Ann Arbor Blues: Laith Al-Saadi Plays the Vogue

Detroit Bluesman and Voice Finalist Laith Al-Saadi to Play the Vogue on January 12th

Detroit and Ann Arbor have produced many, many brilliant musicians over the years. From Iggy Pop to Motown sensations like the Four Tops. And now it can add yet another jewel to it’s grimy, gunmetal crown: Laith Al-Saadi. Who, by coincidence is coming to play our very own Vogue on the 12th of January.

A Brief History

Laith Al-Saadi played the blues for twenty years before he was featured on the Voice. He studied jazz guitar and bass at the University of Michigan, and then honed those talents on the stage. During that time he performed with blues all-stars like Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy. With a pedigree like that, it’s no surprise that Al-Saadi got good. Of course, Al-Saadi did not receive national attention until reaching the finals on the Voice in 2016. Since then, he has focused on his recording career while appearing at numerous venues all over the nation.

His Sound

Laith Al-Saadi play a very traditional kind of blues. While distinctly post-war (post WWII, I should say), it still carries the timbre of many prewar greats. As any good blues does. Blues is, after all, a genre that keeps its roots in mind at all times. Still, he displays the same regional eclecticism as many modern blues musicians do. But this is only natural, as the blues lost it’s ties to any particular region long ago. Even so, he likes the Chicago style more than any other, and frequently employs it in his playing.

He makes excellent use of his deep, rich voice which seems to recall many classic bluesmen without referencing anyone specifically. The resulting sound is full and powerful. And the blues is nothing if not that.

So, as always. The venue is the Vogue. Door’s at 8:00.

See you there!


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