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Blues artist McCabe, Rich Poor Men to perform Sept. 20

Hall of Famer Bruce McCabe to perform Tuesday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [9-16-11]

Blues group Rich Poor Men, featuring Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame member Bruce McCabe, will perform Tuesday, Sept. 20, in a concert at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Performance Series event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Rich Poor Men is a regional blues band consisting of John Franken on guitar, Mick Massof on bass, McCabe on keys and Jeff Rogers on drums. All four members have toured around the country with other bands and are trying a new venture together. The group plays original works by McCabe, as well as cover pieces.

McCabe has been playing piano since his youth. He began playing blues when he joined the band Aces, Straights and Shuffles, whose members played regularly in the Minneapolis area.

“My time in Aces was a tremendous learning experience,” McCabe recalls. “All these guys knew the blues inside out. I was just starting at that really, and I didn’t have a good way to mike up the piano, so nobody could hear me half the time, which was probably a good thing.”

He has played with many bands including the Lamont Cranston Band, the Bingham McCabe Band, the Hoopsnakes and the Jonny Lang Band.

McCabe has been writing his own songs since eighth grade, and has co-written several numbers with Pat Hayes, including “Upper Mississippi Shakedown.” McCabe says he does not have a certain song-writing style, and that some lyrics just come to him while he works, “like a crossword puzzle.”

Since playing with the Jonny Lang Band, McCabe has also co-written some songs with Lang, including popular tunes “Lie to Me,” “Still Rainin’” and “Rack ’em Up.”

McCabe has been part of many live and studio albums, and has released two solo studio albums. He has been inducted into both the Minnesota and Iowa Blues Halls of Fame.

Tickets are $15 for general public and $13 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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