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Sunday, December 12, 2004

A thank you note from Jim Eachus

Hey everyone. I just want to say THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! This was the best ROCK THE LOT FOR TOYS FOR TOTS in 4 years. the Marines said there was about a 1000 toys.. a 1000 TOYS!!! I am so stoked and it's all because of you!! Your time, your effort and just plain being the best of people in Fresno or anywhere else for that matter. I appreciate all of you!! Your bands were simply outstanding!! I had many people complement me on the bands at this event. We made it happen and I can't thank you all enough!!

A special thanks to Annie at the Fox 95.7 / New Rock 104.1, the adds and your efforts were unbelievable!! And I appreciate your support Annie!!! And a hell of a guy Don Heflin from Deja Blues. He came back at closing and said what can i do. That speaks for itself. Again I can't thank you all enough. And you know what... Hooters / Sams Club wants us back next year and said they will match toy for toy so were finally on our way with this event thanks to you all!! I want everyone to PLEASE have a safe and happy holiday season...

Thank you all so much ....
Jim Eachus

November 12, 2004


Sunday, December 5, 2004
Red Lion - Sacramento Inn


Put on your dancin' shoes, get ready to kick up your heels and help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Sacramento Blues Society (SBS) on Sunday, December 5, 2004. The Anniversary bash is an all-ages event, and it runs from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Martinique Ballroom of the Red Lion Sacramento Inn at 1401 Arden Way next to the Arden Fair Mall.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and are available at The Beat in Downtown Sacramento at 17th and J Streets or at the door. Tickets for children under 13 years are $10, and will be available only at the door. Derek Washington Jr., past SBS Board Member and strong advocate for the blues, will be handling the Master of Ceremonies duties.

The Daniel Castro Band (www.danielcastro.com) will be headlining the December 5, Anniversary blues extravaganza. Daniel, along with his trademark Telecaster, is a blues force that is a definite "must see". His pure, passionate sound is reminiscent of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, and he is on the forefront of the Bay Area Blues Scene. Daniel's musical roots also extend to California's Southland where he backed up legends from the Johnny Otis Show "Loud Mouth" Delmar Evans, Pee Wee Crayton and Little Esther Phillips.

Singer / songwriter Kathleen Cairns and Tattoo Blue ( http://www.tattooblue.net/pages/home.html ) and the Layce Baker Black Diamond Blues Band ( http://www.geocities.com/laycenet@pacbell.net/ ) round out the excellent Anniversary bill. Kathleen's vocal styling has often been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Etta James and Angela Strehli, yet she delivers a fresh vocal perspective that is totally her own. She has performed throughout the West Coast with such notables as Tommy Castro, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and Walter Trout. Another great West Coast bluesman, Layce Baker, started playing guitar at age 8, and has played with such legends as: The Whispers, The California Malibus, Lowell Fulsom and Little Johnny Taylor.

The Sacramento Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting blues music as an art form, and it is one of the oldest blues societies in California. The SBS has kept the blues tradition alive in the Sacramento area by promoting the local blues music scene, bringing internationally renowned artists to the region and providing educational opportunities for young people with its Blues in the Schools Program.

Come celebrate the Blues, have a great time and help the Sacramento Blues Society usher in the next 25 years as we continue to support blues music as a vital and vibrant art form while expanding its presence in the greater Sacramento area.

Submitted by:  Rich Burleigh

Saturday, September 18, 2004
Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Rd., Modesto

The Modesto Blues 2004 is held at the Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Rd., Modesto CA. Just off Mitchell and Hatch Roads. Stages will be held "on the green" in the shaded concert area, and inside the air conditioned Tuolumne River Lodge. (TRL is the site of the popular Boogie On the Bayou Festival held every June)

2004 Performers are so far:
Tommy Castro Band, Pinetop Perkins with Little Frank, J.C. Smith Big Band with Gary Smith, Shane Dwight, Ralph Woodson Trio, Lara Price with Laura Chavez, Mofo Party Band, Rhythm Deluxe, Vintage Blues Band, Special Blues Harmonica Workshop by Gary Smith, John Clifton and Danny Hull

Kids activities 1pm to 4pm. Gates will open at 10:00am. Music starts at 11 am to approximately 7pm. Parking is in various lots or on the street around the lodge. Follow the signs!

