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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Orange County Blues Alert: Papa J & Friends in Concert at HOB/Anaheim, Olde Ship This Week

Real Blues Festival/Orange County Blues Society founder Papa J (pictured above) & Friends perform at the House of Blues/Anaheim this Thursday, March 21 and at the Olde Ship's 20th Anniversary Gala in Santa Ana on Friday, March 22. This year's Real Blues Festival 4 is scheduled to take place Sunday, September 8. Bands to be announced soon. 

   (Anaheim, Calif.) -  Real Blues Festival of Orange County/ Orange County Blues Society founder Papa J is performing a few special concerts this week: House of Blues/Anaheim (Voodoo Lounge) on Thursday, March 21 (8-11 p.m., no cover); and also at The Olde Ship's 20th Anniversary Gala, Friday, March 22 (9 pm- till?, free). HOB/Anaheim is at 1530 Disneyland Drive; (714) 778-2583; the Olde Ship is at 1120 W. 17th St. (714) 550-6700.
   Watch for a special announcement about the music lineup for Real Blues Festival Of Orange County 4  - happening on Sunday, September 8, venue tba - coming soon.
 Blues harpist-vocalist Papa J (a/k/a/ Jeffrey Hudson) has been one of the hardest-working and most influential people on the Orange County blues scene for the better part of the last two decades. Last August alone, Papa J organized and executed successful multi-band events: The Muck Roots Blues Revue at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton; and the Real Blues Festival of Orange County 3 at Malone's in Santa Ana. 
    Papa J was again honored this past year with  a "Best Americana, Blues, or Roots Artist" nomination for the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards. Last Fall saw the release of "The Big Show" (Houndog Records) by Papa J and Friends to great reviews:

"Great CD chock full of Blues standards performed with energy and enthusiasm!"    - Barrelhouse Blues
"The Big Show'' is absolutely first-rate with great performances by all involved including Papa J...a big winner that I have no problem highly recommending to Blues enthusiasts."  - Blues Underground

"On 'The Big Show' Papa J and Friends are winning over music aficionados with mental images of smoke-filled, Old-School Blues where people celebrate in sharing this fine music genre."    
L.A. Examiner

  Watch a recent live performance by Papa J at the House of Blues in Anaheim below.   


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