The Amelia Island Blues Festival tradition of having famous Blues great’s children perform their bloodlined talents at the festival continues now that the festival contracted BB King’s youngest daughter Claudette to be the opening act for Saturday September 14. King made a name for herself in the San Francisco Bay area and the performance houses in Nevada (Reno) and several years ago moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she recorded her critically acclaimed debut album “We’re On To Something”.
To be fair, she recorded another album years before titled “Whiskey Makes Me Sin” which primarily got airplay in Europe, reason why “We’re on to Something” which had the working title “It’s Easier Alone” is really her debut in the US markets.
Instruments for Local Talent
In an effort to give local young musicians the opportunity to develop their talents, the Amelia Island Blues Festival Committee recently asked high school band instructor Johnny Robinson for a wish list of instruments for use by band members. Two weeks ago the Blues Committee delivered on their promise with three donations to the band’s music closet.
The group delivered a brand new Allora AATR – 101 Series Student Bb Trumpet (Lacquer) valued at over $300.00, a brand new Yamaha YMP-204M Series Marching F Mellophone, valued at over $1200.00, and a used Ludwig Rocker 2-Series Drum Kit, valued at more than $500.00, and previously owned by local blues drummer Jeff Malone, president of the AIBF.
The 3rd annual Amelia Island Blues Festival is scheduled for September 13th and 14th and will move from Main Beach to Centre Street on Friday night and the Marina on Saturday. Those attending the festival are encouraged to bring an old or new instrument for donation to any of our local schools and/or a canned food item for donation to the Barnabas Food Bank.