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Magic city blues news - Magic City Blues Society
May 2016
Issue #274
Magic city blues news
The Second Phelan Park of 2016
October Issue #267
Chris Gill Duo
May 22 2016
2-6 pm,
From the prez
Hello, Magic City Blues
Society! I, for one, am glad for
a slight break in the blues
activities after a rollicking
March and April. To recap,
since the April
newsletter…Samantha Fish
and Victor Wainwright rocked
the house at Iron City.
Microwave Dave put on a one
man show on the 2 for the
MCBS at the Daniel Day
Gallery as part of the return of
the MCBS Annual (?) Auction.
Turnout was solid, even if a
lot of wallets didn’t open up
too far. All in all it was a
successful evening with some
great music and some great
mementos of the MCBS’s 23
year history being sold to the
highest bidder. The blues
society took home a little
under $1,000 – well over 10%
of our annual budget in one
evening! Thanks again to
Susan Collier, who put in
about 1,000 hours of prep
time getting things ready to
go, and to the MCBS Board,
Daniel, and Dave for making it
a successful night.
The second BlueStages show
of the year occurred with
Charlie Parr at the Coal Yard
in Helena. For the record, this
really wasn’t a BlueStages
show – and I’ll ask for the
membership’s help on this
subject. Historically,
BlueStages shows have
happened in someone’s house
and the participants bring a
chair and their own beverages
for 2-3 hours of intimate
blues. Butt…again,
historically, we’ve only had a
small handful of members
who’ve volunteered to open
their houses up for these
events. And speaking as one of
those volunteers I can only
get the spouse to agree to
assist with the full house
clean-up so many times a
year! So if you have room for
30 – 60 people in your living
ment/bedroom and would
consider hosting, please get in
touch with me or one of the
other board members.
The following weekend,
Debbie Bond and the TruDats
opened up the 23 year of the
Phelan Parks Blues Series. We
had wonderful weather and a
wonderful turnout – at least a
couple of hundred folks.
So after three straight
weekends of official MCBS
events, it’s nice to have a
slight break. But not for long.
Phelan Park #2 is on the
books for April 22 featuring
the Chris Gill Duo from
Jackson, MS. And the day
before, the Bob Sykes Blues &
BBQ Festival occurs at
Debardeleben Park in
Bessemer. Both are world
class events!!! I’d encourage
one and all to set aside that
weekend as a Blues Blowout
as things will settle down a bit
over the long hot summer
months. I hope to see you
there! Jamey McMahon
P.O. Box 59506
Birmingham, AL 35259
President: Jamey McMahon
[email protected]
Vice President: Roger Stephenson
[email protected]
Treasurer: Cabbie Bowes
[email protected]
Secretary: Mona Lee
[email protected]
Board at Large:
Eva Mitchell
[email protected]
John Braswell
[email protected]
Todd Eckstrom
[email protected]
Membership: Susan LeFoy
[email protected]
Librarian: Mark Giorgi
[email protected]
Next open meeting
Ranelli’s Soul Pit
May 6, 2016
Phelan park Chris Gill Duo
The Magic City Blues Society is proud to
present the Chris Gill Duo on May 22nd for
the second installment of the 23rd year of
the Phelan Park Blues Series. A 25 year
veteran of the Jackson, Mississippi music
scene, Chris is a do it all virtuoso musician
and musical historian of all types of
Mississippi Blues and Roots music. A
graduate of the University of Mississippi,
Gill got the blues bug big time in Oxford –
he lists Taj Mahal, BB King, Eric Clapton and
the Allman Brothers Band as the four
musicians who really started him on the
blues path.
A music junky, Chris can be found 3-5 nights
a week at various Jackson establishments, if
he’s not in Memphis performing as an
International Blues Challenge finalist, in
Chicago at the world renowned Chicago
Blues Festival, or even on the high seas with
the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise,
much less at any and all of the various
Magnolia State festivals throughout the
year. Gill has taken his slide, cigar box and
various acoustic & electric instruments on
stage to perform with artists Michael
Burkes, Cedric Burnside, Bernard Allison,
Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Jarekus Singleton, Mr
Sipp, and Jerry “The Groovemaster”
Jemmott among many, many others.
Joined by Steve Cook on drums for this gig,
the Chris Gill Duo promises to be a
delightful old school Sunday afternoon
Mississippi Fish Fry type of afternoon. Bring
a chair and a cooler to Phelan Park on May
22nd and join us in the fun.
