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Micki Free at Stargazers show preview


Micki Free , Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.,
  • Micki Free , Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.,
As undeniable as the therapeutic value of the blues can be, Micki Free likes to keep that genre, as well as its more rock-fueled derivations, separate from his explorations of Native American flute music. It’s a compartmentalization that’s entirely understandable, although the results are fairly unusual: The Grammy-winning Texas native will be playing two back-to-back evenings at Stargazers on his current tour, beginning with a Saturday blues-rock performance and continuing the following night with a set of Native American flute music. The latter was the focus of Free’s 2016 release The Native American Flute as Therapy, a two-CD release that includes a cover of Neil Young’s “Down by the River” recorded with Neil Young producer Niko Bolas. If all this sounds a bit strange, Free’s background is even more so. He was discovered by Kiss’ Gene Simmons, tapped into his Cherokee-Comanche heritage after seeing the film Dances With Wolves, and was the guitarist on “Dancing in the Sheets,” an infectious Top 20 single by ‘80s new wave R&B band Shalamar that was featured on the Footloose soundtrack. (Note: A portion of Sunday’s performance proceeds will be donated to One Nation Walking Together.)

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