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Music Maker artists including Cool John Ferguson and John Dee Holeman will join Derek Trucks and his well-oiled, eclectic quartet in this one-time-only event sponsored by charitable network Band Together Raleigh, a benefit for the Music Maker Relief Foundation. It's fitting that Trucks--the twentysomething, guitar wizard nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks--helms the benefit, as he is reintroducing the blues to a new era of college kids. He's not some new-school hack, though: Trucks is a top-notch blues student that happened to learn the handle-notes-with-care lessons of Coltrane and the mood-cultivation principles of Indian music early enough to make them count.

Derek Trucks Band and special guests play the BTI Center Thursday, Jan. 20. Tickets are $29.50. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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