Blues on tap in Lariat musical lineup

Blues, rock and more blues are on tap at The Lariat for the next two weeks.

Christopher Worth kicks it all off with a multi-night residency at The Lariat. He’ll be there Sunday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 3. (With the exception of Aug. 1.)

Growing up in Portland, Ore., in the mid-90s, Worth first got into hip-hop. “It was arguably the most explosive time for popular music.”

From hip-hop he found R&B and then the blues.

“I’m definitely not a blues musician – but I sing the blues,” he said.

Worth refers to his music style as “Bohemian Blues.” His newest album, Pardon Me, released last year, features soulful lyrics, rhythmic beats and a few Cajun bluegrassy tunes.

Worth said he believes that if you’re stagnant in your life, you’re stagnant in your art, and vice versa. “All problems in the world come from (the idea of) self-worth,” said Worth, who starts every show by saying, “I am worth. You are worth. We are worth.”

Barb Maxey, a Lariat regular, will be back with some bluesy gospel at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Following Maxey at 9:30 p.m. is After Funk from Toronto. Their name explains it – super funky – but approachable.

A Lariat favorite, A.J. Fullerton is back for another stint Sunday through Wednesday, Aug. 5-8. Fullerton is a young, up-and-coming rock and blues artist from Fort Collins.

Jeff Mix and The Songhearts will perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. The band recently launched a visual album and movie, Lost Vegas Hiway. (Watch it here: https://youtu.be/XI4AlADOZ9g).

After a bizarre run-in with a con man, Mix came up with the idea to write a song about many people staying in the same motel. It started as a music video, and grew into a 57-minute film.

“The idea was to get the songs out there, and it came out better than a regular music video,” Mix said. “The whole angle of songs and the album is empathy … cut people some slack.”

Pandas and People from Fort Collins will play The Lariat at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Their sound is a bit reminiscent of Mumford and Sons.

Rounding out the list is the uncomparable John Primer, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Primer, a legendary Chicago bluesman, played the Lariat last year, and rumor has it, it was one of the best shows of the year.

Primer told The Ark Magazine last year that he wants to “keep the blues alive.” When asked to explain, he said, “The blues traditions are fading fast. The guys who were born in (Mississippi) during sharecropper days are almost all gone. The stories, the history and the way we play blues needs protecting. I am here to protect it and teach others how important it is.”

If you missed Primer last year, don’t make that same mistake this time.

“I plan on spreading the blues traditions all over the world,” Primer said. “I will teach them to anyone interested – I think I am pretty successful so far.”