Long-time regional performer BillyLee Janey leads guest band, performs with student
On Saturday, October 2, Kirkwood Community College will once again pay tribute to the musical roots of jazz and rock. The 11th annual Blues Concert is set for Ballantyne Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Guest artist for the evening is famed area guitarist BillyLee Janey and his band.
The guest performers will appear with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and CR Jazz Big Band. Several Kirkwood student combos will also perform traditional blues and original works. The evening’s music is directed by Kirkwood Instrumental Music Director Dr. Timothy Feldkamp.
BillyLee Janey has established himself as one of the leading performers and songwriters in the Midwest. Janey has recorded and performed since the early 1970s, with several recordings still in circulation. Janey has been nominated to the Iowa Rock and Roll and Blues halls of fame, and had a Grammy nomination in 2000. He has backed up such blues notables as Buddy Guy and Little Ed, and also played on tour with Bo Diddley.
Janey’s stage and performance experience is highly eclectic. He served in Broadway stage and technical crews for more than 15 years, including A Chorus Line and 42nd Street. He was also the “head flyman” for magician David Copperfield, incorporating guitar stunts and tricks into Copperfield’s live shows.
Tickets for the October 2 Blues Concert featuring BillyLee Janey are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with current ID. Kirkwood students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available from Kirkwood Student Life, (319) 398-5578.