REEL BLUES FEST
Cape Cod Melody Tent
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
live music and film all in one night
MUSIC AT THE REEL BLUES FEST
"It became a mission, almost a crusade
bringing music together to bring people together."
— Los Lobos's Louie Pérez.
their twenty-five years together, Los Lobos has emerged
as one of the most respected and original bands around.
Combining rock, folk, blues, R & B, country, and Tex-Mex
with traditional Mexican music, they've continually tried
new sounds and confounded anyone who tries to classify them.
David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, and Cesar Rosas
formed Los Lobos (Spanish for "The Wolves") in
1974. They were high school friends from East Los Angeles.
"We were friends before we were ever a band. I think
that's one of the reasons we've been around as long as we
have," said Perez, drummer and multi-instrumentalist.
In 1983 the band put out their major label debut, the EP
...And a Time To Dance. The record earned
the band their first of many Grammy Awards, this time for
the song "Anselma." And maybe even better, after
the EP sold 50,000 copies the band had enough money to buy
a second-hand van for touring. The band recorded How
Will the Wolf Survive? which mixed traditional
Mexican songs, rock and roll, and blues. The record caught
the attention of Paul Simon, who asked the band to sing
on his "Graceland" record, and Elvis Costello,
who had them sing on "King Of America." Anyone
who hadn't already heard of Los Lobos certainly did in 1987.
That's when the band's version of Ritchie Valens' "La
Bamba," from the movie of the same name, became
a number one hit.
Johnny A is widely regarded as one
of America’s finest contemporary guitarists. His latest
work has sold many thousands of copies and won praise as
his best music yet. Johnny A’s most recent album,
Get Inside, is the culmination of a lifetime of learning,
sharing and bonding with the members of many bands and other
Ernie & The Automatics
and the Automatics... Well, what can we say? New England
car mogul Ernie Boch, Jr. and friends with a sit in by James
Montgomery!. Get the music recorded live here at the Fest
AT THE REEL BLUES FEST
Electric: A Different Kind of Blue
When he released "Bitches
Brew" in 1970, Miles Davis opened up a new angle to
jazz which stirred up emotions like no other record before.
Some Critics accused Davis of selling out, while the public
bought it like crazy. It is one of the most examined albums
of all time, even garnering a box set of the sessions. To
date, "Bitches Brew" is one of the top selling
jazz albums of all time.
"Miles Electric: A Different
Kind of Blue" examines the next step in the creative
process... performing these songs live. The 1970 Isle of
Wight featured an array of performers from The Who to Jethro
Tull to Joni Mitchell. With improvisation playing a big
role in the perormance, the band (Jack DeJohnette, Chick
Corea, Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz and Dave Holland) had to
be "on", yet ready to change on the fly. Directed
by award-winning producer Murray Lerner, "Miles Electric"
sits down with several of the performers who played with
Miles, interspersed with his 1970 Isle of Wight performance,
as well as artists such as Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell,
who describe the impact Miles Davis had towards music.
Cramer Award for Excellence in Blues Radio and
Service to the Blues Community
Sunday Morning Blues Show, WZLX 100.7
Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated
to helping musicians receive access to medical care and to
supporting the work of independent filmmakers. Proceeds from
this year's summer event will be distributed to eligible 501
(C) (3) organizations pursuant to the guidelines established
by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.