Blues Schedule January 31

This Week’s Blues. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm. The Outer Space: Friday, Joe Louis Walker / Rocky Lawrence / Cobalt Rhythm Kings; Hamden. The Hungry Tiger: The Mighty Soul Drivers; Manchester. (860) 649-1195 Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Shaka & … Continue reading

IBC Final(s) Good-By

It’s time for the IBC Finals and that means time to wrap up this blog set.  Something I am not ready to do but will do it quickly. The majestic Orpheum Theater is the backdrop and nothing is more suitable in Memphis for the last segement of a week of terrific blues.  It is down … Continue reading

IBC Friday

It has been fun having Penny Lane and the radio crew in the lobby.  New guests appear everyday.  And of course it is fun to walk into the lobby to the sound of live blues. For some reason Friday seems to have a slower pace to it.  Thursday often is a late night as people … Continue reading

IBC Thursday

I usually start the morning in the hotel lobby.  Penny Lane has interesting guests coming in and it is a chance to listen and learn. Thursday morning she had three young girls that have stepped up and helped “Raise the Roof” for the Blues Foundation by raising over $1,000. Kiley Copple, Ava Bare, and Nora … Continue reading

IBC Wednesday Part 2

Today is when the band venues are announced.  Beale Street begins to gather a crowd.  Some people trying to find their way, while others are set from years of experience. Bands have waiting word for the when and where, as have the fans.  My advice is arrive early at a venue, have dinner and settle … Continue reading

IBC Wednesday AM

Planning on starting the day in the hotel lobby as Penny Lane is going to be interviewing Ricky Stevens.  Ricky is a longtime Blues Foundation volunteer and now a member of the Board.  He is one of the people you get to know if you take part in Blues Foundation activities. First let’s get some … Continue reading

Blues Schedule January 24

This Week’s Blues. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm. Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinema: Thursday, Jim Weider w/ James Montgomery and EasyBaby; Mystic. Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Popa Chubby; Saturday, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts; Hartford. (860) 278 7427 … Continue reading

IBC Day 2 PM

IBC Day 2 – Tuesday PM Well, we had that great lunch at Alecenia’s.  Now for some more blues. Now the Day Two activities are ready for us to gear up for after a relaxing start.  IBC activities begin today in the late afternoon.  At 5:30 the International Showcase hosted by the Beale Street Merchants … Continue reading

IBC Tuesday AM

We didn’t have to go very far for music today.  Penny Lane was interviewing some artists right down in the lobby. Up first was Steve Kolbus.  A delta musician from Clarksdale. Next was a player I have seen a number of times, Blind Mississippi Morris.  He was entertain both in music and conversation.  It was … Continue reading

IBC: more CT visibility

Both Swamp Shaka and Tony C. & the Balkun Brothers will be doing a Live Broadcast on Ditty TV while in Memphis. These hour long segments of music/interviews can be seen live on line as their happening (possibly archived too) throughout the week. There were only 20 spots available to the 250+ bands/solo/duo’s who’ll be … Continue reading