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March 10, 2008

End of Winter Blues lV in Belleville

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues festivals, Canada


End of Winter Blues lV
Saturday, March 29
Loyalist College
Belleville, Ontario

Lee Oskar 25th Anniversary Tour Headlines Festival

This year’s End of Winter Blues IV runs on Saturday, March 29th at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Presented by the Loyal Blues Fellowship, the festival headliners will include some of the finest players on the scene today, including harmonica legend Lee Oskar, who is celebrating the 25th year of his world-famous harmonica company, along with Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo, the Italian born, award-winning guitarist Enrico Crivellaro, and Juno nominated guitar and harmonica player Michael Pickett.

Lee Oskar, founding member and former lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz group, WAR, tours in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Lee Oskar Harmonica, his company that has become an household name for its instruments and other related products. The musical legacy of WAR continues as Lee and original members Howard Scott (guitar/vocal) BB Dickerson (bass/vocal) and Harold Brown (drums/vocal) continue to perform and collaborate as “The Lowrider Band.” Oskar’s first solo album won Billboard’s Best Instrumental Album of the Year (1976). This was followed by several other releases, most notably, Before the Rain and My Road, Our Road.

Italian born guitarist Enrico Crivellaro, now of L.A., is well-known for his 40’s jazz guitar styles. Crivellaro often shares the stage with such greats as John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Mose Allison, Anson Funderburgh, Bill Wyman, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, John Mayall. He also plays regularly with a myriad of top-notch artists, such as singer and bass player Finis Tasby, guitarists Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, Johnny Turner, and with Los Angeles’ legendary bluesman J.J. “Bad Boy” Jones.

Juno nominated guitar and harmonica player Michael Pickett is a captivating storyteller who received the Jazz Report and Real Blues awards for ‘Blues Album of the Year’. Michael was also presented with the coveted Maple Blues ‘Blues With A Feeling Award’ in recognition of his passion and lifetime commitment to the Blues. 2000 saw the release of his second CD Conversation With The Blues which earned him another JUNO nomination and won the Canadian Indie Music Award for ‘Blues Album of the Year’.

Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo has been a noted bandleader since 1997, playing the Toronto circuit. Rotundo has played with Jack de Keyzer,Ronnie Hawkins, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. His debut album, Blowin’ For Broke, was nominated “Blues Album of 2001″ by the Canadian Independent Artist Association and was winner of the Maple Blues Awards “Best New Artist of The Year 2002.” Other recognitions include the CBC/GALAXIE RISING STAR award and multiple Maple Blues Hamonica Player of Year nominations.

for more info visit www.loyalblues.ca

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