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Rare live Blues performance coming to Merced shore

Blues guitar slinger Steve “Mouse” Johnson & Those BOBtones ring the ships bells to cast away summer with special guests and new tunes on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Lake Yosemite.
Blues guitar slinger Steve “Mouse” Johnson & Those BOBtones ring the ships bells to cast away summer with special guests and new tunes on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Lake Yosemite.

Blues guitar slinger Steve “Mouse” Johnson & Those BOBtones ring the ships bells to cast away summer with special guests and new tunes on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Lake Yosemite.

The concert is part of an annual picnic/potluck party along the picturesque Lake Yosemite Sailing Association’s white picket fenced lawn with BBQ fire and pitmaster ready for your proteins at 6 p.m.

Before recently moving to friendlier SoCal climate, Johnson was one of the busiest and most popular bluesmen in the New York City area. His recordings have been heard in television episodes of “Medium”, “Monster Garage”, and “Chopper Build-Off”. He’s played on stages with Albert Collins, Paul Butterfield, Johnny Copeland, Jaco Pastorius, Lonnie Mack, Leslie West, Eddie Martinez, Paul Schaeffer and many other keystones of blues and jazz. Steve also bears the distinction of twice winning New York Blues & Jazz Society’s “Battle of the Bands” to his lengthy musical résumé.

Those BOBtones for this event are Billy C Taylor on drums, Michael Boykin on vocals and blues harp and Sacramento’s Blues Hall of Famer Chris Fraire on bass.

Also, look out for a very special appearance by New York music scene stalwart Julie “Sax” Sussman. Julie polished her horns at Berklee College of Music in Boston – catapulting her onto East and West Coast stages and trading chops with the who’s who in Jazz, Latin, Blues, Pop and Funk.

This year, organizers are asking for a minimum $5 donation per adult 18 and older which helps with musician travel and production expenses.

B.Y.O.B., plates and cutlery.

All ages are welcome.

Wear dancing shoes.

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