To the 4th Annual
Redwood City Police Activities League Blues Festival
Friday July 24 and Saturday July 25
The Redwood City Police Activities League peninsula. Special thanks to the Blues Festival stage introductions. The expertise of these
welcomes you to the 4th Annual Redwood Committee (members listed below) for their professionals is the reason why the Blues
City PAL Blues Festival. With 9 great blues efforts on this year’s event. Festival will serve as a model for all Downtown
bands, food vendors, arts & crafts, a fantastic A Great Big Thanks to all of our sponsors Redwood City Events.
children’s entertainment area, delicious food (a complete list is below) who have also All of the proceeds from the festival help
from local restaurants, and two locations supported our program by advertising. Please fund the Redwood City Police Activities
to purchase your favorite beverage, we are show them your appreciation and use their League. The Redwood City PAL provides a
certain that there is something for everyone at services when you can. Without their support variety of activities for youth in the community
this year’s festival. the Blues Festival could not happen. including sports, and after school activities.
Not only is the Redwood City PAL Blues We are fortunate to have several events The main goal of the Police Activities League
Festival a fun event for great music and good and media professionals working with us is to “build the bond between Cops & Kids.”
food, but also it is a way for us to showcase this year. Beth Mostovy is responsible for We invite you to visit the Police Activities
the new Redwood City Courthouse Square coordinating the art vendors. Valerie Harris is League booth to learn more about the PAL.
and Redwood City’s downtown merchants responsible for the website and handling all
and restaurants. We encourage you to visit media relations. Vince Caminiti is responsible
our stores and restaurants during and after for coordinating the artists, entertainers and Again we welcome you and
the festival. stage manager. Hans Saier is responsible for
It is through the dedicated efforts of the the sound system. Jeff Johnson and Andrew hope you enjoy all that our
Redwood City Police Activities Board of
Directors, Blues festival committee members,
Stoddard are theThe Blues Med paramedics.
Jerry Housler is the event photographer.
all of the volunteers, and the City of Redwood Deb Lubin is the logistic and administrative George Schoenstein & Gino Gasparini
City that we are able to bring this event to support. Byrd of Paradise KZSU 90.1 FM and Redwood City PAL Blues Festival Co-Chairs.
Downtown Redwood City. This event has built Noel Hayes KPOO 89.5 FM are responsible
up to be one of the premier events on the for promotions, talent consulting and
The following members of the PAL Blues Committee are responsible
for planning this year’s event!
George Schoenstein Officer Chris Rasmussen Alpio Barbara
Gino Gasparini Officer Dan Smith SGT. Brian Weiss
Steve Penna Hans Saier Sgt. Jim Stoney
Barbara Egigian Bonilla Jim Gordon Vince Caminiti
Beth Mostovy Lucas Wilder Julie Goodenough
Chris Beth Marilee Saier
Redwood City PAL thanks these wonderful local sponsors for
making this event possible:
San Mateo Credit Union, Recology The Spectrum Magazine, See’s Sunrise Rotary, Wells Fargo
(formally NorCal Waste Systems), Candies,Lyngso Garden Materials, Bank, Daily Journal, Downtown
Schoenstein Physical Therapy, SRDC Ray Ferrari, On-Broadway, Business Association, Civic Cultural
Redwood General Tire, The Friends of Kids,Krefeld’s Awards, Commission
Innisfree Companies, Gelb Music, United American Bank, Sequoia
Saier Services, Schoensigns, Healthcare District, Peninsula
How to Get There
Getting to Downtown Redwood City is a snap! We have easy freeway access,
and also are well connected to regional transit systems. We are located
in San Mateo County on the center of the San Francisco Peninsula.
Courthouse Square in Downtown Redwood City is easily accessible by
car or by train. There will be free parking in the garage at 750 Marshall
St. in Redwood City. The train station is also just 3 blocks away.
Highway 101 – If you are coming from north of Redwood City, take the
Whipple Avenue exit off of the 101. The off-ramp will turn into Veterans
Boulevard. At the light, don’t turn right on Whipple, but proceed
straight for another quarter of a mile or so. Turn right
on Jefferson Avenue and you are there! From south
of Redwood City, take the Woodside Road exit. Take
Woodside road south for about a half of a mile, and then
turn right on Middlefield Road. After another half-mile or
so you have arrived!
Interstate 280 – From north or south of Redwood City,
take the Woodside Road exit. Head north on Woodside
for about 3 miles, and turn left on Middlefield Road.
