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/
The 13th annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show was held on December 13 at the Ambassador Hotel in Victorville.
The event is a tribute to the memory of singer/songwriter Jim “Curly” Musgrave who passed away in 2009. The Academy of Western Artists (AWA) gave Curly the Will Rogers award for Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer in 2003.
Belinda Gail, a long-time singing partner of Curly’s, performed, along with cowboy singer Michael Fleming and cowboy poet Chris Issacs.
Some local characters on hand included members of the Double R Bar Regulators from Lucerne Valley, plus “Frankie Flash” Fiore, 85, of Victorville and “Gabby” of Oro Grande, who worked for the Roy Rogers’ family.
The event is held annually to raise funds for the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, one of the charities supported by Roy Rogers, who lived by the same high standards and moral code he portrayed on screen where he had a more positive influence on the lives of boys and girls growing up in America in the 40’s and 50’s than any other single individual.
The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation houses up to 44 severely abused boys at the Cooper Home in Apple Valley.
If you would like to help the Happy Trails foundation, call (760) 240-3330 or visit the website www.happytrails.org. Donations payable to: Happy Trails Children’s Foundation may be mailed to: 10755 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308.
To see more photos from this event go to: www.facebook.com/DesertNewsPost, click on “Photos” then on “Albums” and select “Curly’s Cowboy Christmas 2014”
In it’s sixth year, the Senior Talent Showcase had the 50 and better crowd giving it their all with flair! The event was held on March 29 in the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center.
The variety of acts included vocals, instrument medleys, dance, comedy, and more.
The PAC was packed, as popularity of the event grows each year.
Master of Ceremonies John Lynd used humor with each act that came on stage, including the following:
• Dancers: Ke Ku’ena iluna a’u, Boogie Tappers, Jazz Tappers, Apple Valley Boot Scooters, Patti’s A Team, Sun City Rockettes, Esperanza Jackson, Su Kim’s Line Dancers, Hoku Ala of Apple Valley, and Saada Dancers.
• Vocalists Bradley Leland Kingston, Mikki Carter, Bill Matticola, Louise Dodson, Irene Legere Martz, Richard Reeb, Cal Derone, Alma Jimenez, Terry Polakovic, Bill Eversole, Lou Sanders, Barry Sorensen, and Mojave Range Rovers Barbershop Quartet.
• Instrumentalists: Walter Collins (trumpet), and Maury Richmond (violin).
Inter Valley Health Plan and Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group are the sponsors of this event.
dance, comedy, and more.