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THIS festival is a LIFE EXPERIENCE!! So excited to be the Saturday night headliner! May even be lucky enough to get up and jam with Friday night headliner and complete harmonica badass, JASON RICCI! It's a whole weekend throwdown. Camping, food trucks, bonfires... madness :) Did I mention the next day is my BIRTHDAY?!?!?!
About Doors at 6PM. Blue Elephant takes the stage 7:30PM. $10 admission. Jason Ricci has toured, recorded and performed under his own name and with some of the most popular blues artists in the world including: Walter Trout, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, David Kimbrough, Mark Hummel, Susan Tedeschi, Big Al and the Heavy Weights, Ana Popovic, Keith B. Brown, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, Otis Taylor, Tab Benoit, Cyrill Neville, John Lisi, Nick Curran, Enrico Crivellaro and many more. Ricci was the winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for best harmonica player. From 2002-2011: Jason Ricci toured worldwide with his own band "Jason Ricci & New Blood" playing over 300 dates a year on average. In 2005, Ricci was honored with the Muddy Waters Award. In 2007 Ricci and New Blood were signed to Eclecto Groove a subdivision of Delta Groove Productions. His first album with the label, titled Rocket Number Nine, was released October 23, 2007 and was produced by John Porter. Later in 2009 the band recorded "Done With The Devil" for the same Label. The band as a whole has been nominated for "Blues Band of the Year" three times by Blues Wax magazine. Ricci won the Blues Critic Award for "Harmonica Player of the Year" (2008) and was nominated for a Blues Music Award for "Harmonica Player of the Year" in 2009 and 2010. By January 2011, Ricci had relocated to New Orleans, and assembled a new band, Approved By Snakes, with guitarist John Lisi. From 2011 till now Ricci has been teaching harmonica, recording recently with Johnny Winter and touring select venues. IN THE STUDIO Some nationally released recordings featuring Jason Ricci as a sideman include these names : Johnny Winter, Nick Curran, Cedric Burnside, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Keith Brown, Motor City Josh, Jon Justice, Rue Davis and many more. IN OTHER’S WORDS "Ricci links the jazz mastery of Howard Levy, with the blues precision of Jerry Portnoy, and hits speeds that make John Popper look like he's standing still." Brad Kava, Mercury News "Any up-and-coming blues artists you keep an eye on?" Answer: "Jason Ricci. He’s a harmonica player, and he’s real good." Johnny Winter, Las Vegas weekly "Jason Ricci has taken the harmonica to a new place. It's like listening to John Coltrane or something, he's really pushing the boundaries to an incredible degree. …He's an astounding live performer and he's unique, nobody plays like this guy. I mean technically - and I'm a harp player too - I know what he's pulling off on that instrument; he's really great." Walter Trout "This is what originality, technical mastery, and soulfulness look like on the rock-flavored leading edge in our post-9/11 era. If you're an ambitious young cat looking to make your mark on the blues harmonica world, be forewarned: JR's fireworks will put your ego in check." Adam Gussow "He's paid some serious dues. He's got the gift, watch him shine.” Paul Delay
There is no admission to our event and everyone is invited to pack a frisbee or hula hoop for the kids, water, sunscreen, blanket or beach chair, and join us for another good old fashioned afternoon in the park. Be sure to bring your smile. :) This is our 13th annual benefit show. Over the years we have purchased close to 4,500 harmonicas to be distributed to the kids in attendance at local Blues In The Schools presentations. With your help, we can continue this effort, and spread the joy of music with harmonicas at even more schools and community organizations. Please consider donating to help us with our goal of supplying harmonicas to the BITS program. This event remains a first of it's kind for San Diego County where everyone involved; from webmaster, to set-up crew, from sound man, to musicians, MC to clean up crew, and all points in between; volunteers time, talent and expertise, working together to build a better future. We like to think of Spring Harp Fest as a way for musicians to stand together and make a difference in our community with what we do. . . Our music! While raising funds to provide harmonicas and other instruments from our proceeds we hope to also increase the visibility of the harmonica in general, as well as showcase some of the many talented local blues and roots musicians that are available in and around San Diego and Southern California. Please join us for this most enjoyable and important event in a fun family. It isn’t the same without you there.
Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Eastern, Punk, Carnival, Psychedelic, Performance Art and more are all regularly attached descriptions of the band Jason Ricci and New Blood. Defying category, without defying the techniques, authenticity and disciplines of any one of those category is a rare and dangerous high wire act this band has been balancing expertly year after year, award after award, show after show, fan after fan and album after album. Jason Ricci and New Blood have been working the Blues, Jam and Rock circuits for over seven years, averaging some 300 shows a year all over the world. Ricci on his own is consistently considered and referred to in print, with awards and in harmonica circles as one of the best and most important harmonica players to have ever picked up the instrument. Shawn Starski (Guitar) is garnering similar attention alike with Guitar Player Magazine naming him within “The Top Ten Hottest New Guitar Players” in 2008.