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PAL Blues, Music, Arts & BBQ Festival 2017
Celebrating Women in the Blues

Friday, July 21, 2017 from 5pm – 8:30pm at

Courthouse Square

6:00pm    Lara Price

Born in the war-torn country of Vietnam in 1975 and abandoned at birth, Lara became a part of the controversial “Operation Baby Lift”, a mass evacuation of orphans from South Vietnam to the United States. As 90 percent of the orphaned babies did not survive, her journey out of Vietnam to her new home was nothing short of a miracle. Indeed, Lara is truly a survivor in every sense.

Price discovered the power of music at the tender age of 6, when she started taking piano lessons in England with legendary 80’s music innovator Howard Jones. The journey of Lara’s blues band (The Lara Price Band) includes tours across the United States and China. It also includes five CD’s that Price has produced, co-written, and is featured playing drums, guitar, and backup vocals. Lara and her band have shared the bill with R&B legends, Etta James, James Brown, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell and many more.

Saturday July 22nd from 12pm – 8pm

6:30pm     Sugar Pie DeSanto

“Queen of the West Coast Blues”, Sugar Pie DeSanto was raised in the historic Fillmore district of San Francisco. Legendary bandleader Johnny Otis signed the young Miss Ballinton to a recording contract after witnessing her win a local talent contest in 1954. Her first single Boom Diddy Wawa, Baby, b/w I Love You was released in 1955 under the Otis inspired moniker of “Little Miss Sugar Pie”.

Known for her energetic stage performances, she also opened the James Brown Revue, setting the performance bar so high for him, that he became known as “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business. DeSanto was immortalized in the 1964 film of the Folk American Blues Festival, the only woman on the tour, which also featured Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sleepy John Estes, Sunnyland Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson and others.

Performing still after 80 trips around the sun, Sugar Pie recently toured at festivals in Norway and Italy. Her film credits also include Oakland’s Evolutionary Blues, a fantastic documentary in post production and scheduled for release in August of 2017.Her latest albums magnificently demonstrate that she is one of the most talented and versatile artists that has ever come out of the San Francisco Bay Area, or anywhere else.
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5:15pm      Lady Bianca

With roots in Kansas City, Macon, Georgia and a father teaching her Texas Blues piano as a child, Lady has evolved into an icon in the San Francisco Bay Area where she’s known as “Queen of the Blues and Gospel”. She sang, recorded and toured the world with Van Morrison for a decade, as well as to play for John Lee Hooker and as featured vocalist with Frank Zappa.

In January 2015 Lady Bianca represented The Golden Gate Blues Blues Society in Memphis as a contestant in the International Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo Category. Lady Bianca has a new a new concept of a digital 45 entitled Blues is on the Menu released on Magic-O Records in 2016. 2017 finds Lady Bianca singing “Oh Freedom” in the Roots award winning film Documentary Gina’s Journey. The Search for William Grimmes.
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3:45pm     Pamela Rose with “Blues is a Woman” 

Blues singer Pamela Rose has gathered a fiery, all-star ensemble of women blues players:  Tammy Hall (piano), Ruth Davies (bass), Pat Wilder (guitar), Daria Johnson (drums) and Kristen Strom (sax).  This same group is currently starring in a theatrical show BLUES IS A WOMAN (appearing at Custom Made Theatre in SF all August) – but are coming to Redwood City to perform in concert some of the fierce, passionate music created by legendary Blues women.  The group takes the audience on a musical journey through the decades – from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt.

a crackerjack all-woman band, making the case that women powered the development of the blues from Alberta Hunter to Janis Joplin.” – Cy Musiker, KQED

2:00pm     Henry Oden’s Rhythm and Blues Revue featuring Fillmore Slim, Craig Horton, and Margie Turner

Putting ensembles together is nothing new to Henry Oden. During the 1980’s, after his stint with Mark Naftalin’s Blue Monday Party Band and before his tenure with Joe Louis Walker’s Boss Talkers, Henry Oden was responsible for bringing talent into Oakland’s My Place Too.  When asked by PAL promoter George Schoenstien to “Bring something special” Henry reached into his bag of resources and gathered an ensemble of “Seasoned” talent for the PAL Blues, Music, ARTS & BBQ Festival. Henry Oden’s Rhythm and Blues Revue consists of Craig Horton, known for his Chicago influenced blues guitar and smooth vocal style, Ms. Margie Turner, with her raspy gospel R&B soul styling and Fillmore Slim basking in the notoriety of his former profession. Music has been Henry Oden’s primary focus since 1965.


Born November 7, 1934 in the rich musical heritage city of New Orleans, Louisiana, “Fillmore” has lived a transformation like no one else. Bestowed upon him are some of the most significant monikers that truly intertwine with a very real American history. “Tailbone”, “Guitar Slim”, “Fillmore Slim”, “the O.G.”. His respect and love for music runs through them all.



Craig Horton builds his music on a diverse foundation of sounds, having played jazz, R&B and rock ‘n roll, in addition to the blues, during his early years as a musician. Over the years, Craig has earned respect from just as diverse an array of musicians and critics. Joe Louis Walker has called Horton “A Great Musician, Great Singer, Great Band Leader.” Tom Mazzolini, producer of the San Francisco Blues Fest says, “Craig Horton gave one of the memorable sets that had people talking. It was impressive and it was deep mountain high! The real thing!”


Margie Turner, with her raspy, gospel style-sounding voice hails out of a place down south called El Dorado, Arkansas. She now sings throughout the Bay Area with her band the Outback Blues Band.
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1:00pm     Walter Jebe and the Lost Roots Band

Walter Jebe is a guitar teacher and performer who has been playing since 1975. He considers himself an American Roots musician with a bluesy accent, and has performed at blues Festivals from Sonoma to Monterey. He has shared the stage with musicians like Jan Fanucchi, Johnny Nitro, Terry Hiatt, and Steve Freund, and has opened for Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Tommy Castro and Chris Cain, to name a few. Straight ahead, down home blues is what fuels his music, his teaching, and his passion.
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12:00pm   Stan Erhart featuring Nancy Wright

Stan Erhart’s roots go back to the Kansas City family farm, where hard work & play were accompanied by John Deere tractors, V-8 cars, & country guitars — plus the harmonica standards his Dad was so good at. Stan soon picked up his brother’s baritone horn, followed by guitar, vocals, & woodwinds. After leaving Kansas City, he earned a music degree in Michigan while doing gigs & radio shows in the greater Chicago area w/ the ‘original’ band he helped develop. Moving from Michigan to Chicago allowed him to pursue private lessons & club work, while learning to deliver his ‘signature danceable stew’ of R&B, Rock, & Blues. Finally relocating to San Francisco to strike out on his own, he formed the Stan Erhart Band — a fun & funky mix of some of the finest musicians in the Bay Area. This group throws down the jams, mixing tunes & genres, & delivering tight energetic arrangements with great vocals.

Nancy Wright is one of the most highly respected and in-demand sax players on today’s blues, Americana and R&B scene. Major music writers have hailed her big-toned tenor and compared her to the all-time greats.
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