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Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society, Inc                                                      September 24, 2010    Marietta, Ohio                                                                                               Vol. 10, Issue 18                                    

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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 Second Street, Marietta, Ohio

Marietta's NEW Place for Music
Come for Dinner, Stay for the Music

Coming To THE Adelphia
Saturday, 9/25:  Elemental Groove Theory  $5
Friday, 10/1:  Trillium Piano Trio  $50*
* MASTERS Performance Series
* Gourmet Dinner Included.
Tickets ON SALE NOW!!
Saturday, 10/9:  Comparsa    $10
8-piece funk/Latin Jazz/fusion group from Athens makes their debut
Latin Jazz Workshop Included
Tickets ON SALE NOW!!
Tuesday, 10/12:  SCOTS   $15
Southern Culture On the Skids (SCOTS)
Tickets ON SALE NOW!!
Long the bards of downward mobility, Southern Culture on The Skids have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, good-natured, goodtime take on the culture of the South.  Come hear SCOTS' unique mix of Americana, surf, R & B, rockabilly and swamp pop like you've never heard before!!
Friday, 10/22:  Sean Carney Band   $5
International Touring  Blues Artists
Sean Carney
WINNER: "Best Band In Columbus"
WINNER: "International Blues Challenge" (IBC) Memphis, TN, 2007
WINNER:  "Albert King Award" - Best Guitarist
Saturday, 10/23:  The Greens   $5
Best Local/Regional Band. period.

Friday, 11/5:  Lucy Kaplansky Concert  $15
with Special Guest:  John Walsh

or call:  740.374.8278

THE Adelphia.
is destined to become Marietta's Premier Live Music, Dance, Party
and Special Events Hall.
Marietta Brewing Company
167 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio  740-373-BREW

Fifth Annual Summer Music Festival
For the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley

Marietta Brewing Company is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual MBC Music Festival benefiting the Humane Society of Ohio Valley -
Thursday, Sept 23 --Sunday,
Sept 26. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy great music by many local and area
bands", a fire show presented by the Burning Dawn, and great food and drinks from the Marietta Brewing Company, while helping raise money and awareness in support of the work of our local
Humane Society.
(Bands or performers interested in being a part of the show, or organizations

interested in helping sponsor the event, can email:
to be included.

*Must be 21 or over to attend shows after 10 p.m.
This is the tentative schedule for the festival. Bands and times are subject to change. More bands are being added all the time, and slots are still available for interested artists.

Thursday, September 23
Brewery Stage
4:00 to 5:30PM - OW West (West Virginia)
6:00 to 7:30PM - Red Giant (Marietta OH)
8:00 to 9:30PM - Sean Benjamin (Cleveland OH)
10:00 to 11 :30 PM - Elemental Groove Theory (Athens OH)
12:00 to 2:00AM - Poobah (Youngstown, OH/Parkersburg, WV)
Patio Stage
8:30 to 10:00PM - Chemical Valley (MOV)
10:30 to 12:00AM - Nate DiRuzza (Canton OH)
12:30 to 2:00AM - Ovada (Vienna WV)

Friday, September 24
Brewery Stage
2:00 to 3:30PM - Jason Scott Hook (Nelsonville OH)
6:00 to 7:30PM - The Faculty (Marietta OH)
8:00 to 9:30PM - Sacra Via (Marietta OH)
10:00 to 10:30PM - Doxcity (Cincinnati/Athens OH)
11:00 to 2:00AM - The Greens (Morgantown WV)

Patio Stage
8:30 to 10:30PM - The First Street Heat (Athens, OH)
11:00 to 12:00AM - The Revulvas (Athens OH)
12:30 to 2:00AM - Marbles for Eyes (Cambridge OH)

