Friday, May 14, 2010

Tigner Palooza! Benefit For Eddie Tigner, May 16



Join the Atlanta Blues community at the Northside Tavern on Sunday, May 16th for a benefit concert for keyboardist Eddie Tigner who is trying to get back to business after having his car and keyboard stolen.


Don't miss the chance to hear music by MMRF's Mudcat, Snave & the Grass, The Rockaholics, What The...?, Lola, Uncle Sugar and more, all while supporting an artist in crisis.


Start Time: Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 4:00pm

End Time: Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:00am

Location: Northside Tavern

Street: 1058 Howell Mill Rd

City/Town: Atlanta, GA



After playing a gig on April 23rd, 83-year-old Eddie Tigner of Atlanta was too tired to carry his heavy keyboard from his car into his house. When he awoke the next morning, both his car and his keyboard were gone. Eddie’s car was found but in very bad shape; the keyboard is gone for good. Now Eddie is unable to travel or perform, preventing him from playing the music he loves and from earning a living.


The Atlanta blues community will come together on Sunday, May 16th, to raise money to replace Eddie's car and music equipment.


Music by:
Snave & the Grass

The Rockaholics

What The...?

Lola

Mudcat

Uncle Sugar (featuring Mr. Tigner himself)

and many others...



Donations accepted at the door and food will be available for sale. We will also be showcasing items for an online auction, as well as have great items for raffle!


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Experience Legendary Doo Wop Artists for Free at the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival at Penn's Landing

Enjoy a Philadelphia-Favorite Genre While Supporting a Noble Cause




PHILADELPHIA, PA-- In the mid 1950s, the Doo Wop music genre emerged from the streets of northeastern cities. All one needed was their voice to create beautiful music, and hundreds of groups were formed on street corners and front porches. Using tight harmonies and centering on themes about love and life, this music holds a special place in history. The 5th annual Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival returns to Penn's Landing on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 1:00-7:00 p.m. The Chantels headline a spectacular line-up of local and nationally-known Doo Wop artists on the new RiverStage, located on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street. Don't miss this opportunity to hear some of the greatest names in Doo Wop for FREE during this fabulous event produced by the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center.




While entrance into the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival is FREE, donations will be accepted for the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center. This non-profit organization aims to provide employment, training, and related educational services to all facets of the community, especially Veterans, regardless of their station in life. In addition, they offer social and human services counseling and referrals to less fortunate clients experiencing barriers in finding their way back into the mainstream of society.




The Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival featured talent:
THE CHANTELS

CORNERSTONE featuring the Golden Voice of Harry Schmitt

QUIET STORM

JR 4 SENIORS

MEMORY LANE

RELATIVES BY APPOINTMENT

LITTLE ISIDORE & THE INQUISITORS

"YOUNG DIVA" LATONYA GENTILE

45 RPM

STREET LIGHTS

FRANK LAFARO


THE CHANTELS

The Chantels got their start in New York in 1956. The original members, Arlene Smith, Renee Minus, Jacquelyn Landry, Sonia Goring and Lois Harris attended elementary school together in the Bronx, NY and were members of St. Anthony's church choir. Their unique sound was rooted in the influences of both the church and the sounds of the street corner singers they heard in their neighborhood. The Chantels scored a national hit with their second release "Maybe" and were an overnight success, including appearances on nationwide tours with Alan Freed and on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.


In 1959 after their record label folded, original lead singer Arlene Smith left to pursue a solo career. Three years later, The Chantels released their highest-charting hit "Look in My Eyes," followed by another hit "Well I told You," which was an answer to Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack." Recently, The Chantels have appeared on the PBS TV special "Doo Wop '50," as well as numerous appearances at marquee venues like the world famous Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall. The Chantels recently released a new CD "Eternally."


CORNERSTONE (FEATURING GOLDEN VOICE HARRY SCHMIDT)

Cornerstone is a group of five gentlemen with deep roots in the original Philly Doo Wop scene. Lead singer Harry Schmidt is a local Philadelphia legend nicknamed "The Golden Voice." Some of their hits include "When I Woke Up This Morning," "Gloria My Love," and "Have You No Heart."


QUIET STORM

Based in Philadelphia, Quiet Storm is a vocal harmony group specializing in Classic and Contemporary Rhythm and Blues and Soul. Founded in 2007, the group's aim is to bring back music that speaks about love from the heart. Quiet Storm is Kamau "Smitty" Akibu, "Marti" Bentley, "Ramon" Bentley, Richard "Rich" Hildegard and Vincent "Vinnie" Tucker. Quiet Storm has performed in and around the Philadelphia area in festivals and on the radio.


JUNIOR AND THE FOUR SENIORS

Also from Philadelphia, Junior and the Four Seniors is Jimmy DePre, Bobby Buerklin, Joe Mehl (formerly of the 4 Graduates & Juke Box Serenade), John Paloney (formerly of the Intentions, the Ecstasies, Memory Lane and many other groups), and Dave Moore (formerly of the Ecstasies).


