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Robert Finley Live

Date: February 13, 2019 Time: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Event Description After spending the Fall and Winter of 2018 playing concerts in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, England, France and Switzerland, globally famous blues artist Robert Finley is returning home to celebrate his 65th birthday with a one-night special performance at Griffin Restaurant at MAD on Wednesday, February 13th. The show begins at 8:00 with Finley’s local backing band featuring high energy singer, Kiko Pryor followed by Robert Finley at 9:00 PM. Doors open at 6PM. Ticket prices will include reserved and general admission seating options. Reserved tickets will include a reserved front of house seat along with a meet & greet photo and autograph opportunity with Finley. General admission will be first come, first served. Tickets go on sale to MAD members on Monday, January 28th and to the general public on Tuesday, January 29th. Early bird ticket pricing will be available through February 1st. Finley, a Bernice, Louisiana native, is a testament to the idea that great talent does not immediately translate into popularity, and that things happen in their time. After getting his first guitar at ten, he started mixing blues, R&B and soul into his sound. He married, had children, and after serving in the Army, took up carpentry. At age 60 his vision significantly deteriorated, and he had to give up carpentry. He began to play everywhere he could. He also got divorced and lost his house and trailer to a fire. Or as Finley told the New York Daily News recently, “Sometimes things look like they're for your bad and they're really for your good." A blues musician’s assistance group heard him playing during the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, and helped him line up his debut album, “Age Don’t Mean a Thing.” Flash forward a few years and Rolling Stone Magazine recently opened an article with “The Gospel of Robert Finley, Dan Auerbach’s Favorite Singer.” Auerbach is half of the The Black Keys, the group that rocketed to fame several years ago and became everyone’s favorite discovery band. Auerbach heard “Age Don’t Mean a Thing,” loved the sound, and arranged to meet Finley. As Auerbach told Rolling Stone, “I’ve never heard anything like him before,” Auerbach says. “He’s a pure singer…. He’s been so musical his whole life it’s subconscious.” Now Finley has been playing sold-out rooms across the US and Europe as part of Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Revue. Finley will return to Nashville in early February to write and record a second album with Auerbach and plan on touring again this summer. Finley has played at MAD twice and loves the intimacy of the venues. Finley and MAD worked to clear the calendar for his birthday celebration and are planning a fun night. Or as Auerbach told Rolling Stone, laughing, “With Robert, every day is his birthday, and is a bit of a celebration."


Event Location Griffin Restaurant, 101 East Locust Street
Date/Time Information 8PM, doors 6PM
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Fees/Admission
Early bird 20/10 Regular 25/15 Day of Show 30/20
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