Keb’ Mo’ returns to Belly Up Aspen |

Keb’ Mo’ returns to Belly Up Aspen

Ross Leonhart
Vail Daily
Keb' Mo' and his band will bring the blues to the Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek on Saturday, Aug. 13. The performance begins at 8 p.m.
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If you go …

Who: Keb’ Mo’

Where: Belly Up Aspen

When: Thursday, Aug. 11, 9 p.m.

Cost: $55-$95.

Tickets: Belly Up box office;

Grammy Award-winning blues player Keb’ Mo’ returns to Aspen on Aug. 11 with a performance at Belly Up.

His performance name, Keb’ Mo’, is the shortened form of his name, Kevin Moore.

“Sometimes, with Southern accents, people replace the ‘v’ with a ‘b,’” he said.

After growing up “crazy in the ’70s,” Moore became a blues music mainstay since his first self-titled album in 1994, featuring popular songs “Am I Wrong,” “Life is Beautiful” and “The Worst is Yet to Come.”

He has toured relentlessly for the past two decades and released 15 albums, with another one in the works with Taj Mahal.

“Some things change and some things don’t,” he said about his career. “When I started, they were still making cassettes.”

While the avenues for music has changed, the constant in Moore’s career has been his pledge to do the best he can.

“Music is music, but music has to compete with more forms of entertainment than it used to, and that’s just the reality of life,” he said. “In life, we always have to adjust to the times and circumstances.”

Over the years, Moore has given back as much as he’s taken from the industry. He’s been a longtime supporter of the Playing For Change Foundation, a nonprofit that improves quality of life for children through music and arts education. He also serves as a mentor at The Johnson School of Excellence in Chicago, working with teachers, students, parents and the community to help build a successful arts education program.

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