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Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society,Inc.                                              August 26, 2010                
Marietta, Ohio                                                                Vol. 10, Issue 18                                    
In This Issue
New Music Venue - The Adelphia
Patrick McLaughlin at The Adelphia SATURDAY
Short Takes... LOTS of INFO
Court Street Gril Reportl
Marietta Brewing Co Lineup
Johnny Rawls in Town at Fishbone
Wheeling's BluesFest Revisited
FOOTHILLS Festival Preview
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Music News You Can Use is Semi-Monthly email newsletter from the BJFMS.  We try to be your Source for what's happening with Live Music in our area - from Marietta-Parkersburg to Charleston, WV, to Columbus, OH, to Pittsburgh, PA.  We'll tell you what we know of, what we've heard about, and even the good rumors we've either heard or made up.  You may learn something about music along the way, and maybe even get a few laughs in the process.   You'll be getting Music News You Can Use in your email in-box about every other week - or when something important comes up in between.  We promise we will never sell or give your email address to any 3rd party, and to never use it for any commercial purposes.  You will always have the chance to "opt-out" (un-subscribe) on every issue.  
The Adelphia
at The Galley, 203 2nd Street in Marietta

You Should Go...Listen up music fans --

Something wonderful and exciting has happened to the "Live Music" scene here in The Valley.  It's called "The Adelphia" and it is a new music room at The Galley, 203 2nd Street in downtown Marietta.  The Galley is one of Marietta's favorite restaurant/bars, and they've taken over the building next door, knocked out the wall between and built a state-of-the-art live music venue that you must see to believe.

In a town where we usually get "2nd best" or "just alright,"  this time they did it right.  What I'm trying to say is this place is FIRST CLASS!! I'm telling you, you won't believe this place is in Marietta. 

The best part is that they have already booked some GREAT entertainment for the room, and there's lots more on the way. You are going to be able to see the absolute top local bands and entertainers like The Fossils, The MIXX Band, Todd Burge and such -- sure, but also top regional and national touring acts you've never been able to see here locally because there has not been a venue for them to play.  Now, with The Adelphia, there is.

But, here's the catch:  YOU HAVE TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT IT -- or it will go away, just like the other live music venues YOU didn't support.  That's the way this works. They can bring all this great entertainment to Marietta, but unless you and your friends SHOW UP at the door ON A REGULAR BASIS -- NOT once a year, or every three months, or even only once a month. This is not that hard -- all you have to do is come out and enjoy the live music.   

Owner John Layman, manager Bronson Bach and the whole staff at The Galley are committed to making The Adelphia THE premier live music venue in southern Ohio. They've done their part -- they've done it FIRST CLASS.  Now, it's up to YOU.  This will only work if YOU do your part and SHOW UP!!

The Adelphia is the best opportunity we've had for a long time at consistent top-notch live music in our little town just like they have in the city.
the Voice. 

The Adelphiaat The Galley, 203 2nd Street in Marietta  740.374.8278
Patrick McLaughlin
Patrick McLaughlin This Saturday at New Venue

One of Columbus' most popular blues bands will be making a stop in Marietta to perform at this area's newest live music venue, "The Adelphia" music room at The Galley on Second Street in downtown Marietta. "We are dedicated to bringing top-notch entertainment to the area," said Bronson Bach, General Manager of The Galley.

The Patrick McLaughlin Power Trio from Columbus will appear at "The Adelphia" on Saturday, August 21, 2010. The music begins at 10PM and admission is just $5-dollars. McLaughlin's band just won 1st place in the annual Big Bend Blues Competition in Pomeroy, Ohio, which means they will be going back to Memphis, TN, to represent The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society at The International Blues Challenge (IBC) early next year. McLaughlin has been there before - as an IBC finalist and semi-finalist three times over the past five years. Patrick has also been a winner of the local River City Ohio Blues Competition, and has headlined The "Red, White and Blues" on 4th of July weekend here in Marietta. His discography includes five CD releases.

