'Dr. Blue' will join county musicians for Blues Jam on Sunday


In a May 13 diversions story on the Blues Jam, the area band should have been identified as "Random Abstract."

WESTMINSTER -- Singing and playing the blues may not have been their claim to local fame, but the classic rock 'n' roll band known as "Random Access" is more than happy to shift gears to participate in a special musical evening this weekend.

The Carroll County-based band will be one of several acts to perform in a Blues Jam from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Frock's Sunnybrook Farm in Westminster.

"Random Access" will join several other county musicians who will perform with top-billed Kelly "Dr. Blue" James, a nationally known musician who has been singing rhythm and blues for more than 20 years.

"We feel honored to open for Dr. Blue," said Scott Ausherman, the 28-year-old founder of "Random Access." "We have played blues in the past, but we never had the opportunity to play with a major blues act, especially in Carroll County. I think it's great that we have a musician like this coming to Carroll County."

Dr. Blue will play two sets during the jam Sunday evening.

"We are going to play some of our rock 'n' roll roots, which are the rhythm and blues," said Ausherman, whose band will open for Dr. Blue's second set. "We will play some Jimi Hendrix, some early Rolling Stones and also do some original work." In addition to "Random Access," other scheduled performers include singers Walter Kuebler, Roger Himler, Chasmo Mooshian from Carroll County, and the band "Richard Taylor and the Ravers."

The Blues Jam was organized by Robert Klages, owner of Fly by Night Promotions in Westminster.

Klages, a Westminster resident who books amateur and national talent, initiated the jam after meeting Dr. Blue at a convention in Auburn, N.Y.

"I attended the convention for the National Association of College Activities this past March. It was their business fair where artists who play the college and university circuit promote themselves," Klages explained.

"I saw Dr. Blue while I was there, and I approached him and asked him if he would call if he came through the area."

Honoring Klages' request, Dr. Blue contacted Klages and agreed to stop in Carroll on his way back to his New York home from a performance in Greensboro, N.C.

Klages said, "We decided to bill the event as a Blues Jam because of Dr. Blue. Audiences will hear a wide range of blues styles, from traditional to avant garde, performed by talent from the area. The only person who is not from the area is our star, Dr. Blue."

Ticket prices are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Seating is limited.

* For information: 876-6315.

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