Blues legend Salgado rocks Friday in Florence on the Oregon Coast
Posted 7/11/22 5:39 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection
(Florence, Oregon) – This sometimes raw and gritty – but always powerful – voice pairs well with this deft but imposing harmonica. Together they wield pain and joy into a musical weapon, cutting you down the middle, emotionally – as well as making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Behind it all lies a Pacific Northwest legend, which helped inspire a major cultural phenomenon in the early 80s in the form of the Blues Brothers. Bluesman Curtis Salgado has been strutting around the area’s stages since the mid-’70s during Eugene’s blues heyday, and this Friday, July 15, he’s settling down for more grooves in the coastal city of Florence, central Oregon.
Salgado and his full band will strut the main stage at the Florence Events Center (FEC), beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are usually $35.
It all coincides with Florence’s Block Party, where residents and visitors alike have a blast in the cool breezes of Oregon’s Central Coast.
Hear from the man who taught John Belushi how to sing, dance and howl the blues in 1977 while the actor was in Eugene filming Animal House. Salgado inspired John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd to create the characters “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues for Saturday Night Live and the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers.
An interesting side note: There was a part in Animal House originally written for Ackroyd, but SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels threatened to fire Ackroyd if he took it.
Winner of the 2022 Blues Foundation Best Male Soul/Blues Artist Award, Salgado and the band will perform excerpts from his 2021 album, Damage Control, and favorites from his 40-plus-year career. This album is full of passion, nuance and striking detail, with masterful original songs. As Salgado says, “Life is about damage control…problems and more. It’s about facing what’s thrown at you and saying, ‘I’m not done yet. ”
Salgado and Belushi in the 70s, in Eugene
“Don’t miss this incredible night on the magnificent main stage of the Florence Events Center, where every seat in the venue has perfect acoustics and incredible sightlines,” said Rachel Pearson, president of Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment (FACE ). “The concert coincides with the city of Florence’s ‘Blast on Bay Street’ block party in the historic old town on the same evening. The FEC is only a few blocks away, so you can enjoy both events.”
Salgado became one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters, going from writing a few songs per album to writing full albums of original songs. In 2016, many critics declared The Beautiful Lowdown – with 11 original songs – as the best of her career. According to Salgado, Damage Control is even better. He is delighted to present his new songs on stage, where the crowd ignites him even more. “I want people to identify with the songs,” he says.
Salgado’s show is produced by FACE, the independent, all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports the Florence Events Center.
Tickets are available at EventCenter.orgby calling 541-997-1994 during business hours, or in person at the FEC Box Office, 715 Quince Street, Florence, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FACE also produces community favorite events such as the Florence Winter Music Festival, Florence Festival of Books, Florence Indoor Yard Sale, art gallery galas, and more. For more information on Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment, its many events, or how to become a member or volunteer, contact Pearson at 541-991-8811 or [email protected] MORE PHOTOS BELOW
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