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Experience the Blues with the Bay Area Blues Society and the Russell City Memorial Blues Band

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russellcitycover-1Wednesday July 8, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Main Library

Learn about the rich musical heritage of the Blues, America’s only true home grown art form, which has deep roots in the Hayward/Russell City Area. The Bay Area Blues Society is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and representation of this American Folk music and cultural forms of Blues, Jazz and Gospel as they took root in African American communities. Following the lecture by a panel featuring  local music historian Frank Nava and members of the Santucci family, who owned the famous Russell City Hog Farm, there will be a performance by the Russell City Memorial Blues Band, which features alumni artists who performed in the clubs of Russell City,  a time capsule of the type of performance you would experience during the 1940s, 50s and early 60s. These artists annually perform as a part of the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival to take you back to the time when West Coast Blues was created.

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