Rock and roll legend, Steve Katz, founding member of The Blues Project and Blood Sweat and Tears will speak on Saturday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Standard Club, 8208 Brownsboro Rd., in The J’s Arts and Ideas series.
He will share memorable stories from his celebrated music career and best-selling autobiography, Blood Sweat and Tears and My Rock and Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?, but he will also perform some of his well-known hits.
To make this night even more special, the evening will start with a cash bar cocktail hour followed by an elegant three course catered dinner with wine by Anoosh Bistro, whose name is synonymous with superb dining. Chef Anoosh Shariat’s dazzling talents and eclectic menu of contemporary American cuisine fused with Contemporary European cuisine have given Anoosh Bistro a reputation as one of Louisville’s best restaurants.
The cost of the event, which includes the dinner, concert and book signing, is $54 in advance or $64 at the door. A Vaad approved option is available if requested prior to April 7.
From the Monterey Pop Festival with the legendary Blues Project, Woodstock with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and even producing albums with the incomparable Lou Reed, Katz is definitely a rock star.
Following Katz’s intimate concert, you will have the opportunity to meet the legend and have him autograph your personal copy of his biography. Books will be available for purchase that night.
While Katz never had a solo career, his career as a recording artist spans decades and a variety of genres. He got his start while still in high school on a local upstate New York television show, “Teenage Barn.” Already an accomplished guitarist, he performed covers of 50’s teen pop hits.
He continued to hone his craft and became part of the Greenwich Village folk music and blues scene. He landed a spot in the Danny Kalb Quartet and as the group evolved with the addition of All Kooper, became the Blues Project.
The original lineup of musicians in the Blues Project didn’t last long as its talented musicians were recruited by other groups, and in 1967 Katz and others reconnected with Kooper. As a result, Blood, Sweat & Tears was formed and their seminal album, Child Is Father to the Man was released.
Nothing lasts forever and Katz moved on. Over the years, he continued to perform with a variety of bands and was often engaged for specific projects involving both performance and production.