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Wednesday, August 2, 2006
live music and film all in one night

Los Lobos

Los Lobos
"It became a mission, almost a crusade ...
bringing music together to bring people together."
— Los Lobos's Louie Pérez.

During their twenty-five years together, Los Lobos has emerged as one of the most respected and original bands around. Combining rock, folk, blues, R & B, country, and Tex-Mex with traditional Mexican music, they've continually tried new sounds and confounded anyone who tries to classify them.

David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, and Cesar Rosas formed Los Lobos (Spanish for "The Wolves") in 1974. They were high school friends from East Los Angeles. "We were friends before we were ever a band. I think that's one of the reasons we've been around as long as we have," said Perez, drummer and multi-instrumentalist.

In 1983 the band put out their major label debut, the EP ...And a Time To Dance. The record earned the band their first of many Grammy Awards, this time for the song "Anselma." And maybe even better, after the EP sold 50,000 copies the band had enough money to buy a second-hand van for touring. The band recorded How Will the Wolf Survive? which mixed traditional Mexican songs, rock and roll, and blues. The record caught the attention of Paul Simon, who asked the band to sing on his "Graceland" record, and Elvis Costello, who had them sing on "King Of America." Anyone who hadn't already heard of Los Lobos certainly did in 1987. That's when the band's version of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," from the movie of the same name, became a number one hit.

also featuring
Johnny A

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Ernie & The Automatics

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Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue

When he released "Bitches Brew" in 1970, Miles Davis opened up a new angle to jazz which stirred up emotions like no other record before. Some Critics accused Davis of selling out, while the public bought it like crazy. It is one of the most examined albums of all time, even garnering a box set of the sessions. To date, "Bitches Brew" is one of the top selling jazz albums of all time.

"Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue" examines the next step in the creative process... performing these songs live. The 1970 Isle of Wight featured an array of performers from The Who to Jethro Tull to Joni Mitchell. With improvisation playing a big role in the perormance, the band (Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz and Dave Holland) had to be "on", yet ready to change on the fly. Directed by award-winning producer Murray Lerner, "Miles Electric" sits down with several of the performers who played with Miles, interspersed with his 1970 Isle of Wight performance, as well as artists such as Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell, who describe the impact Miles Davis had towards music.

Mai Cramer Award
for Excellence in Blues Radio and
Service to the Blues Community


presented to
Carter Alan
Sunday Morning Blues Show, WZLX 100.7

The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musicians receive access to medical care and to supporting the work of independent filmmakers. Proceeds from this year's summer event will be distributed to eligible 501 (C) (3) organizations pursuant to the guidelines established by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.

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