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Beer Geeks Pub

A beer is served at Beer Geeks pub in Highland. Musician Mike Zito will perform at the pub on June 29.

Recently minted "Blues Rock Artist of the Year" Mike Zito, a man with the word "blues" tattooed on his picking hand, will show off his guitar chops at one of Northwest Indiana's favorite craft beer bars next week.

Zito, who recently won the Blues Rock Artist of the Year at the 2018 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, considered the Grammys of the genre, will play at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 at Beer Geeks Pub, 3030 45th St in Highland. The guitarist/vocalist is touring in support of his album "First Class Life," which has topped the National Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Albums chart.

"There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ was released May 11 on Ruf Records," his promoter said in a press release. "The rocking-yet-poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition: Zito is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee... Zito’s star has been on the rise of late, both solo and as a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, with band-mates Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott."

On his latest album, Zito sings about world weariness, death, back problems, and going from growing up poor in St. Louis and going on to travel the world as a performer.

"I love Mike Zito," fellow blues musician Anders Osborne said. "He's got that rare kinda voice that resonates in your soul. All his hardships, life experiences and kind heart oozes out of every note he sings. His guitar playing dances delicately between a contemporary blues virtuoso and an old fashion soul man. Mike continues to impress me with his straightforward and honest songwriting. His joy and grace shine through every record he makes."

Tickets are $15.

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