It was a family affair at The Egg on Thursday.
Sure, legendary bluesman Taj Mahal was the headliner, and he delivered the goods – a heaping batch of feel-good blues spiked with African and Caribbean influences. But Fredericks Brown – a soulful quintet featuring Taj’s daughters Deva and Zoey Mahal at the microphone – served up an equally tasty performance of their own to open the show.
Taj Mahal has been doing his thang now for more than four decades, and he knows how to do it right. On Thursday, he stuck almost exclusively to the guitar – though he played Little Walter’s “Blues With a Feeling” at the piano, and a foray into “Roscoe’s Mule” on banjo was aborted when he broke a string – and his prowess on the six-string was never in doubt.
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