Santa Cruz Blues Festival

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, photo by Dulce Pinzon
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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
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Location of Festival Santa Cruz, California USA
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Santa Cruz Blues Festival

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The Santa Cruz Blues Festival continues to bring the best in traditional and modern blues and blues-inspired music to discerning fans. The festival, which has hosted the luminaries of the blues world — B.B. King, Charles Brown, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Buddy Guy adds more legends on a continual basis.

Festival Dates May 25 - 26, 2013
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Lineup 2013:
  • Saturday, May 25
    • Carolyn Wonderland
    • Sonny Landreth
    • John Mayall
    • Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton and the All-Star Tilt-A-Whirl Band
    • Steve Miller Band
  • Sunday, May 26
    • California Honeydrops
    • Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
    • James Hunter Six
    • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
    • Tedeschi Trucks Band
Artist Feature 2013:
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (USA)
    • As a child, Sharon Jones and her brothers would imitate the songs and dances of James Brown, who shared their hometown. Like many rhythm and blues entertainers, she began performing in church at a very young age where her voice would find a lifelong home and inspiration. In her late teens she branched out into talent shows and played with local funk groups, wedding bands, and a handful of day jobs which included stints as both a prison guard at New York’s notorious Riker’s Island, and an armored car guard for Wells Fargo Bank. Her command of the stage earned her an overnight title as the ‘Queen of Funk’. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings formed in 2001 and have since toured extensively and have built steadily upon a growing reputation as the unrivaled frontrunners of old-school Soul and Funk music. SJ &TDK; latest release, 100 Days, 100 Nights, is arguably their greatest achievement to date. With much more extensive songwriting and arranging contributions from the members of the band, the songs take more distinct and well-crafted forms, enabling a deeper more soulful return to traditional Rhythm and Blues roots. However, it is the raw fire and Soul which Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings consistently pour into their music that will make this record an irreplaceable part of many people’s lives. For more information visit
      Sunday, May 26, 2013


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