Steve Proctor
His background in the music business touring on three continents helps our events flourish.



Help artists from less well off backgrounds achieve the greatness in the art of Blues they crave.


Educate the next generation about where blues comes from and what it did for people in hard times.

  1. 1994 - Pop music legends including Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach & Johnny Mathis play for the Wish Upon a Song concert series to benefit Miller Children's Hospital.
  2. 1997 -Unity Festival founded by Steve Adams and Bill Grisolia - still going after twenty years (at CSULB in 2016 & 2017).
  3. 2012 -Blues Festival tradition restarted in Long Beach by Bill Grisolia and Bob Barr.
  4. 2016 -Long Beach Blues Society.founded to support the community including kids, under-served, veterans, musicians and the festival.

Debra Taren & Mary Ann Barr
Board Members who help with Blues in the Schools by bringing their extensive background in education, music and communications.


Expand work in schools and get kids excited about the pure artistry Blues Music offers and inspire them to be part of the next generation of artists and fans.


Foundation History

Bob Barr
Founding member, President of LBBS and a die-hard Blues fan, Bob gives his all to the New Blues Festival and the artists who play.



Joe Licavoli
Writer and social media maven helps LBBS report and connect with the people through new and old media.

Preserving the Past - Promoting the Future!