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September 1, 1991 | SUSAN PATERNO
A young friend--who refers to Bob Dylan as "that old guy with the harmonica"--has a zeal for rock 'n' roll that outstrips even his devotion to sleeping past noon on weekends. History, though, is less appealing; he has very little appreciation for anything pre-Axl Rose. So when I asked him about going to the Long Beach Blues Festival next weekend, he said, "Blues? You mean those old guys singing about their problems?" He would rather be crunching heavy metal. "But what about Bobby Blue Bland?"
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May 28, 2009 | Randy Lewis
The annual Long Beach Blues Festival will be topped in September by Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Blind Boys of Alabama for the 30th anniversary of the yearly fundraiser for Cal State Long Beach-based jazz and blues radio station KKJZ-FM (88.1). The festival will run Sept. 5 and 6 at Rainbow Lagoon Park, and also will feature the Funky Meters, Johnny Winter, Sonny Landreth, Bettye Lavette, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Diunna Greenleaf, the Andy Walo Trio and the Hill Country Revue.
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September 19, 1988 | DON SNOWDEN
Johnnie Taylor's flashy, classic soul revue might strike some purists as inappropriate for a blues festival, but only the most curmudgeonly would deny the rousing response his performance elicited at the first day of the ninth annual Long Beach Blues Festival on Saturday. His headlining set capped a day that saw performers whose music falls on the slicker side of the blues, like Taylor and Ruth Brown, taking top honors.
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May 31, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
The Long Beach Blues Festival will get a face-lift this year with a new home and will feature an 81-year-old headliner who made musical history because he wouldn't play the blues. Chuck Berry, who became one of the titans of rock 'n' roll because he didn't think he ever would become a credible blues artist, headlines the opening day of the 29th annual festival on Aug. 30 at its new home at Rainbow Lagoon park next to the Long Beach marina.
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August 3, 1996
On sale Sunday is the Ozz-fest, a package headlined by Ozzy Osbourne that will be at the Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion on Oct. 26. Other bands appearing include Slayer, Danzig, Sepultura and Prong. . . . On sale now is Perry Farrell's ENIT Festival, Aug. 24 at the Snow Valley Ski Resort in the San Bernardino Mountains. Farrell's Porno for Pyros headlines, with the Orb, Love and Rockets, Lady Miss Kier, Meat Beat Manifesto and the Sun Ra Arkestra also performing.
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May 28, 2009 | Randy Lewis
The annual Long Beach Blues Festival will be topped in September by Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Blind Boys of Alabama for the 30th anniversary of the yearly fundraiser for Cal State Long Beach-based jazz and blues radio station KKJZ-FM (88.1). The festival will run Sept. 5 and 6 at Rainbow Lagoon Park, and also will feature the Funky Meters, Johnny Winter, Sonny Landreth, Bettye Lavette, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Diunna Greenleaf, the Andy Walo Trio and the Hill Country Revue.
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September 2, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walking onstage Saturday at the Cal State Long Beach Athletic Field, legendary blues singer Bobby Blue Bland looked out over the sea of faces and smiled. Hooting and hollering, the crowd acted as if it was honored to be in his presence. After 44 years of recording, Bland is only starting to get the kind of accolades he deserves, and he basked in the attention before singing his heart out for 80 minutes.
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May 22, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
WHEN fans arrive at the Long Beach Bayou Festival at the Queen Mary Events Park on June 21 and 22, the band that will greet them outside the gate might surprise them a bit. Though the group, the Red Stick Ramblers, comes from Baton Rouge in the heart of the Louisiana bayou and includes young musicians raised in the deep Cajun music tradition, some of the music they'll be playing comes from outside the region. Like Paris.
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July 19, 2001
"David Hockney Retrospective: Photoworks," an international traveling exhibition finishing its run at the Museum of Contemporary Art, examines the role that photography has played for the British expatriate to L.A. While best known for his vividly colored paintings and drawings, the focus here is on photography from the 1960s to the 1990s, from traditional photographs to experimental Polaroids and photo collages. * "David Hockney Retrospective: Photoworks," Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S.
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August 31, 2000
7pm Jazz A rare Los Angeles appearance by legendary bandleader, trombonist and singer Willie Colon is arguably the highlight of this year's Latin Jazz Festival, to be held at the Greek Theatre. Through his collaborations with singers Hector Lavoe and Ruben Blades, as well as a slew of solo albums, Colon helped create the now classic salsa sound of the '70s, combining the grit of Afro-Cuban rhythms with the swing of American big-band jazz.
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August 27, 2000
The role of Indian cradles in reinforcing ethnic identity and women's artistic expression is explored in "Gifts of Pride and Love: The Cultural Significance of Kiowa and Comanche Lattice Cradles," opening today at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History. The traveling show will feature 38 historical lattice cradles from the Kiowa, right, and the Comanche, and two new cradles created especially for the exhibition.
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September 6, 1999 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The blues has its heroes, shouters and players of profound emotion and ability. And Buddy Guy stands tall among them, even if his guitar chops are known mainly to blues aficionados, and less to fans of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and other pop-rock icons he's deeply influenced. So Guy was a fitting and amiable choice on Saturday to headline the first afternoon of the three-day Long Beach Blues Festival, which was attended by a large crowd scattered across the lawn at Cal State Long Beach.
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September 1, 1997 | SANDY MASUO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the earliest record labels to tap into the thriving post-World War II blues scene was Chicago-based Chess Records; its roster included such legendary artists as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the label, and to celebrate the occasion, the organizers of the 18th annual KLON-FM Long Beach Blues Festival decided to dedicate the three-day event, which kicked off Saturday at Cal State Long Beach, to Chicago blues.
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July 23, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM
The Long Beach Blues Festival pays homage to Chicago blues this year, and from the looks of a stellar Labor Day weekend lineup at Cal State Long Beach, it landed everyone short of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Luther Allison, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Sun Seals and Otis Clay play Aug. 30; John Lee Hooker, Snooky Pryor, Koko Taylor, Otis Rush and the Soul Stirrers perform Aug. 31.
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September 3, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the Rev. Al Green takes the stage Sunday at the Long Beach Blues Festival, he'll be doing what he likes to do most: singing soulful love songs, with equal amounts of wailing and warmth. "It's all about sharing my gift with y'all . . . and spreading love," said Green, who was shooting a new episode of "Ally McBeal" at Fox Studios last week while on a break from his first road tour in a few years. "Not physical, but emotional and spiritual love.
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September 2, 1999
The title of Amie Williams' captivating documentary--"Stripped and Teased: Tales From Las Vegas Women"--brings to mind sequin-clad, or barely clad, Vegas chorines, and although Williams does feature a showgirl or two, her film is actually a consciousness-raising look at some of the other women who live and make their livings in the gambling oasis.
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