Blues Music Awards – that evening

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.

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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.
The Band


What was cool was the way Fernando literally and figuratively sat back and let the Kids take over.


Simpson Sisters.


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.

The Teacher

The Teacher



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.

Questions/comments, I can be reached through the Blog comments or at BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic Forcella. My weekly Blues Beat column appears in the New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Middletown Press and Torrington Register-Citizen.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

One response to “Blues Music Awards – that evening

  1. Ed Stack

    Excellent report on the BMA’s for those who could not make it to Memphis. It makes me want to buy the DVD when it comes out.

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