New Blues Stage Lineup at #ActivateUptown

Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson is proud to reveal the lineup for the New Blues Stage at #ActivateUptown on Saturday, October 1st.  This stage will be located near the corner of Artesia Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue.  

new_blues_revolution.jpgThe New Blues Stage is presented by New Blues Revolution front-man Bill Grisolia, and will showcase the best in local blues bands, including:

  • The New Blues Revolution- The New Blues Revolution is made up of regional artists playing from San Francisco to San Diego and internationally. The band is based in Long Beach, and plays festivals, concerts and top nightclubs around the nation.  They seek to further the reach and progression of the blues idiom in modern music.
  • The Brophy Dale Band- Brophy Dale has a long distinguished career across the United States and internationally as the principal guitarist for the Stray Cat Lee Rocker. The band plays a variety of music from blues, rockabilly to rock 'n' roll.
  • DEBi & the GrooveMakers-  DEBi & the GrooveMakers became a hit of the Golden Groove Stage and have performed at the prestigious NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. They have also been selected as Artist of the Week for a Spotlight featured artist special in the Edge newspaper in Long Beach.
  • Bernie Pearl- Founder of the original Long Beach Blues Festival in 1980, Bernie Pearl is a legend across the United States and internationally. Additionally, Bernie has received the award as Legend of the Long Beach Blues from the New Blues Festival.
  • The Tony Lopez All-Star band & Shy but Flyy- The Tony Lopez band has quickly made its mark around California with its style of new blues and traditional blues with their performance featuring Eric Von Herzen, famous harmonica player from Social Distortion, and his own band, the Atomic Road Punks.  Also joining the All-Stars will be Shy but Flyy, an up-and-coming vocal sensation in the Long Beach community.
  • Audio Joe Project- Fresh from their performance at the New Blues Festival over Labor Day weekend, the Audio Joe Project combines exciting instrumentals - both Harmonica and Saxaphone - plus exciting vocals by their female lead singer.

Activate Uptown is a free, open-streets block party from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. along Artesia Boulevard between Atlantic and Orange Avenues, with live music, activities, food, crafts, giveaways and more.  Artesia Boulevard will be open to people walking, biking, and playing in the street, and closed to vehicular traffic.  Myrtle Avenue between Artesia Boulevard and Harding Street will showcase a reimagined streetscape with temporary features that make walking, bicycling and skating easier, safer and more enjoyable.  Myrtle Avenue will remain open to local traffic.

Activate Uptown is sponsored by the Office of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, SCAG’s Go Human Campaign, Clean Transportation Funding - MSRC, The California Endowment and Frontier Real Estate Investments.

For more information, visit, or the Activate Uptown event page at

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