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Friday, June 11, 2010

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FRI 6/11 - SAT 6/12 - SUN 6/13
Brick Street BBQ
& Marietta Bike Rally
Outside on the Parking Partners Lot on 2nd Street Across  from Tampico Mexican Restaurant
musical lineup
 the Brick Street BBQ and Marietta Bike Rally Dice Run

Friday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. the headliner will be McGuffey
 Lane. The band first played in a former warehouse on High
Street in Athens, Ohio in 1977, and went on to become a
nationally recognized recording act is back in the Mid-Ohio
Valley.  With their unique blend of rock, country and
 bluegrass, McGuffey Lane plays everything from Jerry Jeff
Walker to George Jones, to bluegrass standards like "Rocky
 Top", Cumberland Gap", and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
to their own popular originals such as "Green County
Mountains", "Break Away", "Long Time Lovin' You" and
"People Like You"! McGuffey Lane has toured with the
Charlie Daniels Band, The Judds, Marshall Tucker and The
Allman Brothers and has been attracting a whole new set of
 fans with their recent touring.

Opening for McGuffey Lane at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening will
 be local favorite, "The Fossils" featuring a long list of classic rock tunes. Specializing in rock and acoustic tunes from artists
like Steely Dan, James Taylor, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tom Petty. The Fossils also play a number of originals.

Saturday's headlining act will be the Debbie Davies and
 Robin Rogers Band. Debbie Davies jumped into the major
blues circuit playing with blues legend Albert Collins in 1988. Davies brings her seasoned licks and soulful sensitivity to
her twelfth solo release, the groundbreaking, all
instrumental "Holdin Court". Davies will be touring with
Blind Pig recording artist, Robin Rogers who sings in the
sassy classic blues tradition of Bessie Smith and Memphis
Minnie. A winner of the Best Self Produced CD at the
Memphis International Blues Challenge for her "Crazy Cryin
Blues" album, Rogers sings self assured brazen blues with a knowing twinkle in her eyes. Her latest release out now
on Blind Pig Records features the award winning song "Color
Blind Angel". Rogers also earned the 2009 Blues Blast award for Best Female Artist. 

The Blues party starts at 4:15 p.m. Saturday with the
 scorching Jon Justice Band. Justice was recently cited as
Best of Cincinnati 2008 Blues Singer/Slinger, and won the Cincinnati Blues Challenge representing the Queen City at the International Blues Festival in Memphis. In 2007 Justice was nominated for three CEA's for Best Blues Artist, Best Live Act, and Best Up and Coming Artist. He also appeared in a Bootsy Collins' (James Brown, Parliament, George Clinton) video, "Bengal Rock".

At 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon kick back to the bluegrass
 music of The Slack Family Band from Richmond, Virginia.
The Slack Family features three part harmony and top notch musicianship, mixing traditional and cutting edge musical influences. They have appeared at the Sternwheel Festival and Mayor's Jubilee and provides a great combination of wit, wisdom and musical heritage.

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Friday, June 11, 2010
The Fossils - 6:00 p.m.
McGuffey Lane - 8: 00 p.m.
Saturday, June 12
The Slack Family Band - 2:00 p.m.
      Jon Justice Band - 4:15 p.m.
      Debbie Davies and Robin Rogers - 8:00 p.m.

R. Hunt Brawley, Director
Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association
River City Blues Festival
"One of the Finest Little Blues Festivals in America"
19th Annual River City Blues Festival
March 19-20, 2010  Lafayette Hotel,  Marietta, Ohio

Friday, March 19, 2010

8PM - Shaun Booker & her band- Columbus,OH1st of our two favorite Columbus divas performing this weekend. Powerful, soulful vocals, tight band and "Snakebite" on tenor sax.
10PM - The Kinsey Report  - Chicago, ILBlazing Blues/Rock, reggae, funk and soul solidly based in Chicago Blues from the legendary Kinsey brothers family band. 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

1230PM - BITS Band/"High Schools That Rock"
1PM-  River City Ohio Blues Competition Winners
           Tokyo Tramps from Boston, Mass.

