Sunday blues jam at 5 Mile House |

Sunday blues jam at 5 Mile House

The Sierra Blues Society will be hosting the Hence Phillips Band at the 5 Mile House Restaurant Sunday in an open jam from 1 to 6 p.m.

For a few years, Hence Phillips toured with the Jackie Greene Band, sharing stages with artists such as Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins and The Blind Boys of Alabama. He then left to do his own thing. His first CD, “Highway Of Forgiveness,” features 2006 Blues Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) nominee Mitch Kashmar on harp. His present three-man band plays, he says, everything “from Bach to bluegrass and back.”

Blues bands that want to jam should get to 5 Mile House early and sign up. As there are no complete kit changes, plan to use most of the host band’s equipment. Individual artists are especially encouraged to come and play. Admission is free with donations (to preserve blues music in the foothills) accepted.

The restaurant, which is at 18851 State Hwy. 20 several miles east of town, has a new chef and general manager, Joe Lynch. Call 470-8849 for more information or to make reservations. Or contact the Sierra Blues Society at 268-9166 or online at

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