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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 9:00 am | Updated: 10:27 am, Tue Sep 14, 2010.

Shane Dwight may be young, but fans like his music because he can keep up with the best of blues players. He is a singer-songwriter who plays alternative country, Americana, R&B and rock ’n’ roll.

The San Jose native, who is now Nashville-based, gained popularity in 2002, after he won the Monterey Blues Festival Battle of the Bands. Since then, Dwight has released several self-produced CDs and kept steady appearances at clubs and festival main stages. This year he’ll perform more than 150 shows throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Dwight has six albums available from his website or www.CDBaby.com. His latest albums are “Live from Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise,” released in 2010, and “Gimme Back My Money,” released in 2009.

The Shane Dwight Band will perform Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

— Lauren Nelson

JOHN LEE HOOKER, JR.

Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1917 to a sharecropper family, John Lee Hooker, Jr. was one of the last links to the blues of the deep South. He moved to Detroit in the early 1940’s and by 1948 had scored his first No. 1 jukebox hit and million-seller, “Boogie Chillun.”

Other hits soon followed, “I’m In The Mood,” “Crawling Kingsnake” and “Boom Boom” among the biggest. During the 1950s and ’60s, Vee Jay Records released a string of more than 100 of John Lee’s songs.

In 1991, Hooker was inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Fame.

Hooker’s style has been known as unique, even among other performers of the real deep blues. While retaining that foundation he has simultaneously broken new ground musically and commercially. At the age of 80, Hooker received his third and fourth Grammy Awards, for Best Traditional Blues Recording. (“Don’t Look Back”) and for Best Pop Collaboration for the song “Don’t Look Back” which Hooker recorded with his long time friend Van Morrison.

Hooker will perform Thursday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 p.m. at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

— Lauren Nelson

LED-ZEPPLICA

Led-Zepplica considers itself more than a Led Zepplin tribute band. They consider their show an experience and replica of the original.

Led Zepplica prides itself on transporting its audience back 30 years to experience the chemistry, magic and performance of the original band, up close and personal.

Led Zepplica has been performing together since 1989, nationally and internationally. The band has headlined arenas across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile and India performing in front of thousands making them the biggest touring production Led Zeppelin tribute band to date.

Led Zepplica will perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

— Lauren Nelson

EDGAR WINTER

Famous for his primeval scream at the end of “Frankenstein,” Edgar Winter isn’t holding anything back when he performs at the Lodi Grape Festival on Sept. 18.

The singer/songwriter promises to play an eclectic selection of his work, everything from R&B and jazz to classical and hard rock. On the set list are favorites such as “Free Ride,” “Tobacco Road,” “Keep Playin’ that Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Save the Planet.”

Unlike other bands, Winter’s ensemble doesn’t give the same performance twice.

“There’s a lot of jamming and improvisation,” he said.

And the musician is looking forward to “jamming” in Lodi, recalling a past performance there.

“As I remember Lodi,” he said, “you guys rocked!”

Edgar Winter will perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

— Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato

THE FAB FOUR

The Fab Four lives up to their name — fabulous.

These Beatles impersonators sing true, matching the vocals of John, Ringo, Paul and George flawlessly. Audiences can expect tunes like “The Yellow Submarine,” “She Loves You,” “Hard Days Night” and “Twist and Shout” during the almost two-hour performance.

The Fab Four takes their listeners through a chronology of The Beatles, beginning with their first American appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and ending with the band’s ultimate breakup. Not only do their song selections reflect the maturation of the British stars, but their style does as well. The band changes costume up to four times during the performance, “growing” beards and long hair to mimic The Beatles in their later years.

Ron McNeil who portrays John Lennon in the band said attendees have high-energy performance to look forward to.

“Generally we include the audience,” McNeil said. “They’re big fans of The Beatles and so are we. It’s nice to get everybody involved.”

The Fab Four will perform at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

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