Topanga.JPG26TH ANNUAL TOPANGA BLUES FESTIVAL

 

THIS YEARS SHOW SOLD OUT!! Get your tickets early next year.

The Topanga Festival started in 1984 to celebrate the second anniversary of the Southern California Blues Society's existence.  26 years later this annual celebration continues where we and our fans could come together to celebrate our passion for blues.  Over the years headliners of our beloved festival have included those who have gone on to legend status and others who should have. This event remains a favorite for those who not only love great blues music, but those who want to enjoy a day in one of the most picturesque venues in Southern California. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, a 300 seat outdoor theatre nestled in a rustic vale in Topanga Canyon, it is one of the most intimate scenic spots for live performance that you will experience.

 

This year the festival’s headliner was the legendary Phillip Walker. Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, he has played and toured with a diversified roster of talent such as Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino, Memphis Slim, Percy Mayfield, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. A little trivia note: He once replaced the late Jimi Hendrix as the lead guitar for the Little Richard Band. He plays it all, from soulful blues to rocking sounds that will make you want to dance. 

 

Also featured was soul sensation Jackie Payne. Payne completed several world tours as lead vocalist with The Johnny Otis Show and for many years was lead singer for the veteran show band, The Dynatones. He’s played with such greats as T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Freddy King, Gladys Knight and Etta James. 

Jake LaBotz is a Chicago born American Blues singer-songwriter who learned his guitar licks in the windy city from the likes of Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis, Honeyboy Edwards and Homesick James. His Delta slide guitar leaves no doubt that he learned from the best. Those in attendance agreed it was a great performance. 

The Los Angeles-based Phil Gates Band kicked off the festival. This talented band won the local International Blues Challenge sponsored by the Southern California Blues Society. They then went on to compete in the finals in Memphis, winning the Beale Street Blues Award.

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