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Best of the East Bay Party
Blues Pavilion Preview 

Fri., Aug. 6, 5-11 p.m. 2010

The East Bay Express's Best of the East Bay Party features full-on Blues Pavilion this Friday! Set inside the Jack London Square Pavilion, the Blues Pavilion will feature amazing blues artists during the entirety of the Best of the East Bay Party.

This week's Blues Pavilion preview: Russell City Memorial Blues Band
The Russell City Memorial Blues Band honors an historic East Bay town called Russell City, synonymous with Bay Area and West Coast Blues. The Bay Area Blues Society formed the Russell City Memorial Blues Band with alumni artists who performed in the clubs of Russell City as a time capsule of what type of performance you would experience during the 1940s, 50s and early 60s. These artists annually perform as a part of the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival to take you back to the time when West Coast Blues was created. The depth of music and the musicians who played in Russell City are of such great magnitude that you will insist the historians include Russell City with Oakland and Los Angeles as the birthplace of West Coast Blues.

The Russell City Memorial Blues band features Billy Dunn, former keyboardist for Big Mama Thorton; Big Cat Tolefree who was born in Russell City and spent many young nights sneaking out of the house to see the blues greats; member Curtis Lawson performed at Miss Al's Place and the Country Club in Russell City with Johnny Fuller. Big Bob Deance will play guitar, Henry Oden will be on bass, saxophonists Carl Green and Gino Landers will both be on hand, and David "Stix" Boyette rounds out the band on drums.

Enjoy the Russell City experience this Friday in our Best of the East Bay Party Blues Pavilion!


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