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Photo: John Hammond will be the featured performer.

West Long Branch, N.J. - The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for a concert featuring John Hammond with special guest David Lindley, in Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015. The double-headliner bill promises to be a night of stratospheric string styling’s and deeply grounded roots, starring two of the most celebrated musicians in the game—Hammond, a blues master of impeccable pedigree; and Lindley, something of a one-man dynasty in his own right.

As musical pedigrees go, they don’t get much better than that of John Paul Hammond—son of the legendary record man and activist John H. Hammond, the man who’s credited with discovering everyone from Basie to Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan to the Boss. That said, the Blues Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy nominee has independently and indisputably forged his own reputation over the course of 50-plus years of recording and touring; a journey that’s seen him meet on the crossroads with the likes of Duane Allman, Dr. John, Robbie Robertson—and Tom Waits, who called his sound a “great force of nature” that arrives “like a big train coming.”

The man who once boasted both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in his band returns to the Monmouth campus for an encore to his spring 2013 solo concert; primed to do what he does best—delivering The Blues, through his big voice and harmonica and National guitar—in a way that renders any further embellishment moot. With acoustic blues having been rediscovered—as it has been every so often, by a new generation of fans—Hammond stands uniquely poised to “show them how it’s done,” with a young blood troubadour’s passion that hasn’t dimmed a lick since he emerged from the Greenwich Village scene of the early 1960s, and an authority of which T. Bone Burnett declared, “The language goes out through the night...The Big Boom. Boom the room."

The seemingly ageless bluesman is touring on the momentum generated by Timeless, his first new release in four years, and a set (recorded, as per the artist’s liking, in front of a live audience) that finds him taking on songsmiths ranging from Waits and Chuck Berry, to Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James. He’ll be sharing the Pollak stage, curiously enough, with an artist who hasn’t released an album for some time—but whose “maxi-instrumentalist” mastery has never been absent from the earphones and airwaves of the nation for a single second of the past forty years.

mu 2007 david lindleyphoto: David Lindley is a special guest performer on the show.

One of the most sought-after session musicians of the entire modern pop era, David Lindley is most immediately identified with the Laurel Canyon scene spearheaded by artists like Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Warren Zevon in the 1970s—his instantly recognizable slide guitar and eclectic string-work serving to define the LA singer-songwriter sound every bit as much as the people whose names were on the record. Working with a variety of other performers —from Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton and Bruce Springsteen, to numerous collaborations with Malagasy musicians of Madagascar—and staying ever connected to his longtime colleagues out in Hollywood, the lanky longhair stepped up as a bandleader with his project El Rayo-X.

As a solo performer, the consummate sideman has proven to be a whole show in himself—dazzling audiences not only through his skilled work on acoustic and electric guitars, but also bass, banjo, mandolin, lap steel, bouzouki, zither, and several exotic stringed things that are seldom heard on stage, let alone properly pronounced or spelled. It’s a whirlwind, worldwide tour that draws from the indigenous music of Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Eurasia and rural America—a mix that promises to be right at home at the Pollak, setting for countless multi-cultural performance events.

The Performing Arts series continues into 2015 with concerts by Jason Isbell (February 6), Lauren Fox (March 21) and Toshi Reagon with BIGlovely (March 27). For additional information on these and other events, or to purchase tickets ($25 - $50), please contact the Monmouth University Performing Arts Box Office at 732-263-6889, or online at www.monmouth.edu/arts. To schedule an interview, please contact Eileen Chapman at 732-571-3512.

Event:                    “Two Trains Running” concert featuring John Hammond and David Lindley

Date:                       Friday, January 30, 2015            

Time:                       8 p.m.

Where:                   Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ

Sponsored By:     Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts

Cost:                        $50/ $35/ $25 Contact Box Office for information on group rates

Box Office:            www.monmouth.edu/arts or call 732-263-6889

Contact:                Eileen Chapman at 732-571-3512