Roosevelt Collier: The Best Steel Guitar You’ll Ever Hear
Yes, folks. The Blues is indeed alive and well at The Kelsey Theater.
And if you can’t already imagine the tantalizing sounds and toe-tapping rhythm of the steel guitar, you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to Roosevelt Collier. But you’ll have your chance on June 3rd, right here at The Kelsey Theater. Get your tickets here.
Allow me to introduce you to South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier. He’s long been touted as one of the top ten steel guitarists in the world and has been known to leave his mark on listeners with his “lightening fast slide work and soul-shaking performances.” He quite literally does his “hollering on the pedal of a steel guitar” and his energetic shows leave listeners dancing in their seats right along with him.
The Miami New Times agreed when they noted that “The pedal steel guitar can be the basis for some dirty, down-home blues ... even from the seated position, Collier still sweats enough to make a CrossFit instructor proud.”
Roosevelt is a much sought after talent in the studio and on stage and has played alongside legends, including: Allman Brothers, The String Cheese Incident, Buddy Guy, Umphrey's McGee, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and the Del McCoury Band.
On March 9, 2018, he released his first solo studio album “Exit 16,” a mix of blues, gospel and rock. “It’s a dirty funk swampy grime,” says Roosevelt. “This record is a gateway to my mission in life, which is to touch and heal people through music. That’s always been my mission, whether it’s in the church or in a club. I think people feel better about themselves after I play. I’ve been blessed to have that going for me. That’s my gift.”
The Kelsey theater is quickly becoming one of the premier venues for Blues / Roots music in South Florida, offering a big stage with an intimate feel along with high quality sound and lighting to create the ultimate listening room. Blues and Funk are a natural fit.