Thursday, September 8, 2011

Stuck Inside of Boulder with The Memphis Blues Again

Apparently I woke juxtaposing Memphis and Bob Dylan.  But with the IBC Preliminary Band Round here at the Outlook this Sunday, ‘tis no wonder I’ve Memphis on my mind. 

But first, tonight.  The wildly energetic Jason Downing will be here with Musketeer Gripweed, and it’s been quite some time.  Jason has unique approach to music, and he’s fun to watch.  See you tonight, Jason.

Tomorrow night brings one of my favorite’s back; Maynard Mills.  The last time he was here, Gretchen Troop and her husband, Biff, were thinking of going out, and so I suggested the Outlook for Maynard since they’d not heard him before.  They picked me up, and on the drive over told me they were only staying for the first set.  I thought to myself, “We’ll see about that.”  By the third song, they were both asking me how it was they’d not heard him before.  We stayed for both sets. 

Saturday night Paul Soderman and BluesHouze is back!  It’s been a long time coming, so don’t forget if you want to get a seat come early, however with them it’s usually come early if you want to get in.  And rest up, because there is always a very crowded dance floor for these guys. 

And now back to Sunday’s IBC Round.  The music starts at 2:00 p.m., and it will get crowded, so come early if you want to be assured of getting in.  Every year we have to turn some people away, but it’s always the late-comers.  The competing bands are:

2:00 Bumkin
2:40 Immortal Blues Ambassadors
3:20 Bid Daddy Lee & the Kingbees
4:00 Eddy & the Haskells
4:40 Orphan Boy Blues Band
5:20 Taylor Marvin & the Golden Boys
6:00 Teresa Lynne and the Dreamboats

Come out and cheer on your favorite bands!

Here’s a little something I received from the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival:  it’s a contest for two 3-day passes and lodging for some lucky couple.  Here are some details: and Telluride Blues & Brews are giving away two, 3-day passes and 3 nights lodging to a lucky couple for the 2011 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival on September 16th-18th! Click the link below (bottom of the blog) and follow the instructions to enter the contest. We will announce the winner on the morning of Tuesday, September 13th. Contest includes:
Two, 3-Day passes to Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Three night stay for two people at the Aspen Street Inn Bed & Breakfast. Room includes a King size bed and breakfast, each morning, for two! Check out the link to the room: (Dates include either 9/15-9/18 or 9/16-9/19). 
*Contest is only valid from 9/6-9/13. Giveaway is only valid for the 2011 Blues & Brews Festival - Tickets and Hotel are non-transferrable. 

Good luck!

Next Wednesday, I’m hosting a Pro-Invite Fund-Raiser Jam, from 5:00 - ?.  Musicians who’ve confirmed thus far, are:  Billy Hoke (who is also providing the drum kit), Gretchen Troop, Jack Hadley, Joe Pacheco, Mike Ray, Lionel Young, Dan Treanor, Mark Diamond, Russ Musilek, Randall Dubis, and Mac (from the Informants).  I’ll send out a blast early next week with the full list. 

I want to make sure calendars are marked for a couple of other big doings we have going on September.  On Sunday, September 18th, at 2:00 p.m., we are hosting the IBC solo/duo finals, followed by Mike Zito.  However, this isn’t going to be a typical gig.  You see, last month the guys were here for a couple of nights off, and they did a set at Gretchen’s jam, and then sat in with jammers.  At breakfast, they all four told me they had a blast.  Then I told Mike that if he wanted to, since so many of us will still be here from the IBC Finals, they can start early, do two sets, then a pro-invite jam for a third set.  He was excitedly on board with that plan.  Come on people!  You know it’s going to be “one of those nights!”  I can’t wait. 

Then on Tuesday, the 20th, Jeff Strahan is back.  Jeff first played here a year ago, and Dan and I were both in the bar.  Our jaws dropped.  We both had other plans for the evening, and we both rescheduled.  We didn’t want to miss a note from this monster.  And, he’s as great on keys as he is on guitar.  And then there’s the voice.  For me, however, wordsmith that I am, it’s his astounding lyrical writing that continues to captivate me every time I hear him, live or CD.  Anyone who loves the Blues must get to know this artist’s music. 

I’ll leave you this week with some future dates: 
11/9   Samantha Fish Band
11/12  Jake Loggins Band
11/17  Harper
11/25  Otis Taylor and Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin
11/30 Candye Kane

As you can see, the Blues Gods are being very generous with us.  ~Honey Bee Sepeda~

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