For more information on the festival and performers visit www.phillydoowopfestival.org.


Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Pennsylvania Lottery, Live Nation, the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.


The 2010 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier Delaware River waterfront entertainment destination. The DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC intends to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.


For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.delawareriverevents.com. This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.



CONTACT:
Laurie Heinerichs

Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Telephone?: 215.629.3218

Cell: 267.228.1990

Lheinerichs@delawareriverwaterfrontcorp.com


About DooWop Music

DooWop is a style of music. It is a derivative of rhythm & blues and jazz. It is known to have started on the east coast of the United States mainly in the urban areas of some of the larger cities. Kids would gather in schools, parks, and on back porches, but mostly in the inner city on the street corner. From Baltimore and D.C to Philadelphia and New York and on up to Boston hundreds and hundreds of groups were being formed. DooWop groups usually consisted of five members, a bass, baritone, two tenors, and naturally a lead singer. The songs were mostly about love, as a new generation was seeking its own identity breaking away from the established music of their parents.


The group harmony sounds of DooWop music exploded on the nation in the mid 1950's, and continued until the English invasion of the 1960's. Many groups and artists born right here in our fair city of Philadelphia came into prominence during this era. Some of our early travelers were, The Castelles, The Hideaways, The Angels, The Re-Vels, The Capris, The Bluenotes, and Teddy & The Twilites. Also The Orlons, Dovells, and The Tymes. We cant forget The Dreamlovers, Anthony & The Sophmores and Billy & The Essentials, and two of our most prominent groups of the era were The Silhouettes, and Danny & The Juniors both making major contributions.

Experience Legendary Doo Wop Artists for Free at the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival at Penn's Landing

Enjoy a Philadelphia-Favorite Genre While Supporting a Noble Cause




PHILADELPHIA, PA-- In the mid 1950s, the Doo Wop music genre emerged from the streets of northeastern cities. All one needed was their voice to create beautiful music, and hundreds of groups were formed on street corners and front porches. Using tight harmonies and centering on themes about love and life, this music holds a special place in history. The 5th annual Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival returns to Penn's Landing on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 1:00-7:00 p.m. The Chantels headline a spectacular line-up of local and nationally-known Doo Wop artists on the new RiverStage, located on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street. Don't miss this opportunity to hear some of the greatest names in Doo Wop for FREE during this fabulous event produced by the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center.




While entrance into the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival is FREE, donations will be accepted for the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center. This non-profit organization aims to provide employment, training, and related educational services to all facets of the community, especially Veterans, regardless of their station in life. In addition, they offer social and human services counseling and referrals to less fortunate clients experiencing barriers in finding their way back into the mainstream of society.




The Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival featured talent:
THE CHANTELS

CORNERSTONE featuring the Golden Voice of Harry Schmitt

QUIET STORM

JR 4 SENIORS

MEMORY LANE

RELATIVES BY APPOINTMENT

LITTLE ISIDORE & THE INQUISITORS

"YOUNG DIVA" LATONYA GENTILE

45 RPM

STREET LIGHTS

FRANK LAFARO


THE CHANTELS

The Chantels got their start in New York in 1956. The original members, Arlene Smith, Renee Minus, Jacquelyn Landry, Sonia Goring and Lois Harris attended elementary school together in the Bronx, NY and were members of St. Anthony's church choir. Their unique sound was rooted in the influences of both the church and the sounds of the street corner singers they heard in their neighborhood. The Chantels scored a national hit with their second release "Maybe" and were an overnight success, including appearances on nationwide tours with Alan Freed and on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.


In 1959 after their record label folded, original lead singer Arlene Smith left to pursue a solo career. Three years later, The Chantels released their highest-charting hit "Look in My Eyes," followed by another hit "Well I told You," which was an answer to Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack." Recently, The Chantels have appeared on the PBS TV special "Doo Wop '50," as well as numerous appearances at marquee venues like the world famous Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall. The Chantels recently released a new CD "Eternally."


CORNERSTONE (FEATURING GOLDEN VOICE HARRY SCHMIDT)

Cornerstone is a group of five gentlemen with deep roots in the original Philly Doo Wop scene. Lead singer Harry Schmidt is a local Philadelphia legend nicknamed "The Golden Voice." Some of their hits include "When I Woke Up This Morning," "Gloria My Love," and "Have You No Heart."


QUIET STORM

Based in Philadelphia, Quiet Storm is a vocal harmony group specializing in Classic and Contemporary Rhythm and Blues and Soul. Founded in 2007, the group's aim is to bring back music that speaks about love from the heart. Quiet Storm is Kamau "Smitty" Akibu, "Marti" Bentley, "Ramon" Bentley, Richard "Rich" Hildegard and Vincent "Vinnie" Tucker. Quiet Storm has performed in and around the Philadelphia area in festivals and on the radio.


