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Roy Rogers

Slide guitarist Roy Rogers is kicking off the Performing Arts Series in the Bitterroot this Saturday.

HAMILTON – Every year it’s the same for Bitterroot Performing Arts Series.

That first concert of the year kind of sneaks up on everyone and then suddenly its over.

Monica Grable usually hears the grumbling afterward from those who missed out.

“It’s a little slow on the upstart every year no matter who is performing in that first concert,” said Grable, the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council’s executive director. “That first concert happens and then there’s people saying ‘Oh no, it started. I didn’t know.’”

This year’s first concert on Saturday, Oct. 24, is one people aren’t going to want to miss, she said.

The Grammy-nominated blues slide master guitarist, Roy Rogers and his band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, will certainly be one of those shows that people talk about on Monday.

A native of northern California, Roger started playing guitar at age 12. After hearing the music of the blues great, Robert Johnson, he developed a predilection toward the Delta blues and slide guitar that would eventually lead him to a place on John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Band.

His other collaborative efforts include such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Ray Manzarek, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar, Steve Miller and Linda Ronstadt. His music is also credited on a number of television shows and movie soundtracks.

Grable said there were still some tickets left for this first concert of the season.

They can be purchased at the BPAC’s box office in the Signal Square building in Hamilton. The box office is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays and performance days.

Tickets also can be purchased on the organization’s website at bitterrootperformingarts.org or over the phone at 363-7946.

Tickets are $29 and $35.

The concert begins at 8 p.m., with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m.

“People are going to really like this concert,” Grable said. “He has a ton of energy and plays a fantastic blues guitar.”

If people have the time, Grable urged them to stop by the box office for tickets.

“We always enjoy giving people that personal service,” she said. “We want to make sure that they get the best seats possible.”

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