Saturday, September 25
Brewery Stage
12:00 to 1:30PM - John Radcliff (Charleston WV)
2:00 to 3:30PM - Gabi's Pale Kids (Parkersburg WV)
4:00 to 5:30PM - Amp'd Up (Marietta OH)
6:00 to 7:30PM - Outstrument (Parkersburg WV)
8:00 to 10:00PM - Maybelogic (Marietta OH)
10:30 to 12:00AM - Magic Mama Latte (Gallipolis OH)
12:30 to 2:00AM - Liecus (Parkersburg WV)

Patio Stage
12:30PM to 2:00PM - Ohio on Hi .(Jackson, OH)
5:00 to 6:00PM - Truthberider (Parkersburg WV)
7:00 to 8:00PM - Preparing for the Fall (Parkersburg WV)
8:30 to 9:30PM - Living on Stolen Time (Parkersburg WV)
10:00 to 10:30PM - Live Fire Performance from The Burning Dawn
10:30 to 12:00AM - My Kind (Marietta OH)

Sunday, September 26
Brewery Stage
2:00 to 3:30PM - Justin Arthur (Marietta OH)
4:00 to 5:30PM - Jay Wiley & the Hawkeyes (Pittsburgh PA)
6:00 to 7:30PM - Radlc t (Marietta OH)
8:00 to 9:30PM - Meaninful Gnames (West Virginia)
10:00 to 12:00AM - Matt James & the Progress Notes (Parkersburg WV)

Patio Stage
4:30 to 6:00PM - Duke Junior & the Smokey Boots (Athens OH)
6:30 to 8:00PM - Nathan Zangmeister (Zanesville OH)
10:30 to 12:00AM - Sons Had Father (Parkersburg, WV)
 Come out this weekend ---
Have FUN & Support a Good Cause

West Virginia  Music Hall of Fame NEWS
Charleston, West Virginia 
"Diamond Teeth" Mary is IN
"Diamond Teeth" Mary McClain from Huntington, WV is on the list of the 2011 class of inductees into The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. 

It was a group effort....
I wrote the letter of introduction to the WVHoF board and the nomination paperwork detailing Mary's background and history back in 2008.

With the help and support of Jack Rice and the WV Blues Society, Chris Sutton put together "Diamond Teeth" Mary McClain Day in Huntington, on August 31, 2008,  complete with a proclamation by the Mayor of Huntington.  A fund was established to raise money for a historic marker to be erected at the train station in Huntington where Mary hopped her first train and where her ashes were scattered by her friends and last band Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, who had met here in Florida, where Mary spent the last years of her life.

The WV Blues Society raised the money to buy the historic marker.

Mary's Florida friends in Tampa, FL, including George Willett of the Suncoast Blues Society and Peter Gallagher, her friend and last manager held fundraising efforts in Florida and contributed a substantial amount of money towards the marker.

This Summer, on August 27th, 2010, Chris Sutton, blues musician and board member of the WV Blues Society put together the first "Diamond Teeth Mary Blues Festival" in Huntington, WV.   Chris' band C&S Railroad played, along with WV blues legend Nat Reese and Mary's friends and last band she toured with, Liz Pennock & Dr/ Blues.  The historic marker for commemorating Mary's life and career was unveiled at the festival.

The Diamond Teeth Mary Blues Festival is going to be an annual event in Huntington, West Virginia.

Job well done for a great lady of the Blues who deserved it.

Mark your calendars: The date of the WVMHoF's fourth Induction Ceremony has been set for Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Once again, the list of inductees is fascinating and diverse - and truly represents the wide range of musicians from West Virginia.

Michael Lipton, Chairman of the WVMHoF sent an email to me stating, "While the "official" announcement will come via press conferences October 12 (Charleston) and October 13 (Tamarack), we wanted to give our Friends the heads up. " 

The 2011 inductees are:
Living - Kathy Mattea, Connie Smith, Butch Miles, Billy Cox
Deceased - Diamond Teeth Mary, Jack Rollins, Tommy Thompson

With Kathy Mattea and perhaps a surprise guest to induct "Diamond Teeth" Mary, it should be one hell of a show.  I Plan to be there.
the Voice.
If you are into Jazz
You should know about.... jazz phenomenon
Esperanza Spalding !!

