Epic Blues at the Maui Sugar Mill, presented by #1 Blues Promoter Cadillac Zack

It was a truly EPIC talent extravaganza at Cadillac Zack’s Monday Night Blues Party at the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana. There was so much talent all on stage at one time. It was a music lover’s dream come true, and the fans were pouring in the door as the night rolled on.

The Bad Jone's lead singer Jesse Ray
The Bad Jones’s  lead singer Jesse Ray.  Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The opening band was The Bad Jones, formerly known as Soul Pie, from the San Francisco Bay Area. They were sporting Golden State Worriers paraphernalia as the SF basketball team clinched the playoffs on the bar’s TV’s in the background while the Bad Jones rocked their bluesy tunes.

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Monday Night Blues legends at the Maui Sugar Mill. From left to right; Jimmy Vivino guitar, Michael Leasure drums, Michael Be Holden bass and Duane Betts guitar. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos at the Hollywood Press Corps

Shortly after the opening band concluded, the small Sugar Mill stage came alive again with so many blues legends it was hard to stay focused. On the guitars: musical director of the Conan O’Brien Show, Jimmy Vivino and blues royalty Duane Betts. On drums: Michael Leasure of the Walter Trout Band. On bass: Michael Be Holden formerly of the Buddy Miles Band. On harp: Jimmy Powers who has played with nearly everyone imaginable.

The infamous Jimmy Powers Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
The infamous Jimmy Powers
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Just as the party was in full swing, “The Voice” finalist Laaith Al Saadi joined in and showed us why he killed it on the popular television show. Backed up by Johnny Stachela and Duane Betts on guitars, Michael Leasure on drums and local favorite Michael Be Holden on bass.

“The Voice” finalist Laaith Al Saadi Photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
“The Voice” finalist Laaith Al Saadi
Photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

This was an unbelievable night at the Maui Sugar Mill. Cadillac Zack has once again proven why he is the best blues promoter in the Los Angeles area.


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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