Adelanto is bringing a blues festival to Mavericks Stadium on Sunday, May 24, during Memorial Day Weekend. The Adelanto New Blues Festival will be headlined by the 1960s blues/rock band Canned Heat.
Adelanto Councilman John “Bug” Woodard said, “We don’t have much in way of entertainment in our town, until now. It’s time to bring some quality music to Adelanto.”
Other acts at the show include: The 44’s, New Blues Revolution, Mighty Mojo Prophets, Boxcar 7, Blue Henrys, DJ Parker, Victor Crain, and other regional and High Desert talent.
Canned Heat rose to fame because their knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep. Emerging in 1966, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite. Hite took the name “Canned Heat” from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson. They were joined by Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, another ardent record collector who was a former member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Rounding out the band in 1967 were Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who had played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums who had played in two of the biggest Latin American bands, Los Sinners and Los Hooligans.
The band attained three worldwide hits, “On The Road Again” in 1968, “Let’s Work Together” in 1970 and “Going Up The Country” in 1969 became rock anthems throughout the world with the later being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock and the “Woodstock Generation.”
Now, more than fifty years later and with thirty-eight albums to their credit, Canned Heat is still going strong. They have been anchored throughout the past forty-five years by the steady hand of drummer/band leader Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra. Joining “Fito” is original bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor and New Orleans legend, Dale Spalding on harmonica, guitar and lead vocals. Chicago great Harvey Mandel is the regular guitarist but has been temporarily replaced by John “JP” Paulus while “The Snake” deals with serious health issues.
Bug Woodard also stated, “This is what I kind of ran on when I ran for office. I wanted to bring some culture to our city for all of our people to enjoy. We don’t need to go down the hill, we can get it right here in our town, save the revenue for us and have the benefits of our stadium that we own.
For tickets and other information, call (562) 762-8317.
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For more about the band Canned Heat go to: www.cannedheatmusic.com/