TAJ MAHAL TRIO It’s difficult to sum up Taj Mahal’s 50-year plus career as a performer and musician. Sure, the two-time Grammy Award winner is widely considered one of the most influential bluesmen of the late 20th century. But he’s more than “just” blues royalty. The self-taught multi-instrumentalist—he plays more than 20—is credited with redefining the scope and definition of the blues, weaving in elements from West Africa, the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean, Latin America and beyond. DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS Davina is “one of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while” (Phoenix Blues Society). With nods to New Orleans jazz and the swagger of Memphis soul, Davina conjures influences as diverse as Fats Domino, Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, while creating a sound that is wholly unique.