Blues Assoc. Plans Free Summer Concerts
Published: July 2nd, 2007
By: Michael McGuire

Blues Assoc. plans free summer concerts

NORWICH – The Chenango Blues Association says it’s assembled a stellar lineup of national and internationally recognized stars to perform in Norwich this summer for its free, five-week concert series starting July 12 in the West Side Park.

The concerts will kick-off the Chenango Blues Festival August 17&18 at the Chenango County Fairgrounds.

Representing a wide array of styles – New Orleans funk, Brazilian roots music, Louisiana Zydeco, Texas Polka and down home rock and roll – the five bands comprising the series roster aren’t short on sound, originality or notoriety, the Blues Association says. Member Eric Larsen pointed out that tickets to see these acts elsewhere are $50 a piece on average.

“They really are high quality shows,” said Larsen. “I hope people take the opportunity to come see world class music for free.”

The first four shows will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays starting July 12. The fifth and final show will be Tuesday, August 7, in the entertainment tent at the Chenango County Fair as part of free fair admission night.

The Norwich Elk’s Lodge will be cooking for each of the free concerts.

Here’s how the schedule looks:

• “Papa Grows Funk” 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Making a stop in Norwich on its national tour, “Papa Grows Funk” is a New Orleans-based group that integrates jam band elements into a “primal mix of New Orleans R&B, jazz and blues.” The band has received critical acclaim throughout the Crescent City and is recognized as one of the up-and-coming acts stemming from the New Orleans music scene. “These guys are a lot of fun,” said Larsen.

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