By Angela Peavey
Award-winning musician and three-time Detroit Blues Champion John Latini will perform in the Summer in the Studio Concert Series at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver Street) on August 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15 and are available at sc4a.org or at 269-857-2399.
“Recalling the raspy, liquor-soaked growl of Tom Waits, Latini’s soulfully controlled vocals animate the stories of the songs. At once smooth and rough, his singing sounds alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous,” says the “Ann Arbor Observer.”
Latini grew up in Queens, New York, but says his is “as true a son of Michigan as any.” He personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s rock history, has to offer – an honest, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots, and whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest, or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.
In addition to being a clever songwriter, Latini is the purveyor of a blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style, and is an intense, incandescent performer with a testosterone-charged voice.
Tickets are available at sc4a.org or by phone at 269-857-2399.