230PM - Lionel Young -  Louisville,  Colorado
Itzhak Perlman meets "Gatemouth" Brown, sort of.
Classically trained violinist plays the blues and jazz. 
 IBC solo/duo winner, 2008.
4PM - Zac Harmon Band - Dallas, TX
Mississippi born, LA perfected West Coast Blues, mixes blues, reggae, soul & gospel,  with exquisite guitar and terrific vocals.   "The future of the blues,"  here now.
8PM - Teeny Tucker Band - Columbus, OH
2nd of our two favorite Columbus divas to perform this weekend; Top-3 finalists at IBC, 2003 and 2005, great band.
10PM - Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
 From Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada -- High-energy boogie woogie blues piano with a panache: pounds those 88's with conviction; richly warm and gritty voice. GREAT show not to be missed.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blues Historian Review: The Hollywood Blue Flames, Deep In America

Long time blues fans will know the legendary Hollywood Fats, guitar player extraordinaire from California that died way to young.  Fats band is still playing as The Hollywood Blue Flames and have a double CD out called Deep In America, with the first cd is a second disk called Larger Than Life Vol. 2. The Hollywood Blue Flames still have that good old jump blues vib going that blues purists around the US still love.  Nothing really new here, on Deep In America, but when you have a good thing why screw with it.  Perhaps the gem, and unfortunately the let down is the live disk Larger Than Life Vol. 2.  It is a gem because it perfectly captures the time.  It was an amazing time where blues started to make its big comeback from the disco hangover of the 70s. On this disc Fats, and the band cover some of the classic covers, like She's Dynamite, Hide Away, Kansas City, Lonesome, and many more. I love the second disc, and it would be my favorite, except you can barely hear Hollywood Fats, and he is the guy  I want to hear.  First, it is still an important historical CD recorded at three separate locations between 1979-1980. While track three is recorded by a hand held recorder, (I am assuming a cassette recorder back in 79)  The others sound like board tracks.  This is where you record off the sound system.  What is good about recording of the sound board, is that the vocals, keys, and drums are clear, but the guitar is usually buried.  The reason for this is that the stage volume of the guitar is so loud that the sound engineer will turn off the microphone to the guitar.  When that happens, which is darn near all the time, then the guitar gets buried in the mix, and unfortunately this gem of a disc suffers from Hollywood Fats guitar buried for most of the CD. Yet, I wouldn't let you deter you from this double CD.  It is a good collection of jump blues, a cool double cd of old and new, and a nice historical recording of one of the many golden ages of the blues.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Chase Garrett Update

I just recieved an email from a very proud dad. Iowa boogie woogie piano prodigy Chase Garrett has a huge gig coming up in November.  Probably too early to tell you so I will repost this in early November.  Check out  Chase's website as well. Email below:

I just wanted to pass along that Chase will be performing a Boogie Woogie piano show at the Englert theater in Iowa City on November 12 this year. Back to Back grand pianos on stage, it will be a boogie blowout!
His show will include Ricky Nye from Cincinnati, Bob Seely from Detroit, and Lluis Coloma from Spain.

Wine Jam Uncorked 2010 Des Moines Iowa June 12, 2010

WineJam Uncorked 2010
June 12
Saturday, Noon to Midnight
The Blue Room
4611 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
with an Open Jam till whenever
For tickets ($20 for the whole day)
contact Bonita Crowe
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Schedule of acts below
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Esther Mabry RIP

From Bob Corritore

  • RIP Esther Mabry (aka Mama Nip) - May 25, 1920 to May 31, 2010 - She was 90 years old. Esther Mabry is best known in the Oakland, California area for owning and operating a legendary blues club called Esther's Orbit Room. After moving from Texas to Oakland in her early 20s, she opened Esther's Breakfast Room in 1950. Nine years later, she and her husband William bought the building and expanded it to offer live music and cocktails. So began Esther's Orbit Room, a club that would be known in the Bay Area for appearances by B.B. King, Charles Brown, Lou Rawls, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Ike & Tina Turner, Jimmy McCracklin, Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulson, Al Green, Etta James, and others. The club ran until just last year, when Esther's health problems dictated that she close the business after its glorious 59 year run. Esther was a behind the scenes hero of the blues who was not well known outside of her community, but people like Esther are the backbone and the spirit of this industry. and the provider of a place for blues musicians to play. God bless you Esther for all you did. To see her 2008 induction in the West Coast Hall Of Fame click here. To read more about Esther Mabry click here, and here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Coppertone, Amanda Zelina

Amanda Zelina guitarist, and vocalist for the band The Coppertone has a new CD coming out called Hidden Dreams.  I have a video below of one of her songs.The song is blues rock, but I did notice on her myspace page that she does do some acoustic blues as well.

To buy her CD go to her website:

Amanda Zelina///The Coppertone: Wood & Wires Productions from Adrian Vieni on Vimeo.

