The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation Inc. will host a FREE CONCERT celebrating the blues on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 4pm – 6pm on the Capitol Broadcasting Company Plaza at DPAC. Two local blues bands will be featured and vendors will be on site to welcome blues lovers to a mini outdoor blues event prior to the last night of the Blues Festival’s show starting at 6PM.
At 4:00 pm FAT BASTARD BLUES BAND opens. The Fat Bastard Blues Band took 1st prize at 2009's Triangle Blues Society’s Blues Challenge! With their first EP due out this fall, they are all about up-tempo, engaging, and full-throttle Blues. It isn’t just twelve bar. It isn’t a bent note. It’s a feeling; it’s about being dirty and it’s about being clean. It’s taking RL Burnside, ZZ Top and Robert Cray and launching that inspiration to their own intoxicating zone.
The Fat Bastard Blues Band is an up tempo, engaging 5 piece blues act from the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. They formed in May of 2009 and played their first gig, the Triangle Blues Society’s 2009 Blues Challenge, which allowed the band to compete at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Since their formation they have been actively expanding their local fan base, recording demos, and preparing for their slot at the 2010 Bull Durham Blues Festival. They are currently working on their first EP, slated to be released in the fall of 2010.
The term “Fat Bastard” has more to do with how they perceive the music; the blues has either influenced or been at the root of nearly all styles of contemporary popular music today, and the goal of the band is to reinvigorate the music by not shying away from those influences, but utilize and blend those styles back into the blues. Therefore, the music can be considered “bastardizing” the genre. The “fat?” comes from nothing being trimmed out, the band comes out at you full force.
Members are: Tim Collins – Guitar, Jason Simons – Bass, David Terrenoire – Harmonica, Carl Wetter – Vocals, guitar, and Gary Mitchell – Drums.
At 5:00 pm HELL CAMINO takes the stage. Hard driving, in-the-pocket, and rock solid, Hell Camino is a modern band with traditional roots and contemporary branches.
Hell Camino is the fortunate gathering of five road-tested veterans of the Triangle blues and R&B scene. At some point over the past 15 years, all the band's members have played in bands with one or two of the others, but none of it ever amounted to what they heard and felt when they came together in early 2009 when a knock-off jam inspired a new band on the spot.
A cohesive unit both musically and socially, the band brings enthusiasm, innovation, and unerring professionalism to the craft of making great road house music. The poise of Motown mingles with the energy of Stax (and boils the brew with miles of chitlin' circuit tradition) to make the band's presence a forceful and electric presence.
Musicians David Bradford, Mark Davison, Benny Latino, Cricket Megarity, and Lenny Terenzi are all industry vets who have performed with acts that include Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Mighty Lester, Percy Sledge, Professor Longhair, Roomful of Blues, and Tommy Castro. Come take Hell Camino for a spin and see for yourself how it handles!
This event is FREE to the public, bring your lawn chair and or blankets and enjoy some great blues under the sun. Support for this event was sponsored by the City of Durham, DPAC-Durham Performing Arts Center and American Tobacco.
For more information go to www.bulldurhamblues.org or www.hayti.org , (919) 683-1709.