Salgado to play land trust benefit concert

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Curtis Salgado, the 2018 Blues Music Award-winning Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year, will perform a benefit concert for Wallowa Land Trust 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the OK Theatre in downtown Enterprise.

Tickets are available for $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Visit wallowalandtrust.org.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent. His latest full band CD, “The Beautiful Lowdown,” was named by Blues Blast Magazine as the 2016 Soul Blues Album Of The Year. His newest release, “Rough Cut,” is a stripped down acoustic album with his band guitarist Alan Hager. Salgado and Hager will perform a set of songs from the CD in Enterprise.

“We did it for the love of the music,” said Salgado. “This is where our hearts are. These are deep songs that we love to play.”

In 1977, comedian and actor John Belushi was in Eugene filming “Animal House.” During downtime from production, Belushi caught a typically ferocious Salgado performance and introduced himself during a break.

Once Salgado began sharing some of his blues knowledge, a fast friendship grew. Salgado spent hours playing old records for Belushi, teaching him about blues and R&B.

Belushi used his new awareness to portray “Joliet” Jake Blues in “The Blues Brothers,” first as a skit on Saturday Night Live and then a best-selling record album (which was dedicated to Curtis) and finally as a major motion picture (Cab Calloway’s character was named Curtis as an homage).

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