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ZZ Top—Bringing the Blues to Bemidji

By Kelsey Jacobson

ZZ Top will be bringing the blues live to Bemidji at the Sanford Center on March 28th, beginning at 7 pm for the band’s 2016 Hell Raisers’ Tour.

The Hell Raisers’ Tour will kick off in mid-March with the band traveling to North America and then to Europe. Bemidji will be their seventh stop as the band travels up to Canada before they finish out their tour in Sweden.

ZZ Top was originally formed within the area of Houston, Texas forty-six years ago with singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist and singer Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard.

The ZZ Top trio.
The ZZ Top trio.

Their earliest record was in 1971, two years after they became known as ZZ Top and then becoming an influential American Rock band in the 70’s. Today, ZZ Top brings in all types of crowds to their concerts. Songs from their first record included: Brown Sugar, Flashdance Blues, and Can’t Get Enough. The band’s latest record, “The Very Baddest” was produced in 2014.  Some songs on their current record include: Gimme All Your Lovin’, My Head’s in Mississippi, Loaded, and As Time Goes By.

This trio sets a party tone and electric atmosphere for their audience when it comes to their live performances. ZZ Top is able to keep their personal flair without sacrificing their original musical style, yet they also appear to a younger audience because of their evolving musical abilities. Their music appeals to anyone who enjoys rock and roll with a bluesy tone and is catchy to the ear. Over the years, ZZ Top has stayed true to themselves, their fans, and their distinct sound.

Also known for their crazy, long white beards and humorous music videos, ZZ Top will not disappoint.  The show will consist of their greatest hits of the 70’s and 80’s as well as their current musical hits. Tickets are still being sold now so don’t wait to see one of rock and roll’s oldest bands perform live.

See you there, Bemidji!