Further Festival Facts

Sherie bluesldy@cwnet.com
Mon Feb 17 02:53:11 EST 1997


Hi Again.. Here's some info on events and Festival in Norther California..
let me know if you plan on attending any of these events and maybe we can
meet up.

1997 Events - Complete File. - by Sherie Brubaker
        by Sherie Brubaker (bluesldy@cwnet.com)

Wed March 5th Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, featuring Sam Myers, at the
Palm’s in Davis, CA.

Friday March 7th , Battle of the Blues Harmonicas with Anson Funderburgh and
the Rockets, featuring Sam Myers, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, and Rod
Piazza and The Mighty Flyers at 8pm in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine
Arts Theater.  $20 for reserved seating only.  Call 415-979-5588 for more
info.  Produced by Tom Mazzolini, who also produces the San Francisco Blues
Festival slated for Sept. 20  & 21, 1997.  

Sat. March 8th, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, with Catfish and the
Crawdaddies opening for the March Sacramento Blues Society event. The Fair
Oaks Auditorium Club House only holds about 200 folks so get your tickets
early at Dave’s Expresso Bar 2215 K St. $15.50 SBS members, $17.50 public.
Doors open at 7 pm at 7997 California Ave in Fair Oaks.  

A little far from home, but by many standards the Best Festival in the
World
 The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival with 11 stages returns for
the 28th year April 25-27th, and May 1-4.  Headliners this year include
Earth, Wind and Fire, Santana, James Taylor, Blues Traveler, Rita Marley,
The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, plus a wealth of
Louisiana artists like Marva Wright, Irma Thomas, Walter Wolfman Washington,
Snooks Eaglin, Kenny Neal and too many artists to list here.  Check their
web site for full details at http:/www.nojazzfest.com, or write to PO Box
53407, New Orleans, LA  70153-3407. $12/day in advance.  

The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s Jazz Jubilee, the largest Jazz
festival in the world, will continue to feature blues bands all four days of
Memorial weekend May 23-26 in Sacramento.  Nitecry, The Chrome Addicts, Lena
Moseley and the Badd Blues Band, The Blues Ambassadors, and Catfish and the
Crawdaddies will be performing at the Blues stages which are the Firehouse
lot on Friday from 7-11:30 pm, all day Sat. at Turntable Junction in Old
Sac, Sun. at the Beer Garden at Cal Expo in the afternoon and Freeway
Gardens in the evening, with a rollicking finish at the Radisson outdoors
for Monday. David Bassee and The City Light Orchestra, playing blues, swing
and Kansas City Jazz will also be featured.  Call 916-372-5277 for tickets &
info.   Unfortunately, Mick Martin will be touring in Europe during the ’97
Jubilee, so look for their return to the Jubilee in 1998.  The event is
co-sponsored by SBS.

Memorial weekend also brings the Santa Cruz Blues Festival at beautiful
Aptos Village Park.  If you’re not at the Jubilee, you should definitely
check out this very popular festival.  Talk is, on Sat May 24th you’ll
probably see Tommy Castro, Johnny Copeland, Little Feat and more.  On
Sunday, May 25th you’ll probably see Jimmy Thackery, Coco Montoya, Luther
Allison and Robben Ford.  Tickets go on sale March 27th at BASS. Last year
cost was $30 adv both days, $20/day at the door.  Gates opened about 10:30
and the show lasted ‘till about 7 pm. Last year producers offered Gold
Circle seating right up front but the tickets cost more but according to
Nancy Hackbart, they are worth it.  While you're in Santa Cruz, check out
Moe's Alley for great blues bands every weekend.  408-479-1521. 

The Sacramento Heritage Festival will return for the 4th year at Camp
Pollack on May 31st and June 1st.  Admission will be $6 a day in advance at
The Beat (no cover charge if you have cas) and BASS, $8/day at the gate and
a huge variety of talented musicians will be presented on five outdoor
stages and one inside venue. Rumors are there will be a poetry reading area
too.  A little bird told me we’ll probably see Mumbo Gumbo, Chris Webster,
Dub Nation (reggae) African Rhythm Messengers and if we’re lucky, Jimmy
Smith (the legendary musician Mick Martin played with at Carnegie Hall).
Half the lumber for the stages washed downstream in the floods, so
volunteers are needed to get this place in shape.  Sac Heritage Festival, PO
Box 660245, Sacramento, CA 95866.  481-2583.  

The Russian River Blues Festival will be held at Johnson’s Beach again in
Guerneville on the Russian River on June 7th and 8th.  The promoters
apologized for the way the media was treated last year 
 and we had a good
time
so we’ll be trying this one out again.  707-779-1173 or 707-869-3940.
PO Box 1913, Gueneville CA 95446.   Get your lodging reservations early for
this one.   Sat. June 7th Sy Klopps Blues Band, Keb Mo, Joe Lewis Walker,
Taj Mahal, Little Milton.  Sun June 8th Lady Bianca, Preacher Boy, C.J.
Chenier, Lowell Fulson, Dr. John.  Artists subject to change. 

A little bird told me that Luther Allison may headline the Monterey Blues
Festival held this year on June 28th & 29th.  I think BJ Sharpe will also
return and Candy Kane will be here too - don’t miss their raucous shows!
408-394-2652 PO Box 1400 Seaside, CA 93955.  This festival was my favorite
West Coast festival of 1996.  Many blues lovers dig this festival with three
stages so it’ll be hard to get a lodging reservation this late, but if you
are thinking of going
 get on the phone now!

July 3-6 Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland Oregon.  Continuous music by
45 Bands on two stages overlooking the Williamette River with lots of
national acts, about $3/day & 2 cans of food.  Tom McCall Waterfront Park
503-282-0555.  A benefit for the Oregon Food Bank.  Expect a BIG crowd and a
great fireworks display on the 4th over the river.  Check out their web site
at http:\\www.europa.com\pdxbluesfest\welcome.html.     

July 3-6 High Sierra Music Festival at Bear Valley, Ca.  Lots of musical
styles, hiking, biking, camping, kid’s programs.  Tickets are cheapest if
bought by 3/10/97.  For more info or to charge by phone call 510-420-1529 or
209-533-1132, or send SASE to PO Box 1498 Columbia CA 95310, or send an
email to shootstr@slip.net or check the web site at
www.rockweb.com/high-sierra.  

The Oak Park Concert Series will present jazz and blues at McClatchy Park in
Sacramento on July 19th and August 16th from 1-6 pm.  SBS hopes to work
together with the Oak Park Concert folks on the blues event.  There will
also be a fund raiser at the Crest Theater on June 14th.  Details to be
announced soon.  





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