Fogerty chooglin’ to Jazz Labor Day Fest
John Fogerty, former frontman of ’60s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, reggae singers Maxi Priest and Alpha Blondy have been added to the list of headliners for this summer’s Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival. Fogerty will perform on Sunday, Sept. 4, following the previously announced Willie Nelson. Priest and Blondy, from the United Kingdom and the Ivory Coast, respectively, will close the festival on Monday, Sept. 5.The Labor Day Festival is set for Sept. 1-5 in Snowmass Town Park. Other acts already set include Georgia jam band Widespread Panic, who will headline the first two days, and a reunited Loggins & Messina, topping the bill on Saturday, Sept. 3. Opening acts include Johnny Clegg and Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons (Sept. 1); New Orleans groove band Galactic and Latin rock group De Soul (Sept. 2); and Joan Osborne (Sept. 3).Fogerty was the guts behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that emerged from the East Bay of northern California in the late ’60s. Joined by brother Tom Fogerty on rhythm guitar, and a rhythm section of Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, Fogerty led a charge of creativity that is practically unmatched in rock ‘n’ roll history. Between 1969-70, the band released four albums, each a classic. Those albums included such hits as “Green River,” “Lodi,” “Fortunate Son,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” “Travelin’ Band,” “Long As I Can See the Light” and the 11-minute cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” a canon of gritty roots rock that covered politics, personal demons, hope and despair.CCR disbanded amid animosity in the early ’70s. Fogerty quickly began a solo career, one that has been marked by lengthy absences and mostly high-quality work. After a 10-year break, Fogerty hit big with 1985’s “Centerfield,” whose title track about baseball and “The Old Man Down the Road” were radio staples. After another 10-year gap following 1986’s “Eye of the Zombie,” Fogerty re-emerged in fine form with 1997’s rootsy “Blue Moon Swamp” and the live “Premonition.” Last year, Fogerty released the pleasant, lightweight “Deja Vu All Over Again.”In 1996, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, a band featuring Clifford and Cook playing CCR material, played the Labor Day Festival. This year marks Fogerty’s Jazz Aspen debut.For further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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