outlets. Since the album’s release WNYC has described Booker as “a punk & grit-infused songwriter whose ecstatic and soulful sounds channel vintage soul-rock, gospel, and blues.”
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Thursday March 29, 2018
The Factory Theatre
Saturday March 31, 2018 – The Corner