An outdoor music festival at Clinton Lake State Park will showcase a number of regional blues bands.
Tim "Buzz" Osborn, drummer for The Blues Notions, says the blues comes in many styles: swing, Kansas City, jazz, Cajun- and Latin-flavored, Chicago.
And, he says, his Kansas City-based band can play them all.
"The blues lends itself to a descriptive process in the sound and feel and improvisation," Osborn said.
The Blues Notions is among the acts who will take the stage Friday and Saturday at the Harvest Moon Blues Festival at Clinton Lake State Park, southwest of Lawrence.
The lineup includes:
- Friday -- Kelley Hunt Band, 1 p.m.; Mudslinger, 3 p.m.; Chill Factor, 4:30 p.m.; Glenn Townsend, 6:30 p.m.; and Kelley Hunt and the Kelley Hunt Band, 9 p.m.
- Saturday: Baby Jason and the Spankers, noon; 4 Fryed Chickens and a Coke, 2 p.m.; Jimmy Lewin, 4 p.m.; Cotton Candy and So Many Men jam, 6 p.m.; and The Blues Notions, 9 p.m.
Osborn said festival goers can expect a "rockin' good time" during his band's set.
"We play music that will make them jump up and move their feet," he said.
The Blues Notions was founded in 1987 as a band that would blend urban and traditional blues with original music. Since then, all of the band's original members have gone on to other things, but its musical goals have remained the same.
In addition to Osborn, other players are Tom "Trashmouth" Baker, vocals and harp; "Iron" Mike Sedovic, piano and organ; Karl "Jefferson Slim" Angerer, guitar; and Ralph Ybarra, bass.
The Blues Notions perform nearly every weekend at nightclubs and other venues within a 200-mile radius of Kansas City. This month, the band is recording its second CD at Red House in Eudora. The recording is untitled at this point and is expected to be released next spring.
The band's first CD, "This Is It," on the Blue Jewel Records label, was released in the spring of 1998 and contained 12 original and one cover song.
Chuck Baker, who has organized the recent Omega music festivals in the Lawrence area, is behind the Harvest Moon Blues Festival and wants to make it a family-oriented event. Children under 12 will be admitted free .
Gates to the festival will open at 10 a.m. each day. Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are $8 at the gate or $6.50 in advance through Ticketmaster, (816) 931-3330. Parking is $7.
Camping will be available at the lake for $5 a night. Coolers are allowed only in the camping area. Baker said the festival will go on rain or shine.
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BLAST OF BLUES
What: Harvest Moon Blues Festival.
When: Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 10 a.m.; music begins at 1 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
Where: Clinton Lake State Park, southwest of Lawrence.
Tickets: Available through Ticketmaster, (816) 931-3330. Children under 12 free.