Blues musician performs concert in park Sunday

By The Curry Coastal Pilot June 28, 2013 06:12 pm

Blues rock singer Cee Cee James and her four-piece band will storm the stage at Azalea Park Sunday, June 30.

The free outdoor concert, presented by Rogue Federal Credit Union and the American Music Festival, starts at 1 p.m. at the bandshell.  A donation bucket will be passed around to help defray costs.

Cee Cee James, often compared to Janis Joplin for her raw, unbridled energy and vocal prowess, and her bandmates perform powerful, old-school blues. Cee Cee represented Oregon’s Klamath Blues Society in the 2010 International Blues Challenge, and won the 2010 award for Best Blues Songwriter from the Washington Blues Society, who’s board member Roy Brown dubbed her the “The Vocal Volcano.”

The band plays both popular blues covers and many of Cee Cee’s originals. 

Seating for the concerts is on the lawn in front of the bandshell and the audience is welcome to bring chairs and blankets along with a picnic lunch. No alcohol is permitted in the park. Dogs are welcome on a leash. 

The Brookings Harbor Interact Club, a member of the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor, operates the Snack Shack for all the concerts.

In case of bad weather, the concert will move indoors to the nearby Chetco Grange Community Center, on the corner of Highway 101 and Zimmerman Lane in Harbor.

Sunday’s concert is the third of seven concerts planned through September. Remaining concerts for the summer include:

•July 14: Oregon Coast Lab Band. A returning favorite, this student band and jazz organization from Coos Bay/North Bend performs jazz and big band music.

•July 28: Sweet Town Little, a regional country band that has won accolades in competitions such as Southern Oregon Idol and the Colgate Country Showdown.

•Aug. 25: Joe Craven Trio, the San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalists play American folk, blues, New Orleans, swing, funk, as well as the music of Brazil, Haiti, Ireland, Cuba and Puerto Rico. 

•Sept. 15: Water Tower, a bluegrass band with three-part harmonies and a style that includes rock, blues, Cajun, folk and country. 

For more information about the American Music Festival, contact Les Cohen at 541-661-3033.