All Ages, Blues, Folk, & Country

Hayward Russell City Blues Festival

When: Sat., July 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., July 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 2009

Once again the Bay Area Blues Society resurrects the old sounds of Russell City, a town outside Hayward populated by African Americans who resettled there from the south, for old-school devotees who favor 12/8 time signatures and soulful, gravelly vocals. This year's Hayward Russell City Blues Festival features Mississippi Bo, Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, Terry "Big T" Williams, Glad Tidings Choir, guitarist Texas Johnny Brown, and rising three-sibling blues outfit Homemade Jamz, a Tupelo, Mississippi counterpart to the Jackson 5 (if they were "the Jackson 3"). Though RussellCity no longer exists, it's still remembered as a great post-WWII blues mecca, and its influence remains visible in Bay Area music. The festival kicks off Friday, July 11, 9 p.m. at the Bistro (1001 B. St., Hayward) and continues July 12-13 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) at City Hall Plaza (777 B. St., Hayward), with an after-party on July 12 at the Bistro (9 p.m.). $10-$30.

Rachel Swan

Price: $10-$30

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