Northwind Arts Center welcomes Chicago Bob Longmire with Glen Hellman on bass, Tuesday October 9 at 2:00pm, in a free concert at Life Care Center of Port Townsend, 751 Kearney Street in Port Townsend.
Chicago Bob Longmire was part of the Chicago music scene for 45 years, since the early 1970's before relocating to his native Washington State in 2014. He had started playing near San Diego ten years before the move to Chicago, and he was eager to soak up the Windy City's musical culture. "I wanted to learn as much as I could while I was in Chicago," he said. "I didn't know I was going to stay that long, and I sure didn't know I was never going to stop learning!" Equally at home with blues, swing and standard ballads, Bob moves easily between guitar, harmonica and vocals. He loves to play really great songs.
The first song Glen Hellman learned, on a borrowed guitar, was Johnny B. Goode, back when it was a big hit on top 40 radio. Those hot guitar licks got him into his first band, which was a bit short lived. Glen's band mates were considerably older -- he was 14 at the time, much too young to be playing in bars with them. Growing up just South of Los Angeles, Glen did a short stint playing surf music a la Dick Dale and The Tornadoes. But he quickly settled into blues and swing tunes. "Two years ago, when I moved to Port Townsend, I retired my trusty old Telecaster," he said, "and picked up a shiny new five-string bass. I'm playing as much as I ever did, and still enjoying it completely."
The Arts to Elders concert series is an outreach service of Northwind Arts Center in cooperation with Port Townsend’s senior care centers.
More information from Northwind Arts Center at 360-379-1086.