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Catch the First MADCatfish Blues Festival Labor Day at Santa Anita Park featuring All-Star Blues bands, a Tribute to BB King and a Juke Joint Comedy Night

  08/22/15 17:18, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events , Tags: B.B. King Tribute, Barbara Morrison, Delgado Brothers, MADCatfish, Ray Bailey, Richard Cameron Lovely, Santa Anita Park, blues festival, comedy, labor day, sunnie paxson

MADCatfish Entertainment, LLC and legendary music and event producer La Quētta M. Shamblee will present the 1st Annual MADCatfish Blues Festival at Santa Anita Park on Labor Day Weekend, September 5 and 6, 2015. The two-day fun-filled, power packed, foot-stomping, all-star musical extravaganza will include a tribute to the late Blues great, B.B. King.

Executive Producer Shamblee said, “I am very excited to be starting a new tradition here in the Southland with the establishment of a regional music festival focused on showcasing the Blues.  This year’s festival represents the launch of a new three-year plan to establish the MADCatfish Blues Festival as the premiere annual Labor Day weekend destination Blues celebration in Southern California.  

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Santa Anita Park will be offering food and thematic drinks for purchase throughout the day, including MADCatfish Mimosas, Margaritas, Bloody Marys and Metropolitans.

Legendary Blues and Jazz radio personality James Janisse of, affectionately known as “The Gentleman of Jazz,” will serve as Master of Ceremonies introducing the hottest two-day line-up of Blues recording artists and bands in Southern California.

Musical performers at the Blues Festival will include: Barbara Morrison; Guitarist/Vocalist Ray Bailey with Singer Kenyatta Mackey; Jazz and Blues Singer Jay Jackson; the Sunnie Paxson-Mark Vincent All Star Band featuring pianist Sunnie Paxson, guitarist Mark Vincent, bassist Sekou Bunch, drummer Rayford Griffin and singer and percussionist Rock Deadrick. Also on hand will be bassist Leslie Baker with singer Marguaret Love; Latin Blues Band The Delgado Brothers; and The Scorch Sisters. The Blues Festival will also introduce Richard Cameron Lovely, an up-and-coming 11-year-old pianist.

The music leads off Saturday at 11 am with the Yu Ooko Band and runs till 6 pm with a Tribute to B.B.King.

Then, from 7-10 pm., the action moves to the Santa Anita Park Concourse Room for a late night Juke Joint hosted by actor Ernest L. Thomas and featuring comedians King Kedar, Keith Morris, Edwonda White, plus Marguaret Love with her band. 

The Juke Joint will feature a gumbo mix of entertainment, including table games like playing cards and dominoes, an Open Mic, comic and musical performances, dancing, and a special MADCatfish Blues Festival Step and Repeat Banner and Red Carpet Area for selfies and photo ops.  Food and Drinks will also be available for purchase.

The Scorch Sisters start the Blues rolling down the racetrack at 11 am Sunday and, again, tribute is paid to the late great BB King by the Ray Bailey Review from 4-6 pm.

Tickets for One Day Admission Passes to the Blues Festival on Saturday or Sunday, September 5 or 6, are $40 each for a General Admission Ticket; $65 each for a Premium Ticket which includes access to the Preferred Parking section; and $150 each for a VIP Private Terrace Ticket which includes VIP seating, Valet Parking, a gourmet lunch and non-alcoholic beverage and admission to the Juke Joint event.  

Tickets for Two Day Admission Passes to the Blues Festival are $75 each for General Admission; $115 each for a Premium Ticket and $250 each for a VIP Private Terrace Ticket.

Tickets for Groups of eight or more are also available at a 20% discount per ticket; please visit the website, for more information.

Tickets for the Juke Joint event on Saturday evening, September 5, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. are $15 each for General Admission, and $25 each for the Juke Joint and a Red Carpet Reception. Tickets for the Juke Joint event are separate from the Blues Festival held during the day.

Go to the MADCatfish website for a full schedule, special offers and to purchase tickets!



Publisher’s Note:

Click here for Dan Grigor’s personal tribute to the incomparable B.B. King

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