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Chase Your Blues Away!
April 16, 2011 - Jim Price
“Go ahead and play the blues if it makes you happy.” – Homer Simpson
If the recent deluge of rainy weather in our region has you in a down mood, chase those blues away with…the blues!
Pellegrine’s in Altoona will host an open blues jam session this Sunday afternoon, April 17, beginning at 3 p.m. Many of the area’s top blues players are expected to be in attendance, as well as numerous other guest musicians. And contrary to the popular stigma attached to this musical form, audience members very likely will discover that the blues is not depressing music, especially when performed with the zest and zeal of many of this area’s musicians.
Admission is free.
Besides providing fun, the blues jam session will serve several purposes. One is to provide area musicians with an opportunity for camaraderie, networking and of course, music-making. It will also allow the general public to experience this area’s vast wealth of blues-geared talent. And it will enable audience members to experience and learn about the blues and its history.
The Altoona area is quite healthy these days when it comes to the blues, featuring a number of quality blues and blues-related performers. Of course, Felix & the Hurricanes, who represented western Pennsylvania in last year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, come to mind. But developing strong followings on Altoona area stages with their blues-driven sounds are such groups as The Hawks, The House Band, The Slim Bizzy Band, young upstarts The Ultra-Magnetic, and Chuck Mason & Blue Reality from State College.
Come see members of some of these bands, plus other area musicians testing their hands at blues music, this Sunday afternoon at Pellegrine’s.
Pellegrine’s is located at 1330 Pleasant Valley Boulevard in Altoona. For more information, call them at (814) 943-9223.
The Hawks, during last month's "Bands For Preston" benefit concert at 30 Something in Altoona. The band includes (from left to right): Jason Feathers, Brian Elliott, Bill Hocherl and Jim Colyer.