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Barbecue served with blues on the side

The featured performers at the Blues 'n Barbecue event are Tampa Bay bluesman James Peterson, Sarasota Slim and the Cool Corporate Cats.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 10, 2000


HOMOSASSA -- For the fourth year, a blues concert will be a companion event to the arts and seafood festival in Old Homosassa.

The Blues 'n Barbecue features a cook-off and heritage displays from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday at the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site, Old Homosassa. Blues music will be played from noon to 5 p.m.

The featured performers are Tampa Bay bluesman James Peterson, Sarasota Slim and the Cool Corporate Cats.

Peterson is a frequent performer at North Suncoast blues venues such as Cadillac Jack's in Treasure Island. He said live performances are special events for him.

"What I love the most is entertaining the people, looking at their reaction," he said in an interview with the Times last year. "That's the best feeling I've ever had. See, I love people. And just to know that I reached their heart and soul, and they feel good about what I'm doing, that's all I want."

Sarasota Slim, whose real name is Gene Hardage, has been playing at bay area blues clubs and festivals for the past 21 years. He is a frequent performer at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival and this is his second appearance at the Homosassa festival.

Snook Fishin' is his newest compact disc. The guitarist says he was influenced in his early days by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers Band, but after hearing legendary bluesman Albert King, he discovered the blues licks that stuck with him for life.

The concert is catered by Ray's Real Pit Bar-B-Q and serving begins at 12:30 p.m. Advance tickets, including meal are $15 through today. Tickets for meals and music at the door are $20. Concert only $10 adults, $5 students (ages 13-20), under 13 free with adult. Call 628-1081.

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