John Németh hits Cla-Zel to jumpstart music seriesWritten by Andrew Farr | | email@example.com
The Cla-Zel Theater in Bowling Green will kick off its blues music series June 25 with blues singer/harmonica player John Németh.
The Cla-Zel, a major venue for live entertainment in downtown Bowling Green, often features live musical acts a few times a month and will continue to do so throughout the summer.
Banan Alkilani, director of public relations, said the Cla-Zel wanted to do a blues music series because it is an interesting genre that has been popular all over different parts of the country.
“It certainly has a history in Toledo and other places in Ohio, as well as the Detroit area,” he said.
Nicknamed “magician of the harmonica,” Németh, 34, is originally from Boise, Idaho. After extensive touring during the past decade, he has earned a reputation as a phenomenal blues singer and a virtuoso of the harmonica.
According to his website, Németh’s style is reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker. He has toured with famous blues acts such as Robert Cray and has performed in major music festivals across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. In 2007, Németh released his debut national album “Magic Touch.”
Németh will perform at 8 p.m. June 25 at the Cla-Zel. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The concert will be a CD release party for his second national album “Name The Day.”
Alkilani said the Cla-Zel has continued to book blues bands through the summer and into the fall.
“The blues series is sort of a non-ending series at the moment,” he said. “We are going to have probably one to two blues shows a month.”
While the Cla-Zel has bands scheduled for the rest of the year, it is not limiting itself to only certain types of music.
“We’re not sticking with one particular genre,” Alkilani said. “We are also interested in bringing in lots of New Age music as well.”
Coming up during the summer, the Cla-Zel will feature blues acts such as Bryan Lee, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones and John Lee Hooker Jr., son of blues legend John Lee Hooker.