Rhythm and blues Kauai bound

It’s the first time the four legendary guitarists will perform together on Kauai.

Not that they don’t know about the island.

Quite the opposite.

“This will be our first concert ever in Kauai and we are very excited about it,” said Tinsley Ellis, one of the four musicians highlighting the 12th annual Hawaii Rhythm & Blues Mele 2014 — A Blues, Roots and Jazz Festival. “I did some shows in Hawaii back in 1997 and thought the reception for Blues Rock was great. I’m so very excited to be in the company of the other three guitarists on the bill, who I consider to be legendary guitar masters.”

Elvin Bishop, Duke Robillard and Little Charlie Baty will accompany Ellis on stage at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kauai Beach Resort.

Ellis isn’t alone in his praise for his fellow musicians.

Bishop recorded with legends Mike Bloomfield, Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers, according to a promotional announcement, while Robillard has earned accolades from The Houston Post, The New York Times and legendary guitarist B.B. King.

Baty’s career has landed him praise from Guitar World Magazine and The Village Voice publications, among others, and Ellis was featured at Blues at The Crossroads II venue.

Songs off the new album Midnight Blue will be played along with songs from Ellis’ 20-plus year history on Alligator Records.

Doors open for the show at 5:30 p.m. in the Jasmine Ballroom. Tickets cost $45 for general admission and $65 for gold circle table seating.

The show, the first on Kauai for the performers, should be a hit, Ellis said.

“The best part of playing on stage is seeing the happy faces on the audience,” Ellis said. “And I especially enjoy playing in exotic new places like Kauai.”

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