Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Taj Mahal, Eddie Floyd added to Long Beach Blues Festival lineup, August 31

Blues and world music legend Taj Mahal and Booker T. Jones will co-headline the Sunday, August 31 show of the Long Beach Blues Festival. In addition, Stax soul veteran Eddie Floyd has been added to the Sunday roster. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31 in its breezy new oceanfront home, the Rainbow Lagoon at Linden Ave. and Shoreline Dr. adjacent to the Long Beach Marina. Previously booked Sly & the Family Stone cancelled their appearance at the festival, according to the festival’s co-producers Bill Silva Presents and Rum & Humble.

T. Jones, who will co-headline on Sunday, a line-up of venerable artists from the blues pantheon has been announced. Saturday's performers also include Eric Clapton associate John Mayall, New Orleans’ riotous Dirty Dozen Brass Band, blues piano patriarch Pinetop Perkins, Northern Californian slide slinger Roy Rogers, and Jamaican soul vocalist Roy Young, in his West Coast debut. Sunday's performers also include Crescent City artist/producer/arranger Allen Toussaint, harmonica blower Charlie Musselwhite, straight-up bluesman Joe Louis Walker and rising guitar phenomenon Ana Popovic.

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