Midwest blues legend Duke Tumatoe kicks off 2014 Thursday Night Blues

Midwest blues legend Duke Tumatoe, an early member of REO Speedwagon, kicks off the 2014 Thursday Night Blues: Live At The Eagles Theatre series when the Avon resident takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, for the first in a three-show series at the historic Wabash theatre. The Blues series is welcomed by Mi Tunes 101.9 and 105.9 The Bash, and sponsored by the Noisemaker Music Store and Rhoads Window Shop.

Duke Tumatoe, well known for his regular performances of “NFL Song” and “Lord Help Our Colts” on “The Bob & Tom Show” syndicated radio show, tours extensively throughout the Midwest with his band, Duke Tumatoe and The Power Trio. The blues performer has opened for Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, George Thorogood, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Doobie Brothers, John Fogerty and others. Fogerty produced a number of Tumatoe’s recording projects, including his most recent project, the re-release of his critically acclaimed 1988 live album, “I Like My Job!” on Warner Bros. Records.

Carl Weathersby is the second act in the series and will perform Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Mixing Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar playing, Carl plays the blues, from down-and-dirty to scintillating Albert King influenced chops. This is one powerful blues performer that will leave you amazed and thoroughly entertained.

Boscoe France returns to Eagles Theatre and finishes out the series on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. The 2012 Guitar Center Battle of the Blues winner enthralls audiences with performances featuring a blues anthology inspired by artists including Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King. France’s live shows also feature original tunes, offering a look into the heart and soul of Boscoe France.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. before each performance. Tickets may be purchased at the box office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 260-563-1102 or visiting

Posted on 2014 Jan 22