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BLUES LEGEND: JOHN MAYALL, ROCKIN' BLUES REVUE, NOVEMBER 11

October 4, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
JOHN MAYALL AND THE BLUESBREAKERS
ROCKIN’ BLUES REVUE
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Robben Ford
Eric Bibb

The Bluesbreakers
Buddy Whittington, guitar
Hank Van Sickle, bass
Joe Yuele, drums


Fairfax, Virginia, September 30, 2005—Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, in 1931, John Mayall pioneered The British Blues Boom of the Late ‘60s. The son of a semi-professional guitar player, Mayall taught himself the basics of guitar and boogie-woogie piano by age 14. In 1964, after moving to London and performing in clubs, he formed the Bluesbreakers and released his first single, “Crawling Up a Hill.” The following year he hired Eric Clapton and the landmark Bluesbreakers album broke into the UK charts, putting John on the musical map. Celebrating a decade-spanning career, John Mayall brings his current lineup of Bluesbreakers – Buddy Whittington, Hank Van Sickle and Joe Yuele – to the Center for the Arts on Friday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m., along with contemporary bluesmen Robben Ford and Eric Bibb. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, is held on the hall’s Grand Tier beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Rock and blues musicians the world over have played with and been influenced by John Mayall – Eric Clapton, and Jack Bruce, Peter Green , John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Keef Hartley, Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Freddie Robinson, Larry Taylor, and Sugarcane Harris, among dozens of others.

In 2001 John released his 51st album, entitled John Mayall And Friends – Along For The Ride. This 40th anniversary commemoration featured musicians who worked with John during his long career, and many others notable blues musicians, including Otis Rush, Jeff Healey, Billy Gibbons, Steve Miller, Billy Preston, and more.

Robben Ford is a Four time Grammy®-nominee who has distinguished himself in a variety of genres, from R&B to jazz-fusion. The guitarist/singer’s first love has always been the blues, an idiom he has explored at several points in his richly varied career. Ford has played with his brothers in the Charles Ford band, and has backed harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite. His 2003 recording, Keep on Running, boasts a core group of heavy-weight players – bassist Jimmy Earl and drummers Toss Panos and Steve Potts. Ford tips his hat to Muscle Shoals and the MG’s, offering fresh takes on soul classics in addition to serving up several glowing originals.

Eric Bibb enjoys great success in Europe and in the U.S. acoustic folk-blues scene. Bibb is e qually at home performing original compositions or his interpretation of a classic. Bibb is a native New Yorker with deep roots in American blues and folk traditions. He is the son of ‘60s folk and musical theatre singer and television personality Leon Bibb. His uncle was world famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson was his godfather. Bibb got his first guitar when he was seven; at age 16, he was invited by his father to play guitar in the house band for Leon’s television show, Someone New. Bibb went to London in 1996 at the invitation of the London Blues Festival; that year he was named “Best Newcomer” by the British Blues Awards. Since then, he has toured the world, performing with his band at many major festivals including the Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary Folk Festivals in Canada; Montreal Jazz Festival; Chicago World Music Festival; San Francisco Jazz Festival, and numerous others. He has been featured on House of Blues Radio Hour twice, with Elwood Blues hailing him, saying “You are what the blues in the new century should be about.”

JOHN MAYALL AND THE BLUESBREAKERS’ ROCKIN’ BLUES REVUE IS PART OF THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON’S "AMERICAN ECHOES" SERIES OF PERFORMANCES --
"AMERICAN ECHOES" IS SPONSORED BY
VERIZON FEDERAL NETWORK SYSTEMS LLC


Tickets for JOHN MAYALL AND THE BLUESBREAKERS: ROCKIN’ BLUES REVUE are $40, $32 and $20. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.