JUNIOR AND THE FOUR SENIORS

Also from Philadelphia, Junior and the Four Seniors is Jimmy DePre, Bobby Buerklin, Joe Mehl (formerly of the 4 Graduates & Juke Box Serenade), John Paloney (formerly of the Intentions, the Ecstasies, Memory Lane and many other groups), and Dave Moore (formerly of the Ecstasies).


For more information on the festival and performers visit www.phillydoowopfestival.org.


Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Pennsylvania Lottery, Live Nation, the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.


The 2010 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier Delaware River waterfront entertainment destination. The DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC intends to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.


For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.delawareriverevents.com. This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.



CONTACT:
Laurie Heinerichs

Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Telephone?: 215.629.3218

Cell: 267.228.1990

Lheinerichs@delawareriverwaterfrontcorp.com


About DooWop Music

DooWop is a style of music. It is a derivative of rhythm & blues and jazz. It is known to have started on the east coast of the United States mainly in the urban areas of some of the larger cities. Kids would gather in schools, parks, and on back porches, but mostly in the inner city on the street corner. From Baltimore and D.C to Philadelphia and New York and on up to Boston hundreds and hundreds of groups were being formed. DooWop groups usually consisted of five members, a bass, baritone, two tenors, and naturally a lead singer. The songs were mostly about love, as a new generation was seeking its own identity breaking away from the established music of their parents.


The group harmony sounds of DooWop music exploded on the nation in the mid 1950's, and continued until the English invasion of the 1960's. Many groups and artists born right here in our fair city of Philadelphia came into prominence during this era. Some of our early travelers were, The Castelles, The Hideaways, The Angels, The Re-Vels, The Capris, The Bluenotes, and Teddy & The Twilites. Also The Orlons, Dovells, and The Tymes. We cant forget The Dreamlovers, Anthony & The Sophmores and Billy & The Essentials, and two of our most prominent groups of the era were The Silhouettes, and Danny & The Juniors both making major contributions.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

7th Annual Congressional Blues Festival, National Building Museum, May 26, 2010

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What: 7th Annual Congressional Blues Festival

When: Wednesday May 26, 2010 at 8:00pm

Where: National Building Museum

401 F St NW

Washington, District of Columbia 20001


The Congressional Blues Festival was created seven years ago in an effort to preserve The Blues history and help keep this great American tradition alive by honoring and assisting those pioneers who helped create it.


In keeping with tradition, all Congressional Blues Festival tickets include all you can eat and drink all night, and rocking performances by Grammy nominated headliners Robert Randolph & the Family Band (multi-cultural funk and soul band fronted by lap-steel guitarist Robert Randolph), joined by blues legend Bobby Parker (who inspired Carlos Santana among others!), Sol & Funk Root (a fierce guitarist and soulful singer), and the spirited Howard Gospel Choir (from D.C.'s Howard University). This year's menu features flavorful southern-influenced fare with vegetarian options accompanied by unlimited beer and wine.


The 'Blues' is America's own creation and tradition, and is at the heart of our cultural identity and the root of American music. Born from the streets and hearts of Americans, The Blues is recognized and respected globally--reaching every corner of the earth while serving as the core of inspiration for every successful top-performing artist. The Blues epitomizes our cultural identity, and yet the opportunity to learn from its creators is slipping away. Many original Blues pioneers are struggling to make a living through their art as they try to pass on this tradition to future generations, and the Congressional Blues Festival was created to raise funds and to spread the word for this cause.


The CBF is a 7 year-old effort to preserve The Blues history and to help keep this great American tradition alive by honoring and assisting those pioneers who helped to create it. The Congressional Blues Festival's mission is dedicated to giving back to American Roots Music by raising money and awareness for organizations that directly support artists in need. To date, the Congressional Blues Festival has raised over $1 million to support this mission. Thanks to all our sponsors, fans, volunteers, and supporters who have joined us on this journey. This year's charitable partner is The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.


Please visit:

www.CongressionalBluesFestival.com

www.RobertRandolph.net

www.BobbyParkerBlues.com

www.Sol-Roots.com

www.myspace.com/HowardGospelChoir

Sol & Funk Root in Richmond, Virginia, May 21

"Sol is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer"- Jambase


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What: Sol & Funk Root in Richmond VA

When: Friday May 21, 2010 at 8:00pm

Where: Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall

623 East Main Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219


Sol & Funk Root perform in Richmond VA on Friday May 21! featuring an all-star cast of top notch musicians: Sol, Mike Tony Echols, Scott Rabino, and Bobby Thompson.


