The future of the blues is alive and well with New Orleans’ Kipori Woods. Under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis, and before that, Woods’ grandfather, the great Big Easy bass player “Luscious” Lloyd Lambert, Woods started out playing with some of New Orleans’ top gospel groups. It wasn’t long before he struck out on his own, fronting his own funk group. When his grandfather passed, Woods got serious about the blues, a calling that he couldn’t ignore. He looked to B.B. King, Albert King and Walter “Wolfman” Washington for musical direction and along the way forged his own sound at the feet of those masters. His knowing voice is that of an old soul and is a font of emotion and wisdom. “Baby Wolf,” as he is known, puts on an energetic show. His guitar chops are well-honed with steady touring and he’s shared the stage with greats such as the Neville Brothers and Kermit Ruffins. He straight up has a good time on stage for the best of reasons – he wants you to have a good time, too.