WANT TO GO?
Blues Du Jour with Rubber Soul
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- According to singer Julie Adams, there are really only two problems with having a band like Blues Du Jour: it's hard to find a place to play, and it's even harder to get everybody together for a same show.
When it comes to band members, eight really is enough.
The singer laughed and said, "Oh, I can't keep track of us. After you get past that magic number of five people in a band, it's hard to keep up with everyone."
Blues Du Jour, which headlines Friday night's Live on the Levee, is an eight-piece ensemble, which would be hard enough if the members were just twenty-somethings working entry-level jobs or shuffling through college.
Instead, the R&B, swing and blues combo has two lawyers, an accountant, a dentist and a psychologist, among others -- busy people with seriously complex schedules.
"It's a good thing because when you have eight people in a band, you're not going to make any money," Adams said.
The singer, who is most frequently seen and heard on "Mountain Stage," said Blues Du Jour is mostly for fun, though they take their fun pretty seriously.
"We have a standing Tuesday night date to rehearse," she said. "Not everybody can make it all the time. Steve Broughton is a dentist in Clarksburg. It's kind of a drive for him to come down every week, and we don't really want to send him back home late."
Getting dental work from a sleepy dentist, she thought, sounded like the makings of a good nightmare.