Sol has performed around the world with roots, blues, and funk legends and has backed up musical heavyweights such as Taj Mahal and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on stage and in the studio. Sol brings an all star cast of musicians to Capital Ale House.
Mike Tony Echols, bassist, has worked with Mary Ann Redmond, Politicks, Bobby Thompson and has toured nationally and internationally. Scott Rabino, drummer, has toured nationally with funk, rock, and blues star Tommy Castro.
Also special guest guitarist virtuoso Bobby Thompson will be a part of this Capital Ale House show. Bobby Thompson has worked with members of the Wailers, See-I, SOJA and more!


There will be a very special opening act Margaux LeSourd (Beast Wellington, Bungalo 6) opening! Margaux is a deep jazzy soulful singer as well as a fantastic keyboardist.


This will be a musical celebration of funk, rock, blues, reggae, soul, and more!!


Please visit

www.Sol-Roots.com
www.BobbyTMusic.net
www.myspace.com/MargauxLeSourd


and


www.CapitalAleHouse.com

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

16th Bluesfest Interntational Promises to be a Veritable Blues Lovers? Mecca



16TH Bluesfest International Promises to be a Veritable Blues Lovers’ Mecca-Party at the Riverfront
It's a Mini-Getaway Without Leaving Home


Mark your calendar now for the premier event of the summer, July 16-18, 2010 at the Riverfront Festival Plaza on the banks of the mighty Detroit River, opposite Motown and Caesars Casino. As the 11th largest blues festival in North America, we’ve put together another stellar line-up that won’t disappoint. Gather your friends from near and far and enjoy 3 days of tantalizing blues acts.


The festival kicks off with FOGHAT, the Brits with affection for American blues. Four decades of touring and recording have earned them seven gold and one platinum album. “Foghat Live”, with their massive hit, “Slow Ride”, reached double platinum status. Headlining Saturday night is Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, one of the primary architects of the New Jersey sound. They have been thrilling audiences world-wide for 35 years; achieving prominence in the mid-1970s with their first three Stax–influenced R&B albums produced by Jukes co-founder, Stevie Van Zandt and featured songs by Springsteen. “Southside may well have one of the purest rhythm and blues voices this side of Otis Redding. One of the best bands in America, is something akin to the second coming of R & B”, Backstreets Magazine.


Saturday’s other headliner is Canadian iconic singer/songwriter Gord Downie and his new project The Country of Miracles. Downie has won countless Juno Awards and the new record ‘The Grand Bounce” hits the street June 8.


Sunday features Tab Benoit, one of the premier roots stylists of the century. With fifteen records, three Grammy nods and a budding movie career, Tab is Louisiana’s #1 music export!


Bluesfest is pleased to showcase the talent of California’s Janiva Magness, Blues Music Award-winner and one of only 2 women to receive the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award. This California woman is on fire!
Other notable Bluesfest artists include the “Crown Prince of Chicago Blues” Ronnie Baker Brooks, Oklahoma’s “Watermelon Slim” of whom the San Diego-Union Tribune says,” No one today makes more compelling blues music than Watermelon Slim”, Big James & the Chicago Playboys, California harmonica ace Mark Hummel, New York’s blues diva Dana Fuchs, Australia’s renowned bluesman Harper, and countless others.


Invite your friends for the weekend; our sponsoring hotels, Holiday Inn Downtown, Holiday Inn Select and Hampton Inn & Suites are all offering special online weekend packages.


Bluesfest International runs July 16-18 and also features Family Day Sunday, Long and McQuade’s Music Clinic, Essex County Riders Show and Shine, Tug across the River (team USA VS Team Canada) and the return of Bluesfest Idol. For complete information: go to www.thebluesfest.com or Facebook Search: Bluesfest International for all the info about the weekend activities.


Ticket prices for the weekend are: $20 Friday, $25 Saturday, $10 Sunday, Family Day (family of 4) and $35 for a weekend passport.


FRIDAY JULY 16 $20 DOORS OPEN 7PM

11:45PM Foghat

10:00PM Harper

8:40PM Janiva Magness

7:200PM Pazman’s Super Sessions

5:45PM 25th Tug Across The River USA vs CANADA Dieppe Park (2 blocks west of festival)


SATURDAY JULY 17 $25 DOORS OPEN 6PM

11:45PM Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

8:35PM Gord Downie & The Country of Miracles

10:00PM Ronnie Baker Brooks

7:15PM Big James & the Chicago Playboys

6:25PM Watermelon Slim


SUNDAY JULY 18 $10 per family of 4 DOORS OPEN 1:30PM

9:40PM Tab Benoit

8:15PM Scott Holt

6:50PM Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors wsg Mike Morgan

5:20PM Dana Fuchs Band

4:00PM Johnny V’s Allstars

2:45PM Bluesfest Idol

1:30-240P Long & McQuade Music Clinic featuring Tab Benoit,
Mark Hummel, Mike Morgan, Johnny V and more!
Noon -4PM Essex County Riders Show & Shine Bike Show


For more information, please contact:
publicist@thebluesfest.com or
ted@thebluesfest.com

GULF AID Benefit Concert Featuring Lenny Kravitz, Allen Toussaint, Mos Def, Ani DiFranco to Support Gulf Relief Efforts

strong>Voice of the Wetlands Allstars to Perform


NEW ORLEANS-- Musicians, business leaders in New Orleans and community radio station WWOZ-FM have come together to create the GULF AID benefit concert to raise funds for wetland recovery efforts, fishermen and their families as oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico from the site of the collapsed deepwater Horizon. The fundraising concert will take place on Sunday, May 16, rain or shine from noon - 10 pm at Mardi Gras World River City overlooking the Mississippi River in New Orleans.


