Music Maker artists including Cool John Ferguson and John Dee Holeman will join Derek Trucks and his well-oiled, eclectic quartet in this one-time-only event sponsored by charitable network Band Together Raleigh, a benefit for the Music Maker Relief Foundation. It’s fitting that Trucks–the twentysomething, guitar wizard nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks–helms the benefit, as he is reintroducing the blues to a new era of college kids. He’s not some new-school hack, though: Trucks is a top-notch blues student that happened to learn the handle-notes-with-care lessons of Coltrane and the mood-cultivation principles of Indian music early enough to make them count.
Derek Trucks Band and special guests play the BTI Center Thursday, Jan. 20. Tickets are $29.50. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.