Blues legend to perform in Watsonville

(Photo by Marilyn Stringer)

WATSONVILLE — Guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter Joe Louis Walker will be performing at the Appleton Event Center in Watsonville on Dec. 5

Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, was the house guitarist at San Francisco’s famed The Matrix at just 16 years old. He played with and opened shows for everyone from Lightnin’ Hopkins to Jimi Hendrix and Thelonious Monk. He was also a regular performer at The Fillmore West.

From 1975 to 1985, Walker released 23 albums and toured the world virtually non-stop. He’s also recorded as a guest with some of the blues world’s best-known artists, including appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and James Cotton.

Walker has played all over the U.S. and Canada, major European festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Notodden and Montreux, as well as festivals in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Turkey and Brazil.

The musician’s Dec. 5 concert in Watsonville will be held at the Appleton Event Center, 410 Rodriguez St. Local guitarist Scooby Valdez will open for Walker. Doors open at 6 p.m. and performances will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance at and $25 at the doors.

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