Susan Tedeschi, with Special Guest Joe Pug, to perform Oct. 14 at UB

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: September 12, 2008 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Susan Tedeschi with special guest Joe Pug at 8 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. This performance is part of the Ameriprise Financial Jazz & Blues Series presented by Jeffrey M. Goldfarb & Associates.

In the years since she captured the public's musical imagination with her 1998 breakthrough album "Just Won't Burn," the multi-talented musician has established a formidable reputation as a deeply expressive singer, a prodigiously talented guitarist and distinctive songwriter. She has won a large and loyal audience for her ability to craft elements of classic blues, rock, R&B, folk and gospel into a distinctly individual style that honors rootsy musical traditions without being subservient to them.

A restless sense of musical adventure has always been a key element of Tedeschi's musical DNA. Growing up in a Boston suburb, she began singing with local bands at the age of 13 and subsequently pursued her passion for music while studying at Berklee School of Music and performing around the local club scene.

After establishing herself as one of New England's top-drawing live acts, and making her recording debut with her embryonic 1995 album Better Days, Tedeschi achieved an impressive musical and commercial breakthrough with "Just Won't Burn." The album, on the independent Tone-Cool label, became a massive grass-roots success. "Just Won't Burn" achieved gold sales status and won Tedeschi a GRAMMYR nomination for best new artist. Tedeschi's next release, 2002's acclaimed, two-time GRAMMYR-nominated "Wait for Me," was produced by legendary studio veteran Tom Dowd. In 2005 she released "Hope and Desire" on the Verve label.

Tedeschi is married to guitarist Derek Trucks, who leads his own successful group (The Derek Trucks Band, which returns to the Center for the Arts on Nov. 2), and he is also a full-time member of the Allman Brothers Band. They have two children.

In May of 2008, Joe Pug played the first headlining slot of his young career to a sold out crowd at Chicago's storied Schubas Tavern. Two weeks later he released the "Nation of Heat" EP, which has garnered near-universal critical acclaim and established him as one of the most respected songwriters of his generation. Pug has since played shows with Todd Snider, Tedeschi, Kasey Chambers and James Hunter. He plans to release his debut full-length record in 2009.

Tickets for Susan Tedeschi are $33, students $27. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For Group Sales, call 716-645-6771. For more information call 716-645-ARTS. Students (of any school) must present valid student ID at the Center Box Office to receive discount.