Caltrain - The Redwood City Caltrain stop is right in the
heart of Downtown.
BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit doesn’t extend down to
Redwood City yet, but the new SFO extension features a
transfer point in Millbrae to the Caltrain, which will bring
you right into Downtown.
SamTrans has multiple routes which provide access to Downtown
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675 Seaport Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063
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Sailing Center ~ Yacht Club
Boat Rentals ~ Fishing Pier
Scenic Shoreline Trail
About the Artists and the Schedule
Friday, July 24 from 6 – 8 pm at Courthouse Square
Kenny Neal, born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, began playing music at a very
young age, learning the basics from his father, singer and blues harmonica master, Raful
Neal. Kenny is known as a modern swamp-blues master and multi-instrumentalist, that draws
musically from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana. At age 13, he joined his father’s band
and began paying his musical dues. Four years later, he was recruited and toured extensively as
Buddy Guy’s bass player.
Signing with Alligator Records in 1988, Kenny began releasing a series of consistently lauded
albums featuring his laid-back, Baton Rouge blues, with a modern spin on the Louisiana sound
he grew up with.
After relocating to the Bay Area in 2004, Kenny began hosting his own local cable TV program,
“Neal’s Place.” The show features Kenny jamming and talking with the many international blues
stars he has met and performed with, as well as local artists he has spotted at festivals and clubs.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Neal’s Place” has a relaxed, informal atmosphere that brings
out the best in the artists, while giving an unscripted, improvisational edge to the performances.
After Party at: Deseo Tequila Lounge & Restaurant, 851 Main
Street, Downtown Redwood City (FREE ADMISSION) featuring:
Stan has been performing in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, with his
own band, and with others. Previous to California, he made a living teaching and performing
guitar & woodwinds in Chicago, Michigan, and Kansas City. Standards are high, and you’ll
always hear fine musicians with the band. He and bassist Michael Warren (Merl Saunders, Leo
Nocentelli) celebrate 11 years and hundreds of gigs together.
The Bay Area has some of the best musicians in the world and great situations abound. Which
hints that Stan has played with many of the top players in the area... at jam sessions and special
events, lots of fun always... even more fun to gig with them. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you
can peruse his historical calendar at erhart.net.
Saturday, July 25 from 11 am – 8 pm at Courthouse Square
DeBraun Thomas got into music at a young age. His father, being a musician himself, had a
strong influence on him. DeBraun picked up the guitar at the age of 14 and has been playing
since. DeBraun plays a few different styles and blends them to create his own sound. He uses
the influence of Rock, Funk, Blues, and Reggae to create his unique sound. He plays with much
passion and emotion which comes through his music. His biggest influences include Eddie
Hazel, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Yavuz Çetin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. He is
currently attending school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and where he
continues to write and record music.
The Band: DeBraun Thomas, Sid Lofgren, Artis Joyce
South City Blues Band
The South City Blues Band is dedicated to the groove, providing you with a unique blend of
swinging Jump Blues (our specialty), Jazz/Funk Blues, and “old-school” R&B. Whatever you want
to call it, this music will get you up and moving. We play a variety of styles to keep it interesting,
but our rhythm section keeps it in the pocket, and we never stray far from the source of our
musical inspiration — the blues!
“They play original, hard kickin’ blues. I dig it...”
-Mitch Woods (Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s)
The Band: John Lull, John Boutell, Ray Figueroa, Luke Piro
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Russell Barber Band
The Russell Barber Band is a San Francisco Bay Area-based Blues act paying reverence to
American roots music from the 50’s and early 60’s. Russell Barber has honed his blues legend-
inspired guitar playing while backing up local greats such as The NiteCreepers and Jimmy
Dewrance Blues Band. Combining accomplished rhythm players Eddie B. on bass and Ron
Chavez on drums, with local blues favorites Richard Rodriguez, Jimmy Dewrance, Johnny Cat
and Thom Merida, you can be guaranteed that the band will sample from the best of American
blues from Chicago to Texas to Memphis to New Orleans.
The Band: Russell Barber, Hans Bosse, Aki Kumar, Jimmy Dewrance, Eddie B.
Old school in a new way . . . blues, soul, R & B, Jazz . . . the music that moves you.
All performed in a Blue state!