MOTELS (Let motels know you are with the MODESTO BLUES 2004) www.visitmodesto.com, Visitors Bureau 209-526-5588 Motels near Tuolumne River Lodge are Microtel Inn, Ceres, 209-538-6466 Howard Johnson, Ceres, 209-537-4821 Apex Inn, Modesto, 209-529-4750. For map to Tuolumne River Lodge go to www.mapquest.com

What To Bring To Festival:
Bring Spray Bottle, Sunscreen, Sun Hats. Folding Chairs (High or Low Backed Chairs OK) NO ICE CHESTS ARE ALLOWED AT THIS SHOW. NO glass containers or alcohol may be brought into the festival. No pets allowed in festival-concert area. See website for more information for updates

TIX: $25 ADVANCE, $30 DOOR, CHARGE BY PHONE 209.533.3473 ORDER TIX ONLINE www.fireonthemountain.com, www.tickets.com Questions or Charge by phone and will call: 209.533.3473, FX 209.533.1049 FX email: events@fireonthemountain.com Festival is Rain or Shine, NO refunds. Tix Dealers: Modesto--Mitchell's Harley Davidson, Skips Music, State Theatre. In Twain Harte: Village Tunes. In Sonora: Mountain Bookshop.

Motorcycle Parking Area In Front Of Lodge, Craft and Clothing Vendors Beverage Booths. Plenty of Food and Drink Will Be Available At Festival along with great Micro Beers. Regular domestic beer, wines, sodas, waters, will also be offered. Festival BBQ Tri-Tip, Ribs, Pork Concession; Mexican Dishes; Espresso, etc. Special thanks to 104.1~The Hawk, KUOP, KXJZ, Mick Martin, KRVR, Stockton Record, Modesto Bee, Oak Depot, Anheuser Busch, Sierra Springs Water, I-Magik, 24 Hour Guitar, State Theatre, CSL, HOTSY, Tuolumne River Lodge.

Presented By Fire On The Mountain, JB Presents, 104.1 ~ The Hawk
Thanks Richard, Corinne, John

Submitted by:  Bob Nelson
Monday, August 16, 2004

Fellow blues lovers,

I would like to take a moment or two to tell you about the Bakersfield Blues Preservation Society and invite you to come join us.  During our meetings we go over some of the history of the blues using videos, cd's and discussions about various styles and performers.  We also have a "Blues in the Schools" program that we are trying to initiate into our local schools.  We sponsor a blues jam twice a month for any and all musicians that wish to participate.  So why don't you come on down and see what we're all about?

We meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at the Spotlight Theatre located at 1622 19th Street, just a block south of the historic Fox Theater.  The time is 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.

The Blues Jam is every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th Street.  Even if you don't play an instrument, come down and listen to some great music and enjoy some of the best fish in Bakersfield.  The time is from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.

You can also listen to our radio show every Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. on 1230 AM (times may vary due to station's prior scheduled shows such as baseball or racing).  It's the only blues radio show in Kern County.

As soon as our website is up and running, I will be emailing our address so that you can take advantage of what we hope will be some of the best info on the blues in our area.  Interviews with local bands, who's playing where, and more.

If you wish to be taken off our email list, please let me know and I will be happy to do so.  If you know someone who might wish to be put on our email list, please let me know and I will be doubly happy to do so......

Keep on Blues'n........ Bob

Friday, July 30, 2004
Club Fred

Thanks for having us at Club Fred.  This was the first time that Highway 61 has ever played in Fresno and we were treated great.  The Central Valley Blues Society crowd was wild!  Thanks to Adam on the sound board and Todd at the bar for keeping us going, but mostly the band would like to thank all the blues people who came out to see us.  The band all gathered out on Van Ness Ave. after we were done loading up to head back north and we all had that exhausted but totally satisfied feeling.  Everyone in the band now knows about Fresno and can't wait to come back.

