The “homeboys” are coming home to bring some down-home Blues to Bryan’s 1st Annual Blues Festival. The festival is being held at The Palace Theater located in the beautiful Historic Downtown Bryan, June 15th and 16th, beginning at 7:00 each night. The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society (BVAAHCS) are the hosts of the festival with support from the City of Bryan.
Musicians performing at the Blues festival have roots right here in Bryan, Texas! The artists of the “Homeboys Come Home” Blues festival are Nathaniel “Nat” Dove, Donald “Ray” Johnson, Sunny Nash, Damu Sudi Ali (Albert Griffin), William Walker, and Sterling Williams. Each of these artists ventured out after completing their education at E. A. Kemp High School to pursue their musical careers in the Blues industry.
Dawn Lee Wakefield
Texas A&M University Arts Examiner
On Friday night at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Bryan, Texas, Nat Dove’s dream to launch a blues festival in Bryan came true, and it only took 50 years to happen. The state of Texas is well known and beloved for the blues, but it’s been nearby neighboring Navasota, Texas, just 20 miles south of town, that’s had the lock on the blues. Until this weekend, that is.
Dove is an internationally acclaimed blues musician, a native of nearby Mumford, Texas. And, it was his dream over 50 years ago to bring the blues to Bryan. But things just kept delaying that dream. From California to New York City, Dove has been a professor of ethnomusicology at Cal State Bakersfield, and he’s lectured at New York University, at Tokyo’s Kunatachi Academy of Music, and in Paris at the American Cultural Center. Born in 1939, Dove says he first learned the history of the blues in Bryan.
Bryan Texas Blues Festival - B-CS embraces its blues culture!
June 15 & 16
It had to happen... after seventeen years promoting the Navasota Bluesfest, that some neighboring town would pick up on our success. And so be it, it can only strengthen our claim as the "Blues Capital of Texas"!
Nat Dove, from nearby Mumford, Texas, is called the Texas Boogie King. Announcing the inaugural Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration. My friend Nat Dove and some of his old Bryan blues buds have put together a show that will make history, and start a Brazos Valley tradition, as it showcases the world class blues talent that was spawned right here.
Blues Music in Education
Nat Dove, world renowned Blues singer and pianist, will conduct FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS #1&2 on July 12 and 13 at the Neal Recreational Center, 600 North Randolph Avenue, Bryan, Texas 77803: Phone (979) 209-5210. The workshops, BLUES MUSIC 101, will be conducted both days from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Dove will also conduct FREE MUSIC WORKSHOP #3 on June 13 at Camp Hero, located at Bowen Elementary School, 3870 Copperfield Dr., Bryan, Tx 77802. Workshop #3 will be conducted from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. While the workshops are open to the public, youths are especially encouraged to attend.
Nat Dove, blues musician-historian and native of Bryan, has been named Director of the Bryan Texas Blues Festival presented on June 15th and 16th 2012, at the Palace Amphitheater located in downtown Bryan at 105 S. Main St. Concerts will be 7:00 PM-11:00 PM both evenings. The Palace Theater is a covered public outdoor stage and has seating for 400 people. It is owned and operated by the City of Bryan, Texas.
Nat Dove, “The Texas Boogie King,” is an internationally acclaimed blues pianist, producer, arranger, recording artist, and performer. Born in Mumford, Texas, in 1939, Dove was playing piano by the age of four and later mastered the bass, trumpet, and drums. By the 1960s, he was in Los Angeles performing and working as a studio musician. Among the recordings he can be heard on is Little Johnny Taylor’s 1963 best-selling hit, “Part-Time Love.”
Blues Master Lectures at UCSB
Nat Dove Seeks to Ensure Genre’s Survival
By Todd Prodanovich
Friday, August 14, 2009
Blues is a genre of music as American as hot apple pie, and just a delectable to the senses. Sadly, it also seems to be slipping out of popular culture due to the loss of many of the greats of yesteryear and the crying need for a generation to pass the torch to. Blues master Nat Dove, also known as the “Texas Boogie King,” is taking his love for the music on the road to drive home to tomorrow’s musicians and scholars, and also artists in other mediums, the importance of this musical genre.
Bakersfield-based blues musician and music historian Nat Dove will showcase Ellington's life and music at the museum Wednesday.
While the Harlem Renaissance began primarily as a literary and social movement, it quickly expanded to the arts, including music. Duke Ellington and his orchestra figured heavily on the music scene, serving as the house band for Harlem’s Cotton Club from 1927 to 1931. During his tenure at the world-famous nightclub, Ellington earned an international name for himself via weekly radio broadcasts.