April 16, 2009
UPTON, NY — Blues musician/storyteller/songwriter Roy Book Binder will perform at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. at the Brookhaven Center. Sponsored by the BNL Music Club, the concert is open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo ID.
In the 1960s, Book Binder learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer Reverend Gary Davis. Eventually he left his mentor and toured across America performing at festivals like the New Orleans JazzFest, the Chicago Blues Festival, and MerleFest, where he has hosted the acoustic blues stage for many years. Book Binder has performed with many prestigious musicians and groups including Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna and J.J. Cale. A few years ago, the PBS Emmy Award-winning series “Arts Across America” joined him on the road, documenting his colorful career in a segment titled “Keeping Traditions Alive.”
Book Binder has been guitar picking, singing country blues, and telling stories behind the microphone for more than 40 years, but in his most recently produced albums he returns home to the root of folk and blues by using traditional melodies.
Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketweb.com or at Jeff Denny’s Music Station in Shirley, NY (631) 399-2713. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.
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