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 Sam Wesley Jr. (Sam-One) earns nominations for Northern California Music Awards

Pittsburg bluesman Sam Wesley Jr. (Sam-One) received nominations from the Northern California Entertainers Music Awards as the blues artist of the year and also blues song of the year for “You Think You’re Fooling Me.”

The son of 2015 PEAHOF Inductee Sam Wesley Sr., Sam-One has been refining his musical skills for many years and has played at numerous Bay Area locations from San Francisco and San Jose, the East Bay and throughout Contra Costa County as well as other Northern California venues.

“I was very pleased and surprised when they notified me,” he said.   

Wesley is known for his guitar playing, but he is finding even more pleasure writing music. That’s why the duel nomination is particularly special to him.

“You Think You’re Fooling Me” is his second song to win industry acclaim. His 2010 song, “Lets Make Love Tonight” was placed on the Top 20 hits of the year for Southern Soul Blues by the Blues Critic website.

“It’s a lot of fun creating something you think is special,” he said. “When people like it, it gives you a special feeling.”

Wesley wrote, arranged, produced and recorded “You Think You’re Fooling Me” and always had a good feeling about the song.

“When I played it for people, they really gravitated to it,” he said. “The bass line makes the song.”

The Northern California Entertainers Music Awards will be held next May 28 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. PEAHOF 2013 Inductee and Board Member Gerald Glasper has been nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category.

The Northern California Entertainers Music Awards is designed to spotlight Northern California artists in a variety of categories.

The goals of the group include supporting and strengthening the role of local artists and the value of the art of music.


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Yearly membership dues are $30 for individuals and $50 for families. Lifetime memberships are $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships include voting rights and free tickets to the annual Induction Ceremony as well as discounts on selected events and merchandise.

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The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby of the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.

Included in Hall of Fame experience is a 90-foot frieze depicting Pittsburg’s cultural history created by internationally known artist and Pittsburg native Dr. Ronald McDowell. 

An interactive display will provide you with an up-close-and-personal look at members of the Hall of Fame.

Mission Statement

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame seeks to recognize local musicians, performers, artists and writers, commemorating their achievements and impact upon the cultural life of Pittsburg in hopes of  educating and inspiring the youth of Pittsburg to use and expand their creative abilities to enrich the community.


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Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of Pittsburg’s history by adopting a seat in the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus. Take pride in knowing that your gift will benefit future generations.

The Creative Arts Building’s history includes performances by legendary artists including: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and the San Francisco Symphony!

Exciting changes have taken place in Contra Costa County’s largest theatre which opened in 1959. A $9 million renovation project has brought the building up to state-of-the-art standards allowing for quality productions. Make a tax-deductible donation to ensure maintenance of seats and support for youth mentoring programs in the arts.

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Choose one of the options below, complete the form with your details and return with cash, check, money order made payable to the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame or use PayPal ... JUST CLICK HERE... You may mail your tax-deductible donation to PEAHOF, 4476 St. John Lane, Pittsburg, CA 94565. Adopting a seat is a perfect remembrance for your children, grandchildren, spouse, parent, grandparent or special friend or loved one. It is a perfect way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dedications, holidays and special events.


Lenny Williams featured in Pittsburg

benefit concert for STS Academy

R&B crooner Lenny Williams, perhaps best known as the lead singer for Tower of Power when the group gained international acclaim, returns to Pittsburg in a special benefit for the STS Academy on Feb. 20 at the Creative Arts Building. 

Although known for his days with Tower of Power and his vocal rendition of “So Very Hard To Go,” Williams has enjoyed success as a solo performer with a number of hits and gold albums. His passionate vocal style has influenced many popular R&B and Hip Hop artists, and he and Kanye West were presented the BMI Songwriter’s Award for the song “Over Night Celebrity” recorded by rapper Twista.

His mega hit “Cause I Love You,” which crosses generational boundaries, is frequently used on both old school and slow jam album compilations.

 Williams is a close friend of STS Academy founder Jim Craft and appeared in a fundraising concert for STS in 2009 to help the nonprofit that provides academic support for Pittsburg students.

 They met, said Craft, when he went to a Williams performance and sat in the front row. He kept asking Williams to sing “Choosing You,” which was from Williams’ first solo gold album, and Williams invited Craft on stage to sing the song. After the concert, they learned that lived around the corner from each other in El Sbrante, and a friendship blossomed. Williams even performed at Craft’s 60th birthday party.

The Project 4 Band, headed by PEAHOF Hall of Famer Gerald Glasper, will open for Williams.

 Tickets are available at the STS Academy website, www.stsacademy.org and at the door. VIP tickets, including front-of-the-house seating, free parking and an invitation to a post-concert reception, are $50. Tickets at $25 and $15 are also available for the 6 p.m. concert.

 


PEAHOF memberships bring benefits

Becoming a member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame can be a win-win proposition for you.

Members receive free tickets to the PEAHOF 2015 Induction Ceremony scheduled for October. Members will also be able to purchase tickets to the April 25 Abalone Benefit Dinner celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lanzafame Furniture for $50. Price for nonmembers is $55. Members receive discounts at other PEAHOF events, including the Second Sunday Jam Sessions which are scheduled to resume this spring.

One-year individual memberships are available for $30. One-year family memberships are available for $50. Lifetime members are available for $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships can be purchased on-line. 

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