Mitch Chakour is a keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, song-writer and arranger whose reputation in the Valley is golden. He has supported the musicianship and aspirations of many young musicians, who have gone on to successful careers in music. A “musicians’ musician,” you may have seen him sit in on keyboards with the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Green River Festival and Red Rocks in Colorado or with Warren Haynes at the Calvin Theater. Mitch was Joe Cocker’s music director, keyboardist and vocalist in the 70’s and 80’s. He has toured with The J. Geils Band singing with Peter Wolf, opening the House of Blues and performing at Fenway Park in Boston along with Aerosmith. He played in the house band for Joe’s Place in Boston early in his career, where he played with the best of the blues: Howling Wolf, Big Momma Thornton, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and other greats. He’s played dates with B.B. King, James Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Miles and he also is a member of Shaboo Allstars, whose members have played with Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner and other well-known artists and bands. Mitch’s Mission Band was an acclaimed regional band for many years. Recently he has arranged songs and performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Massachusetts Symphony. Mitch’s skillful, funky keyboard and guitar stylings, his soulful voice and charismatic stage presence connects with the audience in a deeply moving and authentic way.