WUMB is proud to once again be partnering with The Belleville Roots Music Series who are presenting Corey Harris on Saturday, June 17th.

Corey Harris was born in Denver, Colorado to parents from Texas and Kentucky. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. His 1995 recording, Between Midnight and Day, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as Greens from the Garden (1999), Mississippi to Mali (2003), and Daily Bread (2005) show Harris’ maturation from interpreter to songwriter. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L. Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. His additional recordings include Fish Ain’t Bitin’ (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007), blu black (2010 ), Fulton Blues (2013), Live from Turtle Island (2015), Live at New Orleans Jazz Fest (2016), Live in Vienna, Austria (2016), Free Waterway (2018), and Louisa County Blues (2019).

Belleville Roots uses two performance spaces for its concerts, the historic 1867 Meetinghouse and the smaller, more intimate Stage Room in the adjacent Fiske Chapel complex. Both venues are part of Belleville Congregational Church at 300 High Street in Newburyport. The Meetinghouse provides seating for 500 on its main and balcony levels.

We thank Belleville Roots who are offering WUMB Members a 50% discount off their ticket purchase using the same unique code for our previous Member Shows. If you’re a Member and you don’t have that info please contact us and let us know.

Space will be limited to this show and will be available to WUMB Members on a first come, first served basis.