Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jeff Grand, Chris Canas Band win Detroit Blues Challenge

Congratulations to Jeff Grand and the Chris Canas Band, winners of the 2011 Detroit Blues Challenge.
Grand won the solo/duo competition at The Oxford Tap and the Chris Canas Band finished first in the band finals at Freddy’s in Clinton Township.
Grand and the Chris Canas Band will represent the Detroit Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Jim McCarty, from left, is shown with guitar buddies Bobby East and Jeff Grand.
They join an impressive list of Detroit Blues Challenge winners. Past champs in the solo/duo competition include: Travelin’ Blues, John Latini (twice), Mike Espy and Yakety Yak, Christy and Jeff Howard, Pete “Big Dog” Fetters, Carl Henry, and Paul Miles. Past band competition winners include: Rusty Wright Band (twice), Crossroads Blues Band, Count Bracey and the Pleasuretones, Front Street Blues Band, Luther “Badman” Keith, Lady Sunshine and the X Band, The Whoodoo Band, Mojo and the Boogiemen, and Joce’Lyn B and the Detroit Street Players.
Lady Sunshine and the X Band and Joce’Lyn B and the Detroit Street Players each placed second at the International Blues Challenge competition.
The IBC will be held on Feb. 1-4, 2012 in Memphis in the Beale Street entertainment district. Tickets are available now.
The 28th annual IBC, presented by The Blues Foundation, will begin with the FedEx International Showcase (Jan. 31). Quarterfinals will be held Feb. 1-2, the semifinals on Feb. 3 and the finals in the Orpheum Theater on Feb. 4. There will also be a youth showcase for those under the age of 21 on the afternoon of Feb. 3.
For information on IBC, click For info on the Detroit Blues Society, click


Guitarist extraordinaire Jim McCarty and his band Mystery Train have been added to the holiday lineup for Gary Hoey’s “Ho Ho Hoey Tour 2011” at 8 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 26) at the City Theatre in Detroit.
McCarty, who also sings, first displayed his considerable guitar chops as a member of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Over the years, he’s performed in The Rockets, the Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, and the Detroit Blues Band. He has also recorded with industry icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger.
Hoey, a rock, blues and surf guitarist, is known for his signature versions of covers such as “Hocus Pocus,” “Lowrider,” and “Misirlou.”
Tickets are $27 and are on sale now at, The Fox Theatre, Joe Louis Arena and City Theatre box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), and all Ticketmaster locations and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.  For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. 

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