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Dancing the Blues in San Diego
Dancing the Blues in San Diego

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#Earlybird tickets for our #livemusic #bluesdance social with Bill Magee are on sale for only 2 more days! Prices go up midnight September 1st, so jump on it now!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1830412753719569/

#SanDiego #SanDiegoevents #blues #liveblues #socialdance #partnerdance #danceclass
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We asked blues folks, what is the #blues?
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Blues, Devils Music
A thing of smoke and spirit
Shaking like the storm

We must never forget that the blues is visceral. It comes from the core and the gut as much as the mind. It is irreverent. It is common and vulgar in it’s eloquence. It frightens people because it tells the truth about humans and the way we treat each other. It was and is the Devil’s Music.

We can only tame it so much. We can study and discuss and document and intellectualize, but the real Blues is played and danced late at night as the chairs are being turned over the tables and the money is being counted, and the only people left are those who love and live for the music and dance. It lives at the parties where people drink too much, laugh too loud, swear and shake. It thrives on front porches and back yards, even pool parties in suburbia.

It is a wild living thing. It is nasty. It is hip grinding and booty shaking and pressing against each other and mingling sweat. It’s melding into someone, moving in what Damon calls “the bubble,” moving with the rhythm that you have found between the two of you, shaking and grinding and joyfully spinning and sliding, shocking the non dancers who can’t conceive how you could do such things with someone you won’t go home with.

It's understanding the words to Muddy Water's songs because that's the way Grandma talked.

We are lucky. When we play and dance Blues today we are safer in the clubs than outside of them. We’re not going to be shot or stabbed or beaten like our Blues ancestors who played and fought, danced and died, sang and cried and died and died. We keep our heads down and drive home and most of us make it. But I remember the Blues as the pool of congealed blood on the sidewalk in front of the club across from our house. The loud music, the swearing, the drunken singing, the cries of "Put the knife down Nigger!" before the gunshots.

The Blues was called The Devil’s Music, not because someone told us to call it that, but because of how it let people act. Because of what really gave Black folk the blues. The body count.

Maybe we’ve domesticated the it after all. But it still has fangs. And it will bite you if you try to neuter it.

- Charlley Ward, musician, dancer

#BlackHistory #BlackMusic #AmericanHistory #AmericanMusic
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Don't forget, there are #volunteering opportunities available to you a this Saturday's social! Sign up for an hour, get to know people, and dance for free!

#SanDiego #SanDiegoevents #SDevents #blues #bluesdance #socialdance #Partnerdance
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Besides Chris, we have Lindy Edwards returning to #DJ for us at Saturday's #bluesdance social!

RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Dancing-the-Blues-in-San-Diego/events/czkzxnyxlbhc/

#SanDiego #SanDiegoevents #SDevents #blues #dance #danceclass #partnerdance #socialdance #SanDiegodancing #SanDiegodance #dancingSanDiego #danceSanDiego

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Lindy has been blues dancing since 2016, and began DJing about a year later. Taking up dancing and DJing felt like a natural extension of being a jazz, blues, swing, and funk musician, and it’s difficult to play this kind of music without wanting to move to it. This is her goal as a DJ: to play whatever inspires people to move. Her sets aim to balance vintage and modern blues artists, especially local San Diego musicians.
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Here you have Damon Stone and Julie Brown dancing the Texas Shuffle, a blues idiom dance that developed in Oakland from the music of Texas blues musicians that migrated West - a style that eventually came to be known as West Coast Blues.

Interested in learning this? You can still join our series this month at A Time to Dance in North Park! Tuesdays 7-8pm. $15 drop-in, or included in ATTD memberships.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2290495874345344/

#blues #WestCoastBlues #bluesdance #bluesidiomdance #TexasShuffle #dance #socialdance #SanDiego #NorthParkSD #SanDiegoevents #SDevents #danceclass #dancerlife
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Jack Dappa Blues Radio #interview with Mary Hurt-Wright, granddaughter of #MississippiJohnHurt.

#blues #music #BlackHistory #BlackHeritage #BlackCulture
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