Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blues Heritage Series continues

Enjoy an afternoon of old time gospel, blues, folk and hokum songs as performed on acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals in a solo and duo setting, with musicians Danny Kroha (The Gories, Demolition Doll Rods, Danny & The Darleans) and Dave “El Bob” Morrison (Marble Fauns, the Potions, Botanical Fortress) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth in Detroit.
The Blues Heritage Series is a collaboration between the Scarab Club and the Detroit Blues Society. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at noon.

Awards for Sweet Claudette
Sweet Claudette Harrell will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in three categories at Buddy Guy’s Legends Blues Club in Chicago on April 28. Sweet Claudette will be inducted as a Michigan Master Blues Artist, a Michigan Great Blues Artist, and as the Ambassador to Michigan.
For information on the Blues Hall of Fame, click
In 2012, Sweet Claudette received the Detroit Blues Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Indie Music Channel Award as Best Female Blues Artist in Los Angeles, and the Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine’s Happy to Have The Blues Award.

Rusty Wright on the jukebox
The Rusty Wright Band's new release, "This, That & the Other Thing” (Sadson Music), has been picked up by Touchtunes and is now available on more than 57,000 jukeboxes across North America.
"I'm old school," Rusty Wright said. “I spent my early years plunking quarters into jukeboxes at clubs, always thinking about how cool it would be to have my music on there. This is kind of exciting for everyone in the band.”
Released in January, the album has appeared on the Living Blues chart,  the Relix Magazine jam bands chart, the weekly Roots Music Report Blues chart and the Americana Music Association chart. The band begins a U.S. tour commencing at House of Blues in Chicago in May.

Upcoming gigs

A Fundraiser For Kenny Parker will be held from 3-9 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at 1477 Bistro (formerly Mario's of Troy), 1477 John R, Troy (248-588-6000). A $10 donation is suggested. All proceeds go to defray Parker's medical expenses. Watch for a post on this event later today.
Upcoming artists appearing at Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills include Ana Popovic (April 7), Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton (April 8), Hadden Sayers (April 11), former Detroiter Deanna Bogart (April 12), and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (April 13). For info, click

Two other cool events are also on April 13: The Boa Constrictors host the Detroit Blues Society Monthly Meeting and Jam at Cooley Lake Inn in Commerce Township; and The David Gerald Band performs at Fishbones Rhythm Kitchen Café in Greektown.
Be sure to mark your blues calendar for April 12, 13 and 14 as many of Detroit’s best bands perform at The Temple Blues and Gospel Explosion at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.
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