Any announcement that Shuggie Otis is touring is big news. The fact that he’s playing his first Philly show in two decades at The Blockley, though, is huge for Philly R&B fans. Otis is re-releasing his 1974 album Inspiration Information and is also putting out an album of previously unreleased recordings called Wings of Love. Moreover, this tour marks the beginning of what Otis hopes will be a creative and productive period of performing and songwriting. In an interview with Mother Jones’ Jacob Blickenstaff, Otis explained, “I have my own label now, and we’re going to get started on a new album pretty soon. I’ve got a new band and I want to feature them, as well as doing some of the tracks myself.” Can’t ask for better news than that. Tickets and information for the 21+ (minors may attend if accompanied by an adult) show are available here. Below, watch him performing his signature tune “Strawberry Letter 23” in Paris last year.
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