International Blues Challenge – International Showcase and Tas Cru plus Eric Hughes


Now Tuesday night the International bands were in the Beale Street clubs.  Warning, I saw some but jumping in and out of clubs meant I didn’t get a lot of names.  Did get a lot of good Blues and enough to whet the ears for the upcoming days and nights.

I first went off to Club 152, where I shared a table with DJ James “The Blues Hound” Nagel.  In the small world category, he has been playing cuts from the Mighty Soul Drivers, the band from the Connecticut Blues Society.














The emcee was Gregg Johnson a 2016 KBA winner.









This band I was there early enough to get the name LazyEye from Australia.   Evan Whetter vocals and keyboard.


and some harp

and some harp








The guitar work was handled by Erica Graf.










Mario Marino on drums.








Next stop was Rum Boogie where Tas Cru was running a jam for Generation Blues.










Tas Cru getting the Jam ready

Tas Cru getting the Jam ready.



Some young players open up.



It was a big crowd and I thought I would move around.

My ride awaits.







Sonny Rock with a friend

Sonny Rock with a friend






Then I saw Ricky Stevens and we headed to Dyers for the famously cooked burger and some conversation.









Once outside more conversation, a pretty frequent happening as people meet up each year.















The music

























Meanwhile back at Rum Boogie

Vinny tells us we are broadcasting on the web

Vinny tells us we are broadcasting on the web









The place is still packed, so I tried the upstairs view.

Looking at the stage below

Looking at the stage below

the view

the view







Now off to Wet Willie’s







Another Australian band








walkin' the floor

walkin’ the floor

check out the shoes

check out the shoes








After the International Bands were done, Eric Hughes lead an acoustic jam.







Along with playing Eric gave some Memphis history.  Seeing as he was born only 4 blocks away, he does know the city.


gettin' serious

gettin’ serious







Eric brought up BlindDog







Together they got into the harp.

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The last player I heard before it was time to call it a night.








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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.

3 responses to “International Blues Challenge – International Showcase and Tas Cru plus Eric Hughes


    Good report Dom. Interesting that you talked to a DJ who is playing the Mighty Soul Drivers.

  2. Carolyn

    Looks like fun Dom! Enjoyed the photos, especially all the neon, and I do love the ride! You are traveling in style!

  3. Mitchell

    Nice Ride! You’re doing 50-50 music and food so far.

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