Two'Ten and A Quarter: A Tribute to Captain Luke with Cool John Ferguson & Friends | The ArtsCenter | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Two'Ten and A Quarter: A Tribute to Captain Luke with Cool John Ferguson & Friends 

When: Fri., Nov. 6, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $10-$15



THE ARTSCENTER, CARRBORO—When Captain Luke covered "Rainy Night In Georgia," he could best Brook Benton, rattling the woofers with his powerful baritone. Luther "Captain Luke" Mayer, who passed away in May at the age of 87, was instrumental in helping Tim and Denise Duffy start Music Maker Relief Foundation in the early '90s. Luke even led the Duffys to guitar whiz Cool John Ferguson.

Luke was a colorful character with a satchel full of unique sayings—"I beg your pocketbook," for instance, or "Oh, my landlord." When someone asked how he was doing, he would often reply, "I'm doing as good as two-ten and a quarter." When Duffy began to build a tribute concert for Luke, he decided that would be an apt title, even if he's not sure what it means.

"He was a workman. Maybe it was a machine he was referring to," Duffy says. "When he signed his name, it was Captain Luke, XX 20. He said it was some really powerful drill he was working on a job with. So two-ten and a quarter, in his mind, was that everything was out-of-sight great."

To help celebrate Luke, the show will feature an array of Music Maker artists, including guitarist Cool John Ferguson. "He's one of our maestros," Duffy says, "one of the greatest musicians I ever met in my life." Ferguson has played on dozens of Music Maker records, from country and blues to gospel.

Folk Heritage award winner John Dee Holeman, meanwhile, is a practitioner of the Piedmont blues style. The guitarist doesn't use a pick, instead favoring a clawhammer style for his mix of swing and ragtime licks in the melodies. Former Bourbon Street queen Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, a relocated Katrina survivor, and drummer Bubba Norwood, whom Ike and Tina Turner employed for a decade, will also appear.

"This is a special occasion, national stuff as powerful as you'll find in Mississippi or Chicago or Texas or anywhere, Duffy says. "This is the real deal." 8 p.m., $10–$15, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, 919-929-2787, —Grant Britt

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