The Columbus Blues Alliance's "Blues Paper" calls Patrick McLaughlin "an intense and gifted guitarist. His new "power trio" seeks to transform the blues, placing it in the mainstream through innovative experimentation." 2009 highlights include a performance at the Ohio State House, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and this year a scheduled performance at the Ohio State Fair.

Long one of downtown Marietta's favorite eateries, The Galley features a full menu of choices - from appetizers and salads and soups to sandwiches and wraps, pasta dishes and burger platters to grass-fed black angus premium steaks and seafood. In recent years, "The Patio" was added, offering open-air outdoor dining and drinks and now, as a further commitment to downtown Marietta, the addition of the new "Adelphia" music room brings a consistent lineup of the finest in live entertainment.

"We're trying to do something exceptional here." continued Galley General Manager Bach. "We hope the cool people and music fans of the Mid-Ohio Valley will come out and support it. So far so good, we've had great response," he added

Note from the Voice:  This is the first blues band at the new Adelphia and YOUR chance to DO YOUR PART by coming out Saturday night and helping to FILL the place.  This is sort of a test by the management to see if we will come out to support the blues.  They will be watching.  PLEASE come out and enjoy Patrick McLaughlin Saturday night and help us pack the place and show that we will support live blues music.  The cover is just 5-dollars.  PLEASE make an effort -- it's important.  the Voice.
short takes.....
things you might want to know about...
in no particular order...sort of like my mind...

Riverside Art Gallery
Remember them?  They were burned out by those punks who started a fire on Front Street a few months ago.  Well, they're BACK in a great new location at
219 2nd Street in downtown Marietta.  FRIDAY is their Grand RE-OPENING and they are celebrating from
6PM - 9PM with FREE FOOD and FREE MUSIC by TheCoolville Hot Club.  Come enjoy, meet the artists and listen to the great acoustic jazz music from The Coolville Hot Club. 

Augie needs your help!
Our good friend Augie (Austin "Walkin' Cane") needs your help.  He's recording a new LIVE CD, and he needs YOU to be in the audience when he makes the recording, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 at Jackie's Court Street Grill in Pomeroy.  It's your chance to be a STAR, and you can tell all your friends you were there during a real recording session.  I know, it's a Tuesday night, but we really need a good audience for this live recording.  Jackie will have some great grub on the menu, so come as early as you can and have dinner --- Augie promises to make it an early evening, though, 'cause he knows it's a school night.  Augie really needs your help on this, so please come out and support Austin "Walkin' Cane" who has represented us in Memphis. BTW, we're all chipping-in 5-bucks to help Augie defer some of the expenses of the recording -- a good investment, I think.

get the funk out...
that's right; it's Grand Funk Railroad playing the P-burg Homecoming
  on Sunday (8/22) FREE SHOW starts at 8PM in downtown Parkersburg.  Go early and catch our friend Denzon & TheRoad Doggz (Blues) at 7PM.  All part of the PWT Festival.

Watch the 2010 BMA's
A Blues Music Award Special Broadcast of the 2010 awards from back in May will be shown on WV Public Television, Tuesday, August 24 at 8PM.   Worth watching if for no other reason than to laugh at Jason Ricci (Harmonica player of The Year) ... you'll see what I mean.

New DTM Festival in Huntington

The First Annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues & Arts Festival will be held August 27 4PM-10PM at Heritage Village, 210 11th Street in downtown Huntington honoring that grand old blues shouter from there.  Our very own Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues will play, along with Nat Reese, Maynard Chapman and others.  Produced by our friend, the very talented  Chris Sutton.  Get details at:

Speaking of Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues...Liz & DocThey will be performing in our area at:
Saturday, August 28Earthstock -- Mother Earth Foods annual picnic (35th) at Buzzy Dils Park in Parkersburg (6PM)  FREE & open to the public.
Friday, September 3rd:  Parkersburg Moose Club -- 830PM-1230AM  Open to public
Go out and support one of our most famous exports.
Check their schedule at

Parkersburg's Coolest Picnic

For the 35th year, Dave Hawkins is inviting his customers and friends to The Mother Earth Picnic -- SATURDAY, August 28th, 3PM - 10PM at Buzzy Dils' park on the river in Vienna.  It's Dave's way of saying "Thanks" for 35-years of business at Mother Earth Foods on 19th Street in Parkersburg.  It's all FREE and open to the public.  Mike Morningstar & Rick Roberts play at 4PM; Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues at 6PM and Todd Burge at 8PM.  very cool.

