By Patrice ShieldsTab Benoit October 2015_5

Three-time Grammy nominated Blues Guitarist Tab Benoit brings the Bayou to Bonita Springs with a performance that blends Cajun flavored Zydeco music with up-tempo Blues and Rock on Wednesday, October 21, 2015; 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. A dynamic and skilled singer, song writer and vocalist, Benoit is a four-time “Entertainer of the Year” and five-time “Contemporary Male of the Year” Blues Music Awards winner.

Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born in Houma, Louisiana, Benoit began playing guitar since his teen years and hanging out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.

Benoit landed a recording contract with the tiny, Texas-based Justice Records and released a series of well-received recordings, beginning in 1992 with Nice and Warm, an album that prompted comparisons to blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins and even Jimi Hendrix. Despite the hype, Benoit has done his best over the years to maintain a commitment to his Cajun roots.

Crowd Waiting Tab BenoitIn 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) in Memphis.

Tickets for “Tab Benoit,” are $45 for Premium Seats, $40 for Center Row Seats, $35 for Side Seats. Tickets may be purchase on-line at or by calling the Centers for the arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.Tab Benoit October 2015_8

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Who Killed the Rabbi? Murder Murder Mystery Brunch October 18, 11:30am “Deb & the Dynamics,” October 17, 8pm, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show, October 30, 8:30pm, “Meet the Composters Classical Music Series,” November 1, 3pm, “Guitar Legends,” November 5, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Tab Benoit – Delta Blues
WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: Tickets: $45 Premium Seats / $40 Center Seats / $35 Side Seats


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