A Night of Italian Blues

On the way to the IBC Finals, I stopped by the Center for Southern Folklore.  To my surprise, Saturday was “Blues, Italian Style.”  Of course I could not pass that up, so I planned that as my Saturday night.  The main act was Francesco Piu from Sardinia.  Plus 2 blues duos were on the bill: … Continue reading

A taste of the Finals

Just a quick take to give you a feel for the Finals.  The Balkun Brothers Band didn’t make it.  Without a horse in the race there still was lots to do in Memphis.  Plus the weather was better this year so walking was good.  Also a problem took the trolleys out of service and although … Continue reading

IBC Semi-finals and Youth Showcase

So Friday we learned who made the semi finals.  This year it was the Balkun Brothers Band, they would be playing at Blues City Cafe.  They had a strong response from the club audience and were really in high gear. Spent the morning with breakfast at Aunt Polly’s, a favorite of the Connecticut crowd and … Continue reading

Blues Schedule January 30

Taking a little break to put up my regular weekly post.  Will be back with IBC last 2 days soon. 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, also you might want to check the starting time. Café … Continue reading

IBC Finishing Thursday

Much of the acts I caught on Thusday were at Wet Willie’s.  One was Bobby Blackhat Band.  I had met Bobby at a blues fest in Chespeake, VA. and wanted to see his band.                     The rest of the acts I saw were from various blues … Continue reading

IBC Thursday with CT Bands

The evening is time to see the bands.  The weather was better this year, so more people seemed to be hanging out on Beale St. The Boogie Boys were in the Blues Hall,  The Balkun Brothers in Coyote Ugly and The Mike Crandall Band in Wet Willie’s.  The Blues Hall is long and narrow, with … Continue reading

Thursday – Showcase Day

Computer problems in Memphis delayed the Blog postings.  I’ll start finishing now and depending on the snow storm I may be done soon. Thursday is the time to get to see showcase events where a number of artists with something in common performing. First stop was BB Kings where the crew was from an agency … Continue reading

IBC Wednesday Part 2

Now I am going to go thru the evenigs fun. It actually started as I was switching to the Westin, courtsey of a friend who had to cancel.  Well two years later I got my room.  It seemed that way.  But some good customer service staff kept me in a lighter frame of mind. So … Continue reading

IBC Wednesday 2015 Part One

Okay, the Blog is a little late.  Why? way too much stuff going on.  Choices Choices Choices I think this will be a blog of short statements and more photos.  Cannot stay too long on the computer when the blues is calling. Wednesday is the day when the times and locations of the acts are … Continue reading

IBC Memphis Day 2

Here is the EconoLodge on 3rd St just up from Beale.  Friendly place with a good crowd.  One thing I would recommend is taking a Shuttle from the Airport.  I think the Yellow Cab took the scenic route.  Got to look into that.  BBQ right next door. The nice thing about the EconoLodge is the … Continue reading