Tag: Open Sky Music Foundation

Open Sky Music Foundation offers school seminar

Erwin Lake, CA – May 19, 2013 – Songwriter, actor, raconteur Jake La Botz will present a Performance Workshop for students at Chautauqua High School on Monday, May 20, bringing a sample of strikingly original, acoustic folk blues to Big Bear Lake. The Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc. is presenting the event at no cost to the high school, with generous support from Open Air Big Bear and Northwoods Resort. La Botz’s back-story dramatically inspires his performances. After dropping out of school at 15, the teenager hit the road, frequenting punk rock shows, hobo camps and libraries. He found employment as a roofer, boilermaker, graphite factory worker and obituary writer. In the midst of this he learned how to play guitar. He played on the streets and in the juke joints of New Orleans, Chicago and the Mississippi Delta, finding kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis. The wealth of experience he acquired during that time still provides a deep well of tales from which to draw. La Botz  also leads a successful acting career, having worked in several motion pictures, often performing his own original material.  Some of those projects include; “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” “On The Road,” based on the Jack Kerouac novel, “Rambo,” directed by Sylvester Stallone and two films directed by Steve Buscemi, “Lonesome Jim” and “Animal Factory.”  Most recently he was part of the original cast in the opening of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” at the Alliance Theater in...

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Guitarist Offers Master Class At High School

Big Bear Lake, California, October 20, 2012 – Singer/songwriter Doug MacLeod will present a Master Class for guitar students at Big Bear High School on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:00am, bringing a taste of the Delta blues to Big Bear Lake.   A traveling artist who writes and performs original songs, MacLeod learned his craft playing as a sidemen with an older generation of American blues artists, a most valuable tutelage.  The guitarist is known for his clever songwriting, guitar wizardry, soulful vocals, and witty performances. At the heart of his stage persona, is his knack for storytelling; expounding on characters he has met along the way — from the faceless to the legendary. MacLeod has developed a distinct, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style, leading him to become an endorser for National Reso-Phonic Steel Guitars.  His slide work harkens back to primitive American blues, a genre that started as a form of communication among African-American slaves of the south. Early in his career he landed jobs playing in the bands of blues greats Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton and  Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson.  Born in New York City in 1946, his career now finds him performing around the world in the folk blues tradition. Performing only his own compositions (of which he is credited with over 300), his music has also been...

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Blues Singer/Songwriter Brother Yusef Presents A “Blues In The Schools” Workshop

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