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March 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Little Bill birthday wishes ahead of ‘Stormy Monday’

The eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday you go out to play, but on Sunday you can go to church for Blues Vespers and wish Bill Engelhart a very happy birthday.

Going down to Tacoma, not Clarksdale (Photo by Mark Rightmire/Orange County Register

Going down to Tacoma, not Clarksdale
(Photo by Mark Rightmire/Orange County Register

The Northwest blues legend will be celebrated in his hometown of Tacoma, and by all Washington blues fans, during Blues Vespers, hosted by the Rev. Dave Brown at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

Engelhart turns 75 on Sunday, and the moment is virtually a dual celebration of Little Bill and the Blue Notes, the Tacoma band he formed in 1955. His career covers almost 60 years, and he and his band members remain busy performers. Little Bill toured nationally during the first part of his career, and he had a TV appearance with Dick Clark. Ask your grandparents.

Dozens of talented musicians have played in Little Bill’s band over the years. Little Bill and the Blue Notes are in the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.

Think of Blues Vespers as a concert with a take-home message. The Rev. Brown has created a sanctuary for the blues, which you can read about here.

Immanuel Presbyterian Church is at 901 North J St., Tacoma. No tickets required. A collection is taken for the musicians. Blues Vespers is at 5 p.m.

Expect great music on Sunday. Little Bill and the Blue Notes have lots of musician friends who will want to be part of a special event.

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