Thursday will bring ‘Wonderful World’

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 21, 2010

Concordia Parish Library keeps its winning streak going with all your favorite jazz and blues tunes.

Bobby Campo’s trumpet and Luther Kent’s vocals are accompanied by Mike Esnault on the piano, Troy Davis on drums and Don Vappie on bass. As you sway away with such songs as “Autumn Leaves,” “What a Wonderful World,” and more, you will relish being in the heartland of America’s Jazz and Blues country. And it’s free! And it’s so convenient!

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Thursday night in the lobby of Concordia Bank-Vidalia. Mark that on your calendar!

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Can you imagine the talent we’ll be treated to with Luther Kent? He’s a New Orleans musical icon who sang lead for “Blood, Sweat and Tears” in the mid 1970s. He established a loyal following in Bourbon Street clubs in the 1980s.

And after hours, wherever he performed was the place to be as some of the most famous musicians and singers of the late 20th century came in to jam with Luther and his band, “Trick Bag.”

Luther began singing at 14 and never wavered in his commitment to the blues genre. Recently, he released a CD paying tribute to his idol, Bobby Blues’ Band, which is garnering rave reviews.

In addition to heading a 19-piece band made up of some New Orleans’ finest musicians, Luther has released a new CD also guided by legendary music director and arranger Wardell Quezergue. Luther’s high intensity style propels the show to some of the most memorable moments in “Joint’s Jumpin.”

Bobby Campo trumpets an equally impressive portfolio of accomplishments. He has played his horn on more than three dozen albums and CDs with such greats as Charlie Daniels, John Fred and his Playboy Band, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and famous Louisiana band LeRoux.

He has recorded on such giant labels as Capitol, RCA, Epic, Rounder and Polygram. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Midnight Special, Solid Gold, and Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert. After 10 years of performing with LeRoux and traveling with “Gatesmouth” Brown, Bobby went back to school and got a master’s degree in trumpet and a teacher’s degree.

For providing this first class musical entertainment, we would like to sound off a great thank you to the entire staff and board of Concordia Parish Libraries, to Concordia Bank, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Again, thank you and Laissez les bon temps rouler (Let the good times roll!)

Dr. Brent Taunton is a Vidalia resident.