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Sol Roots

Sol Roots is a world-class guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and recording artist who began his musical experiences performing with soul, funk, and blues luminaries such as Guitar Gabriel, Captain Luke, and Cool John Ferguson. Sol has studied a variety of fingerpicking styles at which he excels, and he plays an array of original, traditional, and cover songs. His talent stretches from fiery rock to laid-back jazz, and from funky innovative grooves to soulful ballads, always drawing on a deep background in blues. Leading a collaboration of professional musicians from the southeast and mid-atlantic US, Sol is no stranger to the road

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Margie Evans

Internationally renowned Louisiana-bred artist, Margie Evans, the Executive Director and Founder of Los Angeles Music Week, Inc., is a legendary American Blues and Gospel singer, songwriter, businesswoman, spokeswoman, Blues activist and historian. As the only African American President of the civics-oriented 5-4 Optimist Club of Los Angeles, she taught music history, respect for law, educational achievement, endless perseverance and integrity to both local schoolchildren and citizens. These are the tools of community building that launched the conception of L. A

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John O Forseen

Born and raised in Minnesota.Went to school at the U of Minnesota,my teachers were Steven Chenette and Charles Shlueter I graduated and went directly into the Army,where I studyed with Chuck Geyer ,Mel Broiles and Carman Caruso.Spent part of my tour in Chicago with the heralded Fifth Army Band.At that time, I was studying with Chuck Geyer. Because,of that I was offered a job with the Chicago Brass Quintet.Had to leave Chicago because of Army. I went to The West Point Band in New York to finish my tour.After the Army I did pick up work in Mpls,which included jobs with The Lake Harriet Symphony, the Minnesota Opera,the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,and Plymouth Congregational Church.Mean while on the other side of music I was working with The Sam Bivens and the New Experience,Stan Hagesacks Big Band,Irv Williams Big Band and Jim Tolcks litle Big Band. Then I moved to Florida which is the retirement destination for many great musicians.Ironiaclly they have a very good music scene here I got to play with such greats as,Al Klink,John Laporta, Leon Merian,John Lamb,Al Steward,Dick Hyman,Bob Hagart,Sheryll Mcannes,Greg Alman,Ira Sullivan,Greg Nielson,Dan Mcmillion,Kenny Drew Jr.,Chip Mcneil,Mark Gould ,Steve Gould,Gary Deary,and this list goes on and on.I left Sarasota then went on the road with Circus Gatti.The benefits on this are a very steady paycheck and getting to conduct Big bands chock full on great players.Some of the players were,Walt John,George Wirth,Med Flory, Carl Fontana,Joe Davis,ect ect.I got off the road due to health problems and came back to Florida.

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Jimmie Vaughan

When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. For Jimmie Vaughan, he's dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. It's a spirit he holds close to him, and for over 50 years of holding the blues close inside him, Vaughan isn't about to stop now. Jimmie Vaughan's new album, BABY, PLEASE COME HOME, is a rolling and righteous celebration of everything the blues can be

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Van Taylor

Van Taylor has entertained all over the world at various Resorts and Embassies for over 30 years. He is a songwriter, and owner of Van Taylor Production music publishing company, and TM International an Internet music distributor company. Van is an artist developer, concert promoter and event coordinator. Van is the bandleader of the internationally known R&B/Jazz band “Taylor Made Jazz”. They have three CDs on the market produced by Van Taylor. Van also owns the group VTP, “Van Taylor Project”, a Jazz-fusion presentation— using Funk, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Blues, and Reggae. In 2008 Van Taylor and the band celebrated its 21st anniversary by donating proceeds to National inner-city youth opportunities and student against violence education

Barbara Reed

Like all life long musicians it seems that I never really decided to become a musician, but that the decision was natural, and therefore automatic. I simply had to do it. We had a baby grand when I was a toddler and I'd crawl up on the bench and make what I thought was wonderful music for hours at a time. I'm pretty sure that singing was the medium through which I pictured myself communicating musically, and that too seemed to be automatic. That's not to say that there weren't lessons and studies along the way, but only that I felt as if these things were stepping stones to that fabulous world of making beautiful sounds

Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints

To step into the soundscape of Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is to have your fingers on a veritable radio dial. With deep sonic roots in virtually every style of mid-20th century American music - from americana to blues to jazz, soul and vintage rock ’n’ roll - the versatile Seattle-based band offers a rangy dial’s worth of songs for audiences who want to sock-hop in poodle skirts one minute, rock out to hot guitar licks the next and later hug their honeys under the stars as a car stereo plays into the night. Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints are a popular Northwest band who perform extensively on the West Coasts of the US and Canada with recurring gigs in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles as well