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|Country and Region||France — Île-de-France|
|Type of Festival||Drama, Music|
|Location of Festival||Vincennes, Île-de-France, France|
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Association Festival America
Festival America celebrates the arts, literature, film, and music of North America. The program includes concerts, lectures, exhibitions, films, and meetings.
|Festival Dates||September 26 - 28, 2008|
- September 26
- Bruno Fontaine
- September 27
- Black Lodge Singers, Jake La Botz, Mariée Sioux
- September 28
- Luke Doucet, Oh Susanna, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Iron
- Jake La Botz, will perform solo featuring roots, blues, and Americana music. In addition, La Botz will also perform with the band, Black Lodge Singers. For more information visit
- The Story: After dropping out of school at 15 he began to hit the road. La Botz moved around the country hanging out at punk shows, hobo camps and libraries and working "memorable" jobs. Whenever back in Chicago, he spent his Sunday mornings hanging around and occasionally busking at the famed Southside flea market on Maxwell Street where bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Little Walter cut their teeth. There, he got to know the reigning bluesman on the scene, Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis who was to become a close friend and mentor. Still a teenager at the time, he would sneak into clubs to hear other blues legends such as Homesick James and Honeyboy Edwards, who he later spent a great deal of time with both on and off the stage. He worked the bars, streets and train tunnels of Chicago. Sporadically, he would venture back out on the highways, making roadtrips to the Mississippi Delta and other parts of the South where he played on the streets and in local juke-joints. La Botz continues to wander the country's backroads and byways which now includes Europe.
- The Music: It is this feeling that courses through La Botz's own music - where a primordial spirit travels between the performer and the audience. For La Botz, songwriting is almost like being possessed. "It feels like a strange energy that creeps into my body and demands attentions," he explains. "I start to follow a thread and I keep pulling at it and following it. Moving it around and playing with it, and trying to understand it in terms of my own experience."