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Alberta Adams Turns 93! July 21, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Event, Female Blues Performers, Female Blues Vocalists.

Alberta Adams was born on July 26, 1917 and will celebrate her 93rd birthday on Sunday, July 25 at Dylan’s Raw Bar in Grosse Pointe Park with her longtime backing band, RJ’s Rhythm Rockers. The band includes Bob Schultz on keys. sax & vocals, Mike Marshall on bass, Paul Carey on guitar and her manager, RJ Spangler, on drums. The music starts at 9:30 pm.

Alberta Adams has long been the undisputed Queen of the Blues here in Detroit.

She started as a dancer in the late 1940’s and has been doing it ever since. Along the way she toured with T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Cleanhead Vinson and even played the Apollo Theater with Dizzy Gillespie. It is amazing that a woman born in 1917 is still out there doing it and doing with power. She continues to represent the real old school and is still touring. She returned to the Apollo last Spring!

Alberta has just completed her third CD for the Eastlawn label, called “Detroit Is My Home.” On it she sings with three different and amazing pianists: Mark Braun, aka Mr. B, Al Hill (from the Bettye LeVette Band) and Ann Rabson, from Virginia. Ann is a member of Saffire, a great all female blues band that tours internationally. All three are fine pianists that offer different takes on the blues. Mark being the boogie-woogie expert, Ann coming from an old-timey music background and Al, whom has toured with Alberta, being a little funkier than the others. All three are great Alberta Adams fans!

Dylan’s Rawbar & Grill
15402 Mack Ave
Grosse Pte Park, MI 48230-6205
(313) 884-6030


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