Blues icons take stage for Roots Concert

Turning its spotlight on “the blues” will be the next multi-performer Roots Music Series concert this Saturday night, July 27, at Pioneer Museum.

Bobby Mack will kick off the outdoor concert’s evening lineup at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by Omar and the Howlers. “The Godfather of Austin Blues” — W.C. Clark — will headline at 9:10 p.m.

Blues night is the third installment of the Roots series and, like previous performances, will be held under shade on the museum’s grounds, located at 325 West Main Street.

Gates (accessed through a side entrance off South Milam Street) open at 5 p.m. and admission costs $12 per adult. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free.

Proceeds raised from the concert support the mission of the sponsoring Gillespie County Historical Society.

Drinks and food are sold on the grounds. No outside coolers, beverages or bottles are allowed.

The evening’s opening act will be guitarist Bobby Mack, who started his career in legendary Austin music venues, including the Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, The One Knight and the Split Rail.

He was a house regular at the landmark, Antone’s Home of the Blues, leading the stage every Wednesday night through the mid 1980s.

Over the span of his musical years, he has released seven CDs with distribution in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Europe.

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