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7th Annual Open Sky Music Festival Features “Blues at the Lake”

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Summertime is ushered in on the mountaintop with live blues, spicy barbecue and mild breezes. High above the June gloom, the 7th Annual Open Sky Music Festival in Big Bear Lake takes place on Saturday, June 21, 2003. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased by phone with a major credit card through the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce (909) 866-4607 and at the Tail of the Whale Lakeside Lounge (909) 866-5514.

This year’s line-up features the Grammy Award winning songwriter Dave Alvin. His recording “Public Domain” was awarded a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Folk album (2001). Alvin Alvin was a founding member of The Blasters and he is one of the key architects of the roots-rock revival that set up the playing field for today’s alternative country performers such as Lucinda Williams, Wilco and Ryan Adams. Though Alvin’s performing crosses the lines between blues, folk and roots music, his ability to deliver a story by song is both captivating and unique.

His performance in Big Bear this year will provide an intimate visit with the guitarist. The festival’s 2nd headliner will be the popular Cafe R&B, who are slated to close out the day’s music. Led by the dynamic vocals of singer Roach, Cafe R&B returns to the Open Sky Music Festival on the heels of their latest recording “Blues and all the Rest.” Hits Magazine describes the singer, “Imagine Etta James riding a Harley out of an active volcano and you’ll have some vague inkling of the vocal power emanating from Cafe R&B’s Roach.”

Also on the bill is Mississippi-born Zac Harmon. Following in the tradition of blues music that was born in the Mississippi Delta and found its way to the big city, guitar-singer Harmon leads the Midsouth Blues revue through a traditional set of stinging Chicago-style blues. Opening the show will be Brother Yusef who makes his sophomore return to the festival. Performing on acoustic guitar in a country blues mode, Yusef adds his own twist to the music, performing timeless classics with a mix of distinctly original songs.

It will be an afternoon of blues-tinged music and New Orleans-inspired edibles, from Noon-6:00 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2003. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, no coolers please. A variety of freshly prepared foods are available on the grounds including; steaming jambalaya, garden salads, cool watermelon wedges, corn on the cob, peel and eat shrimp, pecan pie and a menu of grill items.

A complete selection of beverages will also be on sale. The event takes place at scenic Whaler Pointe Lakeside Park (350 Alden Road, Big Bear Lake) by the water’s edge, with an expansive view of crystalline Big Bear Lake, surrounded by pine covered mountain vistas. Tickets for the main event are $20 in advance and $22 on the day of the show.

Children 10 years of age and younger are admitted free of charge. Parking is available on site for $3 per vehicle. Special Open Sky Lodging-ticket packages are available by calling 18004BIGBEAR. This year’s official sponsors include: KBHR-FM, Union Bank of California, The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley, BigBear.Net and Blue Whale Lakeside. For more information, visit www.openskyfestival.com or call (626) 355-9201.

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