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|2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019
The 2019 Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, which was scheduled for the weekend of September 7 & 8 at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, has been postponed for financial reasons until 2020.
|2019-03-27Mar 27, 2019
If telling you Joe Louis Walker is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, a two-time Grammy winner, and a four-time Blues Music Award winner, isn’t enough to get you out to see him headline the Apple Blossom Festival, I may as well stop typing. Born in San Francisco, a 1949 Christmas Day present for a family originally from Cleveland, Mississippi, Walker learned the blues from his father’s 45s and 78s. “Blues was a natural to me,” Walker says during our early March phone interview. He describes the blues scene during his teenage years as “very healthy,” allowing him to perform with classic East Bay artists such as Lowell Fulson and Jimmy McCracklin.
|2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019
As the clock strikes March, it’s again time for the annual Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival. The pickin’ and grinnin’ occurs Mar. 9 at the Sebastopol Community Center from one to nine p.m. Local Americana duos Nina Gerber/Chris Webster, and Pam Delgado/ Jeri Jones of Blame Sally, together calling themselves the Duo Quartet, will pair up, then come together for guitar jams and harmonies. Cowboy singer and horseman Mike Bec and many many more...
|2019-02-15Feb 15, 2019
Come join us for a day of music and fun on Saturday, March 9 as we celebrate our 19th year! This year’s event features a wide range of great performances including the Duo Quartet, Nu-Blu, Jerry Wicentowski & the Wiseman Institute, the Bloomfield Bluegrass band and Mike Beck. In addition to the main stage acts, there will be a workshop with cowboy singers Mike Beck & Scott Gerber discussing the lives of working cowboys while swapping songs, and an old-time fiddle workshop with Plaid Stranger’s Karen Celia Heil.
|2019-02-10Feb 10, 2019
Saturday evening Feb 9, a stormy, gusty night, I and a friend went to the Occidental Art Center to see the "Billy Holiday Project", the brain child of our local very talented artist Stella Heath. The show had sold out and I was happy to have my previously purchased online tickets. This young woman's singing took my breath away, smooth as velvet as she sang uplifting as well as deeply contemplative songs that referenced some painful history. Stella sings in the style of "Lady Day" Lester Young's nickname for Billie Holliday.
|2018-12-30Dec 30, 2018
Imagine this. You’re a drummer in a band, attending San Rafael High School in 1968, getting much of your musical education at Winterland and the Fillmore “It was the height of hippiedom which I was totally part of,” saysGary Silva. As the years go passing by, you clock ten years withElvin Bishop, six with Charlie Musselwhite, and 15 withNorton Buffalo, including touring Europe, Japan, and Canada with them,Hooker, Collins, and Buddy Guy. “I’ve met a lot of my heroes,” Silva says.
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