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VOL. VIII,  NO. 4 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH 

AUGUST 31 , 2000

 

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Festival ready to give Long Beach the blues

By Chan Tran
Daily Forty-Niner

"This is going to be the biggest one yet," said Gary Chiachi, producer of the 21st annual Long Beach Blues Festival, about this year's festival.

The three-day festival put on by KLON is scheduled to take place on the North Athletic Field this weekend and will feature live blues and soul bands, radio celebrities and vendors.

"What we're doing in this particular festival is expanding but still keep it blues rooted," Chiachi said.

"We've got a couple of additional things this year like a couple of blues rocker like the Allman Brothers Band and George Thorogood."

Soul artists Bobby Womack and Charles Wright will also help diversify the line-up, in addition to blues legends Bo Diddley and Etta James, who are among the more anticipated performers.

"We're excited about the Allman Brothers since they're a major band touring music today," Chiachi said.

To prevent a shutdown of the festival, which occurred on the second day of last year's festival, "the field has been reconfigured," Chiachi said.

"We've moved stuff back, got less vendors, basically moved things around to adjust the logistics of the layout."

About 13 to 14,000 were there on Saturday last year and 5,000 extra on Sunday, which caused last year's shutdown, he said.

However, any of the three days could be equally as big according to Chiachi.

"The soul Sunday is the biggest one and usually the most popular, but the Monday aspect with the Allman Brothers will be a big thing.

"Any of the days could be a sellout," he said. "We're expecting 15 to 18,000 people a day" this year.

Festival participants will be able to visit "around 25 different food, clothes and merchandise booths." There will be "a wide variety of foods and beverages, including beer and wine available at the festival."

Gates are scheduled to open at 9 a.m. and music will begin at 11 a.m., and end at 6 p.m. each day.

The KLON box office is closed but tickets are available through ticket outlets.

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Sony Music

The Allman Brothers are scheduled to perform on Monday.

 

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Atlantic Records

Bo Diddley is scheduled to perform on Saturday.

Festival Information

Location: North Athletic Field of Cal State Long Beach
Dates: Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Advance Tickets: $27.00
KLON Members: $25.00 (limit 4 at discount price)
At the Gate: $31.00 ($1.00 off with donation of a can of food)
Special Price for all three days: $70.00
LB Blues Festival Service Charge: $3.00
Parking per day: $6.00
Gates open at 9 a.m.
Music begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. each day
Artists scheduled to perform:
Saturday, Sept. 2: Bo Diddley with Billy Boy Arnold, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Son Seals with Sugar Blue, Lonestar Shootout featuring Lonnie Brooks, Long John Hunter, Phillip Walker, Bernard Allison.
Sunday, Sept. 3: Etta James and the Roots Band, Bobby Womack, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, Jimmy Dawkins, Carl Weathersby with Melvin Taylor, The Staples Singers
Monday, Sept. 4: The Allman Brothers, Robert Cray, Harpmaster Jam II: Rod Piazza, James Cotton, Johnny Dyer, Billy Branch featuring the Mighty Flyers.

No alcohol, video cameras, tape recorders, umbrellas, lawn chairs, barbecue grills, glass or metal containers (including soda cans), or pets are allowed on the Festival grounds. Low-back beach chairs may be used at the Festival. Re-entry is not allowed

No refunds or exchanges on tickets.
For more information, one may call (562) 985-5566.
Webpage: www.longbeachbluesfestival.com

 

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