MISSION - Blues performer Kelley Hunt will take the stage in a House of Native Blues performance at Wildhorse Resort & Casino at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A piano player since the age of 3, Hunt comes from a musical family, although she gives most of the credit for her career to her piano instructor in Emporia, Kan., where she grew up.

Hunt said she agreed to learn to read music if her teacher, Mary Burke Norton, agreed to teach her to play boogiewoogie-style piano.

Most of Hunt's music is original, ranging in style from blues to boogiewoogie, soul, Louisiana funk, rock and even gospel. She has appeared on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" on National Public Radio, dozens of blues festivals and at famed blues venues such as Chicago's House of Blues.

Tickets are $5 at the casino gift shop.

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