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Update on the Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival


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Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Fest Shakes It Up

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH., SEPT. 7, 2005 The 7th annual Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival is double the pleasure. This year’s concert has more twists and turns than ever.

Promoters are returning the concert to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, for a twin bill on Fri. Oct. 14 and Sat., Oct. 15. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm, both nights. The concert was last held at ROMT in 2001, as a 9-11 firefighter tribute. It later moved to Detroit’s Historic Redford Theatre.

Changing venues and broadening the scope of the concert are just two big news facts. “It’s a fascinating spot for this new concert series – lots of seating options, great parking and wonderful street ambiance that our boogie-and blues crowd likes,” said local entrepreneur and businessman Ron Harwood of the venue change. Harwood is president and founder of Farmington Hills-based American Music Research Foundation and the internationally known design firm Illuminating Concepts. The festival has been his brainchild since the first concert was held seven years ago at Ferndale’s Magic Bag. AMRF is the festival producer; and DaimlerChrysler continues as the major sponsor for the third year.

For the first time, the increasingly popular concert venue is adding a second night. Friday night’s show spotlights pure boogie woogie roots artists. Michael Kaeshammer, Toronto keyboard wiz and audience fave, headlines the Boogie night. Missing in action for two years, Kaeshammer has been gathering international awards and recording new material. The supporting boogie cast includes keyboard sensation Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, from Vancouver; international artists Philippe LeJeune from Toulouse, France and sensation in the making Silvan Zingg from Manno-Lugano, Switzerland.

Saturday night’s concert features “Gen 2 Blues”. Second generation blues performers are those who follow in their parent’s footsteps. The big news is the appearance of Jackson 5 star Tito Jackson who shows the Detroit audience his blues side! Tito is a phenomenal blues player who learned in his formative years from his dad and then while in Detroit recording for Motown.

Also look for the Phantom Blues Band, who have backed up Taj Mahal and are part of the Blues Brothers touring band; also Bernard Allison (Luther Allison’s son); and Kenny Neal, offspring of blues harmonica legend Raful Neal; Tasha Taylor, whose fabled father, Johnnie Taylor, is known as The Wailer.

Both shows will be taped for national broadcast on PBS and their 350 affiliates.

The festival will pay tribute to Johnny Johnson, former Chuck Berry keyboard virtuoso, who died in April. Proceeds also will benefit the American Music Research Foundation, a 503-C non-profit which assists needy musicians. Donations also will be accepted for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Tickets are $35; at Or call 800-919-6272. Tickets also are available at the ROMT box office through Oct. 15. A cash bar and adjacent parking are available.

Media Contacts:

Ronda Lee or Bina Khan at Illuminating Concepts: 248-478-2525

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