Blues icon Curtis Salgado, guitarist Alan Hager to conduct workshops, hold concert on Saipan

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(Press Release) — Blues/soul icon Curtis Salgado and guitarist Alan Hager will be playing and offering advice to music students on March 16-17, 2020, at Marianas High School, Saipan Southern High School and Mount Carmel School. A benefit concert will also be held at Godfather’s Bar on March 15, 2020.

Curtis Salgado

Salgado won three 2013 Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. He also won for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, and for Soul Blues Album of the Year. In 2018, Salgado was again awarded the BMA for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year.

Alan Hager, besides playing a fantastic slide guitar, is a guitar teacher who studied at the Berklee School of Music before graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, and has toured as a solo classical guitarist.

Salgado and Hager have performed at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Canada’s Tremblant Blues Festival and on the Legendary Blues Cruise. Salgado has also performed at The San Francisco Blues Festival, Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival, Denver’s Mile High Blues Festival, as well as in Canada, England, throughout Europe, Brazil, Chile, Panama, the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Blues Revue, describing Salgado’s performances, declares, “He starts at excellent before segueing into goose bumps, ecstasy, and finally nirvana.”

Back-up musicians will be Elli Aguilar, Dante Yumul and Rommel Isidro.

The high school appearances are sponsored by Safety 1st Systems, Fiesta Resort, Island Training Solutions, United Equipment Rentals, The Wineshop at DFS, Pacific Airport Services, Saipan Vegas Resort, KZMI Radio, Hertz as well as charter members of the Saipan Blues Association: Soup Bone and Marian Pierce, Big Casino Hudkins, Little Casino and Cecilia Batallones, Princess Pam Brown and Boogie Blackburn, Catfish and Betty Johnson, Wailin’ Wendi Herring, Pig Foot Noble, Black Snake Santos, Coonhound and Flor Jones, Blind Boy Bogart, Slowhand and Jill Arenovski, Howlin’ Hal Easton, BB Biggers, Punker Boy Dottino, and Big Daddy and Kazuyo Fennell.