Guitar Player Welcomes Tab Benoit to the Bay Area May 24 & 26--Win Tickets!

May 11, 2012
imgTab Benoit is perhaps the top Cajun blues cat on the planet, and Guitar Player is proud to present a pair of Northern California shows featuring longtime GP contributor Jimmy Leslie as the opening act.

Benoit is hot on the heels of incendiary performances during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where he turned his beat up thinline Tele into a blowtorch and served up scorching licks that emulated accordion and fiddle lines and complemented his gravelly vocals. The tones emanating from Benoit’s cranked Category 5 signature amps were as hot and thick as the Louisiana air on the Jazz Fest Fairgrounds and in the stuffed-to-capacity Republic club for Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam where he proved equally adept at rocking second-line rhythms on the drum kit. The Voice of the Wetlands leader threw it all down with the radiant energy of a bona fide star. 
Benoit is supporting Medicine—his 2011 collaboration with Anders Osborne, and 2012’s Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit, so expect to hear an inspired mix of classic and recent material over Memorial Day Weekend.

Watch Benoit rip into “Shelter Me" here: 

Opening for Benoit for these special shows will be Jimmy Leslie (Shana Morrison, Guitarfish, Honey Island Swamp Band), a longtime freelance writer and event coordinator for GP. The San Franciscan has a signature freehand style that incorporates flamenco-like flourishes, slapping and plucking, and inventive faux-slide leads. His tenor voice is equally unique. “Almost all of my songs feature the vocals,” says Leslie, “but they are entirely guitar-based with an emphasis on groove.”

Watch Leslie get “Soulful & Strange” at the Daze Between Festival in New Orleans:

Make plans to be in the Bay Area over Memorial Day Weekend and show up at the Mystic, at Slim’s, or both. Act now, as dinner & show combination tickets for Slim’s are already sold out!

Event Details:
Guitar Player Presents Tab Benoit with Jimmy Leslie & the Flow
Thursday, May 24th at McNear’s Mystic Theatre: 23 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma, CA 94952
7pm doors; 8pm show; Ages 21+
Buy $21 tickets here

Guitar Player Presents Tab Benoit with Jimmy Leslie & the Flow
Saturday, May 26th at Slim’s: 333 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
8pm doors; 9pm show; Ages 6+
Buy $22 tickets here

Free Guitar Player magazines, D’Addario strings, and Planet Waves accessories will be available at both shows!

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Contest Details
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, click HERE and put "Tab Mystic" or "Tab Slims" in the subject of your email. Winner must provide own transportation to the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California, or to Slim’s in San Francisco and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on May 24th or May 26th.
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