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  • Blues Music Camp 2018

Dan is the Director of Creative Media & Technology at ZUMIX, an award-winning youth music program in East Boston. He teaches live sound, studio recording, music production, and equipment repair & maintenance to youth and adults.  He was the A/V Project Manager for ZUMIX’s LEED gold certified Firehouse facility and consults in studio construction and A/V educational…

Bob Halperin knows the blues. A remarkably fluent guitarist and singer, Bob is a disciple of the pure blues tradition. Bob came to country blues in his early teens after meeting and hearing Roy Book Binder. He studied with Rev. Gary Davis and began playing in coffeehouses while still in high school.  While living in…

With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James’ skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands. He was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, story tellers, choir…

“From extravagance to simple elegance we went, as Kerri Powers took the stage with nothing but a guitar and a tapping tambourine strapped to the toe of her boot. Reading about her I assumed she’d be a folk strummer, but she began to lay down some of the finest country blues fingerstyle guitar we’ve had…

Annie Raines was born in 1969 in Boston and grew up in the suburb of Newton, Massachusetts. She picked up the blues harp at 17 and made her stage debut at the 1369 Jazz Club in Cambridge a few months before her high school graduation. Enthralled by the recordings of Muddy Waters, Little Walter Jacobs,…

Paul Rishell was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1950, descended from a long line of Methodist preachers and Norwegian painters. At the age of ten, he discovered that he could keep time on the drums, though his feet didn’t reach the pedals. He started a band a few years later, playing surf music and…

For the last 23 years I have been playing guitar. I can also play bass, piano, and drums. Originally from Dallas, Texas, I started off playing various clubs and local blues jams. I moved to the West Coast when I was nineteen and had a three year stint with the Red Devils. I moved back…

Toni Lynn Washington took to music at an early age, singing with her school and church choirs. She has had multiple Blues Music Award nominations.  Washington received the 1999 Boston Blues Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2003 she released her fourth Compact Disc/CD since 1997, and her first on the Northern Blues record label.  In…