9th Annual
Hayward - Russell City
Blues Festival
777 "B" Street
Hayward, CA
510-836-2227 or 707-647-3962

From  Mississippi  
Russell City

July 12 & 13, 2008
11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Zac Harmon; Vasti Jackson;
Homemade Jamz
featuring Ryan, Kyle & Taya Perry;
Texas Johnny Brown; John Primer;
Johnny Rawls;
B.B. King Tribute
featuring Billy "Big Daddy" Cade ;
Bill Howl n Madd Perry;
Terry "Big T" Williams;
Mississippi Bo; Zollie Polk;
Russell City Memorial Blues Band;
Caravan of Allstars;
Stars of Glory;

Harmonica Blues Explosion featuring:
Zollie Polk; Wingnut Adams, & Birdlegg

Press Release

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Hampton Inn Hayward - Official Hotel
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Graphics by James Gayles


The Bay Area Blues Society will
bring the Blues of Russell City
back to the public in the form of
a festival, lectures and archival
musical showings.  This is a
historical event.

This little town of
African-American's who
migrated here from the deep
south was one of the proving
grounds for many blues
musicians. Russell City, an
unincorporated area of
Hayward, California is about 12
minutes from the City of
Oakland.  This community of
modest houses and small farms
along the bay is now gone.  
During it's heyday, Russell City
was a down home community,
known for it's clubs with dirt
floors, bootleg electricity and a
steady stream of musicians
playing a style of Delta Blues.

During the early part of their
careers, artists such as Big Joe
Turner and Big Mama Thorton
played Texas, Arkansas and
Lousiana style blues in Russell
City.  West Coast Blues music
eventually influenced the
traditional sound when horns
replaced the harmonica and
West Coast Blues was born.  
Russell City is a landmark on
the map of American's
contributions to world culture
giving Hayward a unique
musical leg reflecting the
African-American experience.  
We are pleased to bring those
sounds back through the
Hayward-Russell City Blues

The Hayward-Russell City Blues
Festival celebrates the rich
history, musical and cultural art
form found in Russell City and
Hayward during the post war
years from the 1940's thru the