San Jose is the place to be Sunday for a double dose of the blues … both of them benefitting worthy causes.
The Pour House is your first stop as a dozen or so performers gather to raise money for Bay Area blues stalwart Ron Thompson. The guitarist has been the victim of theft and needs to replace the stolen property.
The show begins at 3 p.m. and the lineup includes Kid Andersen, Terry Hanck, Gary Smith, Sid Morris, Lara Price, Rusty Zinn, Adrian Costa, Jon Lawton, Aki Kumar, D Mar, Dave Chavez, Kedar Roy, Frank DeRose, John Craver, Mike Phillips and the Chrome Deluxe Band.
Price also will perform at Girls Got the Blues for Domestic Violence, set for 8 p.m. at the Tabard Theatre. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and proceeds from the concert benefit Next Door Solutions, an organization which has been promoting safety for women and children in Santa Clara County since 1971. Performers include Pam Hawkins, Suzanne St. John, Janice Maxie Reid, Dolly Rappaport, Robin Roth, G.G. Amos, Lille Robinson, Sue McCracklin and Maureen Smith.
There are no name names on the bill at this weekend’s Pleasant Hill Art, Jazz and Wine Fest but given the other two elements in the event’s title I am sure you can expect a, well, pleasant time. Here’s the entertainment schedule:
10 a.m.: College Park High School Choir
11 a.m.: Jambalaya Jazztet
12:45 p.m.: Charged Particles
2:30 p.m.: Caroompas Room
4:15 p.m.: The Big Jangle
6:30 p.m.: Big Cat Tolefree and the Hipnotics
11:30 a.m.: David Correa and Cascada
1 p.m.: Jinx Jones and the King Tones
3 p.m.: Groove Doctors
Finally, let me call your attention to not one but two blues piano-centric events.
First up is the Blues Piano Orgy set for October 13 at Piedmont Piano Co. in Oakland. This concert features S.E. Willis, Sid Morris and Wendy DeWitt delivering what promises to be “an undiluted presentation from deepest blues to rollicking rhythms.”
Second, pencil in the San Francisco Boogie Woogie Festival, which is set for November 17 at the SFJAZZ Center. DeWitt will perform along with Bob Seeley, Carl Sonny Leyland, Silvan Zingg and Lluis Coloma.
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