Blues in the Park Sunday

By The Curry Coastal Pilot July 22, 2011 10:01 pm

 

The Craig Allen Blues Band, which has played at Azalea Park for several years, will return for a performance Sunday, July 24. The Pilot file photo/Jef Hatch

The Craig Allen Blues Band returns to Azalea Park Sunday, July 24, to perform “rock and roll to steamroll the soul.”

The band will perform at 1 p.m.for a free American Music Festival concert.

According to band’s website, The Craig Allen Blues Band was conceived in 1998 in Klamath Falls, where the Allens live. It began with the singing debut of Craig Allen at a blues society jam session in a small pub. 

 

 

 

The Craig Allen Blues Band returns to Azalea Park Sunday, July 24, to perform “rock and roll to steamroll the soul.”

The band will perform at 1 p.m.for a free American Music Festival concert.

According to band’s website, The Craig Allen Blues Band was conceived in 1998 in Klamath Falls, where the Allens live. It began with the singing debut of Craig Allen at a blues society jam session in a small pub. 

“It was because of his overwhelming reception that Craig began auditioning musicians,” says the band’s website, “leading to assembly of the best musicians attainable in the Southern Oregon and Northern California regions.” 

The band has gone on to perform and record with some of the biggest names in the country.

 Singer and songwriter Craig Allen is at home in the recording studio or on stage. He said he enjoys performing before huge crowds. His band members include Tommy Sims on drums and background vocals; Tom Wallenburn on rhythm guitar; J.J. Hannum on lead guitar and background vocals; Robert Harlow on sax; Wayne Zaiger on Hammond organ, lead guitar and horn; and Sebastian Jaross on bass guitar.

The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor will operate its Snack Shack during the concert. People are welcome to bring their own lunch and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

The remaining groups scheduled for the American Music Festival include:

•July 31 – Golden Bough, traditional Celtic music.

•Aug. 14 – Oregon Coast Lab Band and Evolution jazz band.

•Aug. 28 – BluesBox Bayou Band playing Americana, Cajun and Zydeco music.

In case of bad weather, the concerts move indoors to the Redwood Theater in downtown Brookings.

The American Music Festival is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Brookings Area Council for the Arts, operated by a volunteer board.

For more information, contact Les Cohen at the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 541-469-3181.