Friday

“We’ve come through a lot of different musics,” says BluesWorks pianist Judy Luis-Watson about herself and her harmonica-blowing husband, Paul Watson. “But the bottom line is, the two of us really love the old stuff. That’s where we get our inspiration.” Together since 1991, and a full-time band for two years, the Hyattsville outfit plays up and down the East Coast, mainly at coffeehouses, festivals, and events organized by various blues societies. At college performances, BluesWorks occasionally puts on a live, multimedia, educational production titled “The Blues Connection: The Music, Stories, and Pictures of Legendary Blues Artists.” Despite their historical bent, Judy, who grew up in Tanzania playing Southern African folk songs, and Paul, a native Washingtonian who also plays mandolin and loves old string-band material, are not retro-musical elitists. “You can put on Otis Spann and Muddy Waters any day, and that would be great,” observes Judy. “But we didn’t grow up in that time, so I have listened to a lot of different stuff. There’s lots of jazz in my background, and some gospel and R&B. We love the [old] stuff—and then bringing to it everything else that we’ve come up with.” At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at Borders, 4420 Mitchellville Road, Bowie. Free. (301) 352-5560. (Steve Kiviat)