Lazer Lloyd, who many call "Israel's King of the Blues," is a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose career spans the blues, rock, and folk with his self-proclaimed mission "to spread love of the blues across Israel."
Later this month, he is traveling to the U.S. for a few limited concert appearances, along with a couple North American concert dates in Toronto.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, June 22, he is doing one exclusive performance for the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana in the organization's 250-seat social hall space at 585 Progress Ave. in Munster. The concert is open to everyone and the tickets are just $15 by calling (219) 922-4024 or visit federationonline.org.
"Ive never been in Indiana, but I'm crazy about Larry Bird," Lloyd told me.
"Every song I create is a different mood different inspiration and a different struggle. I am trying to be as real with myself and the world as possible in order to connect myself to who I really am and to help connect others to whom they really are."
Michael Steinberg, executive director of the Jewish Federation NW Indiana, said Lloyd has been traveling for this North American tour performing as a special collaboration with The Chicago Blues Kings, featuring legendary blues front men Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Burns, James Wheeler, and Willie Williams and a powerhouse all-star band packed with talent and versatility including guitarist Will Crosby on guitar, Tony Cazeau on keyboards, and the amazing rhythm section of Kenny Coleman on drums and Felton Crews on bass.
Lloyd newly released album is called "Lost on the Highway."
Raised on the roots of rock and blues growing up in Connecticut, at age 15, Lloyd said he was already playing in nightclubs along the Connecticut shoreline and in New Haven with his group Legacy. At 18, Lazer went to Skidmore College to study music under famous blues men Milt Hinton (bass player for Louis Armstrong), Randy Brecker of Blood, Sweat and Tears and Gene Bertoncini.
Steinberg and the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana have graciously donated four gift bags, containing pairs of tickets for Lloyd's June 22 concert and also his CD for a fun giveaway.
Now, here's the trivia question to answer correctly to have your name entered in today's drawing for the prize bags:
• Lazer Lloyd happens to share the same FIRST name as one of the characters in the iconic Broadway play "Fiddler on the Roof." The character's full name is Lazer Wolf, a wealthy, older man who is eager to marry Tzeitel, one of the five daughters of Tevye, the poor milkman. In the story, what occupation does Lazer Wolf have in their tiny village?
You have until midnight tonight to call with the correct answer to this question.
All the readers who call in with the correct answer will be entered in the random drawing. PLEASE INCLUDE your name, town you reside in and a best contact telephone number. Call the CONTEST LINE at (219) 933-4173 with your answers.
Winners will be contacted Tuesday. The contest is not open to Times employees and their immediate families.