BearFest is Back!!
103.1 The Bear (radio) has resurrected it's infamous BearFest for Saturday, August 28th to take place at the Parkersburg Eagles Club in South Parkersburg -- outside.  17-bands are scheduled, none of which I've ever heard of, but that doesn't mean anything.  You could say I'm out of the loop on this one -- modern rock, but the Bear has been holding sell-out rock concerts every month at the Eagles now for several months.  My hat is off and congratulations to them for their success in bringing more music to our little Valley.  Here;s the lineup for BearFest:  (On the Main Stage) Saving Abel, Cavo, Nonpoint, Bobaflex, Taddy Porter, American Bang, Black Sunshine, and Atom Smash.  (On the Second Stage) Noise Auction, State Your Cause, Zeroking, Jinx'd, In Another Life, Liecus, Underneath It All.  More bands may be added.  Tickets are available at Bear studio, #5 Rosemar Circle, Sound Exchange, Parkersburg Eagles and  Tickets are $30 or a 4-pack for $100 is available only at the studio.

Taste of Parkersburg
Saturday, September 25
OUTSIDE at 3rd & Market Streets in downtown Parkersburg.
Over 30 local restaurants, musicians, artisans and breweries come together with some top wine distributors for the biggest party of the year in downtown Parkersburg.  This party is engineered and produced by Mr. Cecil Childress, General Manager of The Blennerhassett Hotel, so you know it is dome right and First Class.  This is a very CLASSY event and not to be missed.Get tickets at the hotel.

CBA CompetitionThe Columbus Blues Alliance will hold its annual IBC preliminary competition on Sunday, September 26 at Columbus Maennercher in German Village.  Doors open at 11am.  Competition begins at 12noon.  This is always a good time; and it;s where I met lots of good friends in the CBA, the guys from Mojo Theory and Sean Carney, to name-drop a few.

SCOTS Bring Show to The Adelphia
Patrick McLaughlinSouthern Culture On the Skids will be at The Adelphia in Marietta for a special show on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12th.  Long the bards of downward mobility, SCOTS have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, good-natured good time take on the culture of the South.  If you've never seen (or heard of) SCOTS -- check them out on YouTube....then show up and have a good time.  You don't want to miss this show -- people will be talking about it for a long time to come. Get tickets in advance; beleive me, this show will sell out.

"What's his name" Back in Ohio
Colin John, God love him, is back in Ohio this week.  Here are his shows for this weekend:
Friday, August 20 -- The Colin John Band, featuring Gerald Dominick, Jason Edwards, Bob Corlett and Colin John will play TheCrossings in Aurora from 9:30PM - 1:00AM
Saturday, August 21 - The Colin John Band Voodoo Blues Trio featuring Scott Turner and Gerald plays The Lounge Rock n Roll Club in Akron from 9:30PM until late.
Sunday, August 23 -- Colin John Sunday afternoon acoustic session at Fat Fish Blue, 1200 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland from 4:30PM - 7:00PM.  great food I hear, fun vibe, plenty of parking.
Go see Colin John if you can.
Court Street Grill Report
Support your local juke joint.... 
Court Street Grill, 112 Court Street,  Pomeroy, Ohio  
Coming to The Grill:
Friday, September 17:  Will Kimbrough
Saturday, September 18:  Mojo Theory
Friday, September 24:  Duke Junior & Smokey Boots
Marietta Brewing Company

167 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio  740-373-BREW

Friday, August 20:  New Relics
Saturday, August 21:  Shawn & Sean/Bob Crock
Friday, August 27:  Rick Perdue Band
Saturday, August 28:  Steve Hussy Band
Friday, September 10:  Vinnie
Saturday, September 11:  Sacra Via

Johnny Rawls
is In The Fishbone!

