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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi..aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu ... From: alablues@aol.com [mailto:alablues@aol.com] Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 3:05 PM To: undisclosed-recipients
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      fyi..aj wright // ajwright@...

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      Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 3:05 PM
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      Subject: [AlabamaFolklife] Alabama Blues Project Update


      For Immediate Release:

      Willie King's Freedom Creed Blues Festival This Weekend JUNE 15:
      Don't forget this weekend is the 6th Annual Freedom Creek Blues Festival, in

      Old Memphis, Pickens County Alabama, Saturday, JUNE 15. This very
      down-home,
      home grown festival is the creation of its founder and blues musician Willie

      King. Willie is a much loved musician and community activist dedicated to
      civil rights, and the preservation of the blues. This rare combination is
      reflected in his great music which has gained him international attention.

      All proceeds from his festival go to the Rural Member association - Willie
      King's educational nonprofit organization -- which makes possible his
      extensive work with the youth and elderly in his community.

      The Freedom Creek Blues Festival is going to be packed, as usual, with great

      entertainment -- so get there early! Willie plans to open the gates at 10pm.

      Bring a blanket, your folding chair and your cooler of goodies. BBQ and
      other
      delicious down home food will be for sale on site. Don't forget your insect
      repellent!

      Old Memphis is in a very rural area and the festival has a family reunion
      atmosphere
      featuring local blues musicians jamming together in the woods. Last year Tim

      Duffy from the Music Makers Foundation brought a couple of
      the artists he works with to the jam. You just never know who might show up

      -- there are always surprises.

      This years Festival lineup includes: Willie King and the Liberators,
      Birmingham George Connor, Jessie Daniels, Taylor Moore, Travis, (one of
      Willie's young guitar students) Julius Conner, Debbie Bond and many many
      more.

      Last year Axel Kustner - from Germany (one of the premier blues
      photographers
      in the world) was there photographing and covered the event for Britain's
      Juke Magazine. Willies festival is gaining world wide attention. At last
      years festival the surprises guest artists included Othar Turner from
      Mississippi, Jerry "Boogie" McCain and more.

      Come out, have a blast, support a good cause and enjoy this "grass roots"
      festival! Willie asked me to send a message out to everyone to "Come back to

      your roots and let's all come together, get down and have a good time all
      across the world."

      How to get there from Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Take 82 west towards Mississippi
      - Turn left on Highway 86 -- go into Carrolton and take 17 south through
      Aliceville. Go out Highway 17 until you see County Road 32 and take a
      right
      onto it. Go a little ways until you see County Road #1 -- turn right again
      there and go until you see a church on your right (several miles) take the
      next right after the church and you'll see the festival site on your left
      about a quarter of a mile down that road.

      If you are coming from another direction -- just find your best route to
      Aliceville and follow directions from there. For more information please
      phone Willie King at 1-205-373-2521.

      ALSO:
      JOHN MARCUM BENEFIT FUNDRAISING CONCERT JULY 9 AT WORKPLAY IN BIRMINGHAM
      ALABAMA FEATURING MICROWAVE DAVE AND THE NUKES FOR MORE INFO CALL
      STEVE NORRIS 205-733-9925

      **********************************************************
      Adam Holt & The Blues Congregation are seeking a harmonica or keyboard
      player. This hot blues band based is based out of Mobile, Alabama. If you
      would like more info please contact Paul at Paulmw56@...
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    • A.J. Wright
      fyi..aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu ... From: alablues@aol.com [mailto:alablues@aol.com] Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 6:58 AM To: Alablues@aol.com Subject:
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        -----Original Message-----
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        Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 6:58 AM
        To: Alablues@...
        Subject: [AlabamaFolklife] Alabama Blues Project Update


        For Immediate Release:

        The Tuscaloosa Public Library Celebrates Black History Month with the
        Alabama Blues Project - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

        As part of its Black History Month Celebration, the Tuscaloosa Public
        Library is pleased to present kids from the Alabama Blues Project After
        School Camp performing with the great Willie King.

        Saturday, February 15 at 2pm the ABP, Willie King and the kids will
        celebrate the blues with a Blues Bash on the lawn of the Library on Jack
        Warner Boulevard. Audience members will be encouraged to participate with
        the students from the ABP After School Camp, who will demonstrate what they
        have learned about playing guitar, percussion, harmonica, singing and
        howling the blues. Traditional bluesman King will perform and speak about
        his extensive experience as a musician. For more info call 345 5820.

        Every Tuesday afternoon at the ABP After School Camp held at the Covenant
        Presbyterian Church, forty children work with professional musicians to
        learn how to play musical instruments or sing in a blues style. This camp
        also includes a "life skills" curriculum that seeks to improve participants
        self-esteem and creativity, as well as building skills such as goal-setting,
        team work, cooperation and the ability to appropriately express their
        feelings.

        The ABP After School Camp is funded through generous grants from the Alabama
        Children's Trust Fund, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Mercedes
        Benz International. The instruments and equipment at the Blues Camp were
        kindly donated by Bonnie Raitt, Fender Guitar, Zildjian Cymbals and Peavey
        Electronics.



        Also as part of Black History Month Celebrations:

        The ABP will present An Introduction to the Blues at Cedar Bluff School in
        Cherokee, Alabama, on February 28th featuring Willie King.

        Alabama bluesman, Willie King will also be featured at the BLUES TODAY: A
        LIVING BLUES SYMPOSIUM Feb 20-22. For more info:
        www.livingblues.com/bluestoday.


        Director, Alabama Blues Project
        www.alabamablues.org
        (205) 554 1795


        Director, Alabama Blues Project
        www.alabamablues.org
        (205) 554 1795
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