Gig Alert: Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal
“Scratch My Back”
Playing Thursday at the World Financial Center Plaza
(220 Vesey Street, Battery Park City)
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With his trademark wide-brimmed hat and electric guitar in hand, Taj Mahal is one of the world's premiere blues ambassadors in the late 20th century. Through releasing a string of albums in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Taj established himself as a musician who conceived of the American blues as roots music, often experimenting with flavors of African and West Indian music long before “world music” became the phrase on everybody's lips.

On Thursday, Taj plays for free as part of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, which will bring blues names large and small to the World Financial Center Plaza for three days. Taj Mahal kicks off the show, sharing a bill with former Stevie Ray Vaughan backer Mike Farris and Nashville country soul chanteuse Amy LaVere.

This song, “Scratch My Back,” is a straightforward, funky blues tune off of his 2008 album Maestro.

For a full listing of shows at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, visit the festival Web page at WFUV.