About the event
Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances, proving he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. A 12-time Grammy® nominee, he’s a four-time winner in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, and his 2019 release, Oklahoma, was named Best Americana Album.
Artists who have recorded his songs include B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Chicks, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer, Tom Jones, Melissa Manchester, Solomon Burke, and the Zac Brown Band to name a few. The list of artist collaborations comprises a who’s who in the music industry and includes Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole, Lyle Lovett, India Arie, James Cotton, Bobby Rush, Timothy B. Schmit, Marcus Miller, and many more. His guitar playing has garnered him two invites to Eric Clapton’s acclaimed Crossroads Festival and has inspired Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster and Bluesmaster Royale acoustic guitars and Martin Guitars to issue the HD-28KM Keb’ Mo’ Limited Edition Signature model.
The talented artist has also been awarded 14 Blues Foundation Awards and 6 BMI Awards for his work in television and film. In addition to acting, he has written music for Martha Stewart Living, Mike & Molly, and Memphis Beat. He played his iconic version of “America the Beautiful” in the series finale of Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, as well as at the actual White House for President Barack Obama. A long-time supporter of the Playing For Change Foundation, which creates positive change through music education, he is also a mentor at The Johnson School of Excellence in Chicago, Illinois, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts program.