Gritty Cajun-spiced blues with a Bayou backbeat
Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. He also has three Grammy Award nominations and has been named Entertainer of the Year four times by the Blues Music Awards. He grew up in Houma, La., and started playing guitar as a teenager. He hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas, where he played guitar alongside Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars and learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Tab to assemble his own band. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since. Tab has crafted a music career that encompasses not only his trademark Cajun blues, but also traditional country and vintage R&B. The next year, Tab earned dual honors as B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. An environmental activist as well as a stellar blues musician, Tab has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade, earning him the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
Free admission. Open lawn seating on lawn chairs and blankets. Picnics, snacks and coolers with beverages are allowed, including beer and wine, but no glass containers, please.
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The Levitt Pavilion is located in Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St., at the corner of Abram and Center streets. For directions and parking, please see Directions & Parking.