The gutsy, gritty blues of Austin’s burly, authentic electric rock avatar, Kent “Omar” Dykes will descend upon Temple’s Cultural Activities Center this Saturday. Flanked by bass and drums, Dykes fronts up the power trio known as Omar and the Howlers, a tight and funky band that’s renowned as an authentic, Mississippi-roots live music powerhouse.
A native of McComb, Miss., Dykes formed Omar and the Howlers in 1978 and tours coast to coast in North America, as well as in Europe. “We’ve done good over (in Europe) for about 30 years,” Dykes said. “They like their Howlin’ Wolf over there, too,” which dovetails nicely with the release of their latest CD: “Runnin’ With the Wolf,” a tribute to the iconic bluesman containing Dykes’ take on 14 classics immortalized by the album’s namesake.
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