Announcing "New Blues Festival VIII" @ Shoreline Aquatic Park

Article Contributed by Doug Deutsch | Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021

Announcing "New Blues Festival VIII," the only year-ending Blues Festival in Southern California, taking place at Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Saturday, November 13. Gates open  and Music Starts at 9:00am. Tickets: $50. (General Admission to the Festival); $100. (Gold; includes Assigned Stage Front Seating; Waitress Service; Access to Exclusive Bottle Service; Preferred Parking; Merchandise Discounts from the New Blues Festival Merch Booth; Access to Food Vendors; Merch Vendors Bar, and Beer Trailer); and $150. (VIP;  includes Special Access to Backstage Area; Artist Meet-N-Greets; Stage Front Viewing Area; Catered Food; Non-Alcoholic Beverages Provided;  Exclusive VIP Lounge with VIP Happy Hour; Preferred Parking; Discounts on all Merchandise from the New Blues Festival Merch Booth; Access to Food Vendors; Merch Vendors Bar, and Beer Trailer). Tickets/Info: (707) 57-Blues or visit New Blues Festival is presented in conjunction with the Long Beach Blues Society "Preserve the Past, Promote the Future."

New Blues Festival VIII's strong lineup features Headliner, recently-Signed Gulf Coast Records Recording Artist and R&B Legend, Tito Jackson; Blues Vocalist Extraordinaire and Multi-Blues music Award winner, Sugar Ray Rayford; Los Angeles longtime Blues Guitar Great, Laurie Morvan; Newly-Formed Bill Grisolia & the New Blues Festival All-Stars; New Orleans transplant and longtime blues guitarist, Lester Lands;  SoCal-based award-winning multi-genre guitarist-vocalist, Corday; ecelctic blues-rock trio, The Disciplez; She Wears Black featuring Long Beach's very own blues diva, Shy But Flyy; tasty Tex-Mex Blues from Redd House; Musician/Surfboard Shaper/SoCal Surf Legend, Dano Forte; and blues harp player known as the "One-Man Band," originally from the UK, TJ Norton. This year's Master of Ceremonies: Southern California  blues deejay legend, Ann The Raven, formerly of KPCC-FM in Pasadena who can  now heard Sunday nights as "Ann The Raven's Blues" from 7pm-9pm on KCSN 88.5/Cal State Northridge.

"This is the eighth New Blues Festival, the sixth in Long Beach, and the first time the New Blues Festival will be held in the prime Entertainment Destination of Shoreline Aquatic Park, which is a Peninsula of Land surrounded on three sides by water," says Festival Promoter and Curator, Bill Grisolia. "One side of the Peninsula is located in the Pacific Channel, which leads to the Los Angeles River tributary. The other side Is Rainbow Harbor, which includes both working Fishing and Charter Boats as well as all types of pleasure crafts. Across from the tip of the Peninsula is the tip of Shoreline Village,  with it’s iconic Lighthouse Restaurant.  Shops and restaurants highlight the Shoreline Village experience including the original Yard House Restaurant. Next to the park is the Aquarium of the Pacific, with its recent $53 million Pacific Visions addition.  The Aquarium is known throughout Southern California for its Rescue and Rehabilitation efforts and it to work with school children from across the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

"The Festival will seek to add a kick-off event on Friday, November 12 to be arranged to perhaps with a Host Hotel," adds Grisolia, who besides fronting the New Blues Festivals All-Stars, is also the longtime vocalist-pianist and front-person for well-known Long Beach mainstay, New Blues Revolution.