Cazenovia What the Grateful Dead was to the Haight, the Blues Project was to Greenwich Village.
While Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir got their start playing jug band music in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, Danny Kalb and Steve Katz did the same thing in New York City.
Garcia led a jug band called Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, while Kalb played guitar for the True Endeavor Jug Band and Katz strummed for the Even Dozen Jug Band. Both the Grateful Dead and the Blues Project eventually plugged in, changed their names and morphed into pioneers of psychedelic rock.
The Daniel Pearl World Music Days celebrates the life of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter and mandolin player to remind people to work for world peace. In early-2002 Pearl was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan while investigating the Al Qaeda terrorists.
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the night after the Blues Project concert, the Cummings Theater will welcome Acoustic Poco to its stage to continue the Pearl series.
The Los Angeles-based Poco now includes musicians Rusty Young, Jack Sundrud, George Lawrence and Michael Webb. Pedal-steel guitarist Rusty Young is the only original member still with the band.
Some of Poco’s best-known hits were “Crazy Love” (1977), “Heart of the Night” (1979) and “Call it Love” (1989).
Central New York songwriter Dusty Pascal will open Wednesday’s concert at 8 p.m. Admission costs $35; livespaceentertai....
After the Blues Project disbanded in the early-1970s, Kalb went on to perform with former Project keyboardist Al Kooper while Katz went on to play guitar for Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Kalb and Katz revive the Blues Project along with original drummer Roy Blumenfeld when they headline a double bill with Dos Blancos at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Catherine Cummings Theater.
The trio is touring in support of Kalb’s newest disc, “Moving in Blue,” a two-CD, 25-song package of tracks recorded between 1995 and 2010.