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Saturday
12
MAY

ROCK Giants ROY Blumenfeld & DAVID Aguilar + Friends

19:30
22:00

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ROCK GIANTS COME TO ART HOUSE GALLERY

Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley CA 94705
510-472-3170
$15.-$25 at door
ALL AGES POT LUCK (You can bring food, snacks and beverages)

ROY BLUMENFELD

Back in 1967, the mythic ‘Summer of Love’, if you were in New York City the place to be was the Cafe Au Go Go on MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village where the star band was The Blues Project, a group on the cutting edge of improvisational, classical, blues and jazz. Roy Blumenfeld was the drummer, the heartbeat for the band.

Born in the Bronx in 1944, Roy reached his teens as the first wave of American rock & roll was being created. He took up the drums and found himself drawn to blues, R&B, and jazz.

Roy linked up with bassist Andy Kulberg through work with Al Kooper on the latter's early solo recordings and then in 1965 he joined The Blues Project together with Al Kooper on keyboards and vocals, guitarist/vocalist Danny Kalb (a respected session player for various folk and folk-rock albums), guitarist/vocalist Steve Katz (from The Even Dozen Jug Band), flautist and bass player Andy Kulberg and vocalist Tommy Flanders. (Flanders left the band in 1966 after the first album "Live at The Cafe Au Go Go" was released.)

The Blues Project's electric brew of rock, blues, folk, pop, and even some jazz, classical, and psychedelia made them a major cult band of the '60s. They were one of the first album-oriented, "underground" groups in the United States and the eclectic résumés of the musicians who came from folk, jazz, blues, and rock backgrounds was reflected in their choice of material. Blues by Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry’s tunes ran alongside covers of contemporary folk-rock songs by Eric Anderson and Patrick Sky as well as the group's own originals which were usually penned by Al Kooper.

Having started at the white-hot center of the emerging US music scene, Roy performed at some truly landmark events including The Monterey Pop Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival and evenings at Lincoln Center.

After The Blues Project’s debut album "Live at The Cafe Au Go Go" the group released their first studio album, "Projections" in late 1966. The album stormed through blues numbers including Al Kooper's fierce adaptation of an old Blind Willie Johnson song "I Can't Keep from Crying." It also featured folk and jazz influenced tracks like "Fly Away", Steve Katz's lilting "Steve's Song" and Al Kooper's jazz instrumental "Flute Thing”. This number became an underground radio standard and is probably their most famous track. A non-LP single from this era, the pop-psychedelic "No Time Like the Right Time" was thought by many to be The Blues Project's greatest achievement and one of the best "great hit singles that never was" of the decade.

In 1967 Al Kooper and Steve Katz left the band to join Blood Sweat and Tears and Danny Kalb took leave of absence, The Blues Project released a third album "Live At Town Hall" consisting of live tapes and studio out-takes.

Roy Blumenfeld and Andy Kulberg kept Blues Project going for a fourth album "Planned Obsolescence" (1968) before forming Seatrain together with Andy Kulberg, ex-‘Mystery Trend’ guitarist John Gregory, Richard Greene former Jim Kweskin Jug Band violinist/fiddler and saxophonist Don Kretmar. In 1969 they released the album "Sea Train" after which Roy left the band although they re-formed in the early '70s with various line-ups. In 1973 Roy and Al Kooper rejoined the band for a live album "Reunion in Central Park".

Roy played on folk singer Mark Spoelstra's self-titled album for Columbia Records in 1969. He worked with Nick Gravenites in the '70s and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter at various times in the '80s and '90s and played with Al Kooper on the live shows that became the basis of Al Kooper's "Soul of A Man" album released in February 1995.


Over the years Roy has performed and recorded with the most illustrious soul, funk, blues and rock legends: Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, David LaFlamme (of It's A Beautiful Day), Barry Melton (of Country Joe and the Fish), Banana (of The Youngbloods), Peter Albin (of Big Brother and the Holding Company: the band that launched Janis Joplin) and Robert Hunter (of The Grateful Dead)... to name just a few. He’s recently toured and recorded with the re-formed Electric Flag, who are themselves a who's who of soul-funk-rock and he’s still working with a number of former musical colleagues including Blues Project buddies.

DAVID AGUILAR Guitar & Vocals Bio
David Aguilar is an accomplished rhythm & blues/slide guitarist and has been fortunate to play with artists such Bo Diddley , David and Linda LaFlamme (It’s A Beautiful Day), Bonnie Raitt, Roy Rogers, Maria Muldaur, Roy Blumenfeld (Blues Project), Rich Kirch (John Lee Hooker), Cliff Hugo (Ray Charles), Harvey Mandel, Doobie Brothers, Jackson Brown, Barry Melton (Country Joe & the Fish), Big Brother and the Holding Company, Sonny Rhodes, and others.
He has been featured on many recordings with such artists as Natasha James, Norton Buffalo, Helen Mead, the late John Salz and he most recently played on Lester Chamber’s latest recording ‘Lester’s Time has Come’ released in 2013. David truly enjoyed performing with the late harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo and his wife Lisa Flores for 9+ years as part of the Norton Buffalo and Friends trio. David was also recognized as Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year 2013 for his musical talents and community contributions in the city of Sonoma.