‘Live From Bluesville' Artists Bring Blues Tunes to Genesee Community College

The Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College will come alive with the sounds of blues on Saturday, September 19, 2009 with Live From Bluesville , a collaboration of seasoned blues artists

The Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College will come alive with the sounds of blues on Saturday, September 19, 2009 with Live From Bluesville, a collaboration of seasoned blues artists Rich DelGrosso and Tom “Mookie” Brill. One performance is scheduled at 8:00 PM at the Batavia Campus.

Rich DelGrosso’s performances at clubs and festivals and the airplay of his recordings have garnered him five Blues Music Award nominations. His most recent are for Best Instrumentalist-Other for his mandolin and Acoustic Album of the Year for Live From Bluesville, a recorded jam session at XM radio’s “B.B. King’s Bluesville,” with Blues Music Award nominees and winners Fiona Boyes and Tom “Mookie” Brill.

A writer/teacher/performer, he is widely regarded as the leading supporter of mandolin blues. According to author/historian Mark Hoffman, DelGrosso is "the greatest living blues mandoman, the best since Yank (Rachell)." For over 20 years, DelGrosso has written articles for Blues Revue, Living Blues, Mandolin Magazine, Frets, and Sing Out!, as well as published instruction books on mandolin. He has presented workshops on mandolin across the country, earning him a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Visit www.mandolinblues.com for more information.

Tom “Mookie” Brill has played up and down the East Coast for over 30 years making a name for himself as one of the most sought-after upright bass players. He was raised in Brooklyn and has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1977. He plays upright bass whenever possible (depending on travel logistics). He worked in blues and rock ‘n roll bands in Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina through the 1980s. Mookie is a full-service, multi-instrument musician. Besides playing upright bass, he excels at electric bass, harp, guitar, drums, and vocals. He is a particularly impressive vocalist in deep Blues and Rockabilly styles. In the ‘90s, Mookie worked with Carey Bell, Hubert Sumlin, and Louisiana Red, with the Extraordinaires, and with the Rockabilly band, The Belmont Playboys, in North Carolina. He was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award for Bass in 2005 and he won the re-named Blues Music Award for it in 2006. He too was nominated for Acoustic Album of the Year for Live From Bluesville in 2009.

One performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and Genesee faculty/students.

Advanced tickets or reservations are strongly recommended. Contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email at boxoffice@genesee.edu. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only; credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.

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Editor’s Note: Photographs of Rich DelGrosso and Tom “Mookie” Brill are available at the following internet addresses:

Rich DelGrosso (high resolution) - http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/delgrossoBMA_1.tif

Tom “Mookie” Brill - http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/mookie.jpg
 

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