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Hot August Nights at The Arena in Simi Valley 8/20

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GET SOME HOT AUGUST NIGHTS SIMI VALLEY BLUES - Papa J and Friends are bringing the Real Blues to our friends in Simi Valley at the beautiful Arena, 999 Enchanted Way, Saturday, August 20, for an special event called "Hot August Nights." Besides the blues, a custom Hot Rod show is on tap along with performances by top area rock bands Fortune plus Ed Hillhouse and the Back Talkers. 7 pm-midnite. $10 (advance), $15 (door). 18 and over. Info: (805) 300-7827 or www.facebook.com/midnightentertainmentgroup. This event should be a blast!

BREAKING NEWS - IT'S OFFICIAL! Real Blues Festival of Orange County 3 will take place next August at an outdoor location in Fullerton, it was announced by festival organizer Papa J. Watch for more information about RBF3 in Southland Blues and other fine blues publications in the near future! RBF2 attracted almost 300 blues lovers to the Olde Ship in Santa Ana to see such acts as "Queen of Steam" Michele Lundeen, Delta Blues guitar ace K.K. Martin, gal-fronted blues hotties the Scorch Sisters and the Santa Ana High School Band among many others!

PAPA J & FRIENDS RELEASE "THE BIG SHOW" - "As a group we tried to run the gambit of styles and feelings that are what make up the blues," says Papa J about the band's new 10-song disc. Some of the album's tracks in his own words.

"Checkin' Up On My Baby" - "a great Sonny Boy Williamson tune that I thought would be fun to do...it kind of shows how insecure musicians are."

"Dimples" - "a truly simple John Lee Hooker song, that reminds me of all the girls on the road."

"Laundromat Blues" - "Albert King for all you guys that worry if your woman is too clean...so sad, so true."

"Slip Stumble & Fall" - "at sixty-plus years of age I still say this every day: it's so easy to forget what got you here. God Bless the Blues."

"Jeff "Papa J" Hudson was just one of the highlights of the day-long festival. Watching him and his band perform was simply witnessing musicians with a true passion for the blues. Papa J leaned into the microphone and gave raspy soulful vocals. He threw his hands out to his sides and shook his fingers to the rhythms in each song. Their band delivers the kind of music that enables you to soak up the joys of the South. It's these sounds and rhythms of the blues that make you want to close your eyes, lift your head up, and say "Mmhmm." OC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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