she's only 25, but she's the hottest thing in jazz...
Her first album Esperanza was a smash hit...
Her latest album Chamber Music Society  debuted at #1
The year's most anticipated new jazz album.
Toured with Joe Lovano...
Performs with McCoy Tyner...
Letterman's Paul Shaffer called her "the coolest guest we've ever had."
Performed at the 2009 Nobel Prize Ceremony (at President Obama's request.)
Youngest faculty member ever at Berklee College of Music in Boston...
Featured in Downbeat magazine -- September, 2010.
Featured in New York Times -- August 15, 2010.
Featured in The New Yorker -- March 15, 2010.
Featured in "O" the Oprah magazine -- May 2010
Performed for Herbie Hancock's 70th birthday party...
You get the idea...

  If "esperanza" is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name at birth. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, and a natural beauty that borders on the hypnotic, the 25-year-old prodigy-turned-pro might well be the hope for the future of jazz and instrumental music.

Spalding was born in 1984 and raised on what she calls "the other side of the tracks" in a multi-lingual household and neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a single-parent home amid economically adverse circumstances, she learned early lessons in the meaning of perseverance and moral character from the role model whom she holds in the highest regard to this day - her mother.

However, the one pursuit that made sense to Spalding from a very early age was music. At age four, after watching classical cellist Yo Yo Ma perform on an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the roadmap was suddenly very clear. "That was when I realized that I wanted to do something musical," she says. "It was definitely the thing that hipped me to the whole idea of music as a creative pursuit."

Within a year, she had essentially taught herself to play the violin well enough to land a spot in The Chamber Music Society of Oregon, a community orchestra that was open to both children and adult musicians. She stayed with the group for ten years, and by age 15, she had been elevated to a concertmaster position.

But by then, she had also discovered the bass, and all of the non-classical avenues that the instrument could open for her. Suddenly, playing classical music in a community orchestra wasn't enough for this young teenager anymore. Before long she was playing blues, funk, hip-hop and a variety of other styles on the local club circuit. "The funny thing was, I was the songwriter, but I had never experienced love before. Being the lyricist and the lead singer, I was making up songs about red wagons, toys and other childish interests. No one knew what I was singing about, but they liked the sound of it and they just ate it up."

At 16, Spalding left high school for good. Armed with her GED and aided by a generous scholarship, she enrolled in the music program at Portland State University. "I was definitely the youngest bass player in the program," she says. "I was 16, and I had been playing the bass for about a year and a half. Most of the cats in the program had already had at least eight years of training under their belts, and I was trying to play in these orchestras and do these Bach cello suites. It wasn't really flying, but if nothing else, my teachers were saying, 'Okay, she does have talent.'"

Berklee College of Music was the place where the pieces all came together and doors started opening. After a move to the opposite coast and three years of accelerated study, she not only earned a B.M., but also signed on as an instructor in 2005 at the age of 20 - an appointment that has made her the youngest faculty member in the history of the college. She was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship.

In addition to the studying and the teaching, Spalding's years at Berklee also created a host of networking opportunities with several notable artists, including pianist Michel Camilo, vibraphonist Dave Samuels, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Patti Austin, and saxophonists Donald Harrison and Joe Lovano. "Working with Joe was terrifying," she recalls, "but he's a really generous person. I don't know if I was ready for the gig or not, but he had a lot of faith in me. It was an amazing learning experience."

Spalding's journey as a solo artist began with the May 2008 release of Esperanza, her debut recording for Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, which went on to become the best selling album by a new jazz artist internationally in 2008. The highly acclaimed release was the first opportunity for a worldwide audience to witness her mesmerizing talents as an instrumentalist, vocalist and composer. The New York Times raved, "Esperanza has got a lot: accomplished jazz improvisation, funk, scat singing, Brazilian vernacular rhythm and vocals in English, Portuguese and Spanish. At its center is a female bassist, singer and bandleader, one whose talent is beyond question."