Soul Blues Legend to Perform in Parkersburg
Patrick McLaughlin
One of the foremost players in the world of soul/blues music will be making a stop in Parkersburg, when he appears at the new Fishbone Seafood Restaurant, located on the river in Vienna. Even though he tours all over the country and Internationally as well, he is no stranger to music fans in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Soul/blues legend and member of the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Johnny Rawls and his band will appear on Friday, August 27, 2010 for a special show at the popular new restaurant - formerly Ricky D's Simply Italian. Rawls' show will begin at 8PM on the newly-built entertainment stage at Fishbone along the Ohio River. Several hundred people can be accommodated with festival-style seating in front of the new stage. Music fans are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or a blanket, but coolers are not permitted. Tickets are 10-dollars.

Fishbone is the popular new restaurant located at the foot of 17th Street and Grand Central Avenue in Vienna on the Ohio River. It is accessible by boat from the river at docks provided. The menu features seafood,, steaks and chicken, along with salads and soups, including fresh gumbo and seafood bisque. Desserts include Key West lime pie and the "Over The Top" brownie.

Johnny Rawls was raised in Purvis and Gulf Port, Mississippi. His interest in music came early in life, when he heard his grandfather play blues guitar one Christmas morning. Soon, Johnny had his own guitar and he taught himself to play. Johnny Rawls has been playing professionally since he was in high school, with blues legends like ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor and Joe Tex. In the 1970's, he played with OV Wright as his band director. After Wright's death in 1980, he led Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring on his own. That was 25-years ago - and he's still doing it. Over the years, he's done it all, from producing, song-writing, horn arranging to rhythm, lead and bass guitar, and of course, vocals.

Nominated multiple times for a BMA (Blues Music Award - formerly W.C. Handy Award, the equivalent to a Grammy Award for a blues artist) Rawls' latest award is a BMA Award for "Soul Blues Album of the Year" for his 2009 album: "The Ace of Spades." His relentless touring schedule takes him to the top blues venues all over the country and all over the world. Additionally, Rawls performs annually at most of the world's top blues festivals, including The Chicago Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival and the Poconos Blues Festival in the United States and festivals overseas in Sweden and Poleland.

The night before his appearance at Fishbone, Rawls will be performing at the legendary Buddy Guy's in Chicago. For his next gig, Rawls will be heading for Southern Ohio on Saturday to headline The Foothills Blues & Arts Festival near Harrisonville, Ohio ( )

"When it comes to Soul/Blues, it doesn't get any better than Johnny Rawls," said Steve Wells, VP of The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society. " And to be able to see Johnny in a beautiful and casual setting along the river like Fishbones is a real treat," said Wells. "This will be a show you don't want to miss."

"Bring your lawn chair or a blanket band come on down," invites Gene Butler, owner of Fishbone. "Come early and have a great dinner before the show," he said.
BluesFest 2010 Revisited
GREAT Weekend in Wheeling by the Wheelers

Bruce Wheeler promises a "Weekend of Award-Winning Blues" at his Heritage Music "BluesFest" every August in Wheeling, WV.   Bruce Wheeler is a man of his word,  'cause that's exactly what he delivers year after year at what has become the region's most prominent blues festival.  Last year, the extravaganza drew music fans from 25-states and 4-countries to little old Wheeling, WV.  Out of somewhere around 230 blues festivals held every year in this country, Wheeling's Heritage Music BluesFest was awarded "Blues Festival of The Year" at this year's KBA Awards (Keeping The Blues Alive) by the national Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.  

It's not hard to understand the festival's remarkable success when you see Bruce's lineup each year - the "A list" of everybody in the blues world who is out there touring at festival time.  With names like blues icon John Mayall, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Tab Benoit, John Hammond, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Guy Davis, Janiva Magness, Duke Robillard and Bernard Allison, plus other hot new players --- (and that is just this year) - the Heritage Music BluesFest is a music fan's dream come true.  It seems anybody who is anybody in the blues was there, and we got to see several of the hottest new acts just to spice things up -  hot new players like Cedric & Malcomb,  Davina & The Vagabonds, Damon Fowler, Joanne Shaw Taylor and others.  No wonder why this festival is winning awards.

