Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues continues Jan. 17
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The Athens Area Council for the Arts’ 2013-14 Black Box Concert Series continues Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., with Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues, an old-school blues band fronted by a man with ties to legendary blues and R&B artists.

The concert is the second of three concerts in the Black Box Concert Series, which AACA uses as a vehicle to bring nationally touring acts to Athens for intimate, inexpensive concerts in The Arts Center’s world-class Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theater. The Black Box Concert Series is sponsored by Tennessee Wesleyan College.

One of the last surviving members of the Muddy Waters era, Arnold has a musical history that reads like a “who’s who” of Blues/R&B legends. His high school band often featured James Brown on keys and at age 24, he joined the Muddy Waters Band and helped shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 1960s and early ’70s. After playing bass guitar with the likes of Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, The Temptations and Bill Withers — to name a few — Arnold retired from show business to be an organic farmer. Music roots run deep, however, and now he is back in the business with his own band, tilling new ground in soul, funk, and blues.

Genticorum, a string trio fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit, will conclude the season March 28.

All Black Box Concert tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students, and may be purchased by phone at 423-745-8781; by email:; by mail at P.O. Box 95, Athens TN 37303; and in person at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens.