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Drive-worthy: Booker T. Jones headlines Manitowoc’s Metro Jam


A legendary performer and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will take the stage on Saturday night at a reasonable price for the discriminating, yet frugal music fan.

Those traveling in from the Fox Valley will pay no more than the cost of gas for the trek along U.S. 10 to and from Manitowoc.

Booker T. Jones — frontman of Booker T. and the MGs — will headline Manitowoc’s Metro Jam on June 15 and is Valley Review’s drive-worthy recommendation of the week. The Memphis soul legend will close the free, two-day music festival, which is in its 41st year.

Jones, renowned for the sounds he’s produced on the Hammond organ over more than five decades, performed behind icons including Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. Booker T and the MGs were the house band for the Stax/Volt labels and appeared on hundreds of recordings; defining Memphis soul along the way.

The band went on to record on its own and they were honored with a Rock Hall induction in 1992.

Jones will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. at Washington Park.

There’s plenty of great music before him.

Metro Jam starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with Howard and the Bluegills. The Tritonics out of Milwaukee will bring ska, rocksteady and reggae to the stage at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s lineup includes the Jay Stulo Band, Milwaukee’s Fuzzysurf and Red Wanting Blue out of Columbus, Ohio.

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