Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 @The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant In Santa Ana, Calif****Portion Of Proceeds Go To Saint Joseph’s Hospital Of Orange For Cancer Prevention & Treatment Center; Outdoor Day-Into-Evening Event For The Entire Family To Enjoy (Children Under 10 Are Free)
SANTA ANA– Longing for Real Blues? So was Orange County musician Papa J — hence, the impetus behind the First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County, taking place Sunday, October 3, at The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant, 1120 W. 17th St., Santa Ana. Time: 2 pm-10 pm. Admission: $15 (children under 10 free). Infro: (714) 328-9375 or (714) 550-6700. Tickets available at both Olde Ship locations (Santa Ana, Fullerton) and at the participating band’s websites. 25% of all net proceeds go to Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Orange Cancer Prevention and Treatment Center.
“In my opinion most large blues festivals are over priced and in many cases, you don’t get “Real Blues,” said Real Blues Festival of Orange County Organizer and driving force, Papa J. “I guess a recent festival in Orange County couldn’t find enough blues acts…so just to draw in people, Crosby, Stills & Nash were added to the bill. Now, please don’t get me wrong,” continues Papa J, himself a musician who organized and produced a “Chicago Blues Night” at House of Blues/Anaheim last Spring, “I think these guys are greatly talented people – but Blues, they are not! So, when this opportunity came along (to produce the Real Blues Festival of Orange County), I just thought it would be cool to have it be all real blues. That, plus all of the bands have ties in one way or another to Orange County,” Papa J concludes.
A short synopsis of the bands performing at the First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County:
*Alastair Greene Band: Longtime blues guitarist who recently performed at the 2010 Sonora Blues Festival; when not performing with his own band, Alastair is the touring guitarist with Alan Parsons Live Project and also plays with Orange County’s popular Shari Puorto Band. “The Alastair Greene Band has achieved an elusive result with “Walking In Circles,” waxing a blues-rock album that holds appeal for traditionalists” (BLUES REVUE). http://www.agsongs.com.
*Glenn Patrik Band: A taste of Kansas City blues via this accomplished blues man who has been performing throughout the world for over forty years. Patrik has received much critical acclaim for his recently-released CD, “Nuthin’ But A Thang” (Shakehouse Records), and is releasing a new CD, “Original Blues,” September 28. “Glenn Patrik plays Kansas City blues…the album breathes the genre. His riffs scorch; his vocals wrap around the stories and bleed a blues rasp. Glenn Patrik’s sound is all his own.” (ALTERNATE ROOT). http://www.glennpatrik.com.
*Papa J (with Kofi Baker, Fran Banish, and Doug Lunn): The creator and driving force behind Real Blues Festival of Orange County, Papa J (who is nominated in the “Entertainer of the Year” category for the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards) is also an accomplished blues harpist and vocalist best known for his work with OC-based group, Blues Gone South. Here J teams with respected guitarist Fran Banish and the rhythm section of bassist Doug Lunn and drummer Kofi Baker (the latter the son of legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker). “Papa J’s rich baritone voice and jaunty harmonica offer convincing tales about life and the way things go around.” (SOUTHLAND BLUES). http://www.bluesgonesouth.com.
*P-Cats: Husband-wife duo of guitarist Ed Paredes and bassist Trace Paredes are relative newcomers to the Blues scene, but have strongly embraced the genre. Ed studied music at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa; Trace began her musical sojourn in Nashville, Tennessee. Together they perform, in their own words, “an odd, quirky take on old Blues favorites and newer songs sure to become classics.” http://www.p-cats.com.
*The Flames: No stranger to Orange County music enthusiasts, The Flames were formerly the “house band” at both Silky Sullivan’s in Fountain Valley and The Marine Room in Laguna Beach and have been entertaining Orange County and Southern California audiences for almost two decades. Fronted by dynamic vocalist Michelle Cole and longtime SoCal guitarist Glenn Anderson (John Lee Hooker, Mitch Ryder, Climax Chicago Blues Band), the band performed at this year’s Long Beach Grand Prix for over 3,000 attendees. http://www.seetheflames.com.
*Oozie Blues Band: This five-piece “old school” blues ensemble features veteran players that have performed in the past as sidemen to some of the biggest names in the world of blues (and) rhythm and blues, including John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Hollywood Fats, Lowell Fulsom, Ray Chales, James Brown, Percy Mayfield, and more.Vocalist Ray Brooks; guitarist Terry DeRouen; saxophonist Bobby Spencer; bassist Norman Pingrey; and drummer Johnny D, are some of the last musicians to have played the fabled South Central (L.A.) blues scene. http://www.theoozieblues.com.
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