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Originally created and staged in 2009 by GroundWorks’ Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, Boom Boom celebrates the Blues with a range of styles and artists, from John Lee Hooker to Odetta to Muddy Waters. Shimotakahara pays tribute to the essence of the blues: “For all its pain and suffering it is also full of life. There is loneliness and endless journeys, but there is also an attitude about survival.”

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  • Choreography: David Shimotakahara
  • Music: Various recorded Blues artists
  • Lighting: Dennis Dugan
  • Costumes: Janet Bolick
  • Set Design and Construction: Michael Roesch
  • Dancers: Felise Bagley, Lauren Garson, Annika Sheaff, Damien Highfield and Michael Marquez
  • Music notes in order of sections:
    • “Boom Boom” – John Lee Hooker, from Dimples, Best of John Lee Hooker
    • “Sitting on Top of the World” – Mississippi Sheiks, from 20th Century Blues Disc 2
    • “Black Mattie” – Robert Belfour, from Not the Same Old Blues Crap II
    • “Another Man Done Gone” – Odetta – traditional anonymous, from Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues
    • “Me and My Chauffeur Blues” – Memphis Minnie, from Memphis Minnie Volume 5 1940-1941
    • “Today I Sing the Blues” – Aretha Franklin – C. Lewis and C. Hammer, from Aretha Franklin Soul 69
    • “When the Train Comes Along” – Fred McDowell w/S. Carter/R. Hemphill vocals, The First Recordings
    • “Hound Dog” – Mae “Big Mama” Thornton – Lieber/Stoller, from M. Scorsese Presents the Blues Disc 4
    • Curtain: “Got My Mojo Working” – Muddy Waters-Preston Foster, Muddy Waters the Definitive Collection
  • Boom Boom, originally created and staged in 2009 by GroundWorks’ Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, pays tribute to the essence of the blues: “For all its pain and suffering it is also full of life. There is loneliness and endless journeys, but there is also an attitude about survival.”