I want to remind you that my "How to Jam the Blues" classes (7:00 Acoustic and 8:00 Electric) start next Wednesday at Boulevard Music. Not limited to guitars, we welcome harmonica players, pianists, bassists, ukulelists... anyone who would like to improve their playing skills and comfort level by playing the blues with others. It's fun, and beneficial, according to the participants. 8 one-hour sessions, beginning Wednesday, January 19, ending March 9. Fee $100 per course. You can attend the first session without obligation to check it out. (310) 298-2583.
And, while we're on the subject of Boulevard Music. I hope you will plan to join me there on Saturday February 5 when Mike Barry and I will be in Acoustic Concert. I will be presenting some original material, most of which has not been recorded for release, in addition to traditional blues selections, old and new. We will be recording both sets in hopes of putting out a new "Live at Boulevard Music" CD.
Doors open at 7:30, concert 8:00-10:00.
4316 Sepulveda Blvd.(at Culver), Culver City 90230.
Back to the Delta in April
If you're a blues fan who likes to travel to special events, remember that we'll be playing at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. Prior to Clarksdale, we will be in Indianola on April 13-14, presenting "Blues in Schools" to local elementary students, under the auspices of the B.B. King Museum, and will be in concert at the Museum in the evening of April 14. I'm told that blues fans from around the world come to Clarksdale for this event. Check out the Juke Joint Festival website for details.
Labor Day Weekend in Laramie The producer of the Labor Day weekend Snowy Range Music Festival in Laramie, Wyoming, a transplanted Southern Californian familiar with the scope of my work in the Blues, has booked us for the entire weekend. I will be performing two sets of acoustic blues with bassist Mike Barry on the Acoustic Stage, and will be playing amplified for the Blues Dance Party event. In addition, we'll back Miss Blues on the Main Stage, and will be conducting an Acoustic Blues Guitar Workshop.If you're thinking about a road trip for Labor Day weekend, you might want to choose Laramie as a destination. This festival presents a variety of musical styles, with a large dose of the blues, and has what appear to be very fine camping facilities.
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