The Westfield Memorial Library will host a night of blues with keyboardist Dave Keyes and harmonica virtuoso Rob Paparozzi on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad St.
Keyes, New York City native keyboardist, singer and songwriter is a 30-year veteran of the blues, roots and Americana music scene. He has played keyboards for some of the most important figures of the blues, roots and folk music such as Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Gladys Knight, Levon Helm and Odetta.
This varied musical journey, which started in the spiritual Southern sounds of blues, soul and classic boogie woogie, continues through his recent CD's and his soulful live shows.
Recently returned from major shows in China, Keyes has headlined festivals in front of 10,000 people in Europe and has performed in more intimate gatherings at private and corporate events. He was also a conductor for the Broadway production of Smokey Joe's Café and sings and plays on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack album.
The Dave Keyes Band was the house band for the nationally syndicated "The Ainsley Harriott Show" on NBC.
He has released five highly acclaimed albums, has been named the “Best Unsigned Artist” by Keyboard magazine, and also has been nominated by the Blues Foundation for the annual Pinetop Perkins best piano player award.
Harmonica virtuoso and vocalist Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967. He has worked with major artists such as B.B. King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club and Cyndi Lauper.
A Grammy-nominated harmonica player, Paparozzi fronted the Psychotic Blues Band in the early 1970s, a blues rock group which played extensively in the New Jersey area, opening several times for Bruce Sprinsteen.
He has toured with Dolly Paron, George Jones and has contributed to works by Whitney Houston, Judy Collins, Cyndi Lauper and Bobby McFerrin, among others. He is a former member of the original Blues Brothers Band and is the singer for the reformed Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Attendees must sign up for the program as music programs at the library are always filled to capacity. The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.)
To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday until September 16.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”