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Showing posts with label Guadalupe Plata. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guadalupe Plata. Show all posts

Sunday, February 9, 2014

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 MOVES TO CLARKSDALE, MS THIS OCTOBER! SPECIAL REUNIONS FROM SOLEDAD BROS, SOUTH FILTHY & MORE!

 
DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 MOVES DOWN SOUTH TO THE CRADLE OF THE BLUES THIS OCTOBER!
 
THREE-DAY FEST IN CLARKSDALE, MS TO FEATURE SPECIAL REUNIONS FROM SOLEDAD BROTHERS & SOUTH FILTHY, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER GREAT DEEP BLUES ACTS! 
 
 
 
Seven years after Chris Johnson started his first official Deep Blues Festival in the Twin Cities, the fest organizer and owner/operator of Bayport BBQ in Bayport, MN is moving the fest to Clarksdale, MS for three days in October. 

The core of the fest will be held at Shack Up Inn's Juke Joint Chapel and will boast a wealth of talented Deep Blues artists, such as Scott H. Biram, Kenny Brown (RL Burnside's slide guitar player for 30 years), Charlie Parr, Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early, Dale Beavers, Guadalupe Plata from Spain, James Leg (aka Black Diamond Heavies' John Wesley Myers), Boogaloosa Prayer and two very special reunions shows from Soledad Brothers and South Filthy

This year's fest won't be limited to just this venue and these acts, however, as it will continue to grow right up to its October residency, with many other Clarksdale venues and blues acts to be added. These new additions will be announced over the coming months as they're confirmed. 

Johnson, a passionate fan of Deep Blues music, gives an insight on how the fest originally took root, "The first official festival was August 2007 with 18 bands. It was on a golf course driving range just outside the Twin Cities. The summer before, I had a block party in my neighborhood with Scott H. Biram and the Black Diamond Heavies performing. I had done this type of thing each summer for years, and it was Scott that suggested I rent a room and have tickets so I didn't have to pay for it all myself.  I thought that sounded like a good idea, and thought I might have a few bands and make a night of it. I wrote to 18 bands and asked if they were interested and every one replied immediately that they wanted in. I couldn't say no to anyone, so that's how we ended up with an all day event."

"I really like the opportunity to share all these outsider bands with new fans," Johnson admits. "Once people hear them, they're hooked. All these bands should be so much more popular. I think the whole world should know their music. The two reunion events of South Filthy and the Soledad Brothers this year are very special. Also, the return of Scott H. Biram to the Deep Blues Festival is very special to me personally. I consider him to be the epitome of deep blues or punk blues."

Johnson is also doing something a bit different this year, as he's asking for "benefactors" to help fund the fest with $100 donations. All benefactors will also receive perks, such as the first opportunity to reserve rooms at the Shack Up Inn, along with guaranteed admission to the late night shows at the Chapel. "We've been fortunate to have many generous fans already make these contributions," Johnson said. "I'd say we're about a third of the way there already."

"As with all of the Deep Blues Festivals, we anticipate fans and bands to join us from all over the world," Johnson said. "Hope you'll think about joining us too."
 
THU. OCT. 16 LINEUP
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FRI. OCT. 17 LINEUP
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SAT. OCT. 18 LINEUP
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ENTIRE FEST EMCEED BY DJ HWY 7
 
 
FOR MORE INFO ON THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014:
 
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT BECOMING A BENEFACTOR OF THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL CONTACT: 
Chris Johnson: bayportbbq@comcast.net
 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Make Signals - Guadalupe Plata


Ubeda, Spain. June 2006. Two young swamp blues worshippers - Pedro de Dios Barcelo and Carlos Jimena - perform a chemical experiment by mixing the rusty-water-wheel chant of Hound Dog Taylor, the darkness of Skip James, the hypnotic rhythm of John Lee Hooker and R.L.Burnside, the madness of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the sweet sound of Tampa Red, the killer slide of Elmore James and the essence of Son House.

The combustion was immediate, but the flames soared completely out of control when Paco Luis Martos, the world grand Master of hand-carved coffered ceilings, appeared in the laboratory accompanied by a primitive bass, handmade with a zinc washtub, a wooden stick and a chainsaw string.

Rising up out of this fire, a diabolically addictive substance shaped by a snake-like, raw and dirty blues, zombie-love lyrics and an original and electrifying performance was born - GUADALUPE PLATA.

"Brilliant blues and a washtub bass, how much more authentic do you want it be? As a Spanish act, we may not get the chance to see too much of Guadalupe Plata but if you like the old fashioned blues played by modern acts, this band should be on your list".

Guadalupe Plata - Casino El Camino (parte 2) from Toni Anguiano on Vimeo.