Greg Barker and Highway 61  www.hwy61bluesband.com

Friday, June 4, 2004
The Little Fox
2209 Broadway, Redwood City, CA

René Solis will host another great night of guitar fireworks.  René's playing style has often been described as powerful, raw, and emotional, as he pours his soul into each and every note.  As the bandleader of the newly reformed and highly popular band NiteCry, René's career has now come full circle.  In addition to being dynamite guitarist, he has also become a well-respected vocalist and songwriter.  Over the years René has been a featured artist at countless festivals and nightclubs often sharing the stage with such giants as Albert King, Luther Tucker, Joe Louis Walker, The Legendary Coasters, and Davey Pattison (Gamma & Robin Trower) to name just a few.

Kenny "Blue" Ray is a seasoned veteran of over 35 years and is also a band leader in his own right.  His stinging tone and distinct blues guitar style have been the center of countless recording sessions and instructional videos.  Kenny remains one of the most sought after sidemen in the business and his credits include performances with blues legends Jimmie Vaughn, Little Charlie and the Night Cats, Marcia Ball, Albert Collins, William Clarke, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many others.

Rounding out the evening will be guitarist extraordinaire John Wedemeyer.  John has recorded and toured with Charlie Musslewhite, Curtis Selgado and The Ford Blues Band, often performing over 250 nights per year.  His amazing talent and blues/rock style have allowed him to share the stage with the likes of Robben Ford, The Grateful Dead and Andy Just.  John currently leads his own band called W.H.A.T.

Adding a dose of burning Texas blues guitar will be special guest Jimmy Hartley along with rock solid drummer Mike Stewart (Studebaker Blues Band).  Multi-talented keyboardist Jim Gordon (Groove Kings), drummer Scott Lamantia (NiteCry) and superb bassist Paul Logan will be the featured house band throughout the night.  The grand finale will feature all of these great talents on stage together for an explosive "All Star" jam session.

Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $14.00 at the door
Tickets on line at www.foxdream.com or call the box office at 650-369-4119
Ages 21 and over

Saturday, April 24, 2004
Bonner Auditorium
Fresno Art Museum
2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA

"She cut the road Bonnie Raitt traveled."  -- Taj Mahal

Alice's music is a heartfelt mix of revived acoustic blues-based songs with a tasty touch of folky feel.  Her career has spanned 4 decades, including a number one billboard hit right here in Fresno, "Freedom's the Sound" in the early 70's.  She is a unique and gifted guitar player, an inspirational singer and songwriter.

Her newest CD, "Can't Find No Heaven", was nominated for both a Grammy and a Handy Award and was chosen Best Northwest CD by the Washington Blues Society in 2003.

She has played with Frank Zappa, The Chambers Brothers, Mississippi John Hurt, Jerry Ricks, and many other fine musicians.  She has also been a regular faculty member at the Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop Series and Festival teaching Delta Blues Style finger picking.  If you're a blues enthusiast, you don't want to miss Alice.  She is one place removed from the source.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door the night of the concert.  Available at Patrick's Music Store, 769 E. Barstow; The Movies Video Store in Van Ness Village, or National Hardware 7173 N. Blackstone in Pinedale.

Submitted by:  William Taylor, MMAC Ops. Dir. @ (209) 388-1090

Featuring Steve Johnson and the BOBtones
Friday, April 23, 2004
Multicultural Arts Center
645 West Main Street
Merced, CA  95340

Anticipation mounts and the ticking grows louder as the minutes pass towards the moment of the Central Valley's favorite "happy hour" - the Merced County Arts Council's annual Blues & Brews fund-raiser for the arts, Friday, April 23rd at the Multicultural Arts Center.

A deep sense of tradition lures N.Y. blues recording artist Steve "Mouse" Johnson and Those BOBtones to yearly set the tone inside the Arts Center's big-city-blues-club theatre transformation.  Start with a refreshing bounty of specialty beers and a no-host bar in the Main Gallery when doors open at 6pm, paired with a tasty array of gourmet pizzas available till 9pm.  Once everyone's whistles are wetted, Steve Johnson and Those BOBtones take the stage 7:30 - 11:00 to aid digestion.

