Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tribute to T-Bone Walker

At 2 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 22), the Detroit Blues Society’s Blues Heritage Series at the Scarab Club continues with the Prez Conference Tribute to T-Bone Walker.

The Prez Conference is a 10-piece ensemble derived from the old "tenor band" that played at the legendary Soup Kitchen Saloon back in the late 1980s. Featuring guitar players George Bedard and Brian Delaney with a large horn section, Prez Conference plays swinging blues from the '40s and '50s in the style of T-Bone Walker, Charley Christian and others.  They are based in Ann Arbor and led by baritone sax man David Swain.

The Scarab Club is at 217 Farnsworth in Detroit. For information, click www.detroitbluessociety.org or www.scarabclub.org.
Larry Everhart and Larry Stevens of LL Blues
Maggie McCabe

LL Blues

Fans of folk blues will surely enjoy a performance by LL Blues at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase in the atrium of the Oakland Arts Building next to the Blue Note Café, 7 N. Saginaw St. in Pontiac.

LL Blues – vocalist-guitarist Larry Stevens and harmonica player Larry Everhart – call their music “a folk blues duet that you can dance to.”  Potter’s Field, a Midwest-based folk/Americana/roots duo featuring Rochelle Clark and John Natiw, is also on the bill.

Admission is $5. For information, click www.OldFrontPorch.com.

WHFR Fall Benefit Concert

The Fall Benefit Concert for WHFR (89.3 FM) will be Saturday at The New Place Lounge, 22723 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Featured performers include the Flying Crowbars, Maggie McCabe and the Dale Robertson Band.

Admission to the 21-over concert is a $5 donation.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Also on the blues radar screen is a concert by the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Oct. 26 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. in Royal Oak.

The band features the Grammy nominated husband-wife team of singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks.

Tickets are $35-$75 for the all-ages show. For information, call (248) 399-2980 or click www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
Janiva Magness (photo by Jef Jaisun)
Blues Blast nominees

Mount Clemens native Janiva Magness has been nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine Award in the female blues artist of the year category. Magness is an outstanding singer currently on the Alligator Records label.

Another former Detroiter, mandolin player Rich Del Grosso, is nominated in the traditional blues CD category for his recording “Time Slips By” with Jonn Del Toro Richardson.

Last year, over 3,500 blues fans in all 50 states and 75 countries voted online for the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards,

The winners will be announced on the Blues Blast Awards Show on Oct. 27 at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.

To contact JB Blues, please email Joe.Ballor@dailytribune.com


Friday, October 14, 2011

Mugg-ing it up at Callahan's

Callahan’s Music Hall is continuing to present top national and local blues acts in concert.
On Saturday (Oct. 15), Detroit’s own The Muggs will perform their unique blend of rock and blues. They’ll be joined by The Hatchetmen and The Electric Playground.
Georgia guitar slinger Tinsley Ellis takes the stage at Callahan’s on Sunday (Oct. 16). Other upcoming blues shows include Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials (Oct. 20), Deb Davies (Oct. 27), The Motor City Blues Blast featuring Carl Henry (Oct. 28), Scott Holt (Nov. 3), Roomful of Blues (Nov. 4), Duke Tumatoe (Nov. 5), Coco Montoya with special guest Mystery Train featuring Jim McCarty (Nov. 6), Jimmy Thackery (Nov. 11), Duke Robillard (Nov. 18), Ronnie Baker Brooks (Nov. 25) and Tommy Castro (Nov. 26). Wow! That’s a lot of outstanding blues!
On Oct. 29, Callahan’s will present a rockin’ Halloween Bash with the Howling Diablos. That’s sure to be a great time.
Congrats to Callahan’s for continuing to bring the blues to Detroit fans.
Callahan’s is at 2105 South Blvd., just east of Opdyke, in Auburn Hills. For ticket info, click atcallahan’s.com. 
To contact JB Blues, please email Joe.ballor@dailytribune.com

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hip replacement surgery for James Cotton

James Cotton
My friends at Alligator Records have announced that Grammy winning harmonica great James Cotton  will be postponing and rescheduling a number of appearances because of hip replacement surgery. He will be off the road from Nov. 10 through mid-January 2012.
In a message to his many fans around the world, Cotton said, "I'm sorry to have to disappoint my fans by postponing and rescheduling some dates, but I need to get this taken care of so I can be back at full force early next year. You can expect me to be dancing across the stage next time you see me."
Cotton's recent Alligator CD, "Giant," received a Grammy nomination. 

To contact JB Blues, please email Joe.Ballor@Dailytribune.com

Happy birthday wishes to Little Sonny, Johnnie Bassett

Little Sonny at the Magic Bag
At rehearsal with our band MotorCity Tones on Monday, we celebrated the birthday of singer-guitarist Mark Grablowski with a cheesecake and a rousing chorus of “Sto lat.” My birthday follows a week later.
Joe Ballor and Mark Grablowski of the MotorCity Tones
It started me thinking about the birthdays of four of my favorite Detroit blues musicians, which all fall within six days.
Johnnie Bassett
Singer-harmonica player Aaron “Little Sonny” Willis turns 79 on Oct. 6. Anyone lucky enough to attend his concert at the Magic Bag in Ferndale earlier this year will attest that he can still deliver some of the funkiest, energetic blues you’ll ever hear. Little Sonny looks and moves like a man two (or three) decades younger.

Another veteran Detroit bluesman, who is still performing regularly, is singer-guitarist Johnnie Bassett, who celebrates his 76th birthday on Oct. 9. Detroit’s “Gentleman of the Blues” shares his birthday with singer-guitarist Luther “Badman” Keith. Another fine musician, singer-guitarist Howard Glazer, celebrates a birthday on Oct. 11.
Howard Glazer
You can catch Johnnie Bassett on Mondays at Third Bar, 701 W. Forest in Detroit. Howard Glazer and his band, the EL 34s, are joined by veteran Detroit bluesman Emmanuel Young as they host an open blues jam on  Thursdays at The Comet Bar, 128 Henry, Detroit.

Happy birthday wishes for many more years of health and happiness, my friends!

Detroit Blues Society Meeting and Jam

The Detroit Blues Society Meeting and Jam is set for Saturday, Oct. 8 at Shelly Kelly’s Pub, 18339 E. 14 Mile Road in Fraser. This month’s host is the Garfield Blues Band, featuring singer-harmonica player Garfield Angove, guitarist Paul Carey, bassist Mike Marshall, drummer RJ Spangler and special guest, guitarist Kenny Parker. The event always attracts lots of top jammers. There’s no cover charge.

To contact JB Blues, please email Joe.Ballor@dailytribune.com