Most of us know Steven Seagal for his starring roles as an action hero in films like Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, Out for Justice, Above the Law, Under Siege, Executive Decision, The Glimmer Man, and Exit Wounds to name a few. What most aren’t aware of, is his lifelong love of the blues. Growing up Steven was fascinated with marital arts and blues music, some would call it a strange combination, but ask any martial arts expert or blues legend and they will tell you that it comes from the same place; it is the spirit that reaches deep within your soul that drives artistry. The Ridgefield Playhouse and Pepsi Rock Series Powered by Xfinity present Steven Seagal Blues Band on Sunday, March 12 at 8 pm. Steven got his first guitar at 12 years old and has been playing blues ever since. He has honed his craft over the years, sharing his love for the blues and jamming with the most prolific blues legends in music. Among them: BB King, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and his greatest influence, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Steven is an accomplished guitar player and his style of classic and modern blues is renowned. Even the amazing BB King is quoted as saying that, “Steven is great at guitar,” not faint praise from one of the most iconic musicians of our time! Make it a great night out with dinner and a show - visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield) and receive 10% off when you show your ticket! An Allshows.com VIP Party Pass is available ($25 add’l per person) which includes priority parking and free beer and wine from 6:30 – 7pm!
Steven mastered martial arts at an early age, becoming a 7th degree black belt Aikido master. His acting career was launched at his Los Angeles dojo, in the late ’80’s, where he taught marital arts to actors, including Sean Connery, James Coburn and the most powerful Hollywood agent of the era, Michael Ovitz. It was Mr. Ovitz who launched Steven’s acting career with “Above The Law” which catapulted a 22+ year career, 40 films, television, and over $2 Billion in box office revenue.
Steven’s mother urged him to “let the world hear his music” and he released his first album “Songs From The Crystal Cave,” which includes a combination of styles; blues, pop, jazz and reggae and features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. Steven is a blues purist and remains true to his roots, which is evident in his next album, “Mojo Priest,” which captures the essence of his smooth yet gritty guitar style and showcases the essence and influences of blues greats Muddy Watters, BB King, Bo Diddley, Robert Lockwood Jr., Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, and Hubert Sumlin. Steven’s commitment to capture the blues in a traditional and meaningful way is evident in the music he writes and plays.
For tickets ($90), call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.