Multiplatinum recording artist Lenny Kravitz, who is also a part-time New Orleans resident, will perform as well as Allen Toussaint, Mos Def, Ani DiFranco, The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, and Johnny Vidacovich), Zachary Richard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse Review, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, Jeremy Davenport, Rebirth Brass Band, MyNameIsJohnMichael, with additional artists to be announced.


Tickets are $50 and are available exclusively via Elevate Tickets (www.elevate.com). VIP packages will be available. All funds will be managed and distributed by GULF AID in partnership with WWOZ. The fund has been created to assure that all monies are properly distributed to organizations to focus on two key elements of recovery - the wetlands/coastal environmental issues and the well-being of fishermen and the regional seafood industry.


Donations may also be sent to GULF AID, a 501 C3 non-profit corporation located at P.O. Box 6917, Metairie, LA 70009.


Ewell Smith, Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board stated: "Our fishermen appreciate the unprecedented support and leadership of the efforts to draw attention to the extraordinary need of our coastal fishing communities. Thousands of families across south Louisiana will potentially be impacted for years to come and will need all the help they can get to survive. They bring the catch of Louisiana seafood to America's tables. Without them we lose a vital part of our culture and heritage that make Louisiana so special."


GULF AID will be held at Mardi Gras World's scenic River City, which offers dramatic views of the Mississippi. The site is being donated by Joe Jaeger and Barry Kern, partners in the Mardi Gras World facility. "As a response to the threat to our fishing industry and wetlands, we decided to create an awareness and fundraising drive, GULF AID, and called on our personal friends, musicians, restaurateurs and corporate sponsors to help," said Barry Kern, Blaine Kern Studios.


New Orleans Jazz and Heritage radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM will broadcast live from the concert, which will also be streamed live on the internet: wwoz.org. "Our response is sure, immediate and passionate--our music community, through its music and heritage station, WWOZ, is calling on all its many friends throughout the country, to step forward in an effort to give heart to the devastated and the displaced," said David Freedman, WWOZ General Manager.


Rehage Entertainment, producer of the Voodoo Experience and the Essence Music Festival is producing GULF AID. "WWOZ and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation called about this very special project and we have had the privilege of working non-stop for the last 3 days," Rehage said. "The event will feature world-renowned artists, including the home team players, all of which share a love for our city and concerns about how the recent developments in the Gulf will affect the lives of people in Louisiana and bordering Gulf states." YES Productions has donated video production services to document the concert.


Sidney D. Torres, IV, owner of SDT Waste and Debris, LLC is a concert financer and organizer. "As a native of St. Bernard Parish, I have family members and friends who have been affected by this tragedy. We can all come to the aid of the fishing industry and those whose livelihoods depend on fishing by buying a ticket to GULF AID," Torres said.


Updates on the concert will be posted at www.wwoz.org
On twitter: http://ping.fm/kgLQQ
On Facebook Search: Gulf Relief


CONTACT: Mary Mouton, , mary@moutonmedia.com, for GULF
AID, Media must register for credentials, Credentials: teniesha@rehage.com to
register


http://wp.me/pjaGC-EI

Bootsy Collins Announces the World's First "Funk University"

Guest professors to include a who's-who of bass legends


On July 1, 2010, classes will commence at the Funk University, the online bass guitar school created and curated by Bootsy Collins, the iconic bassist whose otherworldly work with James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic cemented him as one of the greatest bass players to walk this or any other planet.


As F.U.'s lead professor, Bootsy has designed an intense curriculum tailored for intermediate to advanced bass players as well as anyone interested in a deeper understanding of funk, and has enlisted a dream team of bass legends to serve as guest professors. Every school day, the virtual campus at TheFunkUniversity.com will offer new lectures, lessons and exercises to its students, who will learn from the finest assembly of bassists the world has ever seen, teaching the techniques that made them immortal.


Imagining the sound of modern music in a world without Bootsy Collins is no easy task. In the eleven months spent in James Brown's backing band The JBs, the outfit cranked out a galaxy of classics like "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine", "Super Bad" and "Soul Power", songs which established the bass guitar as an instrument capable of commanding a song, rather than simply supporting it. Soon after, he found his spiritual home in the seminal funk organization Parliament/Funkadelic, taking bass into space on jams like "Aqua Boogie" and "One Nation Under A Groove"which have become, literally, the backbone of hundreds, maybe thousands of hip-hop songs.




