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Mary Jo Curry plays Blue Monday
December 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Mary Jo’s talent has been recognized by the honor of receiving the Kankakee Area Music Awards, “Best Blues Artist” for 2016. Her CD, “Mary Jo Curry”, was selected to represent the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society in the Blues Foundation’s, Best Self Produced CD competition.
Ms. Curry’s college training was in theater performance and voice. Her professional career started as lead singer in a popular rock cover band. While doing a show with a local theater group, Mary Jo was “discovered” by theater talent scouts who wanted Mary Jo to audition for a role in a major touring troupe; this audition led to a stint as a professional theater performer. Five years ago she fell in love with blues music, and was soon invited to join a Central Illinois blues band. The band quickly realized that Mary Jo was the real deal, and the band restructured itself to feature Mary Jo as the lead vocalist.
Mary Jo is joined onstage by her husband, Michael Rapier, who plays lead guitar, acts as band leader, and shares in the songwriting duties. The last 5 years have been the incubator to allow Mary Jo to shape her sound and her direction as a blues performer, and she is now ready to bring her blues to the world. $4 cover charge