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A Tribute to BB King, a Benefit for Ojalá Niños!

By Antonio Lozoya and Elsmarie Norby

On Saturday, July 25, at 7pm in the Miguel Malo Auditorium at Bellas Artes, there will be an extraordinary concert of the XXI International Festival of Jazz and Blues in San Miguel de Allende: a benefit concert for the nonprofit organization Ojalá Niños A.C.

Tribute to BB King
Benefit Concert for Ojalá Niños A.C.
Sat, Jul 25, 7pm
Bellas Artes
Tickets at La Conexión and Solutions
350 pesos

The theme of this concert is “A Tribute to BB King,” a legend in blues music, recently deceased. The Craig Caffall Blues Band will present this tribute with the participation of special guests.

Ojalá Niños has been offering free daily year-round classes to over 100 children in the rural community of San Miguel Viejo: classes in arts, music, literacy, health, environment, and social service. It is a legally established nonprofit with the great goal of building a learning center for the whole community and of giving access to folks from more remote areas. Imagine…a real library, computer center, more class and gathering spaces, a big kitchen, and bathrooms. San Miguel Viejo is an indigenous Otomí community, full of talented, unsung artists. It can become a destination for visitors who will lift their spirits and their economy. We invite you to visit the website where you will find additional information about its activities and ways to help:

Craig Caffall was born in the Bay Area and grew up between the US and San Miguel. This bicultural musician performs in both English and Spanish. Caffall has played with artists such as Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Martha Davis and the Motels, David Clayton Thomas, Cyril Neville (Neville Bros.), Lee Oskar, Dan Hicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, and Steve Earle. For the past 10 years, he has played lead guitar with legendary singer Maria Muldaur, touring throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, and Japan.

On drums we’ll have the great recording studio artist, Rick Shlosser. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Rick was a member of Van Morrison’s band and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He’s also been a session drummer for Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Etta James, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Richie, James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, and others. On bass will be Antonio Lozoya, who graduated from the School of Music in Mexico City with a Bachelor of Jazz. He has performed in several festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the US, playing with great artists like Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Lila Downs, Randy Bernsen, Othello Molineaux, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, and Francisco Mela.

We invite you to participate and support this event for a noble cause. It is very important to promote education starting from childhood because youth is the future of our society. The education and sensitization of children and adolescents in the arts has been a task of the Festival for several years now, and every year we present a Jazz and Blues Workshop aimed at elementary, secondary, and high schools in our community.


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