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Hawkeye Herman Takes Blues To New York City's "Theatre Row"

SPFBlues musician Michael "Hawkeye" Herman, the 1998 recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award for achievement in Blues education, will be taking four weeks off from his busy touring schedule in late July and August to perform his music at The Kirk Theatre on New York's famous 42nd Street "Theatre Row." New York City's Summer Play Festival will be presenting the play El Paso Blue, for which Herman composed the music. "Hawkeye" will be acting as composer/musical director/musician for the run of the production. The play has already seen successful runs in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, at Kennedy Center in DC, Portland, Seattle, and in Philadelphia, where Herman won the prestigious Barrymore Award (Philadelphia's version of the Tony Award) for best original music in 2000. El Paso Blue ran for 6 months at one of the largest theatre complexes in the USA, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland, OR., in 1999. In 2002, "Hawkeye" collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan as composer/music director/musician on the West Coast premiere of Schenkkan's play Handler, also staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Comedy, tragedy and throbbing roadhouse blues converge in this fierce, blunt, sexually charged play by Octavio Solis. Al gets out of jail, he finds that Sylvie, his gorgeous blues singing Anglo wife, has taken off into the desert with his father, Jefe. With his buddy Duane and a tough, outspoken Latina drifter named China, Al races to reclaim Sylvie and confront Jefe in an ancient, violent ritual of fathers and sons.

"It will be fun to play my own music for so many folks in New York City over the run of the production. I use the standard 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, and various flutes and rattles. The music ranges from Blues to Blues/Rock, R&B, to Mexican Corrido ballads, Tex-Mex, and Norteño. Also, I'm looking forward to the change of pace and lifestyle, as I usually spend the major part of the summer traveling and performing at blues festivals around the country," states the much traveled Blues artist.

Herman, whose recent compact disc releases, "Blues Alive!," and "It's All Blues To Me," have been met with rave reviews, will resume his busy touring schedule performing at outdoor music festivals and in concert in September.

The 1st Annual Summer Play Festival is a completely new concept. Eighteen brand-new shows, written by eighteen unbelievably talented playwrights, chosen by a panel of distinguished Broadway luminaries and presented under the guidance of Arielle Tepper, one of Broadway's most eclectic producers (from Freak to De la Guarda, to Jumpers, and A Raisin in the Sun). It all happens in late July and August at five theatres under one roof in the heart of Manhattan.

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