Jamey McMahon
Bob Sykes bbq & blues fest
7th Annual Bob
Sykes BBQ
& Blues Festival
When: Saturday, May 21,
Where: DeBardeleben
Park, downtown
How Much: $20 ($15 in
advance) Purchase at Bob
Sykes BBQ or online
Come on out and get your fill
of Blues and BBQ. There is
something to do for the
entire family including a kid’s
corner with activities and
games. Children twelve and
under are free with a
ticketed adult. The festival
offers a variety of booths
including arts and crafts,
outdoor exhibits, legendary
Bob Sykes Bbq, and a diverse
selection of food vendors
offering tempting bites. A
portion of the festival
proceeds will benefit Clay
House Children’s Center that
helps neglected and abused
The lineup this year is as
12:10PM: The Elijah Butler
Winner of our 2015 Battle of
the Blues Bands you have
probably seen this high
energy southern blues rock
band. A great band to kick off
the festival.
1:45PM: Mose Stovall Band
and Show
Mose describes his music as
the new sound of Southern
Soul and R&B. The son of
Eddie Stovall one of the
original Platters, Mose is
himself now touring and
singing with the Platters. One
week he’s in Singapore, then
Japan, a stint in Branson,
Missouri and entertaining on
a Caribbean cruise he’s on
the road continually. Born in
Birmingham he loves to
perform for his fellow
Alabamians whenever he has
the chance.
3:20PM: The Lauren Mitchell
Tour de Force blues and soul
vocalist with a dynamic stage
presence backed by her
stellar blues band. Her
Influences includes Etta
James, Janice Joplin, Dianna
Ross, Aretha Franklin and
Gladys Knight. Although she
hails from Sarasota Florida
she tours nationally and
internationally performing
250 times a year! 2014
winner of the Suncoast Blues
Society's IBC Challenge. "A
mesmerizing performer, with
a voice for the ages" Jack
Sullivan, Blues Music
4:55PM: Southern Avenue
6:3PM: Sugar Blue & Band
Deeply rooted in blues,
Southern Avenue from
Memphis, Tennessee brings
infectious rhythms, soulful
guitar sounds, masterful
musicianship, and riveting
vocals to the stage. Their
sound represents an ideal; to
come together in music,
spirit, and in the love of life.
The band consists of award
winning, Israeli born guitarist
Ori Naftaly, vocalist Tierinii
Jackson, and her younger
sister Tikyra Jackson on
drums. Backed by Memphisʼ
best, Daniel Mckee on bass
and Jeremy Powell on keys,
Southern Avenue is the high
energy blues band that you
donʼt want to miss. In their
hometown of
Memphis, they are
considered by many to be
the "future of the genre".
Southern Avenue are 2016
International Blues Challenge
Alligator Recording artist and
Grammy winner Sugar Blue
has been called the Jimi
Hendrix of harmonica. He
last played Birmingham back
in about 1996 at Zydeco, 20
years ago!! He has played
and recorded with the
Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan,
Willie Dixon, Prince, Stan
Getz to name only a few. He
has performed at the top
festivals and venues in over
30 countries.....a harp master
with dazzling soulful
technique and rich sensual
voice, backed up by a power
quartet. An eclectic blend of
funk, blues & rock exploring
music across genres: Sugar
Blue tops everything off with
his virtuoso, rampaging harp
playing and dizzying energy.
Harp Extraordinaire! A show
not to be missed! Chicago
Music Award Winner for Best
Performer in 2012, 2013 &
2014 "…one of the foremost
harmonica players of our
times"......ROLLING STONE
Bluesboy Willie
Rest in peace
Willie Chavers aka “Bluesboy Willie”
Died April 27, 2016
Born 1936 in the small rural community of Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama,
Willie Chavers first picked up a harmonica when he was seven. His older brother
played harp, not with a band but for his own enjoyment. Willie said in those days
you could buy a harp for twenty five cents not like today when it’s easy to pay
forty dollars. Actually his first harp wasn’t new, his brother bought himself a new
one and handed his old one to Willie. His brother was playing music in the style of
the 40’s, not Willie’s own taste. Willie was listening to artists such as Jimmy Reed,
Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Slim Harpo. He listened
and tried to emulate the music he heard. He practiced long hours. He never
learned to read music, playing only by ear.
By the time he was a teenager Willie was going to the local juke joints and sitting
in on a song or two when allowed. When he was 19 he formed a two man blues
band with local guitarist David Allinson and started playing House Parties in and
around Greensboro and soon became the band everyone wanted to hear. House
Parties were common in the black neighborhoods during the 1950’s. Furniture
would be pushed back, drinks and food would be sold, and the band would play.
