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Arthur Adams
Arthur Adams Band
Freight train guitar, soul-steeped vocals and proli c songwriting have propelled Arthur Adams’ blues career. Performing since the late 1950s, Adams developed working associations with a legion of blues, soul, R&B and jazz art- ists, including long-time friend, mentor, and stylistic in uence, B.B. King.
Born in the small town of Medon, Tennessee, 100 miles north of Memphis, Arthur attended Tennessee State University for one year, be- fore joining Jimmy Beck’s touring band in the early ‘60s. During that time, he also performed in clubs backing traveling bluesmen such as Lightning Hopkins, Chuck Berry, Elmore James and Lowell Fulsom.
In addition to writing several songs for B.B. King, Adams has penned tunes (in some cases co-writing with award-winning composer Will Jennings) for Quincy Jones, Sam Cooke and Albert King.
He has recorded with Bonnie Raitt (Nick of Time), Jimmy Smith (Root Down), Jerry Garcia (Garcia), the Crusaders (Street Life), Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Dr. John, Hugh Masekela, Lou Rawls, Henry Mancini, Nancy Wilson, the Jack- son 5 and many others.
At one point early on, he went on tour as bass- ist for Nina Simone.
Appearing in the movie Town and Country, starring Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn, Arthur performed Ann Peebles’ soul classic, “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”
Adams’ recordings include “It’s Private To- night,” “Home Brew,” “Midnight Serenade,” “Soul of the Blues,” “I Love Love Love My Lady,” and “Back on Track.”
He received a Blues Foundation Award nomi- nation in the category of Soul Blues Album of the Year for “Stompin’ The Floor.”
Adams continues to appear at blues and jazz festivals world-wide.
Mitch Kashmar Band
Mitch Kashmar ranks among the top echelon of blues harmonica players, vocalists and front- men in the world.
Early on, when he formed the seminal Pontiax blues band in his native Santa Barbara, who knew their California/Chicago style would lead to the level of popularity and longevity that it attained? Behind Mitch’s infectious and inno- vative sound, the group would garner bookings and develop followings throughout the U.S and overseas, where they made a big splash at the Belgium Blues Festival in 1990. That appear- ance led to more of the same, further invita- tions to European festivals and club engage- ments, as well as an ever-increasing notoriety back in the States.
When the Pontiax played the very  rst Bowlful of Blues in 1983, their set lit a spark that fue- led the  re of Bowlful of Blues’ long-running success.
Kashmar appeared in Ojai on numerous oc- casions throughout the years, either with the
Mitch Kashmar
Pontiax or fronting various versions of Bowlful all-star house bands.
Kashmar’s career led him to more touring and recording opportunities. At one point he was hired by the group War, chosen from a short list of replacements for the legendary Lee Oskar. For several years, he toured extensively with War.
The Performers
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