Thanksgiving Eve Blues

A harmonica-sweet tradition returns for its 23rd year.

Grant Kessler

What's your Thanksgiving Eve tradition?

Seems like we all know those people who round up the relatives and take a long, looong walk down at the high school track. Makes sense, given the fact that so many of us hope to spend the next day with some quality stuffing, followed by some quality couch time, followed by some quality napping.

But for many local music enthusiasts the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is all about the harmonica. It's the annual Battle of the Blues Harps, and it will once again sound in Long Beach.

It's billed as "Southern California's longest running blues harmonica event," meaning a lot of the starriest artists of the form show up to take part or watch others blow and groove. Curtis Salgado of the Robert Cray Band'll be in the house, as will Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers.

2011 marks the 23rd year for the popular harmonica-tacular. Organizers say they expect "hundreds of blues harmonica fans" to make the trip to the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach.

General admission is $25.

Maybe this could be your new tradition? Say if you and the cousins don't want to hit the high school track? Get your blues on ahead of the big cooking day, we say.

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