Crossroads Arena is getting the blues.
"An Evening of the Blues" – starring folk-funk creator Bobby Rush – is coming to the facility on Saturday, November 8.
Rush will be joined by special guest Sir Charles Jones, the King of Southern Soul.
"I am beyond excited about the show," said Crossroads Arena General Manager Tammy Genovese. "This is another first for the Arena and I am certain it will be one of our most successful shows."
Rush, born Emmit Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, appeared on the West Side blues circuit in the 1960s. His folk-funk style, a singular sound he dubbed himself, made Rush one of the the most colorful characters on the contemporary chitlin circuit.
Once Rush began to develop his own individual sound, he chose to forgo the blues route in favor of targeting the chitlin circuit. The circuit is the name given to the performance venues throughout the eastern, southern, and upper mid-west areas of the United States which were safe and acceptable for African American musicians, comedians, and other entertainers to perform in during the age of racial segregation in the United States.
Rush notched his first hit in 1971 with his single "Chicken Heads." Among his songs are "Dangerous," "Hen Pecked," I Got 3 Problems," One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," and "What's Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander."
"He has an unique style which brings together a cracked lyrical bent with elements of blues, soul, and funk," said Genovese.
Jones, who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., has become one of the more famous faces on the “Southern Soul” scene. With a style which ranges from jazz to fusion and from gospel to blues, Jones taught himself how to write his own music along with arrange and produce it.
His first album, Sir Charles Jones, was released in 2000.
The opening act will be Lyric, featuring Byrd.
Tickets are on sale now. Cost is $42 and $32 for floor seats. Stage left and riser seating is $30 with other riser seating being $23.
Ticket service fee and online fees are additional.
VIP tables are also available. The tables, floor stage left/right/front, can be purchased through the box office, phone and in person only for $600 per table. The cost includes a limited quantity of eight seats.
VIP purchase includes, VIP seating, table service throughout the show, a VIP Reception including a private meet and greet with Bobby Rush, cash bar and light appetizers prior to the show.
(For additional information, contact Genovese at 662-287-7779.)