Thursday, May 15, 2008

Doheny Blues is coming this weekend

Photo cutline information: Singer-guitarist Joe Bonamassa will perform at the Doheny Blues Festival on Sunday.

There are plenty of famed artists set to perform at the 11th annual Doheny Blues Festival this weekend (May 17 and 18), with Jonny Lang set to headline on Saturday night and nine-time Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt scheduled to close things out on Sunday evening.
There will be a wealth of not-to-be-missed performances both days, with the Robert Cray Band, Eric Burdon & the Animals and J.J. Grey & MOFRO all set to appear on Saturday.

In addition to Raitt, Sunday’s lineup features Little Feat with special guest-guitarist Coco Montoya, singer-guitarist Joe Bonamassa and the Bobby Rush Revue.
In all, three stages will feature a total of 26 performances over the two-day festival.
Omega Events has once again put together an exciting festival that features young up-and-coming artists (Bonamassa, Lang), as well as legendary names such as Raitt and Cray.

Some of the genre’s most treasured champions are set to play on Saturday, including 94-year-old piano player Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins (among the last of the great Mississippi bluesmen) and 77-year-old blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin (a long-time member of the late Howlin’ Wolf’s band).
Burdon – who along with the Beatles and Rolling Stones led the British Invasion of the 1960s – will likely play a mix of blues and hits like “House of the Rising Sun,” “Spill the Wine” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” when he plays on the first day of the festival.
For those coming to the festival on Sunday, best not to miss the afternoon set from Bonamassa. Named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine’s readers in 2007 and 2008, the New York native is truly one of today’s most amazing electric blues guitar players. He will likely feature material off recent albums such as “You & Me” and “Sloe Gin” at the fest.
The Doheny Blues Festival will be held at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point on May 17 and 18.
The doors open at 11 a.m. daily, and the music ends at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

For those waiting in line before the doors open, there will be live music and a coffee cart outside the front gate.For more information on the 11th annual Doheny Blues Festival, including ticket information, visit

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