Okay, now that Friday afternoon has arrived, things get still more active. At the Rum Boogie it is Brandon Santini’s Beale Streeet Mess Around.
Brandon and Vinnie open the show.
Now, the Rum Boogie fills fast, so sight lines are valuable. I got a seat which required me to move around to photograph. Plus I am experimenting with no flash as more and more venues want it that way.
One thing you notice is the more cameras at an event the more your view gets obstructed. More on this rant later.
This is to benefit the HART Fund which helps musicians with medical expenses.
Jeff Johnson came up for some hard rocking blues.
He brought Mick from the Blues Foundation Board for some vocals.
Annika Chambers from Houston did a few numbers.
The good part about our seats was that we could socialize without bothering the musicians or the fans close to the stage. I was with Terri and her friends so people came by all afternoon as you will see.
Lisa Mann BMA Bass winner came by and mentioned that she would be playing with Wendy DeWitt and it was going to be fun.
She was right, Wendy’s vocals had everyone talking.
Joining Wendy and Lisa was Nancy Wright on sax.
Andy T and Nick Nixon are really generous with their talent, always willing to help the Blues Foundation.
We went from Nashville to Chicago with John Primer.
How about some Georgia Songbird as in EG Kight.
I met Briggette and her husband at the BMAs and her canstant smile kept our part of the Rum Boogie busy.
Here she and Brandon share a cheek pinch.
Brandon also played some music during the afternoon.
and she is a good friend of Terri’s.
The Foundation is benefiting from the sale of two books.
After getting my autographed copy, I get a photo with Jen, the photographer.
While we were meeting people, the music kept on.
People were lining up to talk with Jarekus, myself included.
My friends from Annapolis, George and Diane have taken a liking to Jarekus and travel to catch his appearances. I just wanted to say hello as our mutual friends are pretty great people.
Now to continue the rant about camera courtesy. Here is an example of today’s new technology disrupting a show.
And he is not alone as you can see. So we video a performers show and no benefits accrue. To make matters worse it looks like he has an event VIP wristband. End of rant.
I left early to go across the street for the Barbara Blue Bronze Note Ceremony.
Barbara ever the character was being honored for her Memphis promotion and hard work. Five nights a week for eighteen years at Silky O’Sullivan’s. She is also a member of the Memphis community with a record of service many didn’t hear until this ceremony.
Friends came by to congratulate her.
A group of speakers told her story.
And Mom made the trip to Memphis to tell her part of the story.
Barbara gets some flowers.
And gets her Bronze Note.
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