2003 - YEAR OF THE BLUES...
In recognition of The Blues ongoing impact on music and cultural history, both in America and around the world, the United States Congress has proclaimed the year 2003 as the "Year of the Blues". For more information, visit: www.yearoftheblues.org on the web.
WIN FRONT ROW TICKETS TO SEE "THE KING OF THE BLUES"...
True Blue and QC Online will be awarding one lucky winner 2 front row
tickets to B. B. King's concert at the Adler Theatre on May 20! To register
online, go to www.qconline.com/win/bbk/ on the web now. Limit one
entry per email; multiple entries will be automatically disqualified.
IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE 2003
Regional competition kicks off for this year's Iowa Blues Challenge, with
the Q. C. area preliminary rounds on Friday, April 4 & 11 at Stars & Stripes
in Davenport. The semi-finals will be held on Friday, April 25th, and the
event is presented locally by Mississippi Valley Blues Society
(www.mvbs.org). Competing this year in in the Quad Cities' area are Nasty
Weather, The Tornadoes, Big Red & the Blue Deal, Grampa Jack & Smokehouse,
Al "The Toe" Nache's All-Star Funky Blues Band, Gibbs Brothers Band, Magic
Mike & the Blue Side, and Corporate Rock. The local winner will proceed to
the state finals in Des Moines, where the state-wide competition is hosted
by the Central Iowa Blues Society (www.cibs.org). The Iowa Blues
Competition is presented through the cooperative efforts of MVBS, CIBS, Linn
County Blues Society (www.lcbs.org), and Lizard Creek Blues Society
HAWKEYE HERMAN RETURNS FOR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Michael "Hawkeye" Herman returns home the week of April 7th - 12th, for nine
workshops and five free concerts open to the public. Hawkeye is the QC's
own native son-of-the-blues, and it's a special treat that we will have him
back home for this artist-in-residency during the "Year of the Blues." For
a complete schedule of his appearances, visit the MVBS web site. For more
information on Hawkeye, you will want to visit his personal web site at:
DAVE CHASTAIN IS BACK, AND READY TO ROCK THE HOUSE
Dave Chastain will be returning to RIBCO (www.ribco.com) on April 19th with
a brand new line-up. Dave took some time off during the past few years to
spend time with his lady and their new son, and to get the right combination
of band members together. Dave has front numerous incarnations of blues and
house-rockin' ensembles, as well as co-fronting stints with Eddie King,
Bernard Allison, as well as others. The new group is simply called (though
not for the first time) The Dave Chastain Band, and features the strongest
combination he's found to date, according to the fiery guitarist. The RIBCO
show on April 19 starts at 10 p.m., and cover charge is only $4.00. Don't
miss this one, folks!
SPRING PUB CRAWL IS JUST AROUND THE BEND
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society has taken over the reins of the annual
Spring and Fall Pub Crawls in downtown Davenport, and Thursday, April 24th
will find nine acts performing at eleven locations. This year's pub crawl
features Ernie Peniston Band (Danceland), Twin Towers Band (Don's Big 10),
John Resch and The Detroit Blues (Jimmy B'z), Shane Johnson's Blue Train
band TBA (at Boozie's), Fry Daddies (Starting Line), Douglas & Tucker (Front
Street Brewery), Pappy (Sam's River City Saloon), and band TBA (at Maddie
Rose/Patriot Room). Pub Crawl runs from 4 - 11 p.m., and advance button are
$4 from all participating downtown Davenport venues. Buttons are $5 each,
evening of the Pub Crawl. For more information, phone MVBS at 563-322-5837,
or visit their web site at www.mvbs.org.
NEW BLUES FER YOUZ
"Last of the Mississippi Jukes," Various Artists (Starz Encore
Group/Sanctuary Records) This soundtrack, from Robert Mugge's documentary
tribute, showcases the blues juke joints of the south, and includes tracks
by Alvin Youngblood Hart, Chris Thomas King, Bobby Rush, Vasti Jackson,
Patrice Moncell, The King Edwards Blues Band, and much more. From actor
Morgan Freeman's unique Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale to the famous
Subway Lounge in the historic Summers Hotel of Jackson, this CD serves up a
more than fitting tribute to the juke joints of Mississippi. This new audio
CD is just one format of Mugge's documentary, which also features a DVD of
the film in 5.1 SurroundSound, and a 5.1 DTS with additional exclusive
features. For more on this CD, visit
www.bakernorthrop.com/artists/jukes on the web.
"A Woman Alone With the Blues," Maria Muldaur (Telarc) A sultry and soulful
lady of the blues her ownself, Maria Muldaur pays homage to the legendary
Peggy Lee, delivering a new CD destined to become a classic in its own
right. Best known for her 1974 hit "Midnight at the Oasis," Muldaur has
traveled far and wide - dishing out her own seductive and satisfying brew of
blues, jazz, rock, folk and gospel. From a stellar rendition of Lee's
signature "Fever," to the sassy "I'm Gonna Go Fishin," Muldaur doesn't miss
a lick or trick in her reprisal of Peggy Lee's best numbers. This is one
collection that definitely sets the mood for a hot summer night! For more
on Telarc, visit www.telarc.com on the web.
TWO NEW CD'S FROM THE 'GATOR
"That's Right!" Roomful of Blues (Alligator Records) 17 albums down the
road, this is still more houserockin' blues than the room can hold. Since
the 1960's Roomful of Blues has delivered the big R&B sound reminiscent of
the 40's, and this collection gets back to the big swing sound that made
them a staple of blues fans far and wide. If you don't already have a
Roomful of Blues CD in your collection, this one is a great place to start!
Signature killer horns, Chris Vachon's hot licks on guitar, and stellar
vocalist and harmonica man Mark DuFresne deliver the big sound, on the
mark - one more time. Get yo'self some now!
"The Live One," Dave Hole (Alligator Records) The Australian slide-guitar
wizard is back, with a brand new selection of live tracks. The ferocity of
Dave Hole's over the top, over the neck slide guitar technique is best
witnessed in live performance. This new CD captures the intensity and
inspiration of this very unique guitarist and bluesman from 'down under'.
For more information on these, along with the many other fine Alligator
releases and artists, visit www.alligator.com on the web.
FURTHER ON DOWN THE ROAD
Joanna Connor, Chicago's own Queen of the slide guitar, is scheduled for a
special artist-in-residency at Monmouth College Department of Music,
Monmouth, Illinois, April 8th through 11th. The residency will include a
very special concert event, featuring Joanna performing with The Monmelodic
Funkestra, formerly the Monmouth College Jazz Band. The concert is free and
open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, April 10th, starting at
7:30 p.m. in the Dahl Memorial Auditorium on 7th and Broadway in Monmouth.
Joanna Connor's residency will also include lecture, demonstration, clinic,
and various opportunities to meet the artist. For more information contact
Thomas A. Blomster at Monmouth College, 309-734-9367. For more information
on the artist Joanna Connor, visit her web site at
That's gotta be way more than you can feed on all at one time, so I'm headed
outa here for another month. Peace, love & blessings to all and, until we
meet again at this crossroads.
Blues to 'ya!