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Indulge yourself with some blues

Singer Julie Black will perform new songs during a Sunday fundraiser for an art gallery and SPCA of West Pasco.

By BARBARA FREDRICKSEN
Published June 1, 2007


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If you listen to Julie Black's new CD, Call me Angel for Blues, you might think there are a half dozen Julie Blacks.

The 12 tracks have at least that many different vocal sounds and styles. Spreadin' the Blues has the boogie/gospel feel of a young Aretha Franklin. The bluesy Love This Mama, with Michael Johnn's tinkling keyboard, has overtones of Ella Fitzgerald. If Ms. Black would ratchet up just one more notch, her Devil's Child would be a ringer for the wailing Janis Joplin.

And Johnn's power-drive keyboard/organ has the folk-rock feel of Alan Price on the Animals' classic rendition of The House of the Rising Sun.

Ms. Black and four of the nine musicians heard on her new album will be live at 2 p.m. Sunday at Richey Suncoast Theatre.

The show is part of "A Sinful Sunday - A Day of Indulgences" put together by Greater New Port Richey Main Street, in conjunction with Progress Energy Art Gallery, as a fundraiser for the gallery and to benefit the homeless animals at the SPCA of West Pasco.

The show itself is $5, but the VIP party that starts at 12:30 p.m. before the show is $30. That includes cocktails and a buffet lunch by Pit Boss Barbecue, an "Angel for Blues" T-shirt, the Call me Angel for Blues CD and a ticket to the live show down the street at Richey Suncoast.

Ms. Black and members of the band will be at the party to meet and greet the guests. That includes electric guitarist Dave Eichenberger, bassist Bill Spicuglia and drummer Dennis "Jungle Denny" McCarthy and Johnn.

Ms. Black wrote the songs featured on the album, painted the art for the album cover and designed the stylized artwork used as background for the lyrics inside the cover.

She performed at the new Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival in February, the Chasco Fiesta, Cotee River Seafood Festival and Boat Show, and Founders Day Celebration in New Port Richey and has been heard on WMNF 88.5-FM community radio.

Guests at the VIP party are asked to "atone for their sinful indulgences" by donating items to help care for homeless pets at the SPCA of West Pasco. Suggested donations include laundry detergent, bleach, dish-washing liquid, hand soap, trash bags, cat litter, blankets, towels, sheets, garden hoses, hose nozzles, animal-safe toys, treats and collars with metal buckles.

If you go

'A Sinful Sunday - A Day of Indulgences'

Who: Jazz/blues singer Julie Black and members of her band.

Where: Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Tickets for the show are $5. Tickets for a VIP party at Progress Energy Art Gallery from 12:30 to 2 p.m. before the show are $30. That ticket includes cocktails, buffet by Pit Boss Barbecue, an "Angel for Blues" T-shirt, a CD and a ticket to the show. The gallery is at 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 848-6500 for information and reservations.

[Last modified June 1, 2007, 00:15:10]


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