Blues Bash replaces KJazz’s annual Long Beach Blues Festival in 2010

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Keb Mo will headline the KJazz Blues Bash over Labor Day weekend.

The popular Long Beach Blues Festival, which has taken place over Labor Day weekend for the last 30 years, will be on hiatus in 2010. Instead, KJazz has scheduled the Blues Bash. Set for Saturday, September 4, on the Cal State Long Beach campus, the KJazz Blues Bash will feature a free afternoon fair followed by a ticketed blues concert.

“We’re excited to keep the spirit of the Blues Festival,” said Stephanie Levine, KKJZ station manager. “It’s great to be back presenting a blues event at Cal State Long Beach, home of KJazz.”

Keb Mo Headlines the Blues Bash

The KJazz Blues Bash will begin at noon with a free admission family “street party” held in the plaza area adjacent to the Carpenter Center. Live performances by local musicians and food and beverages will be offered from noon until 6 p.m.

The main event of the Blues Bash, a concert in the Carpenter Center, will begin at 7 p.m. The blues concert will be headlined by legendary guitarist/vocalist Keb’ Mo’ alongside a lineup that includes Guitar Shorty and Jon Cleary. Additional concert information, including other artists and ticket details, will be announced at a later date.

VIP tickets for the Blues Bash are available through the KJazz membership department at (310) 478-5061.  General admission tickets will be available soon through the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Blues Festival on Hiatus

“The Blues Festival hiatus was a tough decision,” Levine said. “But, we will continue to work toward bringing back the festival in all its glory.”

KKJZ management determined to offer the Blues Bash in lieu of the Long Beach Blues Festival this year to avoid economic difficulties that have closed other long-standing music festivals over the past year. One of only five jazz and blues stations in the nation, KKJZ offered the blues festival for 30 years, traditionally over the Labor Day weekend.

By offering the Blues Bash this year, the station will offer its members and blues enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a special event as well as to help support the station and its jazz and blues format.

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