June 25 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Music critics and aficionados have said for years, Bernie is a craftsman who packs his songs with melodic interpretations that are new and personal each time he picks up one of his vintage guitars. He studied at the elbows of such down-home blues masters such as Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, and has shared the stage with legends such as Big Mama Thornton, Freddie King, Otis Rush, and B.B. King, and many more. To hear him tell it, “I’m not a retro player. I’m playing real blues for right now.” Armed with the teachings of these blues icons, L.A. native Bernie raises the roof with dazzling guitar solos – acoustic and electric – and with his own Bernie Pearl Blues Band.
A life-long blues evangelist, Bernie began broadcasting “Nothin’ But the Blues” on KPPC FM in 1968, making him L.A.’s first all-blues FM disc jockey. He went on to host the blues on KLON and KCRW from 1980-92, helping found and book the Long Beach Blues Festival along the way. He started and ran the Big Time Blues Festival, 1993-2001.
As one critic commented after a Bernie Pearl concert, “There won’t be many times in your life you’ll get to hear blues like this.”