'History of Blues' concert to feature 2 Arizona greats

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z 'History of Blues' concert to feature 2 Arizona greatsSubmitted by Bonnie Vining Lava Music Arizona Daily Star
April 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Live Acoustic Venue Association's all-star series resumes Saturday after a two-week break.

The show will start at 7 p.m. at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road, and will feature two members of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame - Stefan George and Hans Olson - performing a special History of the Blues concert.

George tours nationally and internationally, and has won awards for his evocative songwriting and luminous guitar playing, including TAMMIES for Best Songwriter, Best Acoustic Guitar, Best Acoustic Ensemble and Best Solo Acoustic. He has also been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Hall of Fame, the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and the Tucson Musicians Museum, and he won Best Artist at Mettmann Blues Week in Germany.

George has been a finalist in the Telluride and Kerrville Songwriting contests, the Just Plain Folk Songwriting contest and the Music City Song Festival contest.

Olson has been a fixture on the Arizona music scene for more 40 years. From San Bernardino, Calif., Olson began his musical career as a lead singer in rock 'n' roll bands in the late 1960s and began performing solo in coffeehouses around that time.

Olson's first inspirations were Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters. He plays an amplified acoustic guitar and is known as one of the best "harp in a rack" players in the world. He often plays the guitar and harmonica at the same time. Olson has released 13 albums, and he toured the world up until the late 1990s when he retired from the road. Only performing in Arizona now, Olson performs many old classic blues and country songs along with his original compositions in a variety of styles.

George and Olson will share anecdotes about blues history and cover songs from early acoustic country blues artists such as Mississippi John Hurt to big-city musicians Little Walter and Muddy Waters.

If you go

• What: History of the Blues Concert featuring Stefan George and Hans Olson.

• When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road.

• Tickets: $15 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/98302 online or $20 cash at the door if not sold out.

• Info: Email bonnie@lavamusic.org, call 647-3234 or go to www.lavamusic.org online.

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