It was about the time he settled in Manhattan in the late 80's that Johnson began making big waves on the East Coast blues scene as the show opener for the late blues legend Albert Collins.  The "Ice Man", who introduced Steve to audiences as his God-son, would often bring the "Mouse" back to the stage for his show finales.  Soon after Collins' death, Johnson drew serious music industry attention by winning Guitar Player magazine's prestigious 25th Anniversary "Ultimate Guitar Competition" as "Best Blues Guitarist".  His '62 Stratocaster's killer tone paved the way for six CDs for Virgin Records and last summer's "Blues from the Road House, Live at the Great Notch" on the Dixiefrog label.  This past year has also seen a Johnson tune aired on NBC's "Ed" and his theme song/title track contribution for the Discovery Channel's special honoring the 10th anniversary of Jessie (Monster Garage) James' West Coast Choppers.

Johnson, a Merced native and BOBtones original, will be joined by keyboard wizard Bradley Barnett who toured with Merle Haggard before settling in the S.F. Bay Area; bass player Sparky Gehres of Mike Hammar & The Nails; dynamic blues harp-man Michael "The Professor" Boykin; and yours truly on dusty 1964 vintage Slingerland drums.

This event is as much a reunion of old friends as it is a fund-raiser for the Arts Council's ARTREE - an endangered youth arts in education program hard hit by California State education budget cuts.

Admission is $15.00.  Tickets are available in Merced at Yosemite Floral in the Raley's Shopping Center, Kissin' Kouzins in the Bear Creek Galeria, and the Multicultural Arts Center at 645 W. Main Street.  For information and credit card purchases call (209) 388-1090 or visit www.ArtsMerced.org.

Before Steve Johnson flies back to New York, he and Those BOBtones will make an appearance on Saturday the 24th from 8:00 to midnight at Rudy's Jazz & Blues Club, 432 W. Main Street.  Call 726-7839.

April 8, 2004

Sunday, April 25, 2004
The Seasons
945 McHenry Ave.
Modesto, CA

Lunch:  Doors open at 11:30 for lunch.  Come hungry!  A special BBQ lunch is being catered by the Seasons at moderate prices.  Ready to serve at 11:30.

Zydeco dance lesson 12:15 -1:00

Dance Tickets:  $15 pre-sale/ $20 at the door.  Pre-sale tickets are available thru Skip's Music (1209 McHenry Ave.), the Seasons office or through the mail.  Make checks out to:

John Black
5336 Aveune D
Modesto, CA  95358

Tickets will be held at the door.  Not responsible for checks not received in time due to any error.  Save canceled check for your receipt.

Contact:  The Seasons  209-523-4000
John Black  209-537-1516
Skip's Music  209-522-1003

Friday, April 16, 2004
Fresno Metropolitan Museum
Palatine Building
7455 N. Fresno Street

Get over your tax season blues and bring your dancing shoes to our "Bubbles, Baubles and Blues Ball".  This event will feature everything fun and bubbly from champagne and fizzy drinks to bubble machines.  There will be hors d'oeuvres and desserts by Roy Harland, executive chef of the soon-to-open restaurant SLATES.  Dance to live sounds of the Mofo Party Band and the enjoy the thrill of casino style gaming.  Partygoers will have the opportunity to win some of the following "baubles" of their own:

$500 certificate from Jewels Unlimited (four certificates will be given away)
A Day Spa Package from Imagine Inner Beauty Day Spa
A Special Gift Basket from RSVP Please
A Dinner for Four at SLATES
A Party-to-Go Basket from Abbey Party
A Massage Package from San Joaquin Valle Rehabilitation Center
and much much more!

April 16, 2004 - 7 p.m. to midnight
Palatine Building - 7455 N. Fresno Street @ Alluvial $75 PER PERSON
No Host Bar, Valet parking, black-tie optional.

