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Blues at the Bowl


Serious blues fans and jazz-subscriber enthusiasts at the Hollywood Bowl enjoyed a night of Rock n’ Blues from James Cotton, Dr. John, and Buddy Guy on August 12, 2009.

Collectively they span over 150 years of music including a nice collection of Grammy awards.?

The evening started out with James Cotton smiling in his chair enjoying the evening with his signature harmonica. Cotton played ?his famous Got my Mojo Workin’ a tune he’d recorded and performed with Muddy Waters.

In the second set, we were treated to Dr. John and the Lower 911. The New Orleans voodoo singer/piano player performed his hit, Right Place, Wrong Time, from a time where he was better-known as Dr. John the Night Tripper. His signature “skull” was displayed on a table during the performance, making one wonder, just how much witchcraft has he experienced in his lifetime?

The highlight of course was Buddy Guy, the headliner of the evening. Buddy Guy, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, made an appearance in Martin Scorcese’s documentary about the Rolling Stones, Shine a Light, and has won 5 Grammys. I remembered the night I saw him open up for the Rolling Stones. I was lucky then and felt just as fortunate last evening. The crowd loved Hootchie Coochie Man and my favorite tune of the evening was his tribute to Eric Clapton and Cream where he performed his rendition of?Strange Brew. Considering the fact that I missed the Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood show earlier this summer at the Hollywood Bowl, this wasn’t a bad substitute. He also played the title song from his latest CD,?Skin Deep.

Even if you weren’t a blues fan, the show appealed to all ages who were happy to experience a night of legendary musicians who still performed at their peak.

Julie Spira is the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at

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