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Bob Margolin, Maria Woodford, Gina DeLuca, Jackie Merritt (of M.S.G. in back) and The Wild Roots (Gaye Adegbalola, Tanyah Dadze, and GloriaRain) perform at 'Gettin' Blue.'
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BY ANDREW LEAHEY
FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Three months ago, award-winning blues musician and Fredericksburg native Gaye Adegbalola hosted a local benefit concert called "Gettin' Blue." Sponsored by the Democratic Party and held at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, "Gettin' Blue" featured performances by a number of blues legends--many with ties to Virginia--with the goal of raising money for disenfranchised voters.
Hurricane Sandy swept across the East Coast eight weeks later, leaving much of the eastern seaboard damaged in its wake. Given the success of the first "Gettin' Blue" event, Adegbalola and company began talking about hosting another show, one that reached far beyond the political realm.
With a beefed-up lineup and a new location, "Gettin' Blue #2" will take place this Saturday evening at the Unitarian Universalist church. All profits will go toward Franklin Lakes Restoration Foundation Inc, a nonprofit organization located in northern New Jersey.
"We decided to go with a grassroots organization, rather than a group like the Red Cross," Adegbalola explained from her Fredericksburg home earlier this week. "The people at Franklin Lakes Restoration are in the trenches, providing direct assistance to people who need it. We're talking food, clothing and so on."
Adegbalola will emcee the event, but she's hardly the only star on the bill. Bob Margolin, who just wrapped up several shows with Hot Tuna, is a guitar virtuoso who spent seven years in Muddy Waters' band. Maria Woodford, a throaty vocalist in the tradition of Bonnie Raitt, is slated to perform at the International Blues Challenge early next year. Phil Wiggins, former member of the blues duo Cephas & Wiggins, has been dubbed the best blues harmonica player in the country.
"Out of this group of musicians," Adegbalola said, "you have several Blues Music Award winners, and several more who've been nominated for awards. It's really a wonderful lineup."
Speaking of wonderful lineups, "Gettin' Blue #2" will also include individual performances by all three members of Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women, a critically acclaimed blues trio that Adegbalola co-founded in the mid-1980s. She still thinks fondly of former bandmates Ann Rabson and Andra Faye, calling them "my sisters" and praising the work they've done since Saffire amicably split up in 2009.
What: 'Gettin' Blue #2 For Sandy' featuring Ann Rabson, Gaye Adegbalola, Andra Faye, Bob Margolin, Phil Wiggins and others. Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 25 Chalice Circle, Fredericksburg. When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $20 suggested donationInfo: uuffva.org