The blues are coming to Long Beach on Sunday with a one-day concert headlined by guitarist Bernie Pearl and performances by more than a dozen other acts, including a young girl with big blues shoes to fill.
“We're going to have talent all over the place. It's going to be a maxed-out, awesome blues and barbecue weekend with a lot of blues talent and aficionados and fresh new talent,” said Joanne Sosa, master of ceremonies for the New Blues Festival of Long Beach, which takes place at the Police Officers Association Park at the Long Beach Towne Center.
The bands will perform on three stages and the event is aimed not just at modern and traditional blues fans but also their kids, with anyone under the age of 12 being admitted free.
The young attendees are likely to recognize at least one of the blues performers: 15-year-old Jami Belushi, the daughter of actor and blues musician Jim Belushi, whose older brother John Belushi was part of the the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd.
Jami appeared on her dad's show “The World According to Jim” as tween pop star Jami McFame.
She's a regular performer at the House of Blues, the Mint and the Roxy and she's performed on stage with her dad several times.
Pearl, whose career goes back to the early 1960s, will perform songs from his latest release, “Take Your Time,” a collection of acoustic and electric country blues.
Other bands performing are Boxcar 7, the Long Beach-based New Blues Revolution and the Brophy Dale Band, which will bring a little bit of a rockabilly feel to the show.
New Blues Festival
When: Doors open 10 a.m. Sunday.
Where: POA Park, 7930 Carson St., Long Beach.
Information: 562-762-8317, www.newbluesfestival.com.