Tab Benoit's 2024 Night Train Tour Begins with a Bang in Baton Rouge

Article Contributed by Doug Deutsch | Published on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Renowned Louisiana Bayou blues guitarist, Tab Benoit, is set to embark on his much-anticipated 2024 Night Train Tour, starting with a local performance at Chelsea's Live, located at 1010 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, on Friday, February 23. The show starts at 8pm, with tickets priced at $35. For more information, call (225) 256-7676 or visit JD Simo will also be performing.

Tab Benoit, celebrated for his significant contribution to the blues genre, hails from the lush Bayous of Southern Louisiana. Known for his unique guitar tone and soulful vocals reminiscent of Otis Redding, Benoit's music setup is remarkably straightforward, comprising just a guitar, cord, and Category 5 Amplifier. The effects you hear are purely a product of his skillful playing.

Born on November 17, 1967, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and raised in Houma, Benoit was introduced to music at an early age, influenced by traditional Cajun waltzes and country music. Despite starting on drums, he shifted to guitar to adapt to the gig opportunities available in his community, often in churches and at church fairs.

Benoit's professional journey in blues began in the late '80s at the Blues Box in Baton Rouge. His first recording, "Nice and Warm," was released in 1992, marking the start of a prolific touring and recording career that spans over two decades. With a discography that includes albums under Justice Records, Vanguard, and more recently, Telarc International/Concord Music Group, Benoit has solidified his status as Louisiana's premier blues export.

In addition to his musical achievements, Benoit founded the Voice of the Wetlands non-profit organization, leveraging his platform to advocate for Louisiana's coastal erosion issues. His 2004 release, "Wetlands," and subsequent albums further showcase his evolution as an artist, blending various musical styles indigenous to Louisiana.

In 2011, Benoit's album "Medicine" earned him the title of "BB King Entertainer of the Year" at the 2012 Blue Music Awards in Memphis. Following this, Benoit, along with his manager Rueben Williams, launched Whiskey Bayou Records, spotlighting deserving artists within the blues genre.

Tab Benoit continues to make waves in the music industry, and his 2024 Night Train Tour promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans across the US. Don't miss the opportunity to see this American troubadour live in action.

For the full tour schedule and additional details, please visit Tab Benoit's official website or Chelsea's Live.

Tab Benoit's 2024 Night Train Tour Dates:

    Feb 24: New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's
    Feb 27-28: Tomball, TX @ Main Street Crossing
    Feb 29: San Antonio, TX @ Sam's Burger Joint
    Mar 1: Arlington, TX @ Arlington Music Hall
    Mar 2: Cedar Park, TX @ Haute Spot
    Mar 3: Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre
    Mar 6: Memphis, TN @ Railgarten
    Mar 7: Edwardsville, IL @ Wildey Theatre
    Mar 8: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
    Mar 9: Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre
    Mar 10-11: Minneapolis, MN @ The Dakota
    Mar 14: Viroqua, WI @ Historic Temple Theatre of Viroqua
    Mar 15: Des Plaines, IL @ Des Plaines Theatre
    Mar 16: Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
    Mar 17: Whitestown, IN @ Moontown Brewing Company
    Apr 3: Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theatre**
    Apr 4: Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester Performance Center**
    Apr 5: Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre**
    Apr 6: Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall**
    Apr 7: Jacksonville, FL @ Springing The Blues Festival
    Apr 9: Stuart, FL @ The Lyric Theatre***
    Apr 10: Key West, FL @ Key West Theatre***
    Apr 12: Melbourne, FL @ King Center For The Performing Arts***
    Apr 13: Boca Raton, FL @ The Funky Biscuit***
    Apr 14: St. Petersburg, FL @ Tampa Bay Blues Festival
    Apr 17: Wilmington, NC @ Kenan Auditorium**
    Apr 18: Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House**
    Apr 19: Macon, GA @ Capitol Theatre**
    Apr 20: Fort Walton Beach, FL @ Downtown Music Hall**
    Apr 27: New Orleans, LA @ The Fillmore*
    Apr 30: New Orleans, LA @ NOLA Crawfish Festival
    May 4: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Festival
    June 7: Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
    June 8: Springfield, MO @ 13th Annual Stomp The Blues Festival
    June 14: Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah Blues Festival
    Sept 5-8: Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues Bender
    Sept 13-14: Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
    Oct 19: Steelville, MO @ Wildwood Springs Lodge
    Nov 8: Crowley, LA @ The Grand Opera House Of The South
    Nov 16: Boca Raton, FL @ Boca Blues Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater

*Delta Blues Explosion
**Direct Support: Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos
***Direct Support: Ghalia Volt

Tab Benoit is not just a musician; he is a preservationist of the blues tradition and an advocate for the wetlands of Louisiana. Join him on the 2024 Night Train Tour for an unforgettable experience of authentic blues music.