Tawl Paul joins Banjovi for a special concert at The Varsity

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Date(s) - 10/06/2018
7:30 pm

The Varsity Center


Tawl Paul (left) makes a special appearance with Ban Jovi at The Varsity on Saturday, Oct. 6. The combination should be stellar. Ban Jovi musicians are Cathie Hutcheson, Lew Hendrix, Bill Carter and Tobias Merriman.


CARBONDALE – The combination of three musical genres – traditional contra, blues and standards – might seem an odd combination, but you can hear just how well it works when bluesman Tawl Paul joins contra string band Banjovi in a special concert at The Varsity on Oct. 6.

The set list includes a variety of songs, including “Big Boss Man,” “The Letter,” “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” “Blue Skies,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” “500 Miles,” “The Thrill is Gone,” “My Babe” and “High Heel Sneakers.”

Banjovi has played for square- and contra-dances in Southern Illinois and Missouri for more than two decades, as well as many other venues and private events. Their repertoire includes not only old-time dance tunes but also songs from traditions such as bluegrass, classic rock, folk and blues.

Lew Hendrix plays dobro and clawhammer banjo, the oldest style of playing with roots in Africa. Cathie Hutcheson plays upright bass and guitar; Toby Merriman plays fiddle and mandolin. Lew and Toby sing lead while Cathie sings harmony.

Carbondale’s Tawl Paul (Paul Frederick) has been singing the blues for almost 40 years and is known for his growling, deep voice and electric presence on stage make him one of a kind.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $7 in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. They will be $10 at the door on the night of the show when doors and The Varsity Bar open at 7. The bar features wine, beer, select cocktails, spiked coffee drinks, soda and snacks.

The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with event and more, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.