The Band: Vince Caminiti, Greg Heumann, Pat Tinling, Tom Difiglio, George Landreth, Hobie
Landrith, Steve Smith
The California Honey Drops
The California Honeydrops were formed in November of 2007 playing in the subway stations of
Oakland, CA. Playfully crossing genres from roots and blues to R&B and soul, The California
Honeydrops’ sound is tied together by their unique instrumentation, soulful vocal harmonies,
and a funky, good-times New Orleans style. The Honeydrops’ more unusual instruments include
a home-made gutbucket bass, jug, and washboard. Their greasy down-home rhythms are
punctuated by joyous blasts of trumpet, rollicking piano riffs, and passionate bluesy vocals. The
only band of its kind, The California Honeydrops’ live shows have quickly gained a reputation as
the best party in the Bay Area.
The Band: Lech Wierzynski, Benjamin Malament, Nansamba Ssensalo, Chris Burns
Ms. Taylor P Collins and The Taylor P Collins Band
Ms. Taylor P. Collins style of Blues is sophisticated, powerful, and funky with jazz overtones
presented as only she can. Taylor is known for her commanding stage presence, flash and glitz
and her unique riveting 8pc band which boasts 6 women and 2 men. Taylor is really looking
forward to recording her first CD as a Hearon Records recording artist!! Taylor’s music video
“Wish I Knew” is up for a music video award in the Bay Area with EC Scott Productions and
production has begun on Taylor’s first indie feature film project entitled “Nectar” which will also
mark Taylor’s acting debut. A few of Taylor’s original tunes including “Wish I Knew” will be used
in the soundtrack for the film and she will be collaborating on the soundtrack for the film with
Pamela Charlles Arthur, keyboardist for the Taylor P. Collins Band, and her son Jeff Story. Watch
out for Taylor as she begins her journey with Hearon Records..her time has come!!
The Band: Taylor P. Collins, Diana Tucker, Kelly Fasman, Jeff Chambers, Rich Cravalho, Kris
Strom, Tami Ellis, Pamela Arthur
Sid Morris and the Roadhouse Rockers with Gary Smith & Taylor P. Collins
Featuring traditional blues and boogie-woogie piano styles from New Orleans to Chicago to
the West Coast, pianist SID MORRIS presents an exciting, unique brand of barrelhouse music.
Currently living in San Jose, Sid has been performing since 1970 and continues to be an active
member of the music community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Raised in Houston, Texas before his family moved to the South Bay, Sid performed at the very
first San Francisco Blues Festival in 1973 and subsequently appeared at four other SF Blues
Festivals. During his early years on the scene, Sid was mentored by Alberto Gianquinto, the
brilliant San Francisco blues pianist who helped co-found the original James Cotton Blues Band.
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Got a case of the blues?
Let Caltrain give you a lift
Take Caltrain to the
Redwood City Blues Festival
on July 24 & 25 at Courtyard
Square in Downtown
Redwood City. Caltrain’s
regular service will drop
you off just blocks away
from the festival.
For schedule information, ®
call 1.800.660.4287 or visit www.caltrain.com.
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In 1976, Sid participated in the now legendary recording of the album, Blue Bay, an anthology
featuring the elite of Bay Area blues artists, and included the likes of Luther Tucker, Charlie
Musselwhite, Sonny Rhodes, and other local notables such as Gary Smith and Ron Thompson.
Currently Sid remains active in the Bay Area blues scene with his own band, the ROADHOUSE
ROCKERS, and can be seen at any number of local night spots. He also works with a number of
fellow blues musicians such as Jon Lawton, Chris “Kid” Andersen, Steve Freund, Terry Hanck,
and Gary Smith, to name a few, as well as solo appearances mainly in the South Bay.
Presenting the heritage of American blues and boogie-woogie to people who enjoy this rich
culture is a deep passion of Sid’s so make it worth your while to pay him a visit.
The Band: Sid Morris, Gary Smith
Mighty Mike Schermer with Special Guest Earl Thomas
Mighty Mike Schermer has been a fixture on the Bay Area Blues scene for over 20 years. In that
span of time he has carved out a solid solo career, with two critically acclaimed CDs, an award
winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He
has also become the “go to guy” sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt,
Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur, Howard Tate, Angela Strehli, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison
and many, many more. Oh yes…we may be judged by the company we keep, but when the
spotlight shines a solo artist also must be able to bring the goods all on his own.
“Mighty Mike Schermer is probably the best blues guitarist, singer and songwriter you’ve
never heard of…and probably not for long!”
