Promotional imge showing Christione "Kingfish" Ingram on guitair. Text reads "Christione 'Kingfish' Ingram with the John Inghram Band."
(Photo: Courtesy of the Adelphia)

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram to perform Friday at the Adelphia in Marietta

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WOUB) — Grammy award-winning blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will perform at the Adelphia Music Hall (205 Second St.) Friday. The performance is part of the Adelphia’s 2023 Summer Concert Series, which will also feature Bret Michaels of Poison.

Entertainment and promotions director of the Adelphia Ric DeRubeis said “The spirit of what we’re trying to do here with the Summer Concert Music Series, and with The Adelphia in general, is to cover interests for everybody … We’re very excited about this; (Ingram) is gonna be an absolute legend.”

Ingram was scheduled to perform at last year’s Summer Concert Series, but the show was canceled due to weather. DeRubeis expressed excitement about having Ingram back to finally perform after last year’s cancellation.

“This is probably the most anticipated show we’ve ever had in the Summer Concert Series just because it was supposed to have played by now,” he said. “I was hoping he’d be back a second time by now.”

Promotional photo from The Adelphia showing concerts for this weekend. Text reads "Kick off weekend, Thurs 6/22: Bret Michaels, Fri 6/23: Christione Kingfish Ingram, Sat 6/24: Craig Morgan"
Promotional graphic for The Adelphia’s Summer Concert Series

Ingram first rose to prominence as a teenager, and his debut album, Kingfish, was released in 2019. His second album, 662, was released in 2021 and won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. PBS NewsHour said he “represents the next generation of great American blues artists.”

DeRubeis is convinced that this performance will be a memorable one.

“I think it’s gonna be something that people talk about for years, and they’re gonna say ‘I can’t believe that guy played at The Adelphia,'” DeRubeis said. He also mentioned that Ingram typically ventures into the audience during performances.

“He gets mobile,” he said. “He goes out into the crowd and plays, so you might be at the right place at the right time, and he might be standing next to you just absolutely shredding.”

The Adelphia’s Summer Concert Series is meant to bring affordable and enjoyable music to the region, rather than music lovers’ only options being in bigger cities like Cleveland or Pittsburgh, according to DeRubeis. DeRubeis also said events like this foster more positive opinions about the area.

“People will throw the Mid-Ohio valley under the bus,” DeRubeis said. “People always have something negative to say, like ‘I can’t believe I’m from here’ or ‘I can’t wait to get out of this town’ … what I hope is things like this project … kinda instill some hometown pride about how cool it is to have this kind of stuff in your town.”

Ingram’s performance begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets and other information, click here.