Blues On The North Shore

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Two Historic Blues Shows~Buy Tickets Now!
Thurs. June 10 @8pm - Harp & Soul Festival
 Sun. June 13 @8pm - 3 Generations Of The Blues
June 2010
NORTHLIGHT Theatre winner BOTNS 2010 HERO Award
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To see footage of BOTNS 2010 go to:

Greetings Blues Lovers On The North Shore And Beyond!

Blues On The North Shore starts this season by bringing together Three Generations of Grammy Award Winning Blues Legends and Rising Stars.

Enjoy two historic evenings of Blues performances in this intimate venue with easy access to free parking & public transportation.

Join us as we celebrate
Black Music Month, and help us in our efforts to support GRAMMY Foundation's MusiCares and A Safe Haven Foundation.
Please join our mailing list and become a Facebook friend to find out about more great Blues happenings.  If you can't make it to the concert be sure to visit, to see interviews & concert excerpts with the artists.
Peace In The Blues,
Lynn Orman  

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Thursday, June 10th - 8pm

Admission: $40.00 | $30.00 | $20.00 | Buy Tickets Now!harmonica
Tonight we give "props" to the Blues Harmonica and its impact on the transition from rural to urban blues styles.

This evening features three generations of renowned
international Blues harmonica players backed up by an array of All-Star local & visiting players

Portions of this event's proceeds are donated to support:GRAMMY Foundation's MusiCares
Master of Ceremonies:
  • Bob Corritore
  • Grady Champion
  • Billy Flynn
  • Bob Riedy
  • Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
  • Dave Spector
  • Bob Stroger
  • Rob Stone
and Special Guest Star:
  • Sam Lay

Sunday, June 10th - 8pm

Admission: $40.00 | $30.00 | $20.00 | Buy Tickets Now!Grady Champion, David Honeyboy Edwards & John Primer
By bringing together three generations of the finest musicians in Blues today, Blues On The North Shore continues its concerts aimed at celebrating Black Music Month.

This evening BOTNS offers an exciting musical journey as we experience the music of the rural south as it evolves into the urban electric sounds that have influenced music around the world.

It is this sound that has given Chicago an international reputation as: The "Home of the Blues".

On a special and personal note... we'd like to wish Honeyboy a heart felt "Happy Birthday" as he turns 95 on this date.

Portions of this event's proceeds are donated to support:
GRAMMY Foundation's MusiCares & A Safe Haven Foundation.

Master of Ceremonies:
  • Grady Champion
  • David "Honeyboy" Edwards
  • John Primer

***Winner BOTNS 2010 Hero Award***
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Low Down Dirty Blues

May 27 - July 3, 2010

The BOTNS 2010 Hero Award was awarded to North Light Theatre by Blues On The North Shore President and Founder, Lynn Orman, in recognition for their commitment to keeping the blues alive through storytelling and music onstage.

For those of you who missed their Joseph Jefferson Award-winning production of "Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" starring Mississippi Charles Bevel, be sure to see their current production of "Low Down Dirty Blues."

Bring your Low Down Dirty Blues Ticket to the door the night of one of our concerts and receive $5.00 off General admission. Must show ticket stub for special offer. 
Limited to capacity of the house. 

To reserve your tickets

Claudia Swartz Update


Fayetteville's Elite performers in another memorable show of World Class Entertainment:
When: Sat. June 26th 2010 from 8.30 PM - 1.30 AM
Where: The new Rockshop Music Hall 218 King Street off Eastern Blvd.
Robbie Reid Band      Corky Jones
Bradley Muffett          Puncho Forrest
Chris Cox Band         David " Thumbs" Johnson
Willie Bradley            BluesEnigma
Claudia Swartz          Ray King
and introducing 13 year old Blues Phenomenon " Lakota John" and the Locklear Blues Family
and other special guests
For the first time ever Fayetteville's local Blues performers will play on a big stage and hopefully for a lot of people. I need you all's help to spread the word about this worthy cause event. Recipients of a newly established trust fund for disabled local Musicians are:
Chris Cox, Pat Vines, David " Thumbs" Johnson, Jerry B. and others in the future. Funds will be strictly used to cover medical and living expenses in time of need.
Tickets: $10.00 available at Edwards Music Company Mc Pherson Church Rd. in Fayetteville, $ 12.00 at the door.
Please come out for this awesome spectacle and the hottest Blues east of the Mississippi!
See you all at the show?