Joan Armatrading’s Into the Blues U.S. Tour soars into Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29.
Born in the West Indies and raised in Birmingham, England, Armatrading has release a rich collection of music ranging from true soul to sophisticated pop in her 33 year career. She’s known for her rythmic acoustic guitar playing and her melodic electric solos, and has been nominated for awards in the U.S. and Britain. Her latest release, “Into the Blues,” which came out in May, earned her a spot atop the Billboard and iTunes blues charts.
Hear that music and even find charts to play it yourself at Armatrading’s Web site, www.joanarmatrading.com.
Amos Lee, a Philadelphia performer who combines soul and funk influences, opens the show. His inspiring — some fans even call it spiritual — take on traditional American sounds has landed him on stage with a range of artists, including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard and John Prine.
Reserved seats cost $46; lawn seats are $32, and children up through age 12 get in for $21.