What makes it even more special for Bruce Wheeler is that for him, it's all a "family affair."  You see, the people who do all the work to put this top-notch festival together and make it happen are all named Wheeler.  There's no blues society, large committee or big production company at work; it's just Bruce Wheeler and his family - his wife, Phyllis, his daughter, Amanda and his son, Leland - that's it.  They do all the work, the preparation, the paperwork, the nitty gritty - everything.   It's really pretty incredible, when you think about it.  It all comes together to be one of the most enjoyable blues festivals I've ever been to.

So, hats off and congratulations to Bruce Wheeler and his family for another job well done. And, as Bruce says, "Just wait 'til next year."  Well, Bruce, we'll be waiting.
the Voice.
Foothills Music Festival
FRIDAY  8/27 & SATURDAY  8/28, 2010
Festival Turns Five
Next weekend marks the FIFTH year for the Foothills Blues & Arts Festival.  12 musical acts on two stages over two days and as always it's FREE.  In Addition, you can see some of the best works of art and crafts in Ohio.
For detailed information and of course the directions please visit:
2 Full Days of FREE music,
fabulous food and amazing art
In the foothills of beautiful southeastern Ohio.
Free tent and RV camping on site. Personal coolers are OK
Bring Your Lawn Chairs & Flashlights
 2010 Foothills Blues and Arts Festival Friday and Saturday August 27th & 28th

Friday August 27th
6PM -Sam Lamont - Morgantown, WV -

7PM -Duke Junior and the Smokey Boots - Athens, OH -

8PM - The Mudfork Blues Band - Harrisonville, OH -

8:45PM - Todd Burge and the Urge - Parkersburg, WV

10:15PM - Sit Down Baby - Providence, RI
Saturday August 28th
starting at 12:30pm on Main Stage
12:30PM - Jon Justice   - Cincinnati, OH

2PM - C&S Railroad - Barboursville, WV

3:15PM - Magic Mama Latte  - Gallipolis,OH/Barboursville,WV-

4:30PM - Izzy & Chris - Weirton, WV -

6PM - Gerome Durham  - Milwaukee, WI -

7:45PM - Biscuit Miller - Chicago, IL,

9:30PM - Johnny Rawls Band - Purvis, MS -
GREAT little festival on an immaculate farm in beautiful Southeastern Ohio.  Our hosts are Jared and Laura Sheets, the Sheets family who do a lot to promote music and art in this area.  This is one of the COOLEST events of the year and it's all FREE.  Another great lineup this year, and the nightly campfires are NOT TO BE MISSED.  This will be a FUN weekend -- DON'T Miss IT!!   -- the Voice
About The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society           P.O. Box 2122, Marietta, Ohio  45750
The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3  all-volunteer "force" of music enthusiasts on a mission to enhance the appreciation of American Roots Music in the Mid-Ohio Valley and we do it by presenting concerts, workshops, conferences, and a forum for education and development in the schools. 

The BJFM Society celebrates and perpetuates blues and roots music as a traditional, evolutionary, and uniquely American art form. During the grant period, we will continue to present live music in genres not normally available in a small town like ours, to educate and expose our audiences to music new and unfamiliar to many of them.  Our goal is to keep blues, jazz and roots music alive in our area.

With the help of volunteers from our membership, and an
8-member board of directors, the BJFM Society will continue to produce and present our "core events" plus other shows throughout the year as the opportunity presents itself.  The BJFM Society has also undertaken the expense of production and presentation of the nationally recognized multicultural "Blues in the Schools" program  here in our local schools
The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society Board of Directors:
John Bolen - President
Steve Wells - Vice President, Director of "Blues in The Schools"
Peg Bolen - Treasurer
Maren Beery - Secretary
John Gifford - Board Member, Competition Director, Stage Manager
Helen Holt - Board Member
Mary Ann Osborne - Board Member
Kezia Douglass - Board Member

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music SocietyP.O. Box 2122
Marietta, Ohio 45750

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