Blue Star Blues Festival

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Country and Region United StatesColorado
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Littleton, Colorado, USA
Festival Contact Information

Blue Star Connection
P. O. Box 1530
Winter Park, Colorado 80482 USA
Email: johnc@bluestarconnection.org

Festival Description

The Blue Star Blues Festival is an annual festival organized by the Blue Star Connection. The organization makes instruments available to children facing terminal diseases. The gift of music has been making profound changes in the children’s lives as their outlook takes a major upswing. The festival is a fundraiser for the purpose of giving the gift of music to children. The one day festival features top notch performers to Littleton, Colorado.

Festival Dates August 6, 2011
Festival Links

http://www.bluestarconnection.org/blog/blue-star-blues-festival/

Festival Events:

Lineup 2011:
  • Emma Henry
  • Tempa Singer
  • Jack Hadley Band
  • Mike Zito
  • Ana Popovic
  • Deanna Bogart
  • Zac Harmon Band
  • Ryan McGarvey
  • Tommy Castro
Artist feature 2011:
  • Mike Zito (USA)
    Performance — August 6, 2011
    • In 2007, Zito’s path crossed with Randy Chortkoff of Delta Groove Music. Within months he penned a deal and gained full support with Chortkoff’s label which later unveiled his national debut album “Today” on Eclecto Groove Records in 2008. Boasting top notch production values under the guidance of producers David Z and Tony Braunagel, along with assistance from a team of world class musicians that included keyboardist Bentmont Tench and bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Zito realized his most satisfying and accomplished work to date. “Today” garnered high praise and critical acclaim for Zito’s strengthened focus on songwriting, and his resulting efforts landed the album on the Billboard blues charts for six weeks, in addition to daily rotation on Sirius Satellite radio. “Pearl River” followed in 2009, bringing Zito’s guitar back to the forefront, while still maintaining an emphasis on his affective songwriting. The result was a rollicking slice of Americana served up with heaping slabs of greasy New Orleans funk, gritty blues and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. The album was additionally bolstered by an all-star cast that featured Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Reese Wynans, Susan Cowsill, Lynwood Slim and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone. His collaboration with Cyril Neville on the album’s title track “Pearl River,” nabbed him a 2010 Blues Music Award for Song of the Year.
      His latest release “Greyhound”- produced by Grammy-Award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter Anders Osborne - is the continuation of the songwriting process established by Zito on his two previous and critically acclaimed recordings on Eclecto Groove Records. His music still retains its bluesy Americana charm while also emphasizing that dusty, big wide-open Texas sound. Here, we find Zito exploring more personal and introspective themes; inspired by the Greyhound bus that helped carry him on his way out of town as a young man, ultimately steering him onto his current pathway and direction in life.
    • Performers
      Mike Zito: vocals, guitars
      Carl Dufrene: bass, vocals
      Brady Blade: drums, vocals
      Anders Osborne : back-up vocals, guitar
    • Web sites
      http://www.mikezito.com/fr_home.cfm
      http://deltagrooveproductions.com/music/artists/mike_zito/main.html

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