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Are You Headed to Blues and Brews in Pleasant Hill?

It's a day of phenomenal music, and some pretty tasty brews besides. If you're going, tell us what you're looking forward to.

It was hard to miss Cold Blood, and Lydia Pense in particular, if you grew up in the Bay Area in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Pense brought a spectacular set of pipes to the scene — she could sing with the same soulful conviction as Janis Joplin, but she was way sexier. 

And the band Cold Blood was musically more inclined to the kind of skin-tight horns and hip-shaking funk than the psychedelic renderings of Big Brother and the Holding Company, Joplin's first band. 

Pense could deliver a tune like "I Just Want To Make Love To You," and have a newly-minted teen like myself a little nervous with the implications and innuendo inherent in her delivery of that classic Willie Dixon number. 

Pense and Cold Blood will be bringing their musical magic to Pleasant Hill tomorrow for the annual Blues and Brews Festival. In addition to Cold Blood, bands include Chris Cain, Tip of the Top, Jinx Jones and the Kingtones, and Blues Conspiracy

The music, great as it is, is free all day. The beer tasting is $30 if you buy a wristband in advance online, and $40 at the door. The event takes place at Pleasant Hill Park from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

Participating breweries include:

Are you heading over to Pleasant Hill for Blues and Brews? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.

Lisa M July 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Hey guy! From a woman's perspective, Janis wasn't about being sexy. Full of pain, hope and alcohol, she was broken and that made her "voice". She put herself way out there, which opened her up to not-relevant comments about her weight, dishevelment and not being sexy enuf. Janis paved the way for women in rock who were "differently authentic" and not packaged - such as Patti Smith in the 70's, another heroine of mine...
Jim Caroompas (Editor) July 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Hey, woman! I entirely get that Janis wasn't about being sexy, and Janis took me to places no one else ever could, exactly because she wasn't about being sexy, but raw and powerful and open. I apologize if I seemed to denigrate Janis' memory with reference to Lydia's sexiness - that was not at all my intent. Janis opened the door for all of us to the fact that looks were not at all important - it was all about the ferocity and honesty you poured into the song that mattered. And truthfully, Lydia would not have had the success she had were it not for Janis.
Chris Kapsalis July 21, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Hey you two. I thought Janis was sexy as hell, if she was about that or not. I think it is Jim's opinion Lydia Pense was way sexier. And he wrote the article. Looks aren't all that makes a woman sexy though. Sexy is in the mind of the beholder. It's like saying who is sexier, Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger. Obviously Paul was better looking, but I bet you would have got a mixed opinion in a poll of women back then who was "sexier"? Who knows.
Jed July 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Not to be crass but who the (beep) is Janis? If it's the late ☺ Joplin = good riddance to bad rubbish! Otherwise, I know not whom you speak (type).

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