Thursday, September 27, 2012

Heart of the South Tour II, and a reminder of Sunday's music and poetry

From: Bernie Pearl []
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:36 PM

Dear Blues Friend: Our Heart of the South Tour II  is around the corner, and I can hardly wait!

For those observing the Days of Awe, a happy and prosperous new year, with wishes for global peace and understanding.

Regarding the Blues Blast Music Awards, although "Sittin' on the Right Side of the Blues" did not win the popular vote, I feel gratified that through the competition many new people became familiar with our music, and Mike and I cannot thank you enough for your support.

We head back South full of enthusiasm and fully intent on laying down some heavyweight blues. We've played almost all the venues previously and are pleased to be invited back. One new date deserves mention: We'll be the featured performers at Mr. Handy's Blues Hall on Beale St., Wednesday 10/10, in a benefit for the Blues Foundation's intended Blues Hall of Fame. Vinny Marini, host of "Music on the Couch", will host the evening.

Here's our tour itinerary:
Friday 10/5 King Biscuit Blues Festival 11:00, Helena
Sunday 10/7 Huey's Midtown 4:00, Memphis
Monday 10/8 Hopson's Commissary 6:00, Clarksdale
Tuesday 10/9 Blues in Schools & Concert 6:00 BB King Museum, Indianola
Wednesday 10/10 Blues Hall of Fame Benefit 8:00, Mr. Handy's Blues Hall, Beale St., Memphis
Thursday 10/11 Cat Head Blues & Folk Art 3:00, Clarksdale
Saturday 10/13 Guitar Workshop 10 am & 6:00 Festival set, Bukka White Fest , Aberdeen

Before we go
I have a couple of dates this weekend.:
Saturday, September 29
My good friend Jill Hill is opening her new Long Beach salon this Saturday, September 29 with finger foods, beverages of various kinds, and...the Blues! I'll be playing from 1:00-3:00, and I hope you'll join us. See the
PDF attached above for details.
Goldhill Salon Grand Opening
, Saturday, September 29, 1-4PM, 4358 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach

Sunday, September 30

The following day, I will be playing with the Bernie Pearl Blues Band at an Ash Grove-sponsored benefit for the Get-Lit Players. We will play an opening set, and then will have the honor of backing one of the most inspiring vocalists I've ever heard in all my decades of music, Ms Bettie Mae Fikes. I played with her in the 1960's and have had the opportunity again more recently. Take it from me, you don't want to pass up a chance to be enthralled by this voice, and in a lovely garden setting!

Sunday, September 30, 2:00 – 5:00, Home & garden of Jan Goodman & Jerry Manpearl,

939 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica 90402 
Bettie Mae Fikes & Bernie Pearl Blues Band, Brave New Music by Get Lit Players, musical classmates and Ashgrove friends                          
$15, adults, $5 students, tickets online at
Scroll down for more information on the Get-Lit Players

Classes at Boulevard Music Begin Wednesday, October 17 

My "How to Jam the Blues" classes begin the Wednesday after I return from the Delta. Classes are open to all instruments, all musical levels. Acoustic instruments 7:00-8:00, Amplified Instruments 8:00-9:00. 8 sessions $100. Call Boulevard Music (310) 398-2583. 4316 Sepulveda Bl. (at Culver), Culver City.


Friday, October 19 at the ABC
The Bernie Pearl Blues Band, featuring Terry "Big T" DeRouen, returns to the Arcadia Blues Club. Food, drink, dancing, and a great sound system are features of the hottest blues club in Southern California. The Bobby Bluehouse Band kicks off the show at 8:00, and then at 10:00 the BPBB takes the stage until the wee hours. Terry, Albert, Mike, Hurricane, and I would love to see you there. $10 at door, $5 in advance. Go to the website to possibly win free admission and a CD:
Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006

For table reservations and information call:
1-626-447-9349 Friday - Saturday during working hours.
For the best seats come early by 8:30pm.
For concert business, vendors and booking information contact:


Benefit Helps Get Lit Players Keep Culture Alive for At-Risk Youth

The Get Lit Players have built a launch pad for literacy among at-risk youth with innovative programs that blend memorizing classic poetry and original free-form spoken-word slams. Many minority teens on the edge of dropping out have regained self-confidence and reconnected with reading through exposure to great poets of diverse cultures and the prospect of becoming poets themselves. Semi-finalists in the 2008/2010 Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam, the Get Lit Players have been featured in the LA Times, on HBO, NBC and PBS and were invited to the White House by Michelle Obama last year.


All Funds from this event, sponsored by Ashgrove Music, will bring Get Lit to Animo Inglewood High School, where desperate teachers welcome this life support. They know that arts -– the oasis where students can find their own voice -- are the prime reason many young people remain in school.


While last fall's Get Lit benefit featured a poem written specially for the event by David Mamet and performed by Helen Mirren, this event will showcase the Players themselves, plus performances by their outstanding musical confreres from Brave New Music.




 Let’s Get Lit!   The exciting Get Lit Players launch literacy in our schools,

bringing Whitman to Watts, Baldwin to Boyle Heights while showcasing their original spoken word poetry.  Get Lit has built bridges for 10,000 teens in Southern California.


SOUND CLIP:   Get Lit --  from “Get Lit Anthem”


 But the brutal state budget cuts are threatening this program!

The Ashgrove is pleased to support Get Lit’s Adopt-A-School program.  On Sunday, Sept. 30th, from 2 til 5, enjoy gospel and blues icon Bettie Mae Fikes, the Bernie Pearl Blues Band, songsters from Brave New Music, and Get Lit's urban troubadors.


SOUND CLIP:   Get Lit  - from Neruda-bilingual


Ignite!  Unite!  Keep words alive! on Sunday, Sept. 30th, in the garden at  939  San Vicente Blvd., in Santa Monica  

 All donations support Get Lit's Adopt-A-School program.  More details at, or call 323-930-0857.   

 That’s 323-930-0857.


KPFK is a proud media sponsor.  
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