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Jazz Fest | 04.30-05.03 | New Orleans, LA

on May 6, 2009 No comments

by: Amanda Anderson

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival :: 04.30.09 – 05.03.09 :: Fair Grounds Race Course :: New Orleans, LA

Grease Is The Word

Bonnie Raitt is happy to have stood the test of time. She’s also at Acura, and even from a great distance I can spot her shocking red hair. She brings plenty of locals to the stage, playing “A Real Good Thing’s About To Come To An End,” with Jon Cleary scorching the piano, followed by an old Sippie Wallace tune from the 20s, “Woman Be Wise” with Glen David Andrews on trombone and his cousin James Andrews on trumpet. More locals add an extra accompaniment, the beer vendors clanging cowbells for every person tipping the jar. Even onstage, it was hot in the afternoon sunshine, prompting Raitt to give the Fest’s best advice yet: “Get into that grease, honey.” She then launched into the lusty “Something To Talk About,” which I sang all the way to the next act.

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Bonnie Raitt performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 01 2009
Bonnie Raitt - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2009
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IT’S SWEET 16 FOR TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS!
Festival Celebrates 16th Year with Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt and Many More!

on May 11, 2009 No comments
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The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is going big in celebration of 16 years as one of Colorado’s premier music festivals. Telluride Blues & Brews is pleased to announce that Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt will be headlining this year’s festival, which runs September 18-20, 2009. In addition to these amazing artists, festival goers will also be treated to sets from BonTaj Roulet, Umphrey’s McGee, Saint Jude and many more.

Telluride Blues & Brews is excited to be a part of the BonTaj Roulet Tour with Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal. Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, both luminaries of modern blues, are joining forces for their first-ever tour together. The BonTaj Roulet Tour will be a coast-to-coast, 30-date outing in August and September, including an appearance at Telluride Blues & Brews. This show will feature Raitt and Taj on stage alone and together. Raitt, backed by her always-dazzling group, and Taj, with the six-piece, Grammy-winning Phantom Blues Band, will play full sets separately, before closing the night with a collaborative, blow-out performance.

And there are so many other great acts that will be gracing the Telluride Blues & Brews stage, including Jackie Greene, Xavier Rudd, Otis Taylor’s African Orchestra, Jason Ricci & New Blood, Ruthie Foster, Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks, Ryan Shaw, Carolyn Wonderland, The Lee Boys, JP Soars & the Red Hots, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of The Real and Aftergrass.

Along with an amazing weekend of music, Telluride Blues & Brews proudly presents the Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 19, 2009. Quickly becoming one of the premier tasting events in the Southwest, the Grand Tasting features more than 150 beers from 56 microbreweries. This event has it all, from ales to lagers, nut browns to I.P.A.’s and everything in between, from award-winning microbreweries including, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, Steamworks Brewing Company, Rockslide Brewery, Smuggler’s Brewpub and Grill and many more!

Juke Joint tickets, three-day passes and camping passes for the 16th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are on sale now! A three-day pass is available for $155.00 and Juke Joint tickets are sold per night at $25. Festival camping is available adjacent to the festival grounds for $40 per person and are valid for 4 nights starting Thursday, September 11. Single-day, Bal de Maison, Fais Do Do and After Hours Jam tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. MST. Friday and Sunday tickets can be purchased for $55.00 each and Saturday for $60.00. Fais Do Do tickets are $35 and Bal de Maison are $20. After Hours Jam are $15.00. Tickets can be purchased at www.tellurideblues.com or by calling 866-515-6166.

Check our photos from the 2008 event here.


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LOOKIN’ FINE AT 59 AND SOUNDING EVEN SWEETER

on November 8, 2008 No comments
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Happy birthday, Ms. Bonnie Raitt! The bottleneck slide whiz emerged as a teenager in the eye of the ’60s blues revival, opening for the likes Mississippi Fred McDowell and Sippie Wallace, and singing with a voice that rang with decades of maturity despite her youth.
She seemed to arrive almost fully formed, a lovely creature the blues had coughed up in order to seduce us with her 12-bar ways. Once she began making albums in 1970 her range rapidly expanded to draw upon folk-blues, acoustic rock, Muscles Shoals soul and more of America’s rich musical melting pot.
From the start, Raitt has possessed an unerring knack for picking her collaborators, and in turn always elevates the proceedings when she sits in with any of her chums.
She’s also an inspired interpreter of other’s songs, often getting inside them in a way that equals or betters the originals.
While her sound has smoothed out and settled into a comfortable groove in recent years, there remains that initial integrity and grit that first snagged our ear.
We love her as a survivor, carrier of great traditions and for her abundant natural talents.
Glad we get to share this lovely blue-green planet with you, Bonnie!

We begin our birthday salute to Bonnie with her appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1976 doing “Too Long At The Fair.” You try not to be enchanted by this woman!

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How’s about a slow blues take on Mose Allison’s “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” with Junior Wells captured in 1974? Well here it is, at 49min.

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Here she is working “Dixie Chicken” with Little Feat and Emmylou Harris and Jesse Winchester on The Midnight Special.

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Witness the totally badass pickin’ from Raitt in this performance of “Kokomo/Sugar Mama” from London in 1976.

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Check out this surprisingly slinky version of “Thing Called Love” from the 1990 Grammy Awards. That’s a voice with some serious authority!

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We conclude with Raitt doing “Woman Be Wise,” a Sippie Wallace nugget that’s become a staple of Raitt’s setlists over the years. Let the easy sway (and sound advice) carry you off to a most pleasant Saturday. But spare a happy thought for Bonnie at least once or twice today, okay?

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