Curtis Salgado Big Band

Curtis Salgado

Curtis Salgado Big Band, presented by Safeway


"Triumphant, joyful blues-soaked R& of the most soulful, honest singers ever” –Blues Revue

Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado sings and plays with soulful authority, never giving less than 100 percent. He plays each and every show like it’s the most important gig of his career. He recalls the time when his friend, the great chitlin’ circuit singer Buddy Ace, put on the show of his life, singing his heart out, making three costume changes, all while playing at a casual house party. Salgado was floored. “I was just there playing with my band, hanging out in cut-offs and a t-shirt, and there’s Buddy treating the gig the same as if he was performing at the Apollo,” he says. From that moment on, Curtis vowed that every time he got on stage he would deliver his very best shot.

Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. He moves with ease from the tenderest ballads to the most full-throated stompers. Blues Revue says, “Salgado is one of the most down-to-earth, soulful, honest singers ever, and his harmonica work is smoking and thoroughly invigorating...rollicking, funky and electrifying.”

With his 2013 Alligator Records debut, Soul Shot, Salgado is reaching the largest audience of his career. The album helped Curtis sweep last year's Blues Music Awards, winning the "B.B. King Entertainer of the Year", "Soul-Blues Male Artist of the Year" and "Soul-Blues Album of the Year" awards.

Curtis—at the top of his game and the peak of his career—returns to the festival backed by his 10-piece big band, augmented by horn section, extra keyboardist and backup singers! Don't miss Curtis take his swing and hit it out of Waterfront Park.