Soon after release, Esperanza went straight to the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart where it remained for over 70 weeks. Spalding was booked on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the CBS Saturday Early Show, the Tavis Smiley Show, Austin City Limits and National Public Radio. Other highlights included two appearances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, the Jazz Journalists Association's 2009 Jazz Award for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, the 2009 JazzWeek Award for Record of the Year, and many high profile tour dates, including Central Park SummerStage in New York and the Newport Jazz Festival. 2009 was capped by an invitation from President Obama to perform at both the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway - where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded - and also at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

If Esperanza marked a brilliant beginning for this gifted young artist, then Spalding's August 2010 release, Chamber Music Society, sets her on an upward trajectory to prominence. Inspired by the classical training of her younger years, Spalding has created a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. The result is a sound that weaves the innovative elements of jazz, folk and world music into the enduring foundations of classical chamber music traditions. Co-produced by Esperanza and Gil Goldstein (with string arrangements provided by both), Chamber Music Society finds Esperanza with a diverse assembly of musicians: pianist Leo Genovese, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, percussionist Quintino Cinalli, guitarist Ricardo Vogt, and vocalists Gretchen Parlato and the legendary Milton Nascimento. The string trio is comprised of violinist Entcho Todorov, violist Lois Martin and cellist David Eggar.

Here's where you can see her....

 Esperanza Spalding
Pittsburgh's Byham Theater -
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Esperanza Spalding on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., at the Byham Theater.  Ms. Spalding's current tour features music from her current release Chamber Music Society.  Inspired by her classical training, Chamber Music Society brings a modern chamber music sound that combines spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements.  Her latest recording brought her a nomination for Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year (2010) by the Jazz Journalists Association.  This performance is part of the Cohen & Grisby Trust Presents series.
Tickets ($20.75, $32.75 and $37.75) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666.  To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.

NOTE:  The FIRST person to email me ( and tell me what Esperanza's self admitted "life changing" moment was when she knew she wanted to be a musician  will WIN a copy of her new CD Chamber Music Society.   Make sure you include your STREET ADDRESS so I can send it to you and your PHONE in case I have to call you. 
 the Voice.
short takes.....
things you might want to know about...

Alex de Grassi at Washington State
Washington State Community College will kick off its 12th season of the Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series with a concert and workshop by the great Grammy Award-nominated fingerstyle guitarist and Windham Hill recording artist Alex de Grassi on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the college.  Following an afternoon workshop, the concert will be at 8:00PM in the Graham Auditorium on the campus.  Tickets for the concert are only $15 and will be on sale in late September.  Thank you Tanya.

Sheryl Crow at the Clay Center
Speaking of tickets, they're on sale for Sheryl Crow, just trying to have a little fun at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV on Thursday, September 30th at 8PM.   Ticket prices are quite a bit more than the tickets mentioned above   go figure... 
$65 - $85 - $95 & $125.

Also coming to the Clay Center:
Chick Corea Trio -- Sunday, September 26  7:30PM
An evening of jazz at its best  $15 - $25 - $35
Tim O'Brien & Bryan Sutton -- Saturday, October 9 7:30PM
Co-presented by FOOTMAD
Two of the biggest names in bluegrass on stage together.

Simply Jazz and Blues LIVE!
favorite West Virginia diva. the multi-talented Doris Fields, better known as the sensational "Lady D" is now on the radio down around her hometown of Beckley, WV. every Sunday.  Hosted by Lady D and her biggest fan (next to me) Karl Mack, Simply Jazz and Blues LIVE features regional and national musicians and is sometimes actually LIVE from the theater at Tamarack, who sponsors the show.  Music fans in the Beckley area, listen to "Simply Jazz and Blues LIVE" every Sunday evening at 7PM on Groovy 94.1 FM.  It's on Facebook too.  Wish we could get it up here -- (nothing on the radio around here).

