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Thank You Robert!


Boston Blues Week enjoyed a regal kickoff Sunday night, with a performance by Robert Lockwood Junior at the Bull Run. The Samuel Adams Brewer’s Dinner set a new standard for our presentation of important American musicians. The Blues Trust Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Ronnie Earl, who sites Lockwood as one of his musical inspirations.


We would like to thank all that came to enjoy an evening of great food and excellent music. Lockwood’s performance would have been excellent for anyone half his 91 years! We’re grateful for those that supported the fundraiser and especially for those that shared the evening with their children.


Have a Cigar


Join us for our second presentation of Boston Blues Week 2006. Thursday September, 21, The White Owls play the Blues Trust Club Night at Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge, Street, Cambridge. 617-864-2792.


We learned the following at The Samuel Adams Brewer’s Dinner and we plan to put it into practice. How to taste a Samuel Adams Boston Lager:

Step One: Color and clarity

Golden to amber and clear, no haze.

Step Two: The Aroma or Nose

Piney, citrus and floral; caramel, toffee and sweet.

Step Three: Body and MouthFeel

Smooth and full bodied but not heavy.

Step Four: Flavor

Balanced and complex with a lingering finish


We’re not going to kid you; this will not be an early night. Showtime is 10 PM. But if you show up early and buy a Boston Blues Festival Button, you will receive a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. Speaking of free, there is no cover to hear hardcore Blues music, played by the stellar lineup of Andy Plaisted, Dean Cassell, Steve Sadler, Mike Dinallo and Dennis Brennan. The Blues Trust will be handing out some free Blues CDs and you can take a shot at winning some money on the 50/50 raffle. Just like a proud papa or a victorious politician, we’ll even be handing out stogies!


The reasons to celebrate are many. A memory comes to mind of a dozen years back, when we first got the OK from the MDC to have a free Blues Festival at the Hatch Shell. We lit up a cigar and thought we’d won the lottery. What we didn’t know then! But in retrospect, the relationships this journey has afforded us, the fun we’ve had and the music we’ve shared, make it time to sit back, smoke a fine cigar. It brings to mind a few old tunes, one by Traffic and the other is a Jesse Fuller / Charles Brown song.

“You’re trying to tell me ‘bout the birds and the bees, the skirt that you’re wearing is way past your knees, either Light up or Leave me Alone”.


“Drinking and gambling and staying out all night, just livin’ in a Fool’s Paradise.”



Get a Button, Be Cool


Pick up your 2006 Boston Blues Festival Button at the Blues Trust Club Night and immediately enjoy a better life. Use your button as a fashion statement of your Blues support and visit the great establishments that make the free Boston Blues Festival happen. We’ll see you on the town!


Blues Fest Preview


Don’t forget to tune into Fox Morning News this Friday, to catch Brian Templeton playing live on Channel 25 at 8:20 AM. He will be featuring music from his new disc, Bloozin’, in advance of his performance at Sunday’s Boston Blues Festival. You can hear cuts from the recording on Brian’s site. We’re really excited to see our buddy on the tube and thankful to Fox for giving Blues some wider recognition.


FREE Blues


They are coming by plane, they’re coming by boat. Where are you coming from to attend this weekend’s free Boston Blues Festival at The Hatch Shell? We already told you about the performers traveling to town for the show from Europe and throughout the country, but we also have friends coming to town from Indy, Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and folks off the Carnival Cruise Liner docked in Boston this weekend!


Stop by the Blues Trust Resource table and say hi. The fan who came the Farthest to The Fest, will receive some yet to be determined recognition. Maybe free swimming lessons in the Charles River


The lineup and approximate set times for this weekend’s free Boston Blues Festival:

Saturday Noon to Six, rain or shine, the music’s fine.

Noon: Mary Lou Ferrante

1 PM: Danny Vitale and Loaded Dice

2 PM Boston Blues Express

3 PM Jimmy & The Soul Cats

4:30 PM Rockets Reunion, Featuring Anson Funderburgh and Darrell Nulisch


Sunday Noon to Six, rain or shine, the music’s fine.

Noon: McQuaid, Fitting & Sadler

1 PM: The Dave Hannon Band

2 PM The Soul Band

3:30 PM Enrico Crivellaro, Brain Templeton and Finis Tasby.

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