Get your tickets now by ordering online fresnomet.org/blues or call (559) 441-1444 x234

April 7, 2004
Sunday, May 9, 2004
Club Fred
Fresno, CA

Well Blues Lovers, it's time again for "Yo Mama's Got The Blues" Mothers Day Blues Jam & BBQ at Club Fred.  Mother's Day this year is on Sunday, May 9th.  Everything gets started at 3pm until ????  Dinner Tickets will again be the low price of $20.  You all know the Starky cooks the best Louisiana BBQ around.  Tickets will go one sale soon and will be available at Club Fred or by contacting me (Don Heflin) at don@cvblues.org

This year I need some help from the masses.  Last year's Raffle went so well we want to do it again.  If you would like to donate something for the Raffle: items, services, vacation packs either from yourself, your business or someone you know, let us know right away.  We want to start early this year so we're not scrambling the closer it gets.  As we get these donations we will be listing them in the newsletter each week so this will give you a little advertising for your business as well.

I had an Idea that if we could get one or some of the Local Blues Bands to give up a night of blues for a Private Party as the Grand Prize or Grand Prizes.  Any takers out there, please let me know.

I would like to send out a special invitation to the Blues Lovers of the North & South Valley.  This event gets better every year.  It's the ultimate Blues Jam of the year as well.  I've had many mothers who were brought out by their families tell me it was the best Mothers Day they've ever had.

Items can be sent to:
PO Box 9335
Fresno, CA  93722

March 19, 2004

Thursday, April 22, 2004
The Seasons
945 McHenry Ave.
Modesto, CA

Tickets will be on sale soon for the newest blues event of the central valley.  We have done 5 shows thus far at this wonderful venue and with all reports it's the best place in the area for dancing and doing what we love best, having blues dance parties.  I done Zydeco, Reggae, classic rock and now my love -- the bad jamming blues review.  I have high hopes for the types of high quality gigs we can bring to the uptown event center.  If you haven't been to the Seasons you are missing one of the most comfortable and family type catering and special events centers in the central Valley.  We have the next blues show below and watch for more parties to come.  We have a Zydeco day time party on Sunday April 18th from 2-6pm with bands being considered to play as I write.  Mark your date book and please bring your friends.

The Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of All Stars Revue is a powerhouse revue put together to showcase some of the unsung heroes of West Coast Blues.  The band consists of Ronnie Stewart, lead guitar; Layce Baker, rhythm guitar; Chuck Trujillio, bass guitar; Rich Forman, keyboard; Michael Skinner, drums; John Middleton and Carl Green, Sweet Meat Horn Section.  Caravan!

Thursday, April 22nd
945 McHenry Ave., Modesto
Door open 7 PM SERIOUS DRINKS +FOOD Available
For info call THE SEASONS 209 523-4000 or J. B. 209 537-1516
Cost $15.00 advance @ Skips Music $20.00 @ door

March 16, 2004
Sunday, April 4, 2004
Nash's Restaurant & Bar
1717 Esplanade
Chico, CA

As you may have heard the Midnight Blues Society was ripped off for all it's funds by a person we should have been able to trust.  We lost Holiday Inn as a host for our jams and our account in such bad shape we had a member cover some of our expenses.  Now the good news.  Some of the greatest Blues talents in the Sacramento Valley have agreed to donate their musical talents to save our 11 year old society.

The event will be held at Nash's Restaurant & Bar, 1717 Esplanade, Chico, CA  530-896-1147 April 4th

3pm - One Night Only from the Blacktop Blues Society
4pm - Blue Moon Risin' from Yuba Blues
5pm - Stacie Eakes with the Superfreaks featuring Jimmy Pailer from the Sacramento Blues Society
6pm - EC & the Allnighters from the Shasta Blues Society
7pm - Pocket Rocket from the Midnight Blues Society
8pm - Invitation Jam

Orient & Flume art glass and guitars will be raffled thanks to the Sound Source.
Many other raffle items throughout the day.

Please Forward to All your Blues lovin' friends & help to keep the Blues Alive here in the north state.


