falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4First, for any of our readers who've not heard, Mr. Rex Peoples is in the hospital with pneumonia and needs all of our good thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. He isn't able to receive visitors at this time, and when he can, please let's try not to arrive by the dozen. Hospital staff tend to frown upon that sort of thing. In the meantime, let's all send him our telepathic best wishes (and maybe a few dirty jokes to help him cheer up). We're thinking about you, Rex!
Our calendar for this month is smokin' hot, so get out yours and start marking the dates. Tomorrow we have the Modern Rhythm Project from 7:30 - 10:00, and my understanding is that they know how to get a room dancing, so join us for the workout. Friday night we have, at long last, guitar virtuoso, Chris Cain. We've almost had him a few times in the past, but he kept having scheduling conflicts, but now we have him! As a special treat, Al Chesis and Nick Cottonseed are opening as a duo, 6:45 - 7:15. For those of you at the IBC Semis for the solo/duo category, you will know that this duo came in a very close second to Erica Brown and Bob Pelligrino, and given that Nick is only 13, that's pretty impressive. He's a young harp wiz, and this will be his first time at Blues & Greens, but certainly not his last.
Same with Chris. Here's something from his site that really grabbed my attention: Cain was raised on stories of his father's childhood upbringing on Memphis' Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, "I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats."
Oh, but there's more: Cain's debut recording, Late Night City Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including Guitarist of the Year." Dan Forte of Guitar Player wrote, "An impressive debut album by a top notch guitarist." Cain's next two releases; "Cuttin Loose" (Blind Pig Records-1990) and "Can't Buy a Break" (Blind Pig Records-1992) collected a long list of awards and accolades. In August of 1995 Blind Pig released "Somewhere Along the Way" his 4th compilation of his unique brand of original music sophisticated blues, funk, jazz and gospel.
As you can deduce, we have Blues Royalty paying us a visit this Friday, so wear clean clothes!
Saturday Blues & Greens is playing host to Operation Renewable Energy, a non-profit, and the featured band is The Broken Everlys. They've played here before, but it's been a very long time, and although I've not heard them (aside from on MySpace), Dan assures me I'll love them. There is a suggested $5 donation to the non-profit, but certainly a worthwhile endeavor. Here's a little something on what they are all about:
Operation Renewable Energy was started by Matt Jones and Freeman LaFleur, two ambitious entrepreneurs from Colorado who saw the urgent need for a change in the way that we as people produce and consume energy. This realization lead them to embark on starting something larger than life, a movement of energy for the people, by the people.
ORE is not a utility company and is unlike any energy organization or movement to date! Our goal is to educate people about renewable energy and encourage them to take part in something bigger than themselves, while creating renewable energy for eachother.
While ORE’s goals are ambitous, we must act quickly as time is of the essence, our global addiction of carbon based energy must come to an end. You can be a part of the biggest movement on earth! You have the power to end the addiction.
Please take the first step and join us at www.operationrenewableenergy.comSo, come out with your dancing shoes, and renew your own energy with the Broken Everlys!
Sunday is super special this week, as we are hosting the 2009 IBC Finals for both the band and solo/duo categories. Kick off is 2:30 p.m., and if you want to sit, or even stand, near the front, you might want to get here REALLY early. We were SRO for the semis, so this Sunday should be quite the party. Here's the line-up:
2:30 Paul Soderman & Bluezhouse 5:30 Erica Brown & Bob Pellegrino
3:15 Mojambus 6:15 Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen
4:00 Clay Kirkland Band
4:45 Boa & the Constrictors
6:45 Winners Of BOTH the Band & Solo/Duo Announced
In my anything-but-humble opinion, I'd say this could go in any direction. Regardless who prevails, we all win with such a tremendous line-up of talent. We also all have the opportunity to help finance Colorado's entries for the 2010 International Blues Challenge. A cover of $3 will be collected at the doors, as well as passing the bucket for those who might have a few more dollars to donate. All of the money collected goes to sending the acts to Memphis, so we can do so with pride.
Next Tuesday is the Delta Sonics' jam. Remember, they switched this month with Gretchen Troop (who delivered another homerun last night). We never know who Al's going to bring along with him. He doesn't even give me a heads up, so come and be as surprised as I always am.
Gotta band? Need a gig?Drop Honey a note.
Thu 9/10 -Modern Rhythm Project
Fri 9/11 -Chris Cain Band
Sat 9/12 -Fund Raiser w/Broken Everlys
Sun 9/13 - IBC Competition
2:30 Paul Soderman & Bluezhouse
4:00 Clay Kirkland Band
4:45 Boa & the Constrictors
5:30 Erica Brown & Bob Pellegrino
6:15 Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen
6:45 Winners Of BOTH the Band & Solo/Duo
7:30 Blues Jam w/Mark & Lionel
Tue 9/15 - Blues Jam w/Delta Sonics
Wed 9/16 - Jason Ricci & New Blood ($10 )
Thu 9/17 - Insomniacs
Fri 9/18 - Lionel Young Band
Sat 9/19 - Kate Keiser & Joseph Barton Trio
Sun 9/20 - Jason Ricci & New Blood ($10 )
Mark Your CalendarMon-Tue 9/21 & 22 - Tommy Castro
$15/adv - $20/door
One week from today, don't forget the Big Homecoming: Jason Ricci and New Blood, our boys, are coming home for a two-night stand, but those nights are not consecutive: we have them Wednesday, 9/16, and Sunday, 9/20, $10 per night. Tickets are moving, and as Dan will be announcing these gigs, as well as the My Tommy Castro gigs (9/21 & 22, $15, $20 DOS), on Strictly Blues, Kai Turner's weekly Blues Show (KRFX, 103.5 The Fox, 8:00 - 10:00), what tickets we have left will probably sell out pretty early next week. Don't be left out! Call today: 303-443-3322!
I would like to say to those who've not seen Lipbone Redding live, the next time we can get him in this room DO NOT MISS HIM!!! I sat with Gretchen Troop who said to me, "He is one of the best five acts ever in the room." I'd be hard pressed to dissagree, and we've had tremendous talent in this room over the years, so no small praise, indeed. I'll get him back as soon as possible.
On Thursday, September 17th one of those "five best acts," as far as I'm concerned, The Insomniacs, return. They've been enjoying a lot of well-deserved critical praise and accolades of late, so come and hear them in a small venue while you still can. They're star is whipping through the stratosphere, and there's no telling when (or if) this comet of a band will be coming back around our way. Don't miss them. As a special treat, there will NO COVER for The Insomniacs!
~~ Overheard. . . ~~
He is that good!
He is here for two nights, Monday September 21st and Tuesday September 22nd. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.