Columbia Pike Blues Fest
The Blues are coming back to the Pike!
June 15, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
on South Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike
Support the Blues Fest
- 1:00p – BG and the Mojo Hands [Sound Check]
- 2:00p – Clarence “Bluesman” Turner [Sound Check]
- 3:30p – Chris Polk [Sound Check]
- 5:00p – Cathy Ponton King [Sound Check]
- 6:30p – G.E. Smith [Sound Check]
B.G. and the Mojo Hands
BG & the Mojo Hands BG & the Mojo Hands are a dynamic Washington, DC-based band that has been performing it’s captivating brand of Blues, Swing, Rockabilly, and more for over 15 years. This versatile group regularly performs its diverse mix of feel good music to enthusiastic audiences! The Mojo Hands distinguish themselves in another way, though – they really play with feeling! And that’s what this kind of music is all about. BG & the Mojo Hands have performed at Blues Alley, the Birchmere, the Western MD Blues Festival, the 1st Washington DC Blues Fesival, the Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Artisphere Center for the Performing Arts, Black Rock Center For the Performing Arts, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom and Bumper Car Pavillion, Arlington Arts Concert Series, Columbia, MD Lakeside Concerts, and the Columbia MD Village Centers Concert Series. http://www.bgmojo.com
It was no question the guitar chose Clarence. Over the years, Clarence developed signature guitar strokes by using items other than the usual “pick”. His fiery guitar picking included using cell phones, microphones, harmonicas and everything else in between. As he puts it, “Why use a pick when there are so many other interesting things to use?” Clarence started his explosive blues band, which propelled him to become one of the greatest blues men of this century. After performing at Blues Alley, he decided to release his CD “Live at Blues Alley”. In the spring of 2011, he released his highly anticipated new CD entitled “PAY DAY”. Clarence was born into blues. http://www.bluesmanturner.com/
Chris Polk, native of Reston, VA describes his style as Texas, Memphis and Chicago blues style with a soul twist. He has played all over the US and overseas, touring with Radiant, and has lent his prodigious guitar skills to Jimmy Cole, Stacy Latislaw, Clarence Carter and Jeff Watson & Donwtown, among others. “Blues from the heart – it’s in my blood, it’s my heritage. I want to do it justice.” www.myspace.com/chrispolkband
Cathy Ponton King
Washington, D.C. native Cathy Ponton King plays Telecaster guitar, BLUES, ORIGINAL MUSIC, jazzy blues,’Nawlin’s music and SWING, Rock ‘n Roll/rhythm and blues/Sweet ballads. She has played at many events, and the band plays all kinds of venues. Cathy has written the songs along with her songwriter/producer husband Jeff King , three highly acclaimed blues and rhythm and blues albums, and a new EP has just come out which is also all original songs with Cathy and four Washington DC blues women, “THAT’S WHEN A WOMAN CALLS THE BLUES BY NAME”, and a DUET with the great legendary singer Joe Triplett , on “FAMOUS LAST WORDS” (EP/CD came out in Feb 2013). Cathy has sung on stage with Blues great Albert King, opened for Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Earl King, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Son Seals, Paul Butterfield, Roomful of Blues(with Ronnie Earl on guitar),Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, and the late Clarence Gatemouth Brown. Her band includes: Bill Starks on keyboards, Antoine Sanfuentes on drums, Andy Rutherford on guitar, and bassist John Previti. www.cathypontonking.com
One of the most in demand blues / rock guitarists in the world is a mysterious character who goes by the name of G.E. Smith. Millions of TV viewers know his face-and the shock of unruly blond ponytail that was always falling across it-from his tenure stint of fronting the Saturday Night Live Band. For G.E. (George Edward) Smith, a soulful guitarist, composer, singer, and bandleader, it all began in rural Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was just about born with a guitar in his hand.
In late 1977, G.E. got his first break in the form of Dan Hartman, fresh off his hit “Instant Replay”. Dan hired G.E. to front his band for a “lip-synch tour” of Europe and the U.S.
During that period of Smith’s life another break took place when the blue-eyed soulsters Daryl Hall and John Oates came calling. Not only was Smith hired to play lead guitar for Hall and Oates, he stayed for six years (1979-1985) constantly touring and recording with them, racking up hit after hit with songs like Private Eyes, Man Eater, Kiss on My List, and others.
When Hall & Oates decided to take a long break from the music scene, Smith was chosen to be musical director for Saturday Night Live. Leading the SNL band for 10 years (1985 – 1995) – it was arguably the best late-night band on television at the time – and G.E. won an Emmy. Even more amazing, in the midst of his SNL tenure Smith toured for almost four years with the legendary Bob Dylan. During his SNL years Smith was also honored to be the musical director for special events such as the 1988 Emmy Awards, the 1993 Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards and the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden.
Following his departure from Saturday Night Live in 95′, Smith and his wife, singer/songwriter Taylor Barton created a critically acclaimed boutique label called Green Mirror Music. They are in their ninth year, releasing rootsy blues, neo-pop.
GE joined Roger Waters 2010 WALL LIVE and is currently still touring the world. www.greenmirror.com
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