JACKSON, Wyo.\u2014One of the many respectable traits about Keb\u2019 Mo\u2019 is his continuity with maintaining a strong foundation in roots music while progressing forward as an artist. As with frequent collaboration and mentor Taj Mahal, he\u2019s not trying to appease the masses with commercially suggested production techniques or mysterious experiments in electronic embellishments. Instead, Keb\u2019 Mo\u2019 has favored a no-nonsense approach to traditional blues and roots that has earned him eleven Grammy Nominations and four Grammy wins. He\u2019ll take stage as a solo performer this Friday at the Center Theater.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m more interested in pleasing myself, and making records that make me feel proud and make me feel like I\u2019ve done my best. And if other people like it, that\u2019s gravy,\u201d Keb\u2019 Mo\u2019 stated with the release of his 2019 album, Oklahoma. \u201cWhen you are in a certain part of your life, the concept of an album is woven into the process. All of these songs stemmed from important issues and topics worldwide that really resonated with me during the time we were recording the project.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe impetus for Oklahoma began when Keb\u2019 witnessed first-hand the aftermath of a destructive tornado while doing a 2013 benefit show with Kenny Wayne Shepard. The album evolved from being a solo project to incorporating several guests including Taj Mahal, Roseanne Cash, a lap steel cameo by Robert Randolph, background vocals from Christian\/Latin pop star Jaci Velasquez, and co-writing with Oklahoma native Dara Tucker. In his nearly four decades as a recording artist, its evident that Keb\u2019 can stretch beyond the confines of old fashioned blues and country into whatever direction he pleases. Just follow him with an open mind and one is rarely disappointed.\r\n\r\nFormer "America\u2019s Got Talent" contestant, R&B artist Alicia Michilli will open the show. Check out the Detroit-born, Nashville-based singer\u2019s new EP, Letters From The Edge.\r\n\r\nThe Center presents Keb\u2019 Mo\u2019 with guest Alicia Michilli at 8 p.m. Friday at the Center Theater. $51-$71. VIP Package available for $149, which includes a Meet & Greet Experience, one premium reserved seat in the pit, one autographed merchandise gift, and early venue entry. JHCenterForTheArts.org.