This week we hail a New Year and bid farewell to the old. Let’s start with the new.
Tomorrow night is our 2nd Annual New Years Eve Party! With My Beloved Delta Sonics delivering the nasty Blues we love so much, it’s guaranteed to be musical magic. Todd “Buck Weed” Edmunds is flying the friendly skies today, arriving at the Outlook early this evening (weather permitting...), and he’ll be our special musical guest for New Years Eve (and tonight with the Lionel Young Trio, again, weather permitting...). And what’s the cost on this party?
$170 per couple or $120 person includes room, dinner, show, champagne at midnight, and breakfast;
$50 per person for dinner, show, and champagne. CAN’T BEAT IT! There are some tickets still available.
Now, let’s memorialize 2010, shall we?
We rang in the year at the sold out 1st Annual NYE Party with Paul Soderman and BluezHouse. Willie Panker was in town and on drums, and those of us in attendance will always remember the famous cowbell solo of that NYE! Being able to welcome a New Year with 99 of my closest friends and great music was and is a privilege and honor. Then, being able to great the first morning and breakfast of a brand, spankin’ New Year with those same friends is a delight beyond measure. Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow night and Saturday morning.
Let’s move ahead to March. The Blues Goddess Jam! We had three BMA nominated bands at the hotel, all with the night off, and as it was a Wednesday, we were dark. So, what’s a Blues-loving girl to do? Well this brazen one went to the Insomniacs, Jason Ricci and New Blood, and the Tommy Castro Band and said, “I have an idea.” I then called Al Chesis to ask if they would backline, and VIOLA! We had one hell of a jam that night!
Then, two nights later began the 2nd Annual Shipless Blues Cruise with The Delta Sonics, The Informants, Jason Ricci and New Blood and Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Prodigal Son of the Outlook (who’ll be back again 2/18 - 20 for the 3rd annual SBC with Tempa and the Tantrums, The Delta Sonics, Gina Sicilia, Dave Gross, Matt Hill and Ron Thompson). This annual “cruise” is the place to be!
Candye Kane took us out of March with another top-notch, unequaled performance (we had Candye twice this year, so that made me very happy).
In May we hosted the Bass Slam, spearheaded by Paul Rogalski and Glen Tapia, and that was one of those days one doesn’t forget. We’ll be hosting again in 2011 on May 22. This year’s special guest was Chuck Rainey. Can’t wait to see who they bring in next.
June was not a good month. As our regular readers know, I lost my only sibling, my brother Kelly on June 10th. However, I have since been showered with love and kindness, making me acutely aware that I’m not alone; that I have a lot of brothers and sisters who are there for me. For that, I thank you with every fiber of my being.
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Thu 12/30 Lionel Young Trio
Fri 12/31 New Years Party w/Delta Sonics
Sat 01/01 Recovery
Sun 01/02 Jazz Jam w/ Mark Diamond
Tue 01/04 Blues Jam w/ Dan Treanor
Thu 01/06 John Alex-Mason
Fri 01/07 Ricky Earl & Cherise
Sat 01/08 Hamilton Loomis ($12 Cover)
Sun 01/09 Blues Jam w/ Heavy Cats
In July I finally got to meet two of my sheros on the same night, in the same show: Debbie Davies and Robin Rogers. Since we just lost Robin on the 17th of this month, I’ll not wax poetical on what a great night of music they delivered. They did, but right now it’s still too raw.
One big initiative for the year was Blues for the Gulf. On September 26th, several venues in three states held Blues Jams raising funds for those suffering economical difficulties in light of the spill. Steady Rollin’ flew in to act as Jam Master, and a master jam it was! Thanks again to all the musicians who donated their time and talent that day, and all the people who came out in support of such a worthy cause.
Many great artists also donated original songs for BFTG, which were then compiled by Bob Margolin, and are now available for download, again with all proceeds going to those in the Gulf. Download and donate today!
A couple of weeks before the BFTG jams, we hosted the CBS IBC finals, and once again we were all treated to some mighty fine performances. As we know, the Lionel Young Band prevailed and will be leaving for Memphis at the end of January. We are hosting a send-off benefit for all those going to Memphis; Jan. 23, 3:00 p.m. Come early if you want a seat.
On December 4th, we held my 4th Annual Birthday Benefit for Blue Star Connection, and the one and only Ronnie Baker Brooks flew in as our special guest. Backed by the Delta Sonics, RBB brought all the charm in the universe to go along with his blistering skills. We had great special performances by: Otis Taylor, Lionel Young, Gretchen Troop, and Eddie Turner. We raised more than $1300 for BSC, and generated musical memories for all in attendance. It was spectacular!
Then, this past Tuesday night, Gretchen Troop dedicated her monthly jam to my birthday, which was on Monday. Once again, the ridiculously wonderful Blues community came out to help me celebrate. The biggest surprise of the evening was Lionel Young’s female counterpart. Julia! This woman stayed up most of the night knocking us out with her violin! I hear she might just be dropping by tonight to sit in with Lionel. Well, I invited her, but damn this weather!
We also had Sam and Bob Tiger, Jill Watkins, Jessica and Paul Rogalski, Randall Dubis, Billy Hoke and Joe Pacheco. The entire evening was beautiful and special, and the sweetest moment for me was delivered by our own Mark Diamond. He made the trip for the sole purpose of serenading me with Muddy’s “Honey Bee.” He’d done it once before a couple of months ago, and I loved it then, so I am sweetly touched that he came out to do that song for me. Thank you, Mark! Thank you all of you! It was a great birthday party with great friends.
And that brings us back to New Years Eve. See you tomorrow! If you don’t have tickets yet, call the front desk, 303-443-3322