BluesBox Bayou Band plays Azalea Park Sunday

By The Curry Coastal Pilot August 26, 2011 09:18 pm

 The BluesBox Bayou Band will return to the Stage Under the Stars at Azalea Park at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, for the final American Music Festival concert of the season.

The band, from Sonora, Calif., is known its mix of Cajun, Zydeco, blues and American roots. At previous Brookings concerts, bandmembers have invited children on stage to play small instruments as well as given people a chance to play the rub board.

Band members are Pete Grimaldi, accordion and vocals; Julie Johnson, bass;  Frank Grimaldi, guitar; Jimi Hildreth, rub board; and Peter DeMattos; drums.  Grimaldi writes many of the band’s songs.


The BluesBox Bayou Band will once again play in Azalea Park. The Pilot file photo/Bill Schlichting

The BluesBox Bayou Band has released several albums over the years including, “Big Fun” in 2002, “Roadside Attraction” in 2004, “Rock a’Bayou” in 2007, “Magic of the Night – Live in Sonora” in 2008 and its recent release, “Family Bayou.” The band plays at numerous small clubs in Northern California and additionally do the festival circuit including The Isleton Crawdad Festival, The Gilroy Garlic Festival and, mentioned on  the band’s website, The American Music Festival in Brookings.

Concert-goers should bring their own seating or blankets. The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor will operate the Snack Shack to provide refreshments. All city park rules must be observed, including that dogs must be on leashes and there be no alcoholic beverages.

In case of bad weather, the concert moves 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.