Folks would dance all night expecting the band to play until early morning. Bands
needed five hours or more of material and often ended up repeating a few
numbers, especially after a few shots as the band drank for free!
After Willie moved to Birmingham in the mid 80’s he started frequenting a
Bessemer juke joint called Gip’s Place. He’d play there regularly as a member of
the “old school” blues band headed by Curtis Files and known as the Blues
Masters. They performed regularly in Birmingham area clubs as well as the
American Legions in Fairfield and East Lake. Curtis Files also headed another band
with different bass and lead guitar players in which Bluesboy was a member
called the Inter City Blues Band.
For a while in the 1990’s he also played with other local bands including the C&C
Blues Band and the Slick Large Blues Band.
When Curtis Files died in 2010, the Bluesmasters disbanded and Bluesboy never
found another regular gig. Every Wednesday without fail he went to the Red Wolf
Lounge and played a couple of crowd favorites including Scratch My Back exactly
as Slim Harpo would have played it back in 1961. Although he no longer had a
steady band he was invited to share the stage with many musicians who
respected and admired his harp playing. He played with Wynton Marsalis in 2012
when he visited the Red Wolf. In 2013 he took the stage at the Bob Sykes Blues &
BBQ festival with Bruce Andrews and the Lucky Stiffs. He sat in with Johnny
Sansone at the Red Wolf in 2014 and Johnny later invited him to play with him at
the Workplay Theater. After hearing him play at Henderson’s in Midfield, harp
player Maurice Nazzaro of Atlanta’s Cazanova’s invited Bluesboy to the
Harmonica blowout at Darwin’s where he shared the stage with harp
phenomenon Brandon Santini. Later that year he returned to Darwin’s and was
featured by Aretta Woodruff and the Revue Band. After the 2015 Bob Sykes
festival he played the after party at the Red Wolf. England’s Ian Siegal backed him
on guitar. Ian loved Bluesboy’s playing and Bluesboy told me Siegal played behind
him exactly the way he wanted, better than anyone else he could remember.
He was not one to brag about his playing. Without doubt he was one of
Alabama’s best harp players. He will be missed by many.
Roger Stephenson
Photo is Bluesboy playing with Johnny Sansone and John Fohl at Workplay Theatre
November 2014
Cd review
Having been a Curtis
Salgado fan for many
years (Since 2005’s
Wiggle Outta This), I
am pleased to review
his latest CD The
Beautiful Lowdown, a
worthy follow-up to
the critically (BMA)
acclaimed and
successful Soul Shot
(both from Alligator
Records). There are
twelve songs (eleven
originals) and an
excellent cover of
Johnny “Guitar”
Watson`s “Hook Me
Up.” Best among the
originals is “Walk a
Mile in My Blues,” an
ode to his personal and
medical struggles.
Curtis has beaten both
lung and liver cancer.
Also noteworthy is the
lead track, “Hard to
Feel the Same about
Love,” about lost love
and the difficulty to
have those feelings for
Lest you think all his
originals are sad, “I
Know a Good Thing”
is an upbeat song about
newfound love with a
nice delta blues feel.
“Simple Enough” is an
effervescent reggae
tune about the nature
of love. “Healing
Love” is also uplifting.
Most noteworthy is that
as a 40 year veteran of
the music scene, Curtis
is a master of multiple
genres and can move
between them effortlessly.
From the Robert Cray
Band to Roomful of Blues
to Santana to Steve
Miller, Curtis has been
there and done that.
Few know that it was
Salgado who introduced
John Belushi to the blues
after a 1977 Eugene,
Oregon concert,
eventually helping him
and Dan Aykroyd create
the “Blues Brothers.”
The Cab Calloway
character in the movie is
named “Curtis” after
This is a complete, if
diverse, album. Any
blues fan should find
something to their
There is not a song on
this CD that could not be
released as a single.
Small wonder this
release shot to the top of
the Blues Charts, and no
one will be surprised if
he adds to the three
Blues Music Awards he
earned in 2013.
Joey Nettleman
Blues Society Member
Guest Review
Pictorial review
The following pictures are courtesy of Roger Stephenson
Johnny Grave Blues stages
Magic City Blues Society Auction
@ Daniel Day Galley
Music by Microwave Dave
Charlie parr @ the coal yard
Mose Stovall IntervieW
Interview, by Mike
Stephenson, of this singer
took place in Birmingham,
Alabama, June 2015. Many
thanks go to Roger
Stephenson for all of his
My name is Mose Stovall Jr.,
and I’m a product of Eddie
Stovall, who is also Mose
Stovall, but Senior, and has
sung with The Platters and he
was one of the first members
of that group after some of
the original members got out.
