Next up for KeeLive

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Kevin Burt
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Next up for KeeLive

Entertainers next up for the KeeLive Festival in Cherokee Jan. 17-18 are blue's musician Kevin Burt , and local rock band favorites Jimmy Davis and Friends.

Burt will be performing at the Brightside Lounge on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Jimmy Davis and Friends will be performing at the Gathering Place on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently get him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.

Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come-on to the most playful growl.

Kevin Burt has won many awards and played many festivals both solo and with his band, the Instigators. His awards include Best Entertainer in Iowa City (three times) Best Band in Iowa City (three times) Iowa Blues Challenge Champions, Named as one of the top 25 unsigned blues bands in the world by the International Blues Challenge Competition.

Kevin is also recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators. This honor was given to him by the Governor of Iowa, Chet Culver in February of 2009. Kevin is a registered artist, and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council. He has also written and published a classroom harmonica method book called “Just Play It: an introduction to blues harmonica.”

Members of the popular local band Jimmy Davis and Friends include, front, left to right, Davis, Charlie Leisler. Back, Andy Juhl, Steve Alingh, Dave Hinners, and Brooks Begay.
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Jimmy Davis and friends are together again at the KeeLive Festival, ready to rock your soul with their vast collection of rock ’n roll classics and wondrous vocal harmonies.

Comprised of six local and skilled musicians, the Davis gang’s instrumental expertise will carry listeners through a wide array of legendary tunes with covers so fine you’ll think you’re hearing the original version.

Joining Davis are Charlie Leissler, Andy Juhl, Steve Alingh, Dale Hinners, and Broks Begay.

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