UCSB Arts & Lectures‘ Celesta Billeci sure knows how to pick ’em!
Several of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ upcoming performers were nominated for 2012 Blues Music Awards, the highest honors in the blues industry.
Coming up on January 24, Blues harmonica icon Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold and Sugar Ray Norcia — all guest artists in Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout — have eight nominations between them. Their honors include: Traditional Blues Male Artist of the year (Musselwhite), Instrumentalist – Harmonica (Musselwhite and Norcia), Band (Sugar Ray & The Bluetones), Album of the Year (Arnold and Sugar Ray & The Bluetones) and Traditional Blues Album (Arnold and Sugar Ray & The Bluetones).
Ruthie Foster, who’ll perform with Paul Thorn as part of Soul Salvation on February 10, is up for three honors: the B.B. King Entertainer award, Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) and best DVD (for the film/CD, Live At Antone’s, recorded at the legendary club in Austin, Texas).
And the unforgettable vocalist Bettye LaVette has been nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist. She’ll appear on April 22.
The Blues Foundation will present the 33rd annual awards on Thursday, May 10 in Memphis. For tickets and more information call, 805/893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.