“Every time I play with him my booty hurts afterwards from him kicking it all night!”
“Funky and authentic!” -Bonnie Raitt
The Band: Mike Schermer, Nancy Wright, Steve Ehrmann, Paul Revelli
After Party at Angelica’s Bistro, 863 Main Street, Downtown
Redwood City (FREE ADMISSION) featuring:
The Madison Blues Band
The Madison Blues Band featuring Kerry Daly on vocals is a six piece Chicago and Texas style
blues band mixing upbeat dance tunes with soft torch ballads. They cover the spectrum of blues
by the original artists- from Magic Sam to Bonnie Raitt adding their own sparkle gets their fans
up and dancing.
The Madison Blues Band has shared the stage with such notable blues legends as Jimmy Thackery
and the Drivers, Louisiana Red, Kenny Neal, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, and Lazy Lester.
This band of local musicians has built up a loyal fan base by playing in local city concert
series and well known festivals. The Madison Blues Band is proud to have participated in many
charitable events for such groups as The American Cancer Society, Festiv Italiano, Agnew State
Hospital, NCEFT in Woodside, and The Redwood City Police Activities League.
The Madison Blues Band plays the blues for the sheer love of the music, which is evident every
time we perform. Their mission is to help preserve and promote this uniquely American music
and to present it to our community with as much energy and excitement as possible!
The Madison Blues Band features Blues songs sung by many of the great female vocalists of
our time. Bonnie Raitt, Marcia Ball, Lou Ann Barton and Angela Strehli to name a few. Credible
Blues comes from the heart and soul and can not be fabricated. It’s more than a feeling, it is
a state of mind and an attitude. Kerry Daly, vocalist, came to the Madison Blues Band on a
reputation of being genuine and sincere and able to present her gift in a honest and real manner.
As the voice and face of the band, she too matches the genuine and humorous tone. Her raw
and earthy Blues tones are equally balanced by her soft and sweet ballads.
The Band: Madison Sink, Dave Bogart, Kerry Daly Pelsma, Bryan Lujan, Mark Del Bono and
1445 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City, CA
all Teak thru July
Best of luck to the
Redwood City PAL
and Blues Festival as
our new visitors!
2480 Middlefield Road,
Redwood City, CA 94063
The Mission PAL
The Mission of the Redwood City Police Activities League is
to provide positive programs for the youth of the community
The primary objectives of the Redwood
in sports, and recreation, life skills activities, and educational City Police Activities League are:
activities. The PAL helps to reduce juvenile delinquency by
positively connecting kids, police officers, and the community, To provide youth with intervention, prevention, and
and by encouraging good sportsmanship, teamwork, friendship,
alternative programs to juvenile delinquency
Redwood City PAL is a non-profit community based organization Provide youth with positive role models and mentors, so
that was founded in 1995 at the initiative of retired Police Chief Louis they can make positive life decisions.
Cobarruviaz with the support of the City of Redwood City. PAL
provides intervention, prevention, and alternative programs to at-risk
and economically challenged youth in Redwood City. The purpose is
Provide youth and their families with improved life skills
to help youth assimilate honest values, assets, and skills. The PAL, The that will insure a better quality of life.
Redwood City Police Department, The Redwood City School District,
Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, The Develop the whole child by offering diverse activities
Redwood City community and the City of Redwood City have formed a that include social, physical, and intellectual stimulation.
uique public and private partnership, which is critical to provide effective
delinquency outreach and prevention programs. PAL influences
thousands of children and teen lives in positive ways each year. Provide families with resources that will contribute to a
higher quality of life.
While open to all with low fees and financial assistance to make
participation possible for more than 25,000 youth since its inception,
PAL currently targets over 3,500 juveniles and their families each year in
To maximize your enjoyment, here are
some helpful tips in planning your trip to
the Redwood City PAL Blues Festival.
• Dress comfortably, put on some sunscreen, perhaps
wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun
• Wear shoes you feel comfortable strolling and dancing in
• Consider backpacking children. Strollers take up
a lot of room and are difficult to navigate through
• Bring along cash for food and beverages. PAL
merchandise will also be on sale, as well as
performers CD’s and merchandise.
• Be careful with your consumption of alcohol. Drink
plenty of water, the weather will be warm. Lighting, Sound & Video Projection
• Please bring your “low profile” or “sports” chairs if
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