Boston University College of Fine Arts Hosts A True Blues Heritage Celebration

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

(Boston) – On October 6, the Boston University Department of Musicology and the True Blues Heritage Fund present a one-day blues mini-festival at Boston University, A True Blues Heritage Celebration. The festival features performances by three major recording artists – Lou Pride, Roy Roberts, and Big Ron Hunter – as well as roundtable discussions with the artists throughout the day.

The performances open with acoustic bluesman Big Ron Hunter. An emerging acoustic bluesman, Hunter plays and sings his own songs, combining a bluesy, yet sweet and melodic voice with his original brand of uplifting, hard-banging, acoustic blues. The second performance of the evening features Roy Roberts and the Roy Roberts Band. A smoky singer, songwriter, skilled guitarist, and keyboard player, Roberts performs his own brand of soulful and sexy blues. Chicago singer Lou Pride, winner of the “Most Outstanding Blues Recording Artist” award from Living Blues Magazine, headlines the concert , accompanied by the Rooster Blues Band. Pride is an old-fashioned shouter, belting out blues stories with a classic soulful delivery.

Two afternoon workshops with the artists will address the musical and cultural trends of the blues. “The Life of Bluesmen” features insights of three touring musicians on the culture and commerce of the blues. “Unpacking the Music,” moderated by Scott Bock, a senior writer with Living Blues Magazine, and Victor Coelho, Professor of Music at B.U. and lead guitarist in the Rooster Blues Band, features demonstrations, observations, and discussion on blues composition, influences, and variation.

The Boston University Department of Musicology, which offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences, uses conferences, workshops, new course offerings, and special events to demonstrate the relevance of musicology to the larger sectors of both the University and the greater Boston community. This event is sponsored by the Boston University Department of Musicology, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the True Blues Heritage Fund.

Ticket and Venue Information

Tickets available at the door: $15 for general admission to all festival events, or $10 with a BU ID.

CFA Concert Hall
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Friday, October 6, 2006

3:00-11:00 PM

3:00 Opening Remarks
3:30 Roundtable Discussion: “The Life of Bluesmen”
4:30 Acoustic Intermission with Big Ron Hunter
5:00 Roundtable Discussion: “Unpacking the Music”
7:00 Performances featuring Lou Pride with the Rooster Blues Band, the Roy Roberts Band, and Big Ron Hunter

For more information:
call 617-353-8790 or visit