Have top hat, will travel

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First Posted: 11/11/2014

The blues may be a man’s world, but Alexis P. Suter is out to change the sexism of the genre. That is why she hits the stage wearing a top hat as her nod to the fact that while men may rule, she is ready to rock.

“The top hat gives me a sense of power,” she said. “I want to show everyone that I am worthy to be on the same platform as anyone in this genre.”

Suter and her band will open up the latest installment of the “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. The band opened for Trombone Shorty at the venue earlier this year.

Since that time, a lot has happened. The band’s new album “Love The Way You Roll” was released to rave reviews and has sat atop the Blues album charts for 11 weeks.

“It’s been a big year,” Suter said. “And it’s very exciting. The CD has been growing by leaps and bounds. We’re very grateful that it was received in this manner. We just want to bask in all this.”

Grateful is a word that Suter uses a lot in her conversations. She is grateful to be able to do what she loves to do for a living. She is grateful that the fans appreciate her music. And she is grateful to all the musical experiences that has come her way.

How does she feels about being the headliner this time around instead of the opening act?

“It’s awesome. All of what we do is for the people,” she said. “Whether we’re the first act, the second act, the third act or the fourth act, and we’ve been all that, it’s for the people. They are the ones who let us keep doing what we’re doing and what we love doing. And if it weren’t for the people, we’d be all singing in our showers.”

Suter and her band have opened shows for blues legend B.B. King seven times and, perhaps, she learned her lesson of gratitude from him. “He’s like a father to us,” she said. “He is just a laid back dude who is very humble. We watched him stay after the show and greet everyone and not just briefly. He’d literally stop and have conversations with them.”

That is why Suter will tell her audience: “Whether you buy a CD or not, come see me after the show. I just want to say hello. I just want to hug you. You’re the reason why we are here.”