Taj Mahal Calls Off June & July

Taj Mahal is taking two months off the road to give himself “time to recharge his health and vitality.” The 73-year-old blues legend has canceled all dates in June and July, including festival appearances such as Chicago Blues, Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

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Americana Music Honors & Awards, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.

Mahal is due back on stage Aug. 18 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, where he’ll kick off a run of dates with John Hiatt.

His full statement announcing the hiatus says:

“For decades Taj Mahal has been committed to giving fans the most of himself through music, both on stage and off. This has been his love and his life and it is with regret that The Maestro finds it necessary, at this time, to take a much needed break from the demands of his constant touring schedule. This brief hiatus will allow the time to re-charge his health and vitality.

“Taj promises to be back in August with refreshed and renewed health allowing him to continue his high energy performances well into the future. He hopes that you, his friends and fans, will understand. Taj looks forward to seeing you all as soon as he is back on the road.

“Until then, peace and love to you all from The Maestro.”