Songs of the Day – Boyd Lee Dunlop’s Hallwalls Openers

By Seamus Gallivan

The rebirth of jazz-blues pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop was certainly one of the stories of 2011 in Buffalo music – one that went from Delaware Nursing Home to a local recording studio and subsequent album, then the cover of Artvoice to the New York Times and NPR as the 85-year-old who had been toiling in obscurity hit the charts and took the bow of a lifetime before an audibly adoring Asbury Hall audience in December.

Tonight, Dunlop will perform publicly for the first time since, accompanied again by bassist Sabu Adeyola at Central Park United Methodist Church (216 Beard Ave, 6:30-8:30pm, $15-20 online and at door), in an event presented by the new Wisteria School, which states as its mission to “cultivate socially conscious, critical thinkers by addressing students intellectual, emotional and physical needs. Through an arts-integrated, nature-based experiential learning approach, students are fully prepared to meet the challenges of a multicultural and ever-changing society” – more about the school in this WBFO story.

Relive Dunlop’s Asbury Hall debut in this video below, capturing the magic of the moment and his endearing, unconventional style – those who secure $20 premium seats tonight will enjoy an artist chat, presumably consisting of more than the mid-song shouts of joy he offers here…

Dunlap had the crowd eating from his happy hands at Asbury Hall last December – photo by Thomas McDade

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