EVENTS: Otis Taylor and Friends Unite in Boulder for the 8th Annual Trance Blues Jam Festival
C.J. Chenier, Damon Fowler, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Anne Harris, Marcella Simien, Cassie Taylor, Larry Thompson, Todd Edmunds, Harry Tuft, Brian Juan, Rex Peoples, Beth Rosbach and other visiting artists will be appearing at THE event in Boulder, Colorado on November 11th. Musicians, educators, singers and fans are invited to participate.
The eighth annual Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam Festival is a day of workshops and an evening performance for musicians and fans of all levels and ages who wish to join renowned artists in an intimate workshop setting.
“This year I wanted to reach out and help artists who had been impacted by the multiple hurricanes that struck over the last few months. Many clubs and venues have been damaged and artists have been left without places to perform,” says Taylor. “I am happy to have C.J. Chenier from Port Arthur, Texas, and Damon Fowler from Tampa, Florida join us this year.”
C.J. Chenier is a Grammy nominee, son of the “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier and an
acknowledged Zydeco master in his own right. C.J. has appeared on CNN, the Jon Stewart show, and at major festivals throughout the country including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and as an Alligator Record’s showcase performer at Austin’s South by Southwest. http://www.officialcjchenier.com
Damon Fowler has released three CDs on Blind Pig Records, appears frequently with Southern
Hospitality, and tours throughout the country thrilling audiences with his guitar playing and vocals. http://www.damonfowler.com
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has appeared in a primary role in the Broadway hit “School of Rock,” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on stage with many notable rock, pop and blues stars…and he’s only 14 years old. http://www.brandonniederauer.com
Originally raised in Louisiana, Marcella Simien has performed and recorded with her multi-Grammy Award winning father, Terrance Simien. A Memphis transplant since 2009, she has merged her Creole heritage with Memphis Soul.
Cassie Taylor rejoins her father along with regular band members Anne Harris on violin, Larry
Thompson on drums and Todd Edmunds on bass and tuba. Also joining the festival this year are
keyboardist Brian Juan, vocalist Rex Peoples, cellist Beth Rosbach and Denver’s own Godfather of Folk, Harry Tuft.
“You don’t have to be a professional musician to get involved with the Trance Blues Jam Festival,” says Taylor, a Boulder resident and festival founder. “The more diversity of participants and instruments we have, the better.”
Taylor’s compelling style of path-forging and “trance-blues” sonic landscapes has won praise from The New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR). Otis was honored to be included in the inaugural exhibition at the recently opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. While drawing upon elements of early American blues and even earlier African music, Taylor has been called “arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time” by Guitar Player magazine.
‘The most diverse musical experience in Boulder,’ will be held Saturday, November 11th at eTown Hall, and features workshops between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and a performance with the visiting artists and selected workshop participants at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for the evening performance are available for $25. Tickets are $85 for both the all day
workshops and admission to the evening performance. To purchase tickets visit the eTown website at http://www.etown.org.
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For more information, please visit: http://www.trancebluesfestival.com