Santa Clarita group keeps the blues alive

by Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer 680 views1

Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society is a non-profit organization that started in 2003 to keep the history of blues alive.

With numerous ties to other groups in the city of Santa Clarita and the state of California this local organization has achieved success on a national level.

Many talented musicians and bands associated with SCV Blues Society have placed in IBC’s “World’s Top 10” in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Their 2008 best self produced CD won the Blues Foundation’s “World’s Best Produced CD” competition in 2010.

Holding a monthly open blues jam on the second Sunday at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall gives people a chance to play and hear blues music live. From kids, teenagers, adults, male and female are all welcome to sign there name up to perform with professional guitarist, bassists, vocalists and all different skill level players.

Photo by Oscar Rogel

“It gives opportunities to inexperience players to play with experience players,” said Secretary of SCV Blues Society Jennifer Dier.

Open to the public for all ages free of charge the great turnout crowd gets to enjoy the sound of original and popular blues music while enjoying a slice of pizza.

Blues being the first American music art form President of SCV Blues Society Lynn Wollverton-Parker continues to make people aware of blues music. “We want to teach kids where the music came from because that’s where it started,” said Wollverton-Parker.

While their open blues jam rolls on into second Sunday of October SCV Blues Society will hold a battle of the blues band competition on Oct. 6 at the Arcadia Blues Club in Arcadia where the winners will have a chance to compete in Memphis, Tenn. at the 2013 International Blues Challenge on Jan. 30 through Feb. 2.

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Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer

Born and raised in city of Santa Clarita, Oscar Rogel is a full time student at College Of The Canyons, and has a full time job. Oscar is on his way to being the first in his family to earn his AA degree. He is currently enrolled in the MEA 225 class to continue to improve his skills in all areas to one day work for a Television News or Radio Station. Oscar has some nice experience when it comes to being in front of crowd or being asked to get a job done. From 2004 to 2010 Oscar served in United States Marines Corps where he was a Motarman for his Marine reserve unit and in 2009 deployed overseas to Iraq. In between that time frame Oscar also continued to take classes at C.O.C. and discovering a passion for music learning how to play guitar and bass and being part of a few bands along the way playing a couple of live shows. He has had experience with doing some work with SCVTV and interning at KHTS radio. In the end Oscar Rogel brings discipline, patience, a hard work ethic, and a eagerness to learn more to improve his skills.

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    Thanks for coming to the Jam and for the nice article, Oscar.  I hope you come back again soon and bring all your musician friends with you.

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