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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 32 members
Review from Tom McLoughlin

This was an incredibly exciting evening of raw blues in, of all places...the Richard & Karen Carpenter Arts Center. Every act on the bill really kicked it and the crowd was wildly appreciative. Legendary blues harmonica player James Cotton proved...continued

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Review from pastorguyw

Outstanding transitions of performances

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Review from Heidee Sinowitz Stoica

Much too loud.

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James Cotton:

Between his huge, blast-furnace sound, his larger-than-life personality, and his massive frame, Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master James “Mr. Superharp” Cotton is a blues giant in every respect. Cotton, who in 2010 celebrates his 66th year as a professional musician (starting at the age of nine), has recorded almost 30 solo albums, including two highly-regarded releases for Alligator in the 1980s and the famed Harp Attack! with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch in 1990. The New York Daily News calls Cotton “the greatest living blues harmonica player.” The New York Times adds, “Cotton helped define modern blues harmonica with his moaning, wrenching phrases and his train-whistle wails.”

Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials:

From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to the deepest slow blues, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lil’ Ed Williams is an awe-inspiring master bluesman. He and his blistering, road-tested band, The Blues Imperials-guitarist Mike Garrett, bassist James “Pookie” Young, drummer Kelly Littleton-are celebrating 20 amazing years together. Live, Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials simply can’t be beat as Ed breaks out the deepest back-bends, the highest toe-walks, and the most authentic electric slide-guitar blues being played today.

Ana Popović:

The most impressive aspect of Ana’s music is her diversity of techniques and styles. Her blend of smoking electric funk slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals, tight blues groove, soulful feminine vocals and her incredible stage presence makes her an irresistible force in the music world. She was born in the war torn town of Belgrade, formerly Yugoslavia. Her father would, throughout her youth, always invite friends over for nightly jam sessions where Ana listened and analyzed the deep artistic roots of her music. In this atmosphere, she quickly picked up her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and went to work at a young age of 15. Since then, Ana Popović has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist who now resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Shawn Pittman:

Texas-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Shawn Pittman was born October 13th,1974 in a small town in Oklahoma. He grew up hearing Buddy Holly,Chuck Berry and his grandmother Juanita James playing stride piano. As a teenager, he heard the records from the likes of Jimmy Reed, Elmore James and Albert King and was has been hooked on blues guitar ever since. Pittman’s seventh CD release, the aptly titled Too Hot  was recorded in 2009 in a studio in Italy on Pittman and the band’s only day off from his tenth tour across the pond.


When Texas-born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5" he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown.

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