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  Little Buster's Rhythm & Blues Expo

   The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is sponsoring an exciting new concert series called "Little Buster's Rhythm & Blues Expo" to raise awareness about blindness and the opening of the NFB's new state-of-the-art research and education facility in October 2003. Currently, the tour is being scheduled into eleven cities including Denver, New Orleans, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore, Hartford and New York.

The show centers around the soulful music of the 60's R&B legend Little Buster, including a featured performance from Little Buster Records recording Artist Ayanna Hobson, in addition to performances with some of the many friends (Special Guests) and supporters of his incredible legacy. Special Guest performance commitments have been received from a diverse pool of legendary artist's including, Al Kooper, Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five, The Memphis Horns, David Bennet Cohen, and Francine Reed. Commitments from other well known Artist's will be announced over the next few months.

According to Buster's long-time personal friend Steven Kleinberg, and President of Little Buster Records Inc., "It's no surprise that the National Federation of the Blind chose to sponsor Little Buster, because he serves as an inspiration to the approximately 10 million blind and visually impaired people in the United States." He added, "Buster has been blind since age six and has never let that stop him from living his life to it's fullest potential."

All proceeds above the cost of producing each event will be donated to the NFB, to be used exclusively for supplying blind persons with items that will make their lives more comfortable. The goal will be to raise awareness and funds through an interactive, community based promotional effort that will include radio, television, print, schools, contests and live music.

Featuring approximately three hours of live music by some of the hottest names in the Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Jazz music today, each benefit event will also have possible guest appearances by other well known celebrities supporting the cause, a segment focusing on blindness related issues, an award presentation to a local individual or organization for their efforts in helping promote awareness issues and a show closing Superstar Jam with all artists and musicians that participated in that event.

About Little Buster:
Little Buster has long been considered the Soulman's, Soulman and an original pioneer of the classic 60's Stax and contemporary Southern Soul sound. Buster's career has spanned over forty years and it has brought him into the inner circle of the Rhythm & Blues explosion many times. Unfortunately, unscrupulous business managers and record labels took advantage of his trust and blindness, which has left him somewhat obscure.

By utilizing music, Buster Forehand has overcome his blindness, has entertained and educated millions of people all over the world, has created the opportunity to allow people to be employed and has become the CEO of his own musical enterprise. In addition to showing people that "where there is a will, there is a way," Little Buster is an inspirational example that being blind does not prevent an individual from living a life of fulfillment.

B.B King has stated publicly, "Little Buster is the only musician that can fill my shoes" and the legendary songwriter Doc Pomus once said that, Buster's overwhelming version of "Young Boy Blues" (written by Pomus and originally recorded by Ben E. King) was the best rendition that he had ever heard!

Nominated in 1996 for the prestigious W.C.HANDY AWARD and receiving runner-up status for the LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE CRITICS AWARD are just a couple of accolades that Buster has collected over the years.

About the NFB:
Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation's largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. With fifty thousand members, the NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered the leading force in the blindness field today.

The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold-to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.

Special services of the National Federation of the Blind include a Materials Center containing over eleven hundred pieces of literature about blindness and four hundred different aids and appliances used by the blind and the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind is the world's largest and most complete evaluation and demonstration center for all speech and Braille technology used by the blind from around the world. NFB-NEWSLINE® for the Blind, the world's first free talking newspaper service, offers the blind the complete text of leading national and local newspapers with the use of only a touch-tone telephone. Jobline® offers national employment listings and job openings through a telephone menu system to anyone free of charge.

Publications of the NFB include the Braille Monitor, which provides a positive philosophy about blindness and discusses events and activities of the Federation and in the blindness field and Future Reflections, a publication of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, a Division of the NFB. Voice of the Diabetic focuses on special interests and needs of diabetics and is a publication of the Diabetes Action Network, also a Division of the National Federation of the Blind.

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