juke joint 2001

February 14, 2001





Margie Yu
Public Affairs Spec.
(323) 343-3047


of Events

Arthur Adams Band to Perform at
Cal State L.A.'s Juke Joint
and Blues Concert
for Black History Month Celebration

Los Angeles, CA - The Cross Cultural Centers Office at California State University, Los Angeles will present the University's third annual Juke Joint and Blues Concert on Friday, February 23, 7 p.m., in the University-Student Union, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The building will be transformed into an old fashioned juke joint, featuring a live performance of the blues by premier singer and songwriter Arthur Adams and his band. The concert will also include an opening performance by Derf Reklaw and his band. Soul food buffet will be served.

Arthur Adams was born in Medon, Tennessee, a small town 80 miles north of Memphis. He briefly studied music at Tennessee State and played a few "gigs" with the Tennessee State Jazz and Blues Band. Then, Adams hit the road for Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Texas, playing R&B and down home southern blues. Eventually, he wound up in Dallas, Texas, where he landed a "gig" in a local club and formed a band. He played in clubs throughout Texas appearing with such artists as Chuck Berry, T-Bone Walker, Etta James, Jerry Butler, Freddie King, Jimmy Reed and many more.

Adams then moved to Los Angeles, and played clubs in the L.A. area for about two years. He began to do studio work with Quincy Jones, who recorded Adams' "Love and Peace." (The song appears on Jones' Grammy award-winning Walkin' in Space album on A&M Records.) Adams also recorded with James Brown, James Taylor, and Jimmy Smith and The Crusaders. Bonnie Raitt and Tommy Lipuma co-produced his first album, It's Private Tonight, on Blue Thumb Records. Adams recently recorded an album--There's Always One More Time (MCA Records)--with the legendary B.B. King, and wrote two of the album's songs, "Mean and Evil" and "Got Something Up My Sleeve." Adams has been recently referred to as a "Blind Pig Recording Artist." (Blind Pig Records is one of the premier blues labels in the world.)

Derf Reklaw and his band play Afro-Jazz music inspired by the sounds of the African Diaspora. Reklaw has released the soothing, inspiring and upbeat CD entitled "From the Nile." He has also been featured on two CDs by The Pharoahs.

This concert is part of Cal State L.A.'s Black History Month celebration. Tickets for the Juke Joint and Blues Concert are $7 for general admission and $4 for students.

Call the Cross Cultural Centers Office at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-5001.


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