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Bluzapalooza Coming To Troops

Bluzapalooza, the first Blues concert tour to go into a war zone, will ship out to military bases in Iraq and Kuwait on April 1 to entertain troops.

Created by Blues producers Steve Simon and John Hahn and presented by Armed Forces Entertainment, this inaugural 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, and Beale Street Entertainer of the Year Billy Gibson, with 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,” stated Steve Simon, co-producer of the tour.

“For our men and woman serving on the frontlines, Bluzapalooza is like attending a great Blues festival right in their own home town,” stated John Hahn, the tour’s other co-producer.

Armed Forces Entertainment has already approved a second tour in the fall and others are being prepared. Many of the top businesses and labels in the Blues music industry are coming to the plate help finance and provide other support for the tour. Chip Eagle, the publisher of Blues Revue and BluesWax will be carrying journalist credentials on the tour so that Blues fans from around the world can follow this monumental event. Watch for more soon right here in STLBlues!

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