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Otis Taylor and friends blew the top off Boulder Theater Saturday night with his hard driving hypnotic electrifying brand of Trance Blues. And we were there as a primary sponsor of the inaugural edition of the Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam Festival and Workshop.
Taylor, a longtime Boulder resident, was joined by guest artists including New Orleans base man George Porter Jr. of The Meters; banjo legend Tony Trishcka, and Creole banjoist Don Vappie; former Muddy Water's guitar lead man "Steady Rollin Bob Margolin," and Indigenous band leader Mato Nanji. The all-star crew was accompanied by Taylor's own band that included his songwriter base playing daughter Cassie Taylor.
Taylor's goal is to host an annual post Thanksgiving workshop whereby anyone interested in making music has the opportunity to participate alongside professional artists. “The more types of participants we have, the better,” Taylor says. “The goal is to have musicians from all genres; classical, blues, jazz, pop, world, rap, spoken word playing instruments of every type; horns, strings, percussion and even street instruments like cans and buckets.” All skill levels welcome.
Though the headline event was Saturday night's performance at the Boulder Theater the real magic happened during the Sunday morning workshop at the Boulder Outlook Hotel, also an event sponsor, when the group of exhausted musicians met for an impromptu jam set on the final day of the event. It was more like being in someone's living room when a group of friends get together to play just for the love of music - a poignant look behind the scenes at the daily lives of road weary performing artists, complete with jokes, jive and tall tales.... and plenty of fresh music direct from the source. Priceless.
For more information, including how to participate in next year's event visit www.OtisTaylor.com or the Trance Blues Festival website.