San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A native of New Jersey, self-taught blues musician Junior Mack has been playing guitar since the age of nine. An opportunity to play for the late Pops Staples early in his career, and the encouraging reaction from both Pops and Mavis Staples, was the first in a chain of events that drove him to present his interpretation of the blues to a wider audience. Since then, Mack has developed the stage presence of a seasoned performer, lulling, mesmerizing, and reeling the audience into a groove all his own. His soulful interpretation of the blues never fails to captivate.
Mack's guitar playing influences include Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Jan Akkerman, and Wes Montgomery, although the foundation of his playing lies in the soulfulness of gospel and blues. Vocally, his influences are all gospel. The Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke and Paul Foster and The Sensational Nightingales with Reverend Julius Cheeks proved the initial inspiration for his delivery, and the influence of Greg Allman later added a distinct flavor to his sound.
Mack has been member of the Jaimoe Jasssz Band since 2006 and has sat in or worked with The Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Dickey Betts, Honeyboy Edwards, Cyndi Lauper, and more. He has also recorded an excellent solo album, titled Live Adventures.
When & Where
B.B. King Blues Club
Conveniently located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and Port Authority, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers music fans a unique experience. Owned by the Bensusan Family, proprietors of the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club, the club features world-class musical talent and consists of two distinct spaces: the Showcase Room & Lucille’s Grill.
The breathtaking main space is classical in form and spirit: two-tiered, horseshoe-shaped seating (booths & tables) centered around a 30-foot stage presents up close and personal views of all performances. The 40-foot bar is a haven for the reserved listener. The atmosphere is enhanced with two 8-foot big video screens on either side of the stage.