Blues Festival Kicks Off Tonight in Downtown Bryan

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Downtown Bryan will host the inaugural Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Palace Theater (105 S. Main Street).

The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society (BVAAHCS), while partnering with the City of Bryan, have put together a line-up of renowned jazz musicians who all have roots in Bryan, and attended Bryan schools.

Nat Dove, an inductee in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame is serving as director of the festival and will also perform. Donald Ray Johnson, a Grammy award-winning musician is also in the line-up. Other scheduled performers include Damu Sudi Alii, Sunny Nash, and William Walker. (See attached schedules.)

In addition to the music at the Palace on Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a community parade on Saturday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Carver Early Childhood Center, and ending at Sadie Thomas Park.

At 2p.m. on Saturday at the Brazos Valley African American Museum (500 E Pruitt St) all of the scheduled musicians will host a free meet and greet session where they will talk about musical history in Bryan and answer questions from attendees.

Full Schedule & Performance Line-Up

Downtown Bryan will host the inaugural Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Palace Theater (105 S. Main Street).

The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society (BVAAHCS), while partnering with the City of Bryan, have put together a line-up of renowned jazz musicians who all have roots in Bryan, and attended Bryan schools.

Nat Dove, an inductee in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame is serving as director of the festival and will also perform. Donald Ray Johnson, a Grammy award-winning musician is also in the line-up. Other scheduled performers include Damu Sudi Alii, Sunny Nash, and William Walker. (See attached schedules.)

In addition to the music at the Palace on Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a community parade on Saturday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Carver Early Childhood Center, and ending at Sadie Thomas Park.

At 2p.m. on Saturday at the Brazos Valley African American Museum (500 E Pruitt St) all of the scheduled musicians will host a free meet and greet session where they will talk about musical history in Bryan and answer questions from attendees.

Full Schedule & Performance Line-Up

Official Dedication Ceremony

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

City Councilmember Paul Madison Presents Keys to the City to Bryan Texas Blues Festival Featured Artists

Dr. Oswell Person, Author & Educator, Presents Honored Acknowledgment of The Special Recipients Awards:

Waymon T. Webster, Ph.D.

William Portis, Ph.D.

Oliver Wayne Sadberry Reads

Honored Musicians Posthumous Acknowledgements

Background Musical Accompaniment by Fred Gene Smith & Nat Dove

Featured Festival Artists

Sunny Nash, 7:00pm

William Walker, 7:50pm

Damu Sudi Alii, 8:30pm

Donald Ray Johnson, 9:15pm

Nat Dove, 10:15pm

Back-up Band: Eugene Eugene & the Solid Foundation Band

Ernest Gibbs Drummer – Delvin Twitty Saxophone – James Gibbs Bass & Guitar

Renn Carson Guitar – Eugene Smith Keyboards

Thank you for coming! See you next year!

Henry Banks Jr. Piano

Jody Banks Drums

Buster Johnson Guitar

H J Jones Harmonica

Slim Green Guitar

TeenKings R&B Vocal Group

(founded by: Nat Dove)

Melvin Littleton Clarinetist

Dewayne Mosley

Clinton Walton

William Mosley Jr.

The Utility Gospel Singers

(founded by: Jessie Lee Davenport)

Marion “Boddie” Jones Saxophone

L. C. “Bonny” Scurry Trumpet

Fred G. Smith Saxophone

Charles Ray Watson Drums/Vocals

Rainette K. Dove

Piano-Organ-Vocal-Bass Clarinet

Josiah Daniel Piano-Organ-DJ

Donald “Dickie” Childs Saxophone

Horace T. Nelson Jr. Drums

Floyd Johnson Trumpet

Leveris Thurman Guitar

AC Mitchell Vocalist-Guitar

Billy Walker Trombone

Road closures

Due to heavy anticipated pedestrian traffic around the Palace Theater portions of two roads in Downtown will be closed during the Festival.

Main Street will be closed to vehicles from the LaSalle Hotel to 26th Street. In addition, 26th Street will be closed from Carnegie Alley to Bryan Avenue. Both road closures will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.