March 4, 2004

Saturday, March 20, 2004
JJ's Blues

SAN JOSE, CA - National award winning band NITECRY makes a triumphant return to where it all started, performing its first show in five years at JJ's Blues in San Jose on March 20, 2004.  This show will be broadcast live on KSJS-FM 90.5 FM in San Jose.  The new version of NITECRY includes four of its original members and powerful new drummer.  In addition, NITECRY has added a horn section bringing a new energy and excitement to its celebrated live show.  Over the years NITECRY set the standard that many bands nationwide aspired to achieve.  Now, they're back with renewed enthusiasm, supercharged energy and sounding better, stronger, and more exciting than ever before.


A fixture on the rhythm and blues scene for over 15 years, the popular award winning band NITECRY joins forces again after a 5 year hiatus.  NITECRY performs updated arrangements of original songs from their two outstanding CD releases (Run For Cover and Too Cool To Be Blue) as well as several new band compositions.  They are excited to bring their new show to crowds that have waited anxiously for their return.  NITECRY is Richard Palmer (keyboards/vocals), René Solis (lead guitar/vocals), Steve Siacotos (lead vocals/guitar), Johnny Yu (bass/vocals), Scott Lamantia (drums), Chris Marquis (trumpet) and Keith Kelly (saxophone).

To view the entire performance calendar visit:  www.nitecry.com
Event bookings and information:  408-806-4702

By Mike Osegueda, The Fresno Bee
Friday, February 27, 2004
The Fresno Bee

By the time he was 16, Hamilton Loomis was on the fast track.

He already was playing with Houston blues legend Joe "Guitar" Hughes on a weekly basis.  He was learning from other legends such as Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown and Albert Collins.

Then one night he went backstage at a Bo Diddley concert to get an autograph.  He played quickly for Diddley, then ended up playing with Diddley in his next set.

"I was really lucky growing up," says Loomis, who performs Sunday at Club Fred.  "I was totally into the blues.  I was absorbed.  I was a little sponge."

That led to him acclaim as the next great blues guitarist by the time he started releasing albums at 18.  Now he's 28, with four studio albums, a live CD and a movie role under his belt.  He's part of a new generation of blues guitarists, and his career is venturing outside the limits of blues.

Loomis' music isn't traditional blues at all.  It has a modern feel with a rock edge.

"The Kenny Wayne Shepherds and the Jonny Langs, they're bringing these 14-, 15-year-old kids to their shows," Loomis says.  "I think it's a great thing."

He shrugs off any pressure of being the next anything or living up to his mentors.

He's just enjoying playing music for a living.

"It's kind of like pizza," Loomis says.  "Even when it sucks, it's still really good because you're doing what you love for a living.  I really can't complain one bit.  I've had to work really, really hard, but at the same time I've had a lot of people on my side."

Sunday night he'll have Fresno's young blue prodigy with him, too.  A.C. Myles will open the show, which begins at 9:30 p.m.  Tickets cost $6.

A bluesy weekend gets its start tonight with head-to-head shows in the Tower District.

Club Fred begins its monthly blues night (held the last Friday of each month) with a performance from local workhorses Deja Blues and young guitarist Trey Tosh.

The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6.

Friday Night Blues will continue with The Loose Gravel Blues Band and The Fryin' Pan Blues Band on March 26 and the Studebaker Blues Band on April 30.

Down the street and around the corner, Starline will also have the blues thanks to the Andrew Jay Magnuson Band and guests Furious Slugs.

The Andrew Jay Magnuson Band is an energetic blues ensemble that moves among covers and originals as well as traditional and modern blues.

The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $5.

February 18, 2004

Submitted by William Taylor, MMAC Ops. Dir.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Merced Multicultural Arts Center
645 W. Main St., Merced, CA

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center presents a bonafide rhythm-meets-the-blues tour de force with former Tower of Power signature sound guitarist Bruce Conte, Saturday, March 13th.  Conte, a San Joaquin Valley native born and raised in Sanger, honed his skills playing the San Francisco club scene.  His big break came when his band landed the opener for hometown heroes, Tower of Power, at the legendary Fillmore.  Soon after, ToP recruited Bruce resulting in a seven-year relationship that produced eight cult status albums featuring his signature licks on hits like "What is Hip" and "Squib Cakes" on the bands 1973 self titled album, plus, self-penned hits "Somewhere Down the Road" (We Came to Play), "It Can Never Be the Same" (Urban Renewal) and "Just Another Day" (Tower of Power).

