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September 20, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
Wedding bells have canceled the return of blues music to Heritage Park this year. A previously booked wedding bumped the Orange County Blues Festival from the park this weekend. Organizer Jim Oakes recently confirmed that the blues show will be rescheduled for sometime next summer. "We ran out of time," said Oakes. "We were at the point of no return, and there was no time to get a new date." Oakes tentatively set July 14 and 15, 1995, as the new dates for the festival.
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July 18, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Carey Bell's standing among his peers is considerable. The veteran blues harpist-singer has played alongside giants Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Big Walter Horton. He jammed with Junior Wells, James Cotton and Billy Branch on 1990's "Harp Attack," one of Alligator Records' best-sellers. He took home two W.C. Handy Awards for his latest solo release, last year's "Good Luck Man."
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August 11, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Etta James tops an eclectic lineup of blues and zydeco acts performing in September at the first Orange County Blues Festival, event organizers announced Tuesday. Some of the 19 acts at the three-day event hail from the dance-hall circuit of Southwest Louisiana and the legendary Chicago blues club circuit. Southern California's blues community will also be well represented, festival organizers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
Wedding bells have canceled the return of blues music to Heritage Park this year. A previously booked wedding bumped the Orange County Blues Festival from the park this weekend. Organizer Jim Oakes recently confirmed that the blues show will be rescheduled for sometime next summer. "We ran out of time," said Oakes. "We were at the point of no return, and there was no time to get a new date." Oakes tentatively set July 14 and 15, 1995, as the new dates for the festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Call it the battle of the blues festivals. Former partners who split up acrimoniously after creating last year's inaugural Orange County Blues Festival are planning rival large-scale blues shows on successive weekends in Dana Point this fall--and their squabble has ended up in court. John Christian and John Dew filed a complaint in South County Municipal Court this week claiming the rights to the festival name and asking $100,000 in damages from former partner Jim Oakes.
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July 28, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Organizers of a three-day blues festival to be held here are hoping that come September, Orange County blues fans will take to heart the title of B.B. King's signature tune, "Every Day I Have the Blues."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months after the guitars were unplugged at the first Orange County Blues Festival, the feedback from the three-day event is still reverberating around this beachside community. What at first appeared to be a successful event and a boon to the community has deteriorated into a chorus of accusations. Neighbors of the event have complained to the City Council about noise and crowds.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Carey Bell's standing among his peers is considerable. The veteran blues harpist-singer has played alongside giants Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Big Walter Horton. He jammed with Junior Wells, James Cotton and Billy Branch on 1990's "Harp Attack," one of Alligator Records' best-sellers. He took home two W.C. Handy Awards for his latest solo release, last year's "Good Luck Man."
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September 27, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Could there really be room for another blues festival in Southern California? The answer from the well-attended first two days of the Orange County Blues Festival is a resounding yes. The new event, held in Heritage Park overlooking Dana Point Harbor, lacked the array of headliners that the 14-year-old Long Beach Blues Festival offered earlier this month, but was no less heavy with strong performances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
Regardless of the confusion over two blues festivals bearing the same name, the show will go on for at least one blues event this weekend. Organizers of the Orange County Blues Festival to be held at Doheny State Beach say recent news of the cancellation of a competing event in Heritage Park has caused hundreds of people to ask for refunds. "People read that the blues festival was canceled, and they thought ours was canceled," said Eric Jensen, event spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Call it the battle of the blues festivals. Former partners who split up acrimoniously after creating last year's inaugural Orange County Blues Festival are planning rival large-scale blues shows on successive weekends in Dana Point this fall--and their squabble has ended up in court. John Christian and John Dew filed a complaint in South County Municipal Court this week claiming the rights to the festival name and asking $100,000 in damages from former partner Jim Oakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months after the guitars were unplugged at the first Orange County Blues Festival, the feedback from the three-day event is still reverberating around this beachside community. What at first appeared to be a successful event and a boon to the community has deteriorated into a chorus of accusations. Neighbors of the event have complained to the City Council about noise and crowds.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Could there really be room for another blues festival in Southern California? The answer from the well-attended first two days of the Orange County Blues Festival is a resounding yes. The new event, held in Heritage Park overlooking Dana Point Harbor, lacked the array of headliners that the 14-year-old Long Beach Blues Festival offered earlier this month, but was no less heavy with strong performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Etta James tops an eclectic lineup of blues and zydeco acts performing in September at the first Orange County Blues Festival, event organizers announced Tuesday. Some of the 19 acts at the three-day event hail from the dance-hall circuit of Southwest Louisiana and the legendary Chicago blues club circuit. Southern California's blues community will also be well represented, festival organizers said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Organizers of a three-day blues festival to be held here are hoping that come September, Orange County blues fans will take to heart the title of B.B. King's signature tune, "Every Day I Have the Blues."
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March 7, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM
The Doheny Blues Festival, booked for May 16-17, will try to reignite a lapsed tradition of Orange County blues festivals with big-name talent. John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray and Jimmie Vaughan are among the acts scheduled to perform at Doheny State Beach.
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August 10, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
Wilson Pickett and the Jeff Healey Band will headline the third annual Orange County Blues Festival Sept. 23 and 24 at Doheny State Beach. According to organizers, the festival will feature 10 bands on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 10 more on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with performances on two stages. Healey will be on the Saturday bill, which also will include Luther Allison; Terrance Simien and the Mallet Playboys, a zydeco band from Louisiana, and guitarist Mike Reilly.
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