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Blue Band icon in Blues Series

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

One of Iowa's best-loved musicians will be featured in the second concert in Buena Vista University's January Blues Series Thursday, part of the History of the Blues interim class at BVU.

The concerts are open to the public, full of information about the surging blues genre as well as great music.

Bob Dorr is in both the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame and the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dorr is the vocalist, harpist, and leader of the Blue Band - one of the most popular touring bands in Iowa, and a favorite of RAGBRAI each summer. He can also be heard on Iowa Public Radio as the host of Backtracks, and Down on the Corner.

His band has been tagged as "The best damn rockin' soul dance band in the heartland..." by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

The "unplugged show" at BVU will feature Mr. Dorr on harmonica and vocals backed up by piano.

Dorr has been the night voice of public radio KUNI for 30+ years. Unencumbered by commercial constraints, listeners were exposed to anything from Gregorian Chants to pre-success Bruce Springsteen; from The Child's Garden of Grass to entire album sides of Frank Zappa. In the late 70's/ early 80's Dorr first exposed Iowans to The Clash, Sex Pistols and The Damned. On December 8, 1980 KUNI listeners wept with Dorr on KUNI as he read minute by minute AP wire copy of John Lennon's assassination.

In depth interviews from his unique musician's perspective have allowed Iowans to meet blues legends (Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins etc.); rock icons (Mason Profitt, Thin Lizzy, Sleepy LaBeef, etc.) and noted regional stars (Bo Ramsey, The Echos Five, House of Large Sizes, etc.)

Dorr is a founding member of the Blue Band, which is popular in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha, and Chicago as well as across Iowa. the group marked its 25th anniversary in 2006.

* Thursday January 18, Burnside and Reed will perform. This African American, acoustic duo performs authentic blues. They also are well versus in the story of the blues, and intermingle history with their music. Both Burnside and Reed are decedents of blues performers, and both have recorded numerous albums.

All shows start at 7 p.m. at the Schaller Chapel on the campus of BVU, and are open to the public.