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“Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues!” – That’s the farewell tag on “Mexican Jerry” Muniz’s voice mail. Mexican Jerry is the bearded and tattooed leader and singer/harp player for the Albuquerque Blues Connection – “The ABC” – one of New Mexico’s longest running blues outfits.
A fierce disciple of John Lee Hooker, Jerry’s band boogies hard and has been packing dance floors and festival lawns for almost two decades. With Dave Silva, his guitar and slide playing compadre of 15 years at his side, Jerry calls the crowd out –
“Get Up! Levantase! Time to Boogie!” – and they respond with a roar.
Drummer Jim Magnarella, and bassist Steve Whitman has pounded the bottom lines for 6, so the band runs almost telepathically, able to punch it up or drop it down as the mood strikes.
Even the “newcomer” in the band, Joe Mancuso on harmonica, has been friends and jamming with the group for years.
For Mexican Jerry, a song is a framework to be filled in anew every night, never sung the same way twice. But it’s always the Blues. Nuthin’ but the Blues. As a special treat for the 2010 Trinidaddio Blues Fest, the ABC brought their good friend and accordionist David Barclay along to add his" NewMexicordian" flavor to the show. – Infomation provided from http://losabc.com/.
KEN SAYDAK has enjoyed a nearly forty year career performing on festival and club stages worldwide. He has recorded his original blues-based music for Chicago’s prestigious Delmark label, releasing two solo projects, Foolish Man and Love Without Trust.
The Chicago Sun-Times called his last release on Evidence, It’s My Soul, his “best stand-alone project yet.”
Having come of age as a performer while many of the seminal blues legends were still alive and playing, he represents a vibrant link between the glory days of Chicago blues and the contemporary blues scene. He absorbed lessons from the greats during his early days in Chicago but was never content to be simply an imitator, instilling his music with not only traditional styles but also his broad musical understanding. His wit and wry observations permeate his lyrics, and his performances both as a band leader and a soloist draw from the deep well of American music.
He is a unique voice in the idiom and the breadth of his musicianship as both a player and vocalist have impressed audiences around the globe. Ken’s career as a performer has taken him to concert and festival stages on four continents, including tours and appearances in Europe and Japan. The list of artists who have enlisted his talents include Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Willie Kent, Lonnie Brooks, John Primer, Mighty Joe Young, Billy Boy Arnold, Sam Lay, Dave Specter, James Wheeler, Tad Robinson, Lurrie Bell, Johnny B. Moore, and Karen Carroll.
About It's My Soul, his 2005 Evidence Records release:
"Ken Saydak has built an impressive body of work with his three solo albums and his studio work…It's My Soul is his best stand-alone project yet"…
"Though veteran session man and Big Shoulders bandleader Ken Saydak has left Chicago, his commitment to America's greatest music remains unabated. On It's My Soul, the singer-songwriter-keyboardist bolsters the canons of blues and roots music with a dozen compelling new songs, delivered with gruffly good-natured vocals and towering piano and organ performances…. It's My Soul is an excellent listen."
Blues Revue, June/July 2006
"…it reaches back through labels and categories to clutch the still-pumping heart of the simple and glorious music that became rock 'n' roll – the seminal, simmering soul stew bursting with different but related flavors: the twangs of country music, the tangs of New Orleans R&B, the heart pangs of gospel, and the ka-bang! of the blues… All About Jazz
About his previous work:
"Vocalist/keyboardist and Windy City blues vet Ken Saydak is a gripping frontman…"
"With a rock-solid left hand pumping out the rhythms and a right hand that lightly caresses the keys one moment and pounds them into boogie-woogie submission the next, he demonstrates why the piano has retained a prominent spot in the blues world despite the glut of guitar slingers."
Blues Revue Magazine
"Our man is a true blues pianist all around, at the same time soft and deep, a worthy heir to Otis Spann, a champion of an instrument which has lost its prestige.
In addition, he's a sensitive composer, occasionally autobiographical, absolutely gifted for socio-economic or philosophical vignettes about daily life and human relationships."
Soul Bag Magazine Paris
"Frontman Ken Saydak has a huge, gruff vocal delivery and a flair for writing involved, strong compositions that – while blues-drenched – are often lyrically uplifting and musically complex. Saydak looks far beyond booze, cheating, partying and heartbreak for inspiration."
Twin Cities Reader
"Ken Saydak is an artist and a poet."
Al Lewis - KBAI-FM New York City
Information provided from kensaydak.com
PRESS RELEASE – March 13, 2012
In a special meeting on Wednesday (3/7/2012) evening, members of the board of directors of Trinidaddio Blues Fest, Inc., voted to cancel this year’s 14th annual event, planned for Aug. 25 in Central Park.
Citing critical timing issues and other events that are beyond the board’s control, Chairman Jerry Campbell announced the nearly unanimous vote to halt plans for the 2012 music fest that has, for the past 13 years, brought internationally recognized blues performers to Trinidad. There were two abstentions from board members concerned about the potential perception of a conflict-of-interest.
“The success of the Trinidaddio has been due to the tremendous support of literally hundreds of hard-working volunteers,” Campbell said, “and it has been funded by generous sponsorships from local and regional businesses. We want everyone to understand, this decision was very difficult for the board to make, but the financial risks were deemed too great for us to proceed. I would also like to thank our dedicated and hardworking board of directors for their countless hours volunteering for the fest and the community.”
Trinidaddio Blues Fest, Inc., a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has donated profits from its annual event to other local service organizations, including Noah’s Ark, Trinidad Cancer Alliance, Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive, Southern Colorado Repertoire Theater and the Trinidad Area Arts Council, among others.
TRINIDADDIO BLUES FEST XIII
Thanks to the great attendance, our generous sponsors and the hard work of a brigade of volunteers, Trinidaddio XIII was a rousing success!
Along with a line up that many are proclaiming was the best yet, Charlie Musselwhite served up a healthy helping of down-home harmonica, performing tunes from his latest release, The Well, and setting the bar for Trinidaddio performances!
Trinidaddio Blues Fest XIII Features Charlie Musselwhite!
We hope everyone who attended had a wonderful time and enjoyed the event. We are already planning Trinidaddio XIV, and will continue to update the site. Please check in often for updates. Be sure to check out the new mobile site – 2D barcode is at the bottom of this page.
We would also take the time to thank:
Ed Gil De Rubio and all the great folks at the City of Trinidad!
Charlie Glorioso & Trinidad Police Dept!
everyone at Trinidad Correctional Facility!
all of our wonderful Food Drink & Art Vendors!
all the Great Bands!!
Colorado Blues Society for sponsoring the Prefest!
Drew Gatlin & Firemen & Families at the Trinidad Fire Dept!
Trinidad Roundup Association for driving the COG Buses!
Huerfano & Las Animas County Council of Governments for Fest Transportation Vehicles
Everyone who helped and All who attended!
And of course all of our sponsors and volunteers, without whom, this festival would not be possible. If you want to be put on our update list add your email to our blues fest email list located on the right side of this page and we'll keep you abreast of all of the new Daddio happenings.
The Daddio Board
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Trinidaddio Blues Fest Vendors