For me, a healthy dose of blues is just the cure for the summertime blues.
I do tend to get a bit down in the mouth as the days lead us through July and into August. Is it me or is summer really all downhill once we get past Independence Day? To be sure, there are plenty warm-weather opportunities between us and Labor Day weekend, but I usually vacation in June (that was certainly the case this year) and the hot weather puts a damper on my ambitions and emotions.
In that context, you can understand my interest in the summertime blues series getting under way this month at Yoshi’s in Oakland. (It never does get too warm in Jack London Square, does it?) The series features an appealing mix of national acts (Tab Benoit, Kim Wilson), local staples (Lydia Pense, Chris Cain) and locally based national acts (Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur).
Many of the performances are set for Mondays, which also get me down. But that’s a whole ‘nother thing (and song).
July 14: Janiva Magness
July 31: Tab Benoit
August 4: Lydia Pense
August 5: Kim Wilson
August 11: Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums with Carmen Getit
August 15: Bettye Lavette
August 18: Chris Cain Band
August 25: Maria Muldaur
August 28: Charlie Musselwhite
September 2: Sista Monica
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