FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 22, 2006 TAJ MAHAL TO HEADLINE CONGRESSIONAL FESTIVAL HONORING MUSICIANS WHO ARE NATIONAL TREASURES

As a group of elder but hardly retiring American musicians return from touring France — and their hero’s reception on major stages — they prepare to travel to Washington, DC, for The Congressional Blues Festival.
Headlined by Taj Mahal, the only three-year-old but growing festival is set for one night only:
Wednesday, June 21, 6:30-11:30 at Mellon Auditorium.
“In its third year, and sponsored by Volkswagen, the festival provides a national stage for this great art form, that is truly an American creation and revered internationally. Our blues artists are our national treasures,” said Ryan Costello, festival founder and director.
Tickets will be free and made available by online lottery at http://www.bluesonthehill.org/cbf_tickets.html
Taj Mahal, the Music Maker Relief Foundation’s most visible, renown and long time spokesperson will headline the event. He’s a tireless promoter of roots music and a citizen of the world and unofficial godfather to the Music Maker
Relief Foundation.
The Grammy Award winning musician (Senor Blues,Shoutin’In Key) will introduce and jam with Music Maker artists Beverly Guitar Watkins (of Atlanta), Mudcat (Savannah, Georgia), Cool John Ferguson (St. Helena,
SC, and Durham, NC) and the up-and-coming discovery The Carolina Chocolate Drops (from Durham, NC).
Also taking the stage are Congressmen and Senators, who have played for Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid and troops
in Iraq.
The Second Amendments. They include Collin Peterson (D-MN) – Guitar and Vocals; Jon Porter (R-NV) –
Keyboards; Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) – Drums; Dave Weldon (R-FL) – Bass; Thaddeus McCoter (R-MI) – Lead Guitar.
Proceeds go to MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION.
Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten
heroes of Southern musical traditions gain recognition and meet their day to day needs.
Today, many such musicians
are living in extreme poverty and need food, shelter, medical care, and other assistance. Music Maker’s aid and
service programs improve the quality of recipients’ lives. Our work affirms to these artists that we value the gifts of music
and inspiration they have delivered to the world.
The mission is to give back to the roots of American music.
For more information please contact
Music Maker Relief Foundation http://www.musicmaker.org