Eclectic and rule-breaking guitarist Cool John Ferguson will take the Mars Theatre stage Saturday. This show will be the fifth in a series of concerts at the Mars Theatre in support of American Roots and Blues Artists through the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
“It didn’t matter where the music came from. I just learned it all — TV themes, blues, R&B, jazz, gospel — it all came in my ears and through my hands,” he said.
No one told him that he was holding the guitar wrong — and by the time they did, he was too good to make the effort to change. Continuing to play his guitar the wrong way around, Cool John Ferguson mesmerizes audiences with wide variety of songs: “Golden Girls” to “Black Mud Boogie,” guitar pyrotechnics to traditional Gullah vibes.
Ferguson is eclectic in his response to venue. You can find him holding center stage in New York City at Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors, in Australia at the Byron Bay Blues Festival, making a stop in church for gospel, or just sending it out to the rooftops at his regular Saturday night gig at the All People’s Grill north of Durham, N.C.
He has been honored two years running as most outstanding guitarist by Living Blues magazine.
For tickets and more information visit www.marstheatre.com. Tickets are $20.