Phil Wiggins & Mark Galbo: An Evening of Traditional Blues

Phil Wiggins & Mark Galbo: An Evening of Traditional Blues

Telluride Mountain School and the Rock and Roll Academy have put together an unforgettable evening of traditional blues featuring two legends: Phil Wiggins and Mark Galbo. The concert will be held at Arroyo Wine Bar on Thursday, February 19. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will start promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Proceeds from the concert will cover the expenses of bringing Phil to Telluride to work with people attending the Telluride Mountain School.

Phil Wiggins

Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument transcends stylistic boundaries.

Mark Galbo has been a professional musician for over 30  years. He is considered a master of the Piedmont style of blues guitar, which he learned directly from Phil Wiggins’ partner of 25 years, John Cephas. Mark and Phil first played together three decades ago at the Augusta Blues Festival in Elkins, West Virginia.

“Our performance will be a tribute, a remembrance, and a celebration of the Piedmont Blues tradition. Our friendship and shared history, combined with the power of the tradition, promises a very special evening for all,” stated Mark, who founded the Telluride Rock and Roll Academy.

In addition to the concert, Phil plans to work students as an Artist-In-Residence at Telluride Mountain School February 18-20. The idea is to provide TMS students with hands-on experiential learning in blues harmonica presented within the context of southern history and culture.

“To have an artist of Phil’s caliber working with our students is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” stated Mountain School’s Director of Advancement, Rachel Loomis-Lee.

About the Rock and Roll Academy and Telluride Mountain School:

Founded in Telluride in 2003, the mission of Rock and Roll Academy is to create and protect a space where students can make choices, take ownership of their learning, and develop independence of thought and spirit. The idea was simple; to provide a space where kids could come to music on their own terms, play the music they loved with their friends, and have a creative, collaborative experience of which they were fully in charge.

Telluride Mountain School is a non-profit independent school located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Students develop critical thinking, aesthetic expression, and ethical behavior, through a challenging values-based curriculum, experiential learning program and service learning trips.

Tickets to the event are limited and can be purchased in advance by calling Telluride Mountain School at 970-728-1969, ext. 15 or purchased online here.

For a preview of the concert, watch this video:

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