February 3, 2011
- Off to Memphis for the IBCs! The International Blues Challenge is going on as we speak (it runs from February 1 to 5) with many bands from all over the world competing for a chance at great recognition in the blues community. It is a time when the blues community comes together to greet the up-and-coming artists that will be part of the future of this music. In addition to this event there are many side attractions such as the Keeping The Blues Alive awards presentations, Various showcases, a now famous jam after hours at the Rum Boogie hosted by Bob Margolin, and much networking. Blues societies, booking agents, labels, festivals, publications, photographers, and every possible blues industry type is in attendance, as well a multitude of fans who come to take part in this blues spectacle! For more information on this event click here.
- Chico Chism, The Reed Family, and Sam Moore to be inducted into the Arizona Musician's and Entertainer's Hall of Fame on Feb 13th! The Arizona Musicians and Entertainers Hall of Fame is now in it's 10th year, and on Feb 13th, it will host an induction ceremony to take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. This year the inductees include three from the blues corner: Chico Chism, who was best known as Howlin' Wolf's last drummer, moved to Phoenix in 1986, and thrived as a blues performer and celebrity until his death in 2007, Sam Moore is best known as the Sam of Sam & Dave, the Stax and Atlantic Records soul sensation, and the Reed family which includes Francine, Margo, Michael, Bucko, Mellody, Laverne, and Girley have brought rich gospel, blues, soul and jazz vocal textures to the Phoenix area. Other non-blues inductees this year include Goose Creek Symphony, Dick Van Dyke, Tanya Tucker, JD's Nightclub, Billy Williams, Al McCoy, Dolan Ellis, and Marshall Trimble. During the presentation, Chico Chism will be honored with 2 of his songs being performed by Hans Olson and Bob Corritore. In honor of our close friend Chico Chism, we have constructed a new photo page which you can see by clicking here. Some other Chico Chism photo pages can be seen here, here, here, here, and here. Chico Chism left his indelible mark on the Phoenix blues scene, and we will continue to honor his legacy. To see the poster for the AMEHOF event with show details, click here.