Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Danielle Jarvis

COM­ING all the way from Amer­ica, jazz/rock band Blood Sweat and Tears will be per­form­ing at Rooty Hill RSL next week­end, bring­ing with them a level of mu­si­cal­ity rarely ex­pe­ri­enced.

The group cre­ated its own genre in a risky move which took the world by storm.

Now af­ter four decades of hit af­ter hit, Blood Sweat and Tears is still play­ing to packed out crowds around the world.

Fans and cu­ri­ous mu­sic en­thu­si­asts will be treated to a qual­ity show which will in­clude clas­sic cov­ers as well as the band’s own hits, such as You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Spin­ning Wheel, And When I Die, Hi-Do-Ho That Old Sweet Roll and Lu­cre­tia Mac Evil.

The Grammy Award-win­ning group set a new stan­dard when it came to fus­ing gen­res in the ’70s by suc­cess­fully blend­ing the in­ten­sity of rock with the beauty of jazz.

Bass player Larry Dorr said for the band, it was all about the qual- ity of mu­sic and en­sur­ing the im­por­tance of mu­sic re­mains in to­day’s aca­demic cul­ture.

“It’s about mak­ing mu­sic that you like and what peo­ple like, and what­ever you do put your soul into it,” Dorr said.

It has been 20 years since their last visit to Aus­tralia, but Dorr said the band planned to in­crease its vis­its to once ev­ery two years.

“That’s the plan,” he said. “We’re com­ing down to see all our old fans.”

The show will be­gin at Rooty Hill RSL at 8pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13.

Tick­ets cost $79. De­tails can be found at rooty­ or call 9625 5500.

Blood Sweat and Tears lead singer Bo Bice will lead the jazz/rock band at Rooty Hill RSL this month.

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