Two-time Grammy-nominee John Lee Hooker Jr. kicks off a four-show stay in Juneau tonight with a performance at Centennial Hall. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $25 for general admission or $35 for VIP seating in the first four rows. Admission is $5 more at the door.
Thursday through Saturday nights Hooker will play at the Rendezvous, with shows beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets for Thursday's show are $17 ($20 at the door); Friday and Saturday's shows are $20 ($25 at the door). Tickets for all shows can be purchased at Hearthside Books, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council office and website, www.jahc.org, and at the Rendezvous.
Hooker, from Detroit, is the son of blues legend John Lee Hooker, who died in 2001. Hooker Jr. got an early start in music business, performing on the radio for the first time when he was 8, and touring with his father throughout his teenage years. After a lengthy struggle with substance abuse that nearly derailed his career, Hooker Jr. pulled himself back together and returned to his music. His first album, "Blues with a Vengeance," released in 2004, won a Grammy nomination for Traditional Blues Album, and was named Outstanding Blues Album of the Year by the California Music Awards. Other albums include "Cold as Ice" and "All Odds Against Me," both of which combine traditional blues numbers with original songs and modern funk-inspired tracks.
During his career, Hooker has performed with ZZ Top, Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Lenny Kravitz, Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musslewhite and Etta James. Prior to his Alaska tour, he played shows in France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Rendezvous owner Deb Barry said bringing Hooker to town was a cooperative effort involving several local businesses and groups, including the Rendezvous, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, The Prospector Hotel, AK Litho, Juneau Taxi and Crown Royal.
For details about local performances, contact Barry at 321-6125.