There was a group of four and
a girl, and then him and
Rooster got in with Zola, the
original lady, and they formed
their own group and that’s
how they got started and this
group has been going longer
than any other group called
The Platters, even the original
three guys that were doing it.
Two of them were brothers,
then you had Herb Reed, and
my dad’s done it longer than
any of them, and he’s still
kicking and doing it. I was
born in Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham city schools and I
graduated, and music was a
very prominent thing for me
as I played trumpet in the
fourth grade and trumpet is
where I found the blues. I
could hear those horn
medleys and my third grade
teacher pulled me out in front
of the whole class and she
recognised my talent. She
gave me a note to give to my
mum and I told her my music
teacher said I could really sing
and here is a note and she
took the note and told me to
sit down and have dinner, she
didn’t think about no singing.
I grew up to prove that wrong
as I got a music scholarship to
Morris Brown college in
Atlanta, Georgia but I only
stayed there a year, as I
realised in school I was
wouldn’t be making much
money without a job, as back
then your parents didn’t have
a lot of money to support
you. So I went back to
Birmingham and started
washing cars and delivering
cars although I never stopped
singing. I adopted the name
Vandross, and I would walk
around at work singing all day
so people there would call me
Luther and they did that for
so long that almost became
my name, I should have had it
on my shirt, and I told them
that I may be with them today
but I wouldn’t be with y’all
tomorrow and I meant that.
So I worked hard and pursued
everything that I had to
pursue in music.
When I was working I was still
singing and I started off doing
weddings and I would go to
night clubs and watch other
live bands and the bug really
bit me, and I can remember
the same feeling watching my
dad when I was a kid, as I
would go to some of his
shows even in my pyjamas. So
I’ve been around live music all
my life and the bug bit me
early and my dad said he
could see it when I was about
four, how I would gaze at the
band. Playing music and
singing music, there is a
difference, because with the
trumpet you could check the
instrument, but when you
sing your soul and body is into
it and there’s nothing like the
blues for feeling it. I started
singing in the clubs in 1999
and since then I’ve done clubs
all over the United States. I
was also working a day job
and I was moonlighting
starting out in poetry houses
and I’ve always been a
recording artist, I did that
before I started singing live. I
used to go into the studio and
the folks would say it would
be $50 an hour, and after I
finished my song they said
they didn’t want any money;
they told me to just take the
product and they told me my
voice was great. I’m on my
sixth product now and they
are doing it for free, they
don’t want a penny and that’s
an amazing story for me to
walk into a situation where
there is going to be a charge
and they just want to hear me
sing and to make it. I promise
you that everybody who has
done that, I will recognise
them in some form, shape or
fashion. Back then we had a
club on the south side where
I used to sing regularly and I
used to sing at Wellington’s
Bistro here in Birmingham
and still do. The Platinum
Club in Birmingham was once
called T’s and I used to sing
there as well as at Mama And
Sons, even places like the Red
Wolf and there are a lot of
other local places like The
Crescendo. I’ve sung in
Atlanta at the Backstage and
at Grown Folks, so all through
Mississippi, Tennessee.
My last day of working my
day job was October 28th
2008 and in January 2009 I
was in Australia on a tour
with the Platters. So music
from that point became a full
time thing for me and it was
already in my heart. I was
fighting with it. I knew I was
good enough and it was just
timing, and knowing it was
the right time, and that’s
what I was waiting on. I had
gone through a divorce and I
thought I should face my life
the way I felt I should have
done twenty years ago. I left
the day job and I can’t go back
to that as I am able to
concentrate more on my
writing. I’m able to produce
better and concentrate on my
music, and write for other
people, and I’m able to spend
time with my two daughters.
It’s a wonderful deal and I
was born to do this.
I am an active member of the
Golden Sound Of The Platters
right now, and I’ve been
doing that since 2009, and it
takes me everywhere, like Fiji
Islands, Dubai, Tahiti, Hawaii,
Australia and it’s been a busy
time and it’s still running.
When they called me up, I
quit my job and told them I
could travel now and they
sent me a DVD and told me to
learn the music, and they
would figure out the steps for
me. So when I got there I
knew the music and the steps
so we were ready and we
took off. We play to the
Platters’ old fan base and
they bring their kids along.