Bootsy's post P-Funk work - which includes collaborations with Talking Heads all the way to Deee-Lite's mega-hit "Groove Is In The Heart" - speaks to the respect his name commands across genres, earning him a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.




50 years ago, a bass player in your band was optional. Today, a song without bass is hardly a song. It is no exaggeration to say that Bootsy Collins brought the funk to Planet Earth.


The launch of Bootsy's bass school falls on a big year for Collins, who is set to release a new album in the fall titled Boot-Z Class University that features an all-star cast, along with the release of Bootsy's Signature Bass by Warwick.


Enrolled students gain access to the 'virtual campus' at TheFunkUniversity.com. In Bootsy's Lecture Hall, Bootsy will provide extensive lectures on funk, the bass, and his body of work, while an A-list assembly of professors - whose names will be released in the coming weeks - articulate Bootsy's lectures with lessons and exercises on bass and rhythm inside the classroom areas. The library will house a wealth of multimedia learning content, from video and audio to gear tutorials.


Staff reviews of students' performance will be conducted periodically, and professors will also hold office hours to answer students' questions. Professor Bootsy will also be judging student track submissions as part of a series of regular school competitions.


Bootsy's Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A. creativity house responsible for projects with Al Gore's Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck.


Bootsy's Funk University begins its first semester on July 1, 2010 with enrollment based on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested players are encouraged to sign up for exclusive information at http://ping.fm/Oc2Mv.


"The best day of my life was when I graduated from P.U.," Bootsy exclaims. "The next best day of my life will be to see students graduate from F.U."


As for the motivation of launching The Funk University at this point in his career, Collins remarks, "Funk don't funk around for nobody, so get funked up while you can."


For more information and interview requests, contact James Dunn at james@dunndealpr.com

Turner Classic Movies to Pay Tribute to Singer-Actress Lena Horne Friday, May 21

ATLANTA -- Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will dedicate the Friday, May 21, primetime lineup to paying tribute to legendary singer-actress Lena Horne, who passed away yesterday at the age of 92.


The night's collection will feature three films with defining Horne performances. Also included is one of Horne's favorite films, the 1943 John Garfield drama The Fallen Sparrow.


8 p.m.

The Duke is Tops (1938), Horne's film debut, featuring
performances of the songs "I Know You Remember" and "Don't Let Our Love Song Turn Into a Blues."


9:30 p.m.

Cabin in the Sky (1943), Horne's favorite among her own films.
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Ethel Waters star.


11:15 p.m.

Panama Hattie (1942), an example of the type of role Horne was
frequently forced to play. Her songs include "Just One of Those Things" and "The Sping."


12:45 a.m.

The Fallen Sparrow (1943), starring John Garfield and Maureen O'Hara in the story of a former Spanish Civil War prisoner searching for the truth about the death of a friend. A tremendous fan of Garfield, Horne counted this film among her favorites.


"There was never anyone quite like Lena Horne as an entertainer, a presence or a trail-blazer," said TCM host Robert Osborne. "We've been shortchanged only by the limited number of worthwhile roles she was given to play in movies. But she certainly gave us 100 percent of her remarkable talent in those she did make. We're also very proud at Turner Classic Movies that she was one of our loyal TCM viewers."


Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Bobby Murray Band w/sgs Lenny Watkins and Robert Penn to Appear at the Scarab Club Detroit Blues Heritage Series - Event 2, May 22



The Detroit Blues Society & the Scarab Club Present
The Detroit Blues Heritage Series on May 22, at 2 pm
The Bobby Murray Band w/sgs Lenny Watkins and Robert Penn
Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth Street
Detroit, MI 48202-4018
(313) 831-1250


Blues guitar great Bobby Murray has been a Detroiter now for over a decade, but honed his skills around the blues clubs of San Francisco and Oakland. In the 1970's and '80's, he played backup for musicians like Sonny Rhodes and Frankie Lee before getting a big break in 1988 and joining up with Etta James' Roots Band.


Bobby Has been playing guitar for Etta James for over two decades now, he has played on 3 Grammy award winning recordings (one with B.B. King, two with Etta James), & he has thee solo releases as well as recordings with, Otis Rush and many other blues notables.


Bobby Murray is delighted to have as his special guest, Detroit blues great Robert Penn! In 1983 Robert had the chance to play with & conduct the band behind his hero BB King! As conductor/guitarist he has worked with the Contours, the Velelettes, as well as both David Ruffin & Dennis Edwards (both formerly with the Temptations). As a touring blues artist Robert has toured throughout Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, England & Scotland and recorded three CDs. Robert is one of the most engaging blues performers to ever come out of Detroit.


