Jones opens Delta Blues
Pittsburg Entertainment &
Arts Hall of Fame inductee Louis Jones
and his band, the Cavaliers, featuring
his wife – and PEAHOF Board member –
Theresa will provide the opening act for
the 2014 Delta Blues Festival in
The free event is
scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 at
Waldie Plaza on Second Street.
The Joneses are called
“cherished blues treasures” by event
Louis Jones played in the
Count Basie Orchestra as a teenager and
toured with Pearl Bailey as part of her
musical troupe. He was a friend of Jimi
Hendrix, who would often invite him to
jam at after-hours club sessions. Jones
and his uncle, Piney Clark, better known
as Guitar Slim, helped Michael Cooper
and Con Funk Shun get started. He also
served as a mentor to Rosie Gaines.
Jones, also a member of
the Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Fame,
was a sought-after studio musician and
has performed with James Brown, Etta
James, Bobby Blue Bland, Billy Preston,
MC Hammer and the Tower of Power horn
Theresa Jones has been a
vocalist with various bands that her
husband has played in for 50 years.
The duo will kick off the
Delta Blues Festival at noon.
Also appearing are Curtis
Lawson (1 p.m.), Caroompas Room (2
p.m.), Frank Bey-Anthony Paule Band
(3:15 p.m.), Sherry Pruitt (4:45 p.m.)
and Gregg Wright (6:30 p.m.).
Pittsburg’s Seafood &
Music Festival will return to the
Pittsburg Marina for its 2014 event on
Sept. 6 and 7.
Two of Pittsburg’s most
popular bands as well as three tribute
bands are among the headliners at the
Red Lot Main Stage for the two-day
Purple Haze, a Jimi
Hendrix tribute band opens the
entertainment Saturday at 10 a.m. The
Saturday concerts conclude with
Evolution, a Journey tribute band,
taking the stage at 5 p.m.
Also scheduled to appear
Saturday are the Latin band Mystique at
11:35 a.m., a party band, the 209
Allstars at 1:10 p.m. A third band to be
announced soon will begin its set at
entertainment begins with the country
band the California Cowboys, a Seafood
Festival favorite, opening at 10:45 a.m.
Pittsburg’s Gerald Glasper and Project 4
take the stage for an R&B set at 12:20
p.m. Pittsburg’s long-time favorites,
the PHDs, bring their Latin-flavored R&B
sound to the stage at 1:55 p.m. The Sun
Kings, a Beatles’ tribute band, perform
at 4 p.m.