(LONG BEACH, CA) – The New Blues Festival on Labor Day weekend is presented in conjunction with the Long Beach Blues Society and held at El Dorado Regional Park (7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA). Headlining sets on the Main Stage include the Lowrider Band (Sat), 2017 GRAMMY Nominee Janiva Magness (Sun), blues-rock guitar ace Dennis Jones (Sat), the King Brothers (Sun), and GRAMMY-nominated harpist, James Harman (Sun), among more stellar acts! A dozen great SoCal bands will also perform on the “Golden Groove Stage.” Gates open 9am and music starts at 10am.
The “6 String Showdown” Semi-Finalists will also face off on the Golden Groove Stage, Saturday, Sept 1. Then the Finalists will then go head-to-head on the Main Stage, Sunday, Sept 2.
The Lowrider Band features four Multi-Platinum singer-songwriters and founding members of the band WAR (Howard Scott, guitar, Harold Brown, drums, Lee Oskar, harmonica, BB Dickerson, bass) joined by Lance Ellis (saxophone, flute), Pete Cole (keyboard), and Chuck Barber (percussion). The genius of these musicians is captured in the musical medley of Hispanic, African-American, Asian and mainstream cultures, resulting in monster compositions such as “Slippin into Darkness,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “9 to 5 (Ordinary Man),” “All Day Music” and many other chart-toppers. Their signature song “Low Rider” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.