Coming up on Wednesday, June 28 at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin, award-winning blues and roots artist Peter Harper and his band Midwest Kind will be performing a free concert as part of the band’s summer tour across the Northeast United States.
The group performed a year ago on Aug. 10 in Baldwin, in which the band saw great success. Harper said he looks forward to performing in a part of Michigan he loves.
“I’ve lived here for 15 years so I regard myself as a Michigander,” Harper said. “It’s always been nice and lush and I just like that part of Michigan. The crowds have been good for us and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t come back.”
Harper, originally from Australia but now based in Detroit, has received a gold record, over 14 international music awards and four different albums in the Billboard Top Ten in the blues and roots category. He has also worked with and supported many internationally known artists, such as John Mayall, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray.
While Harper’s support cast will be the same as last year, he said returning fans will be in for a treat with older, featured songs returning to the lineup.
“It’s funny because my band chooses the music, I just write the songs. They come up to me and say how much they love a song and how we need to do that one again. Then, of course, a few people out there have bought previous CDs and they want to hear some of those songs. I’m going to be doing some stuff off some of my albums going back to 2000s.”
When it comes to music style, Harper and Midwest Kind reaps the benefits of many classical instruments, including the didgeridoo and harmonica. According to Harper, fan feedback alludes to these two instruments as staples in the show.
“The one thing that everyone talks about is the didgeridoo, which is an abnormal instrument,” Harper said. “For people who've never seen it before, they're going to see a very interesting old instrument that goes back about 10,000 years. I'm (also) known for my harmonica playing, so people who know the harmonica are gonna get their belly full of it.”
Harper’s work and more tour information can be found online at www.harper.biz/tours.html.