Conte has appeared with Branford Marsalis on "The Tonight Show", and toured opposite The Rolling Stones, George Benson, Santana, Sly Stone, B.B. King, and Herbie Hancock among others.  He is a featured soloist and songwriter on Rick Braunís "In Full Stride" CD.  After a foray into jazz in the 90's, Conte's newest CD, "Bullet Proof", brings him full circle to the soulful sound that made him famous and proves him to be a double threat with a voice as spellbinding as his endless guitar abilities.  Conte is currently touring with drummer Scooter Powell of the James Ingrahm and Norman Brown groups, bass player and vocalist Tim Scott from "Jack Mack & the Heart Attack" and "The Bone Shakers", and keyboard man Joel Gaines who backed Tony Orlando for many years.

Multicultural Arts Center doors open at 6:30pm with concert at 7:30pm.  Tickets evening of the performance are $15.00 or may be purchased in advance for $13.00 at Yosemite Floral in the Raley's Shopping Center; Kissin' Kouzins in the Bear Creek Galeria, and the Arts Center, 645 W. Main Street.

For more information call (209) 388-1090 or visit www.artsmerced.org

February 16, 2004

The Seasons
Friday, March 19, 2004
945 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA

A 5-member band specializing in the Creole music of Louisiana and east Texas.  Influenced by the blues and New Orleans artists of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s they create a blend of music designed for dancing.

Appearing at The Seasons, 945 McHenry Avenue.  Formerly the Elks Lodge, home of the premier hardwood dance floor.  Must be 21 or older to attend.

$15 pre-sale available thru Skip's Music or The Seasons office or through the mail.
Make checks out to John Black and send it to 5336 Aveune D, Modesto, CA 95358.
Tickets will be held at the door.  Not responsible for checks not received in time due to any error.  Save canceled check for your receipt.  $20 at the door.

Contact The Seasons 209-523-4000 or John Black 209-537-1516 Skip's Music 209-522-1003, 1209 McHenry Ave.  Doors open at 7:00, dance till 11:30.....

February 13, 2004
Windmill Cove Resort and Marina
Every Sunday 4 p.m.
7600 Windmill Cove Road, Stockton, CA

Mr. Heflin

First I would like to thank you for all the great newsletters, we are fortunate to have such an active, informative blues society in the Central Valley.

I'm writing to let you know about a Blues Jam in Stockton at a place called Windmill Cove, held every Sunday starting at 4pm.

Mr. Heflin, when it comes to blues, the house band is the real deal!!!  The line-up includes:  Mr. David Brown on guitar - David grew up with Stevie Ray Vaughn and is mentioned several times in the book "Soul to Soul" biography of Stevie Ray Vaughn written by Keri Leigh.  One of the exerts about David in book that speaks volumes is:  "There was Jimmie and there was David on guitar, and David Kicked ass"  Another notable quote from the book is:  "To hear David play now, you know where Stevie got alot of his style"

The house band also features, Mr. Steve Hall on guitar.  Steve toured with Sonny Rhoades, and has shared the stage and studio with many blues legends.  And it doesn't stop there.  The house band also features Mr. Shad Harris on keyboards.  Shad was part of the Tommy Castro band and plays on the first three Tommy Castro CDs.

It's my hope that you can help get the word out to all the blues lovers and players alike.  These guys are the real deal.

Thank You
Marguerite Arreaga

January 30, 2004

Non-profit group seeks to promote classic group harmony from the 1940s-1960s
Sunday, February 22, 2004  2 to 4 p.m.
Claytonís Coffee Shop and Restaurant
1016 H Street, Modesto, CA

On Sunday, February 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Central Valley Doo-Wop Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, is holding its first meeting for members and its second concert, billed as offering both Doo-Wop and Be-Bop.  Not only does the Society promote doo-wop and group harmony from the 1940s through the 1960s, it also is seeking to sponsor classic rock n roll, blues and jazz from those decades.

