The Corktown area is thriving and alive again and has every reason to celebrate. Detroit will be ready to party when award winning singer/ songwriter/ virtuoso harmonica player Peter D. Harper and the band play the Corktown Music Festival on July 2nd at 2000 Brooklyn a new event space right behind the Lager House. Raised in Australian but now based in Detroit, Peter creates a heady mix of blues and roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo, an ancient wind instrument native to Australia.
Known in the music world as simply Harper, he possesses a powerful, soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre. A rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a bluesy feast of timeless mystery.
Harper has received an amazing 14 x Blues/Roots Music awards (including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and achieved 4 x Top Ten Billboard Blues Charting albums. He recently won a Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Vocalist.”
He has released 10 widely acclaimed albums and has supported on tour internationally-known artists such as John Mayall, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray. He performs over 200 shows each year worldwide and continues to add to an already devoted fanbase around the globe.
Harper is backed by his talented Midwest based touring band called “Midwest Kind” which features: Austin Johnson on guitar, Lee Lewis on bass guitar, Bud Smith on drums and Bobbi Llewellyn on backing vocals/ percussion.