Check out Lady D's new album:  She's Nobody
Lady D's finest to date with all original music.
Get it at cd (
or at Cheap Trills Records in Beckley and
Budget Tapes and Records in Charleston
For an autographed copy, contact Lady D personally at

BLUES IS IN "THE HOUSE"courtesy of Mike Lucas, Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society
The Canal House in Tuscarawas, OH just keeps on keepin' on. Located 90 miles north of Parkersburg, 90 miles south of Cleveland, 90 miles east of Columbus and yep, 90 miles west of Pittsburgh. John Hursey owner/operator of "Ninety Square" has just announced their 2010 Fall/Winter lineup. Showtime weeknights 8:00pm and weekends 9:00pm. Open every day but Sunday 11:00am 'til 1:00am. For more call 740-922-1255 or email
·               Thur Sept 9th John Primer
·               Thur Sept 23rd Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
·               Thur Oct 21st Guitar Shorty
·               Fri Nov 5th Jimmy Thackery
·               Thur Nov 11th Tab Benoit
·               Wed Nov 17th Joe Louis Walker (CD release)
·               Wed Dec 1st Davina & the Vagabonds
·               Thur Dec 2nd Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
·               Tue Dec 7th Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Note from the Voice:  I wish I lived 90 miles north of Parkersburg -- how 'bout you?

Now a note from Maren Beery
Secretary of the BJFMS
Hello all,
As you probably know, I'm president of the Friends of the Library in Marietta. We have entered the Pepsi Challenge to try for funds to fix up the annex building we use for our book sales.  We need your votes!  Will you help?  Feel free to recruit other voters as well.  Click on the link below for more info and to vote.  Thanks.

Subject: Pepsi Grant voting

Voting started today. you can vote dayly until Oct 1


Leonard Cohen RULES!!
New Album:  Songs From the Road (Columbia/Legacy) On the heels of his 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. the famously reclusive Leonard Cohen launched his first tour in 15 years.  Songs From the Road captures the iconoclastic singer/songwriter on stage from Tel Aviv to San Jose. 
Get it if you get it. the Voice.

Some Wine and Good Jazz:
The Taste of Parkersburg -
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Corner of Third & Market Streets
Annual event at
The Blennerhassett Hotel in downtown Parkersburg.  They call it:  "An Eclectic Collection of Tastes"  Come Experience the best of the tastes, sounds and culture that Parkersburg has to offer -- Restaurants -- Wine & Beer -- Specialty Foods -- Arts & Music.  I know the entertainment will be top-shelf and some of the best jazz you can get around these parts: 
The Bob Thompson Unit
The Bruce DeMoll Quartet,
and The Smoot House Band.  
The LIVE music, alone, is worth the admission price.
This is also the ONE night during the whole year when you can legally have a glass of wine or a beer OUTSIDE in downtown Parkersburg.  I hope the world doesn't come to an end.    
the Voice.
NOTE:  I met Robin Rogers when she was here in Marietta last June for ColonyFest touring with the great Debbie Davies.  I got to hang with Robin and Debbie and the band and emcee the show.  Robin is a very accomplished singer, but even more, she is a very nice person and a cool lady.  I enjoyed meeting her and the time I got to spend with her -- she even had a good Joe Bonamassa story for me.   the Voice.

Blind Pig recording artist Robin Rogers, who was admitted to the hospital on August 18th with serious liver problems, has now been diagnosed with liver cancer.  She was hospitalized for complications caused by Hepatitis C, and a CT scan prior to surgery revealed an untreatable cancerous tumor on her liver.  She is not a candidate for a liver transplant so she has been sent home for hospice care.
There has been a major outpouring of support and care since the announcement of the hospitalization by her husband Tony on Robin's Facebook page.  Announcements were made of the establishment of a Robin Rogers Medical Trust Fund to cover medical expenses.
However, while this fund will help with astronomical hospital and medical bills, it does not cover other expenses such as hospice care and and basic living expenses.  Robin will not be able to return to the stage, and Tony, her musical partner, will be out of work for the foreseeable future.  Like most musicians, Robin and Tony do not have health insurance and depend on touring income for their livelihood.  Expenses for hospice care, medicine, and everyday living will be extremely high.

