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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Lady Blue, Blues Before Sunset,

Press release for Friday's free blues show at the State Historical Building Of Iowa.


Lady Blue July 11

A new face joins us this week on the Blues Before Sunset stage and we think you’re gonna like her!

Formed in the summer heat of 2005, Lady Blue featuring TINA HAASE FINDLAY (band leader, vocals) does indeed feature a very special lady, who has been belting out her passion for more than 20 years. The blues holds a special connection to all souls, and Tina’s is no different. With her husband and three other distinguished gentlemen by her side, Tina continues to celebrate not only the richly diverse history of the blues, but its vibrant future.

BEN WILLIAMS (guitar, vocals, percussion) hails from the humble warmth of the California Valleys. He was weaned on revolutionary jam artistry; from the Haight-Asbury tones of the Grateful Dead and the Airplane, to the grooves of all the bands that jammed their way across his path.

RANDY RAMAEKERS (drums) combines the experience of a tested veteran with the exuberance of an artist still in love with his craft. This Piledriver is the engine that revs the jams and purrs with taste. Several decades behind the kit have given Master Ramaekers quite the toolbox from which to bang. And what a bang it is!

KEVIN MCGINNIS (bass, vocals) humbly elevates the band and the song with a timeless spirit born in years gone by with bands across the nation. Working from a myriad of influences, McGinnis lays a loving foundation with his gifts and grooves. A longtime friend of the Blue, Kevin has donned his trademark Stingray and Modulus basses in the service of our Great Lady!

And the bookend to this discussion is the Lady's right-hand Gentleman, the Deacon himself, BRANDON FINDLAY (lead guitar, composer, arranger, vocals) who uses his beloved guitars (lovingly christened as Melody, Midnight, Maya, and Marcus!) to lead the Lady Blue charge in continually celebrating the true spirit of the blues.

Blues Before Sunset is family friendly, free and open to the public. Beer, wine and bottled water available for sale and an assortment of food vendors will be selling hot foods. People attending the event should plan to bring their own seating.

Blues Before Sunset is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa and Central Iowa Blues Society with promotional support proudly driven by 100.3 The BUS and Capital 106.3, “quality music from then and now” and additional support by Baratta’s restaurant.

Check out our **HOT** web site: http://www.iowahistory.org/events/blues-before-sunset/index.htm.

WEATHER FORECAST FOR July 11, 2008:

Sunny; high of 93; wind S @ 18mph. Sunset at 8:49 p.m. CST.

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