Blues music lovers will take over the sleepy city of Kernville this weekend when the eighth annual Kern River Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest rolls back for three days of music, camping and partying out of bounds.
Among this year’s headliners include The Mike Eldred Trio, acclaimed SoCal traditionalists The Delgado Brothers, Australian slide guitarist and vocalist Kara Grainger, each bringing their own version of the hallowed American musical pastime to the present.
The jam-packed schedule will keep you jump, jivin’ and wailing all weekend long: The official Thursday night kick-off party features Gino Matteo, 8 p.m. at the Kernville Saloon, 20 Tobias St., Kernville. Friday brings the Rip Kitty VIP party with 60 Grit, 1-4 p.m, before Warfield and The Delgado Brothers take over from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Frandy Campground, 11252 Kernville Road in Kernville; Then on Saturday a full day of music features On Tap, Bunky's Blues Band, Kelly's Lot, Mark Sells Band, Justin Gustin & Truth Jones, Up Jumped The Blues, Kara Grainger, The Mike Eldred Trio, running from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Frandy Campground. Then, if you’re still ready for more, the Notorious Entertainment all-star revue with Crooked Eye Tommy will wrap the festivities up at Circle Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets to the Thursday night kick-off are $10. Advanced ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday; Saturday-only tickets are $15. A $55 pre-sale “Fan-Pack” that includes special perks is also available. Ticket prices will increase the day of the event. Sounds like blues heaven.
Hero rapper postpones release party
Fans and supporters of rapper and poet Blaine Hodge planning to attend his “The Mind of a Hero” CD release party take note, the show originally scheduled at Sandrini’s on Saturday has been postponed.
Hodge, 27, is currently recovering from injuries sustained during an attack on Sept. 9 inside a Bakersfield Starbucks. Hodge jumped to the aid of a woman being attacked by a machete-wielding ex-boyfriend. Both Hodge and the woman received a number of life-threatening injuries surviving the attack much in part to Hodge’s intervention. Following the incident, Hodge was hailed as a hero and good Samaritan, drawing attention in the media and all over social networking. Hodge also received over $53,000 from a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help with living expenses as he makes his way back to normalcy. Touched by the outpouring of support, Hodge stopped the fundraising effort to focus on personal healing and bring attention to domestic violence.
Hodge posted the following message on his official Facebook page on Sept. 22: “Good afternoon everyone! Now I know a lot of you are very excited and can’t wait for 'The Mind of a Hero' release show on September 29th but I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to postpone the show. I’m getting better by the day; however, when it comes down to it I’m still in a lot of pain and dealing with flashbacks/PTSD. It is much worse in public spaces and though it hurts to say, I am not ready to deliver the kind of performance that you and the music deserve. In turn, I am taking this opportunity to get with my team and execute a complete overhaul of the art and branding, and I will make sure that this album goes even further beyond. For now, the date time and place for the show is TBD, so please be patient. The experience in store for you is beyond measure the biggest and most ambitious project I have worked on Thank you. PLUS ULTRA.”
While the recovery status of the other victim is still unknown, the attacker Robert Daniel Rivas was arrested and arraigned, pleading not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, among other charges on Sept. 11.
Hodge’s injuries included severe cuts to his right arm and hand that sent him to emergency surgery for 200 stitches.
Take your time, Blaine, heal up well. We’ll be waiting for you. Bigger venue, maybe?
Back To Funky Life Tour
Tickets are currently on sale for a Oct. 5 concert featuring old-school funk legends Lakeside, Klymaxx, One Way, Ozone and The Delfonics at La Movida Night Club.
Known for their hits “Fantastic Voyage” and “Raid,” Lakeside was one of the more popular acts to burst out of the Dayton, Ohio, funk scene alongside artist such as The Ohio Players and Zapp.
Co-headlining is Klymaxx, one of the few all-female funk outfits from the 1980s who scored a string of dance and slow jam hits including “Meeting In The Ladies Room” and “I Miss You."
There’s also deep cut Detroit funkateers One Way (“Cutie Pie," “Mr. Groove”), and Ozone (“Strut My Thang," “Lil Suzy”) from the funky town of Nashville. Rounding it out on the romantic tip is Philly’s finest The Delfonics, known for “(Didn’t I) Blow Your Mind This Time,” who owe a tip of the derby to director Quentin Tarantino for featuring their music prominently in his film “Jackie Brown."
Now depending on which members own the rights to the name of the band, the music or live performance of the hits, you never know who’s showing up at the show you will be attending. In the case of Klymaxx, Bakersfield will see the version of the group led by guitarist and lone original member Cheryl Cooley. As far as the other acts, there’s bound to be a few originals in the mix, but as with many of these packaged tours, the band will perform the hits fans have come to see and dance to faithfully. Sometimes even better than the original.
Random fun fact: With the exception of The Delfonics, I’ve seen every act on this bill in their original lineups back during their heyday live at the Civic Auditorium. Who else was there?
Back To Funky Life Tour, 6 p.m. Oct. 5, La Movida Night Club, 212 E 18th St. $35-$150 at funkylifetour.com.