The featured act is Cherry Fizz, a fine acappella quintet from Sacramento, providing a lively hour of doo-wop harmony.  An opening set by awesome teenagers Lindsay and Spencer will feature some hot Jerry Lee Lewis/Little Richard piano by Spencer, who will also accompany Lindsay on a couple blues and jazz tunes.  You won't believe this 14-year-olds' rendition of Etta James' "At Last"!

The venue is Clayton's Coffee Shop and Restaurant, 1016 H St. across from the construction site for Gallo Arts Center.  For members, admission is $9 at the door and $7 for advance tickets.  Non-members will add $3, but can join the Society at the door for $10 a year, and get in for $7.  Price includes savory treats and goodies by Clayton's, with no-host beer, wine, and the best coffee in town.

Membership in the Society includes newsletters, discounts at events and for merchandise (including our great T-shirt with the group logo, above), and notice of special events.  For advance tickets, send checks payable to CVDWS to PO Box 4402, Modesto, CA 95352 (tickets held at door).

Attendees are also invited to bring records and CDs for swap and sale.  The doors open at 1:00 for the record swap.  The show will also include a record preview of our June 6 concert, where, as part of Graffiti Summer, the Society will sponsor a Sunday afternoon concert at the State Theatre, featuring The Olympics, with four rockin' gold records from the 50s and 60s, including "Western Movies" and "Big Boy Pete".  One of the group members will also present a Sam Cooke Tribute.

Another featured act is The Elgins, who recorded on Flip Records in the 1950s out of LA, including tunes like "Uncle Sam's Man", "Lonely Hearts Club", and "Bring Back Those Doo Wops" (for which they adopted a new name, The Baghads).  The concert also includes Joe C. Jones, the great lead singer of The Pentagons ("To Be Loved", a hit in 1961).  And, once again, the Society will present the fabulous Frankie and the Fabletones, with Frank Fox from the legendary 60s group Vito and the Salutations (Frank was one of the lead voices on the classic uptempo version of "Unchained Melody" on Herald Records.)

At present there are only two membership organizations in the western states sponsoring concerts of this nature -- one in Los Angeles, and Modesto has the other!


Contact:  Randy Siefkin at 521-8772 or Bruce Jones at 529-3732

The Central Valley Doo-Wop Society is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation and presentation of group harmony from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

January 13, 2004

Friday, January 30, 2004  9:00pm

JJ's Blues
San Jose

Featuring René Solis, Laura Chavez and John Wedemeyer

San Jose, CA - René Solis and the Persuaders will host another great night of guitar fireworks.  Rene has been a mainstay on the blues scene for over a decade and his powerful and emotional playing style has earned him a devoted following.  In addition to leading his own band "The Persuaders" Rene is once again working with the newly reformed popular South Bay band NiteCry.  Most recently NiteCry won a national blues band talent search and will be a featured headliner at the 2004 Monterey Bay Blues Festival.  Bassist Paul Logan and rock steady drummer Michael L. Jiggetts are the backbone of the Persuaders sound.  They will also be joined by the multitalented and dynamic keyboardist Richard Palmer.

Local San Jose favorite Laura Chavez is the youngest performer ever to be included in this event and her natural talent and enthusiasm are gaining rave reviews from blues fans and media insiders.  Her talent was recognized in a blues guitar contest sponsored by Fender Guitars in which she was first runner-up out of 4200 entries.  Laura is now the featured guitarist in the Lara Price Band.

Rounding out the evening will be guitarist extraordinaire John Wedemeyer.  John has toured with Charlie Musslewhite, Curtis Selgado, and The Ford Blues Band, often performing over 250 nights per year.  His amazing talent and blues/rock style have allowed him to share the stage with the likes of Robben Ford, The Grateful Dead and countless others.  John currently leads his own band called W.H.A.T.

The grand finale will feature all of these great talents on stage together for an explosive "All Star" jam session.

For more information about NiteCry including an upcoming performance schedule visit www.nitecry.com

Contact:  408-806-4702

A note from the webmaster:  I saw John Wedemeyer a few years back when he was working with Charlie Musslewhite and was TOTALLY blown away.  Don't miss this guy!


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