Blues-rock musical artist Mike Zito to perform at Wildey with ‘First Class Tour’

EDWARDSVILLE — As a 2018 BMA “Blues Rock Artist of the Year,” Mike Zito looks to bring his “First Class Life” tour — in support of the recently-released Ruf Records album of the same name — to The Wildey Theater, 252 N. Main St., Friday, Dec. 14.

Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. For more information, call (618) 307-1750 or visit

Year-end honors for “First Class Life” include a Top 10 Rockin’ Blues Tunes of 2018 nod from Rock And Blues Muse, for Zito’s “Mama Don’t Like No Wah-Wah.”

The guitarist-vocalist was part of the 2018 Blues Caravan this past summer along with fellow guitarists Bernard Allison and Ally Venable, a yearly, high-profile tour presented by German-based blues label, Ruf Records.

Zito won Blues Rock Artist of the Year this past May at the 2018 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, the “Grammys of the Blues.” Additionally, Zito’s “First Class Life” reached number one on the National Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Albums Chart.

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