Friday, October 19, 2012

Detroit Blues Challenge finals

Lady Sunshine and the X Band and Dirty Basement Blues Band were declared winners of Round 4 of the Detroit Blues Challenge, held last Sunday at Cooley Lake Inn.
Lady Sunshine and the X Band won the Detroit Blues Challenge in 2004 and went on to finish second at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tenn.
Smokin' 45s
The Dirty Basement Blues Band cannot compete in the Detroit Blues Challenge finals, so the third-place band from Round 4, the Delta Twins, will take their place in the competition at 4 p.m. this Sunday at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills. Admission is $10.
Other bands that have already advanced to the finals include the Dale Robertson Band, Smokin’ 45s, Big Ray and the Motor City Kings, and the 2011 Detroit Blues Challenge champion Chris Canas Band.
Competing in the finals in the solo/duo category will be Sweet Willie Tea and Pete “Big Dog” Fetters, the 2005 Detroit Blues Challenge solo/duo champ.
Winners in the band and solo/duo categories at the finals advance to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Buddy Guy at the Fox
Buddy Guy
Tickets are now on sale for a performance by Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on February 27.
Guy, 76, is a six-time Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is known for his fiery, high-energy guitar playing, but he can play acoustically as well, as evidenced by his fine work as a young man on Muddy Waters’ 1964 Chess album “Folk Singer.” Legendary musician and songwriter Willie Dixon plays string bass on the recording, which is one of my personal favorites.
Guy also showed off his considerable acoustic chops on his 2003 Silvertone release “Blues Singer,” which won the 2003 Grammy for best traditional blues album.
Guy will be honored for a lifetime of achievement at the Kennedy Center Honors in December. His 2010 release “Living Proof” (Jive) won the Grammy for best contemporary blues album.
Odds are good it will be Guy’s electric playing that takes center stage with Lang, a former child prodigy and Grammy Award-winner.
Tickets are $32.50, $42.50, $52.50 and $65 at, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and
To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000.  

The Muggs live recording
Hard-blues rock band The Muggs will record their live show this Saturday at the Cadieux CafĂ© in Detroit. The group plans on the recording being the group’s next official album release.
The show, which is set to start promptly at 10 p.m., is sold out. There will be no tickets available Saturday.

Chris Leigh fundraisers
Two fundraising shows are set to assist singer-guitarist Chris “Boogiechile” Leigh with recent medical expenses.
On Nov. 4, Broken Arrow Blues Band will host the event at Scooter’s Bar and Grill in Flint.
On Nov. 18, drummer Shadowhawk Ellis and the BABB will again host a fundraiser, this time at the Cooley Lake Inn in Commerce Township.
Both shows are set to run from 4-11 p.m. and will, undoubtedly, feature some of Detroit’s top blues talent, who will perform to help their buddy. Admission is $10 at each event.

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