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Fifth annual blues festival set for Sunday

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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 11:18 am

Vets help vets with music

Fifth annual blues festival set for Sunday

By Stacy Trevenon [ stay@hmbreview.com ]

In an event geared to both present a family-friendly, music-filled afternoon for the community and offer resources to veterans who have served the country, the American Legion Post 474 presents the fifth annual “Vets to Vets Blues Festival” on Sunday.

From noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, at the Legion Post 474 at 4670 Capistrano Road in Princeton, several local and Bay Area blues musicians will take the stage, either with their own backup bands or by joining forces to play together.

“It’ll be a big jam session,” said veteran, Legion member and Princeton Welding Inc. owner Bob Resch, who organized the event. Blues musician Stan Erhart, who will be playing, booked the musicians.

The blues musicians who will appear include: Erhart, Marla Goody, guitarist Chris Cobb, sax player Nancy Wright, drummer Jackie Enx, Randy Hayes, Michael Warren and others. (Tia Carroll, whose name is on posters, will not appear at the festival.)

There is no admission charge. Families are welcome and dogs on leash are permitted. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

While the festival is primarily a family-friendly afternoon revolving around blues music, there’s more to it than that, said Resch: It will also be a means of reaching out to veterans and making available to them resources to help if they are having challenges readjusting to civilian life.

One of those will be the Mobile Vet Center from Redwood City, there to provide veterans with readjustment counseling services. The center will bring outreach workers to tell veterans who they need to talk to, provide them with links and contacts, and answer questions.

Resch said he hopes that the Palo Alto VA will send veterans over to the festival again this year as they have done in the past.

“We want to get vets to help vets more,” Resch said “We also want more awareness for veterans, especially disabled veterans.”

The event begins at noon with food available, and the music is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m.

For information, call the Legion at 728-9224.

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