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True Blue
from Ellis Kell
Argus/Dispatch blues columnist

NOVEMBER 2005

PLENTY OF FRESH TRACKS OUT THERE…

B. B. KING CONCERT TO BENEFIT GENESIS DIABETES CARE CENTER

Genesis Health and River Music Experience are proud to present a grand concert event to benefit Genesis Diabetes Care Center, featuring the "King of the Blues" himself - the legendary B. B. King. This very special benefit concert will be held in the Great Hall at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. I am personally very honored that the folks at Genesis have invited the Ellis Kell Band to open this concert to benefit their diabetes education program. The concert tops off Genesis Diabetes Awareness Week - Dec. 11-16 - a week-long effort from Genesis to educate Quad Citians about the growing incidence of diabetes.

BB-11x17poster2v4 (62K)B. B. King, recently celebrated his 80th birthday, along with a new release of blues duets called “80.” A diabetic for the last decade, he is also widely recognized as a spokesperson for diabetes, and he takes his personal health very seriously. “I don’t eat sweets, no sugar,” he says. “I don’t smoke...I’m also a vegetarian, so I don’t have any real bad problems...But I’m getting older now, so I’m cutting back a bit.” (Mr. King and I share more than just the blues...)

As per the official Genesis release, "the Genesis Diabetes Care Center offers an individualized self-management program encompassing the critical areas of diet, medication, exercise, motivation and emotional support. With the help of a multidisciplinary team of professionals, people with diabetes and their support persons learn about the disease, how it affects their body and how they can better manage day-to-day situations, as well as long-term effects. For more information about the Genesis Diabetes Care Center, please call 563-421-1061 in Davenport, or 309-792-4389 in Silvis."

Ticket prices are $50/$40 (plus service charges), and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, all TicketMaster outlets, or charge by phone at 563-326-1111. Don't miss this opportunity to see the "King of the Blues" live in a very special concert setting at the RiverCenter on December 16th.

Delbert (3K)DELBERT McCLINTON & THE MERCURY BROTHERS AT THE COL NOV. 19TH...

Texas blues and boogie icon Delbert McClinton rolls back into town for a concert at the Col Ballroom on Nov. 19th, featuring very special guests and Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Mercury Brothers. The show starts at 8 p.m. ,and tickets are $28.50 in advance, and $30 the day of the show, and are on sale now at the Col Ballroom, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or available by phone at (563) 326-1111.

BILLY BRANCH - MVBS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE FOR NOVEMBER...

billybranchpromo80 (4K)Blues harp master Billy Branch returns to the Quad Cities as MVBS Artist in Residence for November. He is considered one of the top blues harmonica players and educators touring today. Branch will visit ten schools and will be bringing along his lead guitarist Minoru Maruyama. Billy Branch will also appear in public performances at River Music Experience, 129 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 pm, Elk’s Lodge, 427 - 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois, on Friday, November 18th at 7:00 pm, and Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday, November 19th at 2:00 pm.

FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD...

I've got to get to woodsheddin' and sharpen up my licks for the big show, so I can't be hangin' round here no more. Until we meet again at this crossroads, peace, love & blessings to everyone, and blues to ya'!

Blues to ‘ya!

Local musician Ellis Kell writes about blues music both local and national in ‘True Blue’, running the first Sunday of each month in Entertainment. He is also on the staff of River Music Experience, a not-for-profit center dedicated to preservation, education and celebration of American Roots music.



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