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Ben Payton

Categories: Restaurants & Bars, Music, Free, American
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Born in tiny Coila in the hill country just east of the Delta, Payton lived in Greenwood--the resting place of Robert Johnson--before moving with his family in the early 1960s to Chicago. There, Payton fell in the city's vibrant blues and soul scene, performing with artists including Bobby Rush. In the late 1960s, jazz pianist Randy Weston recruited Payton for an extended stay at a club in Morocco. Payton later returned to his home state of Mississippi, where he began studying and then performing the music of early masters including Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, and Mississippi John Hurt.

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The Bullpen
Thu, Aug 31 at 7pm, - 9:30pm

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