Playing Around: Tempa and the Tantrums 

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The Air Force Academy breaks formation this weekend to host the Pikes Peak Bluesfest International. Originally begun in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1994, the fest has since expanded to London, Ontario; Novi, Michigan; and now, Colorado Springs. This is the first year for the Pikes Peak installment of the fest, and it is dedicated to the late, legendary John Lee Hooker, who passed away last month.

A whole slew of legendary bluesfolks are scheduled to play during the three-day festival, including Leon Russell on Friday, James Cotton and Savoy Brown on Saturday, and Vince Converse with the Michael Hornbuckle Band on Sunday. Also scheduled to perform on Sunday afternoon are Colorado's own Tempa and the Tantrums.

Raised in a bus by countrified hippies, Tempa Singer learned how to unleash her ballsy voice after several practice sessions with a band member gently standing on her abdomen. Up from that belly boils a strong, throaty but always feminine voice that can easily handle the blues, but also dabbles in bluegrass, country and soul on occasion.

Backed up by the equally flexible guitarists Fred Wolking and Joe Seph and drummer Brian McClure, the band is a local powerhouse with little local presence. Like many of the musicians on the Bluesfest lineup, Tempa and the Tantrums don't often get the chance to perform down here, so this show is a rare treat.

To find out more about the Fest -- scheduling, ticketing, directions -- visit http://www.drtix.net or call 877/283-7741. Tickets are $10 Sunday, $20 Friday and Saturday or $35 for a three-day pass.


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