Bluespower to Play at Real Blues Festival Orange County this Weekend

Bluespower on stage at the Long Beach New Blues Festival. Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.There’s a lot of good blues music going on in the LB/OC area these days. And like a hurricane, at the center of things is Bluespower, the power trio consisting of Kenny “Big Daddy” Williams on guitar, Joe Dolci on bass and Rich Smith on drums. Coming off two great performances at Long Beach’s New Blues Festival 2, Bluespower will be featured at the upcoming Real Blues Festival of Orange County. The Real Blues Festival, sponsored by the Orange County Blues Society, will be filling Malone’s in Santa Ana with several great local blues bands on Sunday, September 13.

Bluespower will definitely be a highlight of the upcoming festival, playing covers of tunes by Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others, while cranking up the action with some hot new originals that have been recorded for Bluespower’s upcoming debut album, currently being recorded at the 17th Street Recording Studio in Costa Mesa, famous for also recording Sublime’s first single and album.

Kenny stomping foot.  Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.Bluespower has gone through several changes over the years, but Kenny Williams is thrilled to be getting back to the basics now. “Bluespower was actually formed back in 1988 in Pasadena,” explains Williams, “but after our harp player (Brian Brazil) left for Philly, we put the band on hold. Our philosophy back then was to stick to our Blues roots and try to take it to another level. Now, we’re back, and this time, for good”.After the sparkling performances at the Long Beach New Blues Festival 2, it is easy to see that this combination really clicks. The rhythm section is tight and “Big Daddy” is one of those guitarists whose showmanship comes naturally.

Bluespower will be performing this weekend at the Real Blues Festival of Orange County 6 at Malone’s in Santa Ana, Sunday, September 13. Log onto or for more info.

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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