More about Bobby Murray:

Longtime Etta James band guitarist Bobby Murray spent many years carefully Murray was born in 1953 in Nagoya, Japan, grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and cites Albert Collins as one of his most important guitar influences. Murray and Robert Cray went to high school together, and upon their graduation, they booked Collins for the school's graduation party; the three became friends and later went on to appear in concert together often. Murray, who spent many years in apprenticeship, learned from some of the best the Bay Area had to offer, sharing stages with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Jimmy Witherspoon, Taj Mahal and John Lee Hooker, among others. He can be heard on B.B. King's Grammy Award-winning album, Blues Summit, and he duets with former classmate Cray on King's "Playing With My Friends." Murray's style is fluid and rhythmic, and, freely admitting he's not one of the world's greatest singers, often has a singing guitarist with him. There's plenty of guitar wizardry from Murray on his debut album, The Blues Is Now, released in 1996 on the New York-based Viceroy label, with guests including vocalist Frankie Lee and organist Jimmy Pugh.
~ Richard Skelly, All Music Guide


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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Roxy Perry Inducted Into Blues Hall of Fame�

AWARD WINNING ARTIST ROXY PERRY BRINGS NEW HONORS TO WESTCHESTER AND NEW YORK STATE




ROXY PERRY, award winning singer, songwriter, harmonica player, recording artist, and producer, known as ''NEW YORK BLUES QUEEN'' for decades, has added to her list of credits with her recent induction into the BLUES HALL OF FAME® as AMBASSADOR TO NEW YORK and GREAT BLUES MUSICIAN OF NEW YORK.




Inclusion in the Blues Hall of Fame® is considered to be one of the highest honors a blues artist can receive. Such recognition and prestige is born of a jury of artistic peers who recognize an artist’s work and accomplishments as worthy of outstanding recognition within a world of great art and music. This is a rare and outstanding achievement for an independent artist.


A lifelong native of New Rochelle, Roxy has focused five decades to performing across the United States and abroad, including the legendary Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Her four CDs have been a staple on radio, cable Blues and Jazz channels and internet stations around the world for decades.


For the past 30 years, Roxy has given back to the tri-state music community, hosting her legendary jam sessions, which have launched the careers of many in the area.


Roxy also hosts four weekly blues radio programs on the Internet, featuring a live chat room. The New York Blues-Bird show is broadcast on KCOR - www.kconlineradio.com. Her shows are an eclectic mix of vintage, rare and independent Blues, R&B, Jazz, and Rock.


Over the years, Roxy’s music and live performances have received great acclaim. Her reviews in trade magazines such as DOWNBEAT, BLUES REVUE, BLUES MATTERS, ROOTSTIME, and REAL BLUES have been flawless and glowing for all four of her releases. Her CD, BACK IN BLUESVILLE was named Best Self Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2006. She was presented the prestigious ARTIST OF THE YEAR award form the Westchester Arts Council in 2007. Her song, "That Night in Memphis" was named SONG OF THE YEAR by Baker Street Radio in France in 2009. Her most recent CD ''IN MY SWEET TIME'' was placed in the top twenty-five CDs of the year by many networks.


A child prodigy, Roxy started out fronting swing bands during the heyday of the famous Glen Island Casino in New York and performed her first concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California at age 9. In her early teens, she began fronting her own bands and ultimately became a regular at the famed Peppermint Lounge in Manhattan's Times Square, New York. From there, she went on a four-year tour with the pop band, Dawn, headlining with many of the superstars of the 1980’s. In the mid 80's. Roxy had a single on Personal Records that remained at the top of Billboard charts for months.


It was in the late 80’s that Roxy launched her Blues career. Her exciting live performances at clubs, concert halls and festivals won her the title as "the Real Deal" in blues and jazz circles around the world. She has never looked back, and continues to excite audiences everywhere with her music.


For more information visit www.roxyperry.com

"I'm Still Here" New CD Release From Maurice Richard Libby Aka "Whiteboy Slim" NOW Available At Special Price



The new CD "I'm Still Here" is finally finished. It has been almost two years since the project began, but it is now being manufactured. It is the first Whiteboy Slim recording that contains acoustic tracks, but it also contains the eclectic electric stuff that everyone has come to expect from Whiteboy Slim. The rhythm tracks on this one were recorded live off-the-floor, giving it a very live feel. The instrumentation is stripped down to guitars, harp,and vocals, with no keys or horns this time round. It continues the balance of tradition and experimentation you have come to expect.


The official release date is May 31, but from now until then, you can buy it at a special pre-release price of $9.99 (plus shipping). When you get your (signed) CD you will also get an URL, a username, and a password that will give you two months of unlimited free downloads of mp3s of all four Whiteboy Slim CDs, as well as live recordings, videos, and other free goodies. Just go to www.desmondandhodirecords.com/Pre-sale.html and click on the "Buy Now" button.


