Dave Keyes Band at Delta Blue

LAKE PLACID – The Dave Keyes Band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday at Delta Blue in the Northwoods Inn.

New York City keyboardist and band leader Dave Keyes has just released his fourth CD, “Roots in the Blues, which features Keyes’ songwriting and his award winning band augmented by the guitar work of Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) and mighty bluesman Popa Chubby.

Keyes has been a mainstay on the New York music scene for more than 20 years, playing with some of the most important figures of blues, roots and folk music. This varied musical journey started in the spiritual Southern sounds of blues, soul and classic boogie-woogie, and continues through Keyes’ recent CD’s and his vibrant soulful live shows. His third CD, “Covered in Blue,” which received three-and-a-half stars from Downbeat magazine, is a rambunctious set of mostly original material that ranges from New Orleans second line funk to slow, sensual blues and swaggering shuffles.

Their many festival appearances include King Biscuit Blues Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Chicago Blues Fest, and France’s legendary Cognac Blues Fest, where Dave has also been featured as a solo performer, as well as annual appearances at the Lugano Switzerland’s Blues to Bop Festival.

Keyes has also worked as sideman for a who’s who of roots music masters, such as Bo Diddley, Sleepy La Beef, Big Jay McNeely, Eddy Clearwater, Tracy Nelson, Wayne and Ronnie Baker Brooks, and the late Ruth Brown, in addition to accompanying such diverse artists as Gladys Knight, Pam Tillis, David Johansen, and the late LouRawls. He currently appears frequently with bluesman Popa Chubby.

Over the last decade, Keyes has worked in many roles as a band leader and Conductor for both Broadway shows and TV, most notably conducting more than 600 performances during the six year run of the Grammy winning Broadway musical smash hit, Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

Since then, he’s conducted and performed in the orchestras of Broadway musicals, “Lennon,” “Urban Cowboy” and the Earth, Wind and Fire inspired “Hot Feet.”

For more information, visit Dave Keyes on davekeys.com.

Delta Blue is located at 2520 Main St.