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This summer, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal—two leading lights of modern blues—
are joining forces for their first-ever tour together.
The “BonTaj Roulet”, tour will be a coast-to-coast, 30-date outing in August and September, including appearances at such celebrated venues as Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Red Rocks, and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
These shows will feature Bonnie and Taj on stage alone and together. Bonnie, backed by her always-dazzling group, and Taj, with the six-piece, Grammy-winning Phantom Blues Band, will play full sets separately, before closing each night with a collaborative, blow-out performance.
“This tour is just what the doctor ordered,” says Bonnie. “Taj and I have so much in common, but there’s so much unexplored territory between us. It’s been a long time coming, and now is the right time.”
“We’ve been like ships passing in the night,” adds Taj. “Some of my musicians used to play with Bonnie, we have so many of the same friends—this is really an opportunity to combine some forces and play some great music.”
In addition to the glorious sounds, these two socially conscious artists will also be using the tour to make a difference.
The BonTaj Collective Action Fund will utilize several initiatives to raise money for a variety of causes.
In conjunction with ticketing agencies like Ticketmaster, Live Nation Ticketing, Musictoday, and some venues and promoters; the concertgoers and artists will all come together with the goal of raising $1 for charity per ticket sold on The BonTaj Roulet Tour.
Additionally, at every concert, Bonnie and Taj are making available ACTION FUND VIP PACKAGESoffering premium seats and an opportunity for a limited number of concertgoers to come backstage for an artist meet-and-greet after the show.
All funds raised will go into the BonTaj Collective Action Fund.
Bonnie and Taj first met in the early 1970s, when she opened for him at a concert at Skidmore College.
In 1973, Taj co-produced Bonnie’s third album, Takin’ My Time. “I watched her develop under the tutelage of people like Fred MacDowell and Sippie Wallace,” says Taj. “She got right in there and stomped it down. She wasn’t afraid to play for real.”
“It’s like we’re cousins,” says Bonnie. “We’re both blessed that we knew those old blues guys, we love the same kinds of music—we have a common language.”
“At these times,” says Taj, “peoples’ money is short, there’s lots of pressure and distractions, and this is when our job comes deep into focus and we really need to get on the stick. So I don’t know about anybody else, but I know I’m gonna have some fun.”
In May, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Taj Mahal will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
His work—including latest studio album, Maestro, which featured such guest stars as Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and Ziggy Marley— incorporates music from around the globe, from West Africa and the Caribbean to Latin America, the Hawaiian Islands, and so much more.