Whiteboy Slim's "I'm Still Here" Pre-release Special.


From May 1 to the official release date of May 31, you can buy the new Whiteboy Slim CD "I'm Still Here" here for only $9.99, (a saving of $5.00), plus shipping. When your CD arrives in the mail, you will also receive an URL, username, and password that will give you two months of unlimited downloads of all four Whiteboy Slim CDs, plus plenty of bonus material including live performances, videos, and more.


Just click on the "Buy Now" button and you will be taken to a Paypal Checkout where you can securely pay with your credit card or your paypal account. All CDs will be mailed between May 15 and May 31. CDs will be sent regular mail. If you want yours sent by a different method, let them know.


Catch Whiteboy Slim Live

If you are going to be in Moose Jaw on June 12, go to www.desmondandhodirecords.com/CDRelease.html where, for $15.00CDN you can get a CD plus a ticket to the Official CD Release Concert at the Moose Jaw Public Library Auditorium, featuring performances by Whiteboy Slim, plus special guest Megan Nash. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early.


There are many good things happening this year. I have signed with Atlantic Multimedia, a management company based in Ontario, and I will be doing a Showcase at NXNE in Toronto June 19.More on that in the next newsletter.


Cheers,
Maurice Richard Libby AKA Whiteboy Slim

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Coventry Lions of Pennsylvania to Host the Chester County Blues Barbeque, June 5



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Coventry, PA - The Coventry Lions Club will host the inaugural Chester County Blues Barbeque on June 5, 2 to 7 p.m. at Wyndsor Farm in Elverson to support its scholarship and outreach programs. The family-oriented event will feature three notable blues bands from the area in a spacious and scenic setting, with food and drinks available for purchase throughout the afternoon. The Barbecue will be held rain or shine as Wyndsor Farm has a large indoor arena that will serve as shelter in case of inclement weather.


Tickets are $20 per person if purchased at the gate, $15 if purchased in advance. Advance tickets are available online on the event website, www.chestercountyblues.com, from Coventry Lions members, and a number of local outlets. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the many charitable activities of the Coventry Lions Club in Chester County, PA


Three Great Local Blues Bands


The event will feature three outstanding Chester County blues bands. Each band will perform a set of approximately 90 minutes. It will be a fantastic afternoon and evening featuring some great blues music!


Voodoo DeVille




Voodoo DeVille is a six piece band working out of the Philadelphia area. The band was formed in 1998 by a group of like-minded guys who enjoyed the blues and enjoyed playing them even more. While Chicago blues is their starting point, they venture into jump, boogie woogie, early rock 'n roll, and rockabilly. If it's fun to play, then it's in the set list. The band has become a fixture at many venues, Community Days, and private events throughout Chester County. No matter what the venue, Voodoo DeVille is out to have some fun and share it with their audience.


Blue Plate Specials




The Blue Plate Specials are a new project consisting of some of the most seasoned musicians in the Philly area and beyond; the members having played more gigs in more bands than could be listed.


Most of the songs are band originals, and the band covers all facets of the Blues from 'Nawlins to Gutbucket, Back Porch Country, Chicago to Texas, with an emphasis on Uptown Jump and Swing.


The arrangements are hot and tight and the band is cooler than the other side of the pillow. People DANCE at Blue Plate Specials Shows.


The Porkroll Project




The Porkroll Project is hard rocking 6 piece blues band who play a high energy blend of fresh covers and originals. The music is blues, but it's done up Porkroll style. Little bit of grease, good dose of funk, whole lotta drive and grind. Throw that together with some dangerous lead guitar and harmonica, powerful organ, and rippin' piano, and you have a recipe for a night where anything can happen! The band was a semi-finalist in the prestigous 2010 International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis earlier this year. Their 2009 CD, Shake It Twice, was also a semi-finalist in the Blues Foundation's 2010 competition for the Best Self-Produced CD.


About Coventry Lions of Pennsylvania
The Coventry Lions Club was chartered in 1958. Since then it has grown and currently has 19 very active members dedicated to the tenets of Lionism. Current projects include a medical equipment loan program, holiday baskets for the less fortunate in our community on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, leader dog training sponsorship, used eyeglasses collection for the LCIF, support for free eye exams and glasses for the less fortunate individuals in the area, an annual scholarship for an Owen J. Roberts high school graduate and much much more.


The club also sponsors a Leo Club at the Owen J. Roberts school district (OJR) Middle school as well as the Lion Cubs, an exciting initiative for students attending any of the five OJR elementary schools. The purpose of the youth program clubs is to instill a sense of civic pride and service responsibilities in today's youth. Find out more about these youth programs by clicking the Youth Programs link located at the top of our web page.


To support these projects, the Coventry Lions club holds various fundraising events to raise awareness of the needs of the sight impaired and funding for the service activities supported by the club.



Coventry Lions of Pennsylvania


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Ray Bentley


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