Hammond, Hicks & Hot Licks headline Fairfield U. concert
Published 2:05 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2011
Hicks began performing as a drummer in the 1960s in San Francisco with the rock band the Charlatans, and continued with his idiosyncratic group to become widely acknowledged as influential figures in American roots music. His music encompasses genres from proto-psychedelia and western swing to jazz, Tin Pan Alley and country blues.
Hammond, who will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Mississippi in May, began his career 50 years ago helping to revive the folk and blues movements in the 1960s.
Hicks spent the 1960s and '70s developing his signature sound, and in 2000 the newest incarnation of Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks released "Beatin' the Heat." His latest CD is "Tangled Tales."
Hammond attracted a following in the coffeehouse circuit in the '60s, and then later worked with electric blues ensembles, recording with musicians like Robbie Robertson, Duane Allman, Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite and Michael Bloomfield.
Tickets to the Hicks-Hammond concert cost $40 and $35. They are available at www.quickcenter.com or by calling the Quick Center box office at 203-254-4010; toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.