Award-winning musician and three-time Detroit Blues Champ, John Latini personifies the best that Michigan’s rock history has to offer: an honest, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas.
It’s more that, whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working in duos with longtime sidekicks Whit Hill or Jamie-Sue Seal, or, most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots. In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style— but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.” A popular, well-established voice in Michigan, he’s begun to build an enthusiastic fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond to Colorado and New York.
Don’t miss John Latini at the TCA when he showcases his talent on November 2 with his band The Latini Flying Brothers. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors, youth and military members. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 517-423-6617, at the box office located at 400 N. Maumee Street, Tecumseh, Michigan, or on-line at www.thetca.org.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ 39th season is sponsored by Three Dudes and Dinner. The National Touring Season is sponsored in part by Tuckey’s Big Boy and Carpet on Wheels. The John Latini Show Sponsor is Bob Fox from Howard Hanna Realty.