First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County – New, Earlier Time!

****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)

12:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

JUST ADDED: Southland favorite Shari Puorto (pictured) and band have been added to the First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County on Sunday, October 3. For more on Shari Puorto, please see below.

*Shari Puorto Band: This Southland-based female vocal powerhouse can regularly be seen performing at festivals and some of SoCal’s biggest venues. Shari has been variously described as a musical mixing of Melissa Etheridge, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt, with the soul of Janis Joplin. In Shari is currently in the studio recording with renowned producer Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag, Michael Bloomfield), getting set to release her third CD, REAL.

NUTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES: That’s what guitarists Alastair Greene (l) and Glenn Patrik (r) will play at the First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County Sunday, Oct. 3@The Olde Ship in Santa Ana.

(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. New Time: 12:30 pm-10:00 pm. Admission: $15. (children under 10 free) includes one free well drink. Info: (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. The entire Festival will be broadcast live over

REAL BLUES, REALLY!: Garden Grove-based harpist-vocalist Papa J (pictured) is the creator and driving force behind the First Real Blues Festival of Orange County. He performs at the Oct. 3 event.
(Photo By Casey Regan)

“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.

WOMEN SING THE BLUES: Trace Paredes of Orange County’s P-Cats (l) and Michelle Cole of The Flames (r) add a feminine touch to the First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County October 3.

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).

*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).

*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). P.S. Watch for a Feature and Photo Pictorial on Papa J by Casey Regan in American Blues News ( on Saturday, September 18.

*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.”

*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.

*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.

*Stoney B Blues Band: Straight outta Blues hot spot Chicago comes guitarist Stoney B. In his long and storied career he has either played with, or shared billing with, Buddy Guy; James Cotton; Junior Wells; Koko Taylor; Willie Mississippi Foster; and countless others. Stoney B formed his first band at age 15 and had been playing the Blues ever since. – including 13 years in the streets of New Orleans as a street musician with Grandpa Elliot. Stoney B now calls San Diego, California his home.

OLD-SCHOOL BLUES: Members of the Oozie Blues Band (pictured) have performed with Etta James, John Lee Hooker, and other greats, and are some of the last musicians to have come out of the South Central Blues Scene. Catch them at the Real Blues Festival of Orange County October 3.

*ALSO ADDED: “The Pride of Chicago Blues,” STONEY B BLUES BAND*

FROM CHICAGO, WITH LOVE: Blues guitarist Stoney B, who has been playing the Blues with pride for over four decades, has just been added to the First Real Blues Festival of Orange County bill. The all-day-into-the-evening event, fun for the whole family to enjoy takes place Sunday, October 3rd.


Sponsorships still available – Call (714) 328-9375 for more details.

20 %  Admission Discount to Members of any accredited Blues Society – Must Show I.D. At Door

Contact: Doug Deutsch Publicity Services



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