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|
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