Long Beach New Blues Festival

Long Beach New Blues Festival

Long Beach New Blues Festival

New Blues Festival! Sept 5 & 6, 2015 El Dorado Park, Long Beach


Circle Audi Long Beach

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Local business’s showing their commitment to the area is to be applauded, so it is with great pleasure that we can now tell you our friends at Circle Audi Long Beach will be joining us this year and we thank them kindly. They have great promotions on now thru the summer period so please show your support to the businesses that support our city.

Sam Ash

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Sam Ash have confirmed their involvement in this years festival and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board!

They will be supplying us with grade A equipment all around the festival this year and also hope to maybe have attendance as well to help all you budding blues musicians reach your goals, who knows you might even make our main stage next year!

Big Llou Johnson

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Big Llou Johnson Confirmed 2016.

The New Blues Festival is proud to announce Big Llou Johnson has been tapped to Emcee New Blues Festival 3, taking place Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, 2016, at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach, Calif.

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Big LLou is a singer-songwriter, actor & radio personality. Some consider him the “Voice of the Blues” nationally.  Over two-million blues lovers a week tune into BB Kings Bluesville, the world’s biggest blues station on Sirius XM Satellite radio where he’s heard daily.

Just as comfortable on the big screen as he is on stage, Hollywood heavyweights George Lucas and Chuck Lorre chose Big LLou to voice their projects. A sought-after emcee, Llou regularly hosts some of the biggest events in the Blues including The Blues Music Awards, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises, and various blues festivals across the US.

In 2013 he created “Big LLou’s Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam,” a blues-themed celebrity jam held annually in Memphis during Blues Music Awards week.  The event has raised over $15,000. for organizations that support blues music and the musicians who perform America’s greatest musical art form.

A true blues “Renaissance Man,” Llou hopes to continue the tradition of artists like Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas and Howlin’ Wolf, who also worked in radio and contributed so much to America’s musical landscape.

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AXS – September 1, 2015

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The New Blues Festival II is coming on Labor Day weekend

By: William Phoenix AXS Contributor Sep 1, 2015

If you dig the blues then you may already know that it’s almost time for The New Blues Festival II. This new Labor Day weekend event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6 at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach, California. The new blues bash begins both days at 10:00 a.m. will feature over 30 blues acts on two stages who will rock the crowd until approximately 8:15 p.m. on both dates.

The event has expanded to two days because of the reported success of last year’s inaugural festival which was attended by more than 2,000 music fans of all age. William Grisolia, producer of the New Blues Festival, and frontman forNew Blues Revolution, one of Sunday’s headlining acts said:

“Los Angeles and Orange Counties have responded very well to the (New Blues Festival) concept. We definitely hit on a pent-up demand for a long-running inter-generational tradition, and we are excited to once again share all this great music with the public.”

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Long Beach Independent – August 31, 2015

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Palacio Magazine – August 27, 2015

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New Blues Festival II

Palacio Magazine is proud to be a media partner of the New Blues Festival II on Labor Day Weekend in El Dorado Park, Long Beach. Continue the long tradition of the southland’s first Blues festival – 2 days, 2 stages, with over 30 big Blues acts!

El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St. Gates open at 9 a.m., and music starts at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets $25, available now at www.newbluesfestival.com. Tickets also available at six Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ locations, including Long Beach, Long Beach Towne Center, and the Cerritos Mall (Lucille’s is the festival’s Title Sponsor this year).

The festival has expanded due to the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural NBF, when over 2,000 music lovers of all ages filled POA Park in Long Beach. “Los Angeles and Orange Counties have responded very well to the (New Blues Festival) concept. We definitely hit on a pent-up demand for a long-running inter-generational tradition, and we are excited to once again share all this great music with the public”, says William Grisolia, Producer of the New Blues Festival, whose own band, New Blues Revolution, is one of Sunday’s Main Stage Headliners.

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Sun Newspapers – August 27, 2015

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Sing the Blues at the Labor Day Weekend Festival in Long Beach Staff Report | Thu, Aug 27 2015 01:33 PM

Live blues performances and barbecue make great company for families seeking a perfect day at the park—that is exactly what is in store at this year’s upcoming New Blues Festival.  Once again sponsored by Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the two-day festival takes place 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 5 and 6 at the El Dorado Regional Park, near Long Beach Towne Center in Long Beach.
Featuring another talented lineup which includes James Harman, Lil’ A and the Allnighters, Barbara Morrison, Kelly Chappue, Bernie Pearl, The Soul Collectors, 2000 LBS of Blues, Blues Power, The Other Mules, Teddy Lee Hooker, L.A. Parks and Wrecks, Sean Lane, Tracy Niles, Frankie and the Crew, Union Hobos and Ray Gordon, the daytime event will continue to revive the 25-year Labor Day tradition in Long Beach.
Lucille’s will be proudly offering specially-priced barbecue sandwiches, including their popular pulled pork and tri tip, and kid’s meals. Tickets for the New Blues Festival are $25 for single-day, $40 for two-day, and special pricing for VIP tickets. Admission free for children 12 and younger. There will be a beer garden for the adults. Single-day tickets will be available at six Lucille’s locations including Long Beach Towne Center, Cerritos, Long Beach Marina, The District at Tustin Legacy, the Del Amo Mall in Torrance and Westfield Culver City, and online at www.newbluesfestival.com.

About Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Signal Hill, California-based Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (lucillesbbq.com) offers award-winning, savory, Southern-style food in 20 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Signature slow-smoked barbeque meat , delicious appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sides and desserts are served with a large helping of down-home service.





