|Joe Louis Walker|
Alligator Records artist Joe Louis Walker was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame last week during an induction ceremony at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis.
Walker was joined in his Hall of Fame class by soul blues singer Otis Clay, blues guitarist Earl Hooker, pianist Little Brother Montgomery, "The Blue Yodeler" Jimmie Rodgers, and early Chicago guitarist Jody Williams.
Walker was nominated in four categories for the 2013 Blues Music Awards, receiving nominations as B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist and for the Gibson Guitar award. His recent Alligator release “Hellfire,” received a nomination in the Contemporary Blues Album category.
He will perform at Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills on Wednesday, May 22, with tickets starting at $25.
Other upcoming shows at Callahan’s include: Coco Montoya with the Royal Blackbirds on May 16, Sugar Blue on May 17, An Evening with the Sauce Boss (who cooks up a batch of gumbo during the show and then shares it with the audience) on May 18, and Philadelphia blues/R&B singer Gina Sicilia on May 25.
For info, click atcallahans.com.
Enjoy acoustic blues with Josh White Jr. on Saturday, May 18 at The Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets are only $20.
Also on May 18, join Chef Chris for an afternoon/evening of blues music and lip smackin' barbeque at the Ribs & Blues Festival at Carr Park in Manchester. The event runs from 4 p.m.-midnight. Music acts include the Royal Blackbirds, the Tosha Owens Quartet, Billy Lewis & the Soul Backs, the Back Door Blues Band, and Chef Chris and the Rumpshakers.
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, Round 3 of the Detroit Blues Challenge will be held at the Cooley Lake Inn in Commerce Township. Competing will be Marble Garden, Dirty Basement Blues Band, Rev. Robert Sexton, Motor City Kings and the Zydeco Hepcats. The top two bands will advance to the finals in October.
The Attic Dwellers acoustic circle jam will be held from 1-5 p.m. May 19 at Paycheck’s Lounge in Hamtramck. Acoustic jammers and listeners are welcome.
To send info to JB Blues, please email Joe.Ballor@dailytribune.com