Two-time Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal returns to Prescott Park! Born in Harlem and raised in Springfield, MA, Mahal was brought up in a musical household. His mother was a singer in her local gospel choir, and his father was a West Indian jazz arranger and piano player. In his teens, the budding blues legend performed with musical greats such as Howlin' Wolfe, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters. As a mature artist, he was an innovator, collaborating with celebrated musicians such as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and India's V.M. Bhatt, and African kora master Toumani Diabate.
In 2008, Mahal recorded the Grammy-nominated album Maestro: Celebrating 40 Years, which marked the 40th anniversary of his musical career. Guest artists on the album include Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, and his daughter Deva Maha, many of whom have been influenced by Mahal's music and personality. "It's a lot of fun," Mahal said of creating Maestro. "Even at the end of forty years, in many ways my music is just getting started."