Fans who are interested in providing help directly to the family can donate by sending a check (made out to Tony Rogers) to: Robin Rogers c/o Piedmont Talent Agency, P.O. Box 680006, Charlotte, NC  28216.   In addition, the Charlotte Blues Society has set up a PayPal account, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Robin. PayPal donations can be made on the following webpage: PayPal.
Fans can also help by purchasing CDs from her website:  Benefits and fundraising efforts are also being organized, and fans can follow developments on a newly created Facebook page: Robin Rogers Benefit Central.
A benefit and silent auction being organized by producer Jim Brock and friend Scott Cable will be held at the Double Door Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 24th.  The day long event will feature performances by Jim Brock, Bob Margolin, the Voodoo Brothers, WSNB, and special guest Sheila Carlisle.  Tickets are only $20.  For further information on starting times or to donate items for the auction, please see the Facebook Benefit page referenced above.  An earlier benefit will also be held at the Double Door, on September 26th, featuring the Cary Sims Trio, Part-Time Blues Band, House on Fire & Monday Night All -Stars.
Rogers is an accomplished singer and talented harmonica player who has emerged over the past few years as a major player in the blues world.  Following the release of her national debut CD, Treat Me Right, she won the 2009 Blues Blast Award for "Best Female Artist."   Her new CD, Back In The Fire, was released on September 14th.
Court Street Grill Report
Support your local juke joint.... 
Court Street Grill, 112 Court Street,  Pomeroy, Ohio  
Stop at our favorite juke joint anytime for a cold PBR draft and the best wings within a hundred miles, along with shrimp, ribs, burgers, steaks and those all-so-sweet sweet potato fries ---yummmmmmmmmmmy for sure!

Coming to The Grill:Friday 9/24:  Duke Junior and The Smokey Boots
Friday 10/8:  Tameca Jones
Saturday 10/16:  Jeff Ellis & Bud Carroll
Friday 10/29:  Broken Ring
Saturday 11/6:  Eden Brent
Saturday 12/4:  Davina & The Vagabonds
Saturday 12/11:  The Muggs

River City Ohio Blues Competition 2011
The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society, Inc.     
 presentsThe 19th Annual
River City Ohio Blues Competition
February 18 and 19, 2011
Lafayette Hotel Ballroom
Marietta, Ohio

Looking For Blues TalentThe Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society will hold its 19th Annual Blues Competition on February 18 and 19, 2011  at the historic Lafayette Hotel, along the Ohio River in downtown Marietta, Ohio.   Blues BANDS and SOLO/DUO  blues acts will compete for cash prizes and BJFMS sponsorship to the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge (IBC) held every year in Memphis, Tennessee.
The first-place winner  will receive $1,000. dollars in cash and BJFMS sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) to be held in February, 2012 in Memphis. The second place winner will receive $200 in cash and third-place winner will receive $100 in cash. 
NO geographic restrictions apply.  Serious blues musicians from anywhere and everywhere are encouraged to apply and participate. 
This is your opportunity to gain valuable exposure to record labels, A&R representatives, blues industry professionals and festival promoters capable of providing real career advancement for a serious blues musician.
A win in Marietta means you will be playing on world-famous Beale Street in Memphis.  If you win at the IBC, the national exposure and the gigs at many of the major blues festivals and blues venues in the country, alone, will be well worth the time and money invested.
Complete information,format,  APPLICATIONRULES  are available online at
 Deadline for application submission is January 8, 2011.

For more information contact Competition Director, JOHN GIFFORD  at 740.680.6338 (after 3PM)  or e-mail:   OR ME, his trusty sidekick (Steve Wells) at 304.295.4323 or
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
And finally...... 
another cool video.

This is Herb Sollars and me in our younger days. (right)
Don't try this at home; could be hazardous to your health...

My Morning Run!
 click it....

just trying to have a little fun before I die....
the Voice. 
The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society
P.O. x 2122
Marietta, Ohio 45750

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