The Los Angeles Beat – August 25, 2015

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Singer Barbara Morrison is Ready for Long Beach’s Upcoming New Blues Festival II

One of the highlights of Saturday’s lineup will be the performance of vocalist Barbara Morrison, chanteuse extraordinaire, showcasing many classic blues and jazz pieces. Barbara, who has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Keb Mo’, Kenny Burrell, Carlos Santana, Etta James, Jimmy Smith, Dr. John and Buddy Guy, took some time to talk about music and the upcoming Festival.

Q: Barbara, what do you think the connection between jazz and the blues is?

BM: Well, I think they’re one and the same, really. There’s more improvisation in jazz but the connection is the feeling. ‘The way you make me feel’ as Michael Jackson would say. ‘The way you make me feel’,……..I think jazz is a little more complicated, the blues has repetitive chords in almost every song but some forms you get in jazz also. Blues is the basic is the bottom is the base for jazz.

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Long Beach Post – August 21, 2015

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The two-day New Blues Festival II will take place on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at El Dorado Regional Park. Alongside some of the the most talented blues musicians and singers, amenities will include a Vendor Village, Food Court, Beer Garden, and an all-new VIP Lounge.

According to the release, due to the success of last year’s inaugural NBF, where over 2,000 blues fans and music enthusiasts of all ages filled POA Park in Long Beach, the festival has expanded to include over 30 big blues acts.

“Los Angeles and Orange Counties have responded very well to the (New Blues Festival) concept,” said William Grisolia, producer of the New Blues Festival, in a statement. “We definitely hit on a pent-up demand for a long-running inter-generational tradition, and we are excited to once again share all this great music with the public.”

Grisolia’s own band, New Blues Revolution, will be one of Sunday’s Main Stage Headliners.

Saturday’s lineup will be headlined by harmonica master James Harman, who has been playing music since the 1960s, and whose James Harman Band has included musical luminaries such as Dave Alvin, Gene Taylor, Kid Ramos and the late Hollywood Fats, among countless others.

Also ramping up the first day of music, will be the vocal stylings of jazz/blues singer Barbara Morrison, who continues to maintain a full touring schedule well into her fourth decade of performing.

On Sunday, top headliners include the 11-piece Caravan of All-Stars, a powerhouse R&B/Soul/Blues revue assembled to showcase some of the unsung heroes of West Coast Blues, representing the Bay Area Blues Society.

Also on Sunday, the Laurie Morvan Band, fronted by Red-Hot rockin’ blues guitar ace, Laurie Morvan, who has entertained Southland audiences and toured nationally for nearly two decades, will take the stage with bluesy fervor.

The festival will be located at El Dorado Regional Park at 7550 East Spring Street. Gates open at 9:00AM and music starts at 10:00AM each day. For the full line-up, more information and to purchase tickets at $25, click here. Tickets are also available at six Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ locations, including Long Beach, Long Beach Towne Center, and the Cerritos Mall.

Examiner.com – August 3, 2015

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Bill Grisolia: 3 quick questions

New Blues Revolution is a Los Angeles-based band founded by Bill Grisolia (lead vocals and piano) and Chap Cooper (guitars). While the band roster may have varied somewhat since its beginnings, the current band roster boasts co-founders Grisola and Cooper, of course, along with Roger Beall (drums and vocals) and Bob Byrnes (bass and vocals).

Grisolia and his bandmates have some exciting plans for the near future. He took a moment out of his busy schedule to briefly discuss not only his past but those future plans as well in this edition of 3 quick questions.

Here are the three questions asked of Grisola:

Question 1

1. We’ve had drinks and talked before but I don’t think you’ve ever answered this question–nor do I recall asking. DO you remember your first paid gig and what was it like when you first decided you wanted to be a professional musician?

Grisolia: I remember 2 gigs when I was 18, first out of high school in Kansas City: Aggieville, in Manhattan, Kansas by KSU (it has the distinction of having the most concentration of bars per square mile in the US). My band was sadly named Ocean Wizard (sigh) and had the same instrumentation as Dave Matthew’s band used decades latter – prominent sax and violin (violinist was in the symphony; Pointdexter was on Sax). A couple of months later in Valencia, Spain I played Tres Triste Tigres (a Spanish tongue-twister meaning 3 sad tigers). I was accompanied on flute by Steve Richter fresh off his gig with the Young Americans.

It was the top bar in Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, and in the roughest part of town at the time, the Barrio Del Carmen. It proved I could do my originals in English in front of a Spanish audience – and they loved it – we learned how to drink a famous local firewater “Valencian Water” – the stuff is like rocket fuel; like mimosas on steroids. It was like the standing ovation I got at Hoke Hall on the campus of Kansas University at 17 playing and singing my stuff – I’ve been chasing the dragon ever since. Now, I just invite him in!

I am not smart enough yet to figure out how to be a professional musician – but I do believe in the power of prayer! Finally, at 27, I had a record on KROC with my deceased partner, John Thomas, who I still adore. That was it. I knew I had it. But I had the Belushi disease and didn’t know how to channel my emotions.
I read Billy Crystal didn’t start doing comedy seriously until 27. Thank God (he saw fit) and I didn’t enter the Club of 27- because I could have easily done so – but for Grace. It was a sober realization that maybe I could do this for real; maybe I still had a chance to pursue my creative muse and my performance art. It’s a gradual dawning and humbling.

For anyone who is reading this, it is never too late. You can always do something. As the Glimmer Twins (Stones) said: “Lose your Dreams and You Will Lose Your Mind…!” What is my mindset now – how does it feel? As Pablo Casals, the famous Spanish Cellist said when asked why he still practiced at 96, he replied, “I think I might be getting good at it!” How do I do it? Pulitzer-prize winner, Malcolm Gladwell, talks about getting 10,000 hours to become an expert – let’s go!

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