Bluesman Georgie “The Blacksmith” Bonds Added To The Cast of All Over – A Blues Play!

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY at the Wilmington Fringe Festival for Three Performances, September 23-24, 2011
Copeland Room
September 23, 2011 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
September 24, 2011 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
September 24, 2011 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tickets Only $10 Each (and include a $5 Fringe Festival button) On Sale Now!

Renown Bluesman, George “The Blacksmith” Bonds has been added to the cast of All Over – A Blues Play by Jamie J. Brunson which opens at the Delaware History Museum for three performances only September 23-24 as part of the Wilmington Fringe Festival. The Wilmington Fringe Festival is presented by the City of Wilmington Department of Arts And Culture.

Born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, and trained in Virginia as a professional blacksmith, Georgie Bonds Georgie got his first taste of delta blues when a friend loaned him a Robert Johnson tape. Then one night in the early 1990’s, he stepped onto the stage of an open mic blues jam at “The Barbery,” took a deep breath, and belted out “Stormy Monday,” the only blues song he knew. Fortunately, blues legend Sonny Rhodes, who was hosting that night, took a liking to Georgie and became his mentor.

Sonny introduced Georgie to more musicians, and taught him how to be a performer, not just a singer. At Warmdaddy’s, the preeminent blues club in Philadelphia, Georgie hosted the monthly open mic blues jam, offering aspiring blues musicians the same support he received from Sonny Rhodes. As the house band, Georgie Bonds shared the stage and played with Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Bernard Allison, Melvin Taylor, Kenny Neal, Mark Hummel, Slam Allen, Larry Garner, Bill Perry, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, Jimmy Vaughn, Carl Weathersby, Bill Branch and The Kinsey Report and the list goes on. He has played in Europe and been invited for a return engagements.

In 2001, Georgie independently released his debut CD, “Sometimes I Wonder” and is laying the foundation for his second CD. Additionally, he was chosen for an acting/singing role in the broadway hit, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, which has been nominated for four Tony Awards and Best Musical and praised by the New York Times. Georgie has established himself as a world-class singer/songwriter and blues entertainer and the best is yet to come. It seems as though the Blacksmith is blessed with the gift of making his dreams come true and his fans will reap the benefits of those beautiful dreams.

Tickets for ALL OVER are $5 each plus a $5 Fringe Festival button, and on sale now. Tickets can be purchased three ways. Tickets are available ONLINE at: until September 17. Tickets can be purchased IN PERSON at the Fringe Festival Headquarters located at 318 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Wednesday, September 21: 4 PM – MIDNIGHT ; Thursday, September 22: 4 PM – 11 PM ; Friday, September 23: 4 PM – 11 PM ; Saturday, September 24: NOON – 9 PM ; Sunday, September 25: NOON – 2 PM or at the venue day of show. Tickets can also be purchased BY PHONE , September 21-25 by calling (302) 932-0738.

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY by Jamie J. Brunson is directed by Larry Moses and features a stellar cast of regional performers: Don W. Newton (Red-Eyed – The Bluesman), Cathy Simpson (Ernestine), Carl A. Anderson (Clive), Ashley Thornton (East), Harum “RJ” Ulmer, Jr (PICKLE, CHORUS), Tobi Gadson (CLE, CHORUS) and Larry Moses (Usherman).

With original blues music written by Jamie J. Brunson and composed by Georgie “The Blacksmith” Bonds, ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY is an emotional powerhouse about a son who confronts the father that abandoned him – in Hell.

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY has been developed through public readings and workshops across the county and significantly reworked thanks to feedback from national audiences, production teams and professional dramaturgical feedback. It has thrilled audiences at the National Black Theatre Festival, and Providence Black Repertory Theatre (RI); moved Off-Broadway audiences at Abington Theatre and Off-Off Broadway audiences at The Kitchen Theatre. The playwright, Jamie J. Brunson, who had been working with a feedback team and composer to guide the development of this play with music since its inception, took the unexpected step of bringing the show to the Wilmington Fringe Festival in order to “offer a professionally developed work to the broadest possible African-American regional audience at an affordable price in this economic climate.” Tickets for these performances are only $5 each plus the cost of a Fringe Festival button, thanks to the Wilmington Fringe Festival resources. ALL OVER is sponsored by the Lomax Family Foundation, the Delaware Division of the Arts, Paradise Palms Restaurant, family and friends. MEDIA INQUIRIES should be directed to the playwright at (302) 494-8043.

The Wilmington Fringe Festival is, “The Great Arts Adventure” and Delaware’s wild and wonderful arts festival. After a thrilling second year, the festival returns in 2011 with another five days of adventurous artists interested in pushing the boundaries of performance, visual art, and film, September 21–25.
Fringe Wilmington is made possible by generous support from main sponsors: the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Delaware Lottery, Spark Weekly, and Mobius New Media. Venue sponsors include Buccini Pollin Group, Preservation Initiatives, Opera Delaware, The Grand, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Shipley Lofts CDC, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Pettinaro, Doubletree Hotel, and Sports Connection.


~ by jamiejbrunson on September 14, 2011.

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