Photo courtesy of Ben Powell | Slide guitar virtuoso Ben Powell, along with opener Veronica May (not pictured), will perform at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

Photo courtesy of Ben Powell | Slide guitar virtuoso Ben Powell, along with opener Veronica May (not pictured), will perform at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

Ben Powell, Veronica May to share the Treehouse Stage

Slide guitar virtuoso Ben Powell, along with opener Veronica May, will perform at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

There is no cost to attend the show. Donations will be accepted.

Admission is for those 21-and-older only.

For seven years Powell has been making a name for himself as a riveting live performer. Well-versed in the pre-war country blues genre, Powell now spends his time composing original material, making his way through the world like a one-man band of years past but with a fresh, vibrant sound.

Powell has created a truly unique sound playing his resonator guitars, stomping on a homemade wine box footboard, harmonica, and singing his old-style blues and his original tunes about any issues of the day. His shows are high energy and uplifting.

He has recently played such festivals as Telluride Brews & Blues (where he won first place in their blues contest), and opened sold-out shows for Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang.

The night’s opener is a similarly multitalented performer.

Playing music since 1985, living with Bipolar 1 Disorder since 2008, traveling to educate audiences about mental illness and tying it all together in her unreleased autobiography, “Open Book,” May’s purpose is to spread her messages of compassion, understanding, hope, triumph and the importance of trial.

Her music and illustrations depicting mental illness awaken the mind, stir the heart, and open the eyes to the wild world of thought and perception.

Visit www.treehousebainbridge.com to learn more.

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