No one can say Brad Wilson takes it easy. Known for his rocked-up blues, the California guitar-slinger and his band play every weekend, performing more than 100 shows a year all over the West Coast at music venues, clubs, wineries, city events, casinos, fairs and festivals. So Bakersfield is lucky to catch him for a weekday show Thursday as part of the Concerts by the Fountain series.

The charismatic and talented guitarist and vocalist writes songs with a hard-charging mix of Americana, blues, and roots.

Wilson and his band have opened three times for the legendary group Chicago. The CBS soap opera "The Young & The Restless," featured six of Wilson's songs in various recent episodes. Additionally, his music has been featured intwo John Carpenter films and soundtracks (1998's "Vampires" and "Ghosts Of Mars" in 2001). The former NBC soap "Passions" also used his music for many years.

The free concert is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. For more information on Wilson's music, visit