For a midweek blues blast visit Glendale’s Alex Theatre Wednesday, when J.C. Spires, joined by an all-star band of session players, presents a free CD release show celebrating his release of “Farewell to a Rose.”

The Glendale-based guitarist has traveled a long blues highway to reach this point. He started out in his native stomping grounds of Detroit, playing with none other than the great John Lee Hooker. Following that, he moved west, landing in Glendale and performing for years at the former Jax Bar & Grill.

Following the venue’s closure, his band dissolved. A period of disappointing let downs followed, with completed projects that ended up not seeing the light of day in a real-life blues metaphor.

However, with the release of the meticulously crafted new CD, recorded with a host of top-drawer players from acts like ELO, Ambrosia, Barry Manilow and others, Spires is back in the saddle.


Music starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. No cover. A full, no-host bar is included. Call (818) 243-2539 or visit