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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.'
Sylvia DeVoss
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Date published: 12/6/2012


"We were a group for 25 years," she said, "so this is a reunion for us, so to speak. They're my sisters, and I call [blues pianist] Ian Walters and Maria Woodford my children. Almost everyone here has worked together, and we all enjoy making music together. I think 'family' is a good name for it."

Additional acts include blues/jazz composer Roddy Barnes, M.S.G.--The Acoustic Blues Trio, world beat ensemble Nubii, and a cappella group The Wild Roots.

Although the suggested ticket price is a donation of $20, those who can't afford to pay the full rate are encouraged to give whatever they can.

When asked why the blues lends itself so well to these benefit shows, Adegbalola was quick with her answer.

"None of us have a lot of money," she said, chuckling. "Blues doesn't get any commercial airplay, and although we're national touring musicians, we don't have hundreds of dollars to donate to a good cause. We're hoping we can use our talents instead. The last show was truly wonderful, and I'd like to think--no, I know--that the blues is a real healing music. It's a music that brings people together to get the pain out.

And if ever there was a need for healing, Sandy requires it."

Andrew Leahey is a Virginia musician working in Nashville. You should see him play live.

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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 donation

Info: uuffva.org