Son of blues legend to play OTW Left Bank stage

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Son of blues legend to play OTW Left Bank stage

By Jim Hagerty

Staff Writer

Blues singer, John Lee Hooker, Jr., son of late blues legend, John Lee Hooker, will complete the music lineup on the Verizon Wireless Left Bank Stage at this year’s On the Waterfront festival.

Hooker first performed live in 1962 at the age of 8, singing live on Detroit’s WJBK radio. In his teens he toured with his father and other acclaimed musicians such as Jimmy Reed.

Not long into his career, which was streamrolling towards success, Hooker, Jr. unfortunately fell victim to drugs, alcohol and the demons often associated with the excesses of the entertainment world.

Since the complete turnaround of his personal and professional lives, the Motor City native has been touring the world supporting his latest album, Cold as Ice. His debut, Blues with a Vengeance, was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award in the Traditional Blues Album category. The album also won him the 2005 W.C. Handy Award for Best New Artist Debut.

Critics naturally compare the younger Hooker to his father, however, his style is all his own. According to The San Jose News, “…truly, John Lee Hooker, Jr. is the real thing, and not just some tired imitation of his dad.”

John Lee Hooker, Jr. is joined by keyboardist Stephan Ortiz, bassist George Lacson, drummer Michael Rogers and guitar prodigy Jeff Horan. The band will hit the On the Waterfront Verizon Wireless Left Bank Stage Sun., Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. . Tickets are $12 for a three day festival button if purchased in advance or $14 for daily admission wristbands. More information about On The Waterfront can be found at For John Lee Hooker, Jr. tour updates and other information visit

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