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Irvine Barclay Theatre
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Irvine Barclay Theatre is proud to present Buried Alive in the Blues, an all-star lineup of some of the greatest blues musicians to come out of Chicago blues scene, performing at the Barclay on Saturday, June 16 at 8pm.

Chicago Blues Reunion is a collaboration of Chicago music legends that defined the sound of their generation in the 1960’s. During that time, they helped create the historic transition in popular music from acoustic folk to electric blues-influenced rock. For decades they have continued to be an inspiration to the younger generations that followed their trail blazing path. The band is embarking on a 24-city tour upon the release of Buried Alive in the Blues, a two disc set (audio CD & 60 minute DVD) from Out The Box Records, documenting their musical and cultural legacy. The CD and DVD, recorded last year at Fitzgerald’s, a Chicago venue that has become a beacon for blues fans over the years, will be released in June 21, 2005.

The band is a who’s who of blues lovers’ household names with backing by a band of top flight pros including Gary Malaber, Rick Reed and Zach Wagner.

Barry Goldberg was a regular fixture in the blues firmament of the middle ‘60s that seemed to stretch from Chicago to New York. A keyboardist (organ seemed to be his specialty), Barry was an in-demand session player. He was a member of Charlie Musselwhite’s first band, contributing great piano and organ lines to the Stand Back! album and a handful of others throughout the decade.

Nick “The Greek” Gravenites, was a key player and impresario on both the Chicago blues scene and the emerging blues-rock and psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco. He’s performed on more than 45 albums as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, or bandleader. His compositions have been recorded by Butterfield, Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Otis Rush, Jimmy Witherspoon, David Crosby, Howlin’ Wolf David Crosby, and many others.

Harvey “The Snake” Mandel, is a legendary guitar virtuoso and truly one of the most distinctive and innovative musicians. A pioneer of modern electric blues from Chicago, Harvey Mandel developed and mastered sustain and controlled feedback, displaying both extroversion and musical virtuosity. He has performed with many blues legends including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Albert King, and Buddy Guy.

Tracy Nelson is a singer/songwriter with an illustrious career now spanning five decades. The group she formed, Mother Earth, was a major attraction at The Fillmore where they encountered the likes of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Her signature song Down So Low was covered by Etta James and Linda Rondstadt, among others; and her Grammy nominated song After the Fire Is Gone, was a hit duet with Willie Nelson.

Sam Lay one of the most celebrated virtuoso drummers in blues history and a mainstay since the late 1950’s. His unique style of drumming can be heard on over 40 recordings for the famed Chess Records label with the most prominent names in the world of blues. In the late 1980’s he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, and singer/songwriter with 17 recordings and numerous reissues. He also performs as guest soloist with symphony orchestras worldwide, which have included the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, among many others.

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