MARQUETTE – Award-winning blues band Magic Slim and the Teardrops will perform at Northern Michigan University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Great Lakes rooms.
Morris Holt, also known as Magic Slim, was born in Torrence, Miss., in 1937. He took an early interest in music and began singing with his church choir. His first instrument was the piano, but after losing a finger on his right hand in an accident, he had trouble playing it properly. He switched to guitar and began playing the blues at house parties on weekends. At age 11, Slim moved to Grenada, Miss., where he met and became friends with guitarist Magic Sam. Sam gave Slim some guitar pointers, and later coined Slim’s nickname.
When Slim began performing regularly in Chicago’s south side, he formed the Teardrops, which consisted of his younger brothers Nick and Douglas on bass and drums, as well as another band member on rhythm guitar. Over the years, the members of the band have changed, but the music has not. Magic Slim and the Teardrops have been honored with five W.C. Handy awards and have toured Europe, Japan and Brazil.
Advance tickets are available at any EZ ticket outlet. The cost is $3 for NMU students with ID, $14 for NMU faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public. Tickets purchased at the door will be $2 more. To order tickets by phone, contact 227-1032. Tickets are also available online at www.nmu.edu/tickets.