Time to get ready for Big LLou’s 3rd Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam at the Hard Rock.
First a little walk around Beale Street and some Gumbo at Silky’s. walking down to Beale, I cam across Jerry from Blind Pig Records, you never know who or where you are going to meet someone.
Wednesday is bike night in the city.
So now I head to Big LLou’s 3rd Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam. The Jam is a lot more than that. It is a fundraiser for Generation Blues, a scholarship program of the Blues Foundation for qualified applicants under 21 years old to study in some of the camps across the country.
The second is the Blues Kids Foundation, which Fernado Jones of Chicago runs. This has been an on-going effort reaching the next generation.
The Hosts are Bill Wax and Big LLou.
Now the writing is going to get sparse as the music filled the room.
First up was The Blues Kids.
What was cool was the way Fernando literally and figuratively sat back and let the Kids take over.
One of their teachers was standing near us and after they performed, they stopped by to say hello to the couple from Chicago I was sitting with, Greg and Sue.
Hall of Fame inductee Tommy “Weeping” Brown was in the audience.
The Ford Road Drumline came on stage. Did you notice these young people were all pretty sharply dressed.
Next up Igor Prado from Brazil played.
He was joined by Jackie Scott, Sax Gordon
and Lisa Mann on bass
Eddie Cotton Jr., last year’s IBC winner was on next.
Bobby Rush did a “Raw” set going from guitar to harmonica.
Then Elvin Bishop closed the night.
Some of his band.
Bill Wax getting excited with the great smile and laugh.
A lot of fun for a good cause(s). It was a busy day and more to come.