Blues in Iraq and Kuwait

Posted on: Wednesday, Feb 6, 2008

It seems that the US troops in the middle east will be able to see some of the acts that rarely (never) come to the UK. At first I thought that I would edit this press release to make it more appropriate for a European reader but I am sure that when you read it you will understand that “our troops” are not really British but ‘Merkins.



BLUZAPALOOZA, the first blues concert tour to go to a war zone, ships out to military bases in Iraq and Kuwait on April 1, 2008 to entertain our troops.

Created by blues producers Steve Simon and John Hahn and presented by Armed Forces Entertainment, this inaugural BLUZAPALOOZA tour stars blues icon and four-time Blues Music Awards (BMA) nominee Bobby Rush, two-time BMA Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Janiva Magness, Beale Street Entertainer of the Year Billy Gibson, and Tony Braunagel from The Phantom Blues Band heading up the BLUZAPALOOZA All-Stars Blues Band.

“BLUZAPALOOZA gives America’s greatest blues musicians the opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ and ‘We love you’ to America’s greatest soldiers,” says Steve Simon, co-producer of BLUZAPALOOZA.

“For our men and woman serving on the front lines, BLUZAPALOOZA is like attending a great blues festival right in their own home town,” continues John Hahn, BLUZAPALOOZA’s co-producer.

This inaugural BLUZAPALOOZA tour has been made possible with the help of Armed Forces Entertainment, The Blues Foundation, Blind Raccoon, Blues Revue, Alligator Records, NorthernBlues Music, Delta Groove Music, Blind Pig Records, Telarc Records, Sony Corporation and Ruf Records.

Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Founded in 1951, AFE brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops each year. BLUZAPALOOZA is proud to be working with AFE.

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