Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Blue Lotus Benefit Concert w/ Al Kooper
Al Kooper is one of rock ’n’ roll’s all-time great session players, known for his versatile contributions to albums from Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Lynyrd Skynyrd, in addition to his own records with The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat and Tears. In the late ’70s Kooper also produced the lone studio album from now-Wisconsinite Freddy Bliffert (then going under the name Freddie Henry), Get Out in the Open, and though it was hardly a top seller, the two remained friends. Bliffert and his wife now run Blue Lotus Farm, a 64-acre retreat in West Bend, Wis., that provides rural respite for people with disabilities, seniors and inner city kids. Kooper will headline this benefit for that organization, which will also feature local players Warren Wiegratz, Peter Roller, Robin Pluer, Jim Liban and, of course, Bliffert himself.