4537 Lowell Road
Tampa, FL 33618
“Blind” Willie James returns to the Center with his band, Blue Situation, and special guests The Bad Girl Correctional Chorus. Blues and gospel music enthusiasts will enjoy an evening that pays homage to artists like Ray Charles and the Raelettes, Diamond Teeth Mary McClain, Big Mama Thornton and more.
James is known for his inspiring versions of blues and gospel songs. James was born blind and was then orphaned in 1933. He grew up singing gospel music in church near his home in Live Oak, Florida. While a student at the Florida School for the Blind in St. Augustine, he began playing the piano. As an adult, James ran a newsstand in Palmetto and continued playing in area churches. In 1975 he moved to St. Petersburg and began performing with the Blind Boys of Alabama, but his interest soon turned to the blues. Encouraged by the late bluesman Little Juke, James began performing in clubs and at festivals. James has played on the Florida blues circuit for more than twenty years. He has collaborated with a variety of musicians, including Diamond Teeth Mary McClain and Allen Moffat.
ADVANCED TICKETS: $19 members / $23 non-members / $21 seniors (65+)
DAY-OF-SHOW: $21 members / $25 non-members / $23 seniors (65+)
Tickets go on sale online Monday, June 24 at midnight!