We’ve been on the road with
Earth Wind And Fire, Stevie
Wonder, The Manhattans
and The Stylistics, The O’ Jays
and others. We have done
some recordings of our live
I still do my own thing under
my own name as well. I did a
song with a group named
Daybreak out of Gadsden
called ‘Groove U’. The guy on
guitar is a writer and he and I
wrote that song. As a matter
of fact we wrote three songs
that went on my ‘Groove U’
CD, so that’s my connection
with them and we have done
a couple of shows together.
That was in 2007 through to
2009 we had about two years
of getting down together. My
original band was Phar Cyde
Band And Show, and the
reason for the spelling was
one day I was writing, I told
you I went to school in
Atlanta, and I saw this
restaurant Phar Cyde, so I
thought it was good and the
band was one of the best. It
instrumentally and harmony
wise and it was the hottest
band on the scene in
Birmingham and I was the
lead singer and I had two
background vocalists, one
was Aretta Woodruff of
Birmingham and Miss D from
Birmingham as well. I also
had Miss Gillian Gray singing
with me, who is a
phenomenal vocalist and
they have been my backbone
and I call them my partners in
crime. That band, which was
my band, started in the end of
2007 and we left it to 2011.
We were hot and we did
some recordings and we
wrote for people.
We were involved in a couple
of gospel albums, and that
was produced by Robert
Harris and he is a great guitar
player, writer and singer and
he was part of the original
band. We even had one white
guy in there, he played
congas, trumpet and flute
and his name was George
Cahill, we call him Toad. We
also did some contemporary
stuff on Carmelitta and that
was called ‘Inspiration’ and
Tyra, whose album I think was
something like ‘My Life’ both
singers are from here in
Birmingham and I was part of
the writing team because we
wrote both of their albums,
which was up tempo modern
r&b with some groove and
soul. My girls in the studio are
not the girls on stage, I have
studio singers and I have
stage singers. Some girls who
sing in the studio won’t go on
the stage, some are in church
and they have a great voice
and harmony.
In 2001 I recorded my CD
‘Private Party’ and in 2007 we
started writing the ‘Groove U’
CD and we released another
CD in 2009 which I think was
called ‘All Of My Love’ then I
came out with the ‘Juke Joint’
project in 2011 on Real Soul
Records, which is a good CD
with some slow cuts on there
and with some blues cuts on
too. I consider myself as an
r&b and soul singer but the
blues is just in all of us, when
you write from your heart
and what you feel. I do some
radio here in Birmingham and
I’ve been on WJLD in
Birmingham for three years
now as a radio personality. I
was doing the evening drive
from 3 to 7 pm. They called
me for the job and I play all
sorts of oldies, blues, party
blues and some r&b stuff, a
bunch of stuff on B.B. King,
Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Little
Milton, Chuck Willis and
people from that era.
Magic City Hitsville Records,
that’s where I was producing
some of that stuff, as well as
an artist over here, so I was a
producer, writer and artist.
It’s not my label, which was
called Music Makers, Ron
Price was president of the
company here in Bessemer,
Alabama. We had a good
thing going on there but he
chose to move the business
to Atlanta. I was involved
with that label from about
2003 all the way to 2007. We
had a lot of fun over there.
Writing music and doing
music was the first thing I
ever did, appearing on stage
came after that, after I
figured out I wanted to be
with a bunch of other people,
as in the studio you are
solitary, doing your own
thinking. I produced many
artists for the label, a guy
named The Godfather. His
name is Tommy Harris, he is
Robert Harris’ brother, he
also helped produce some of
my stuff and he is one of the
best keyboard players I have
ever met. I took him and
another producer to Atlanta
and put them together for
Jazze Pha who is the son of
one of the Bar Kays and he is
a big producer in Atlanta, and
they took off and its been
going ever since. We had a
deal with Dream Works, $20
Million on the table, but one
of the guys went to jail, so the
deal was off. This was in 2002
and Dream Works didn’t have
an urban department then
and we were going to work
on that for them, as there
were some sounds coming
out of Atlanta at that time like
Lil Jon and they had a record
label called Bad Fellas and
they were putting a lot of rap
out, but I was so involved
with the writing with an r&b
and hip hop type of feel. We
had a good time there.
I usually pay my band before
we go on stage, as if the band
are happy they are a better
band. I hate having guys wait
around at night to be paid,
waiting on the club to get the
money. Since I’m full time
with The Platters, I don’t do
so much in the clubs in
Birmingham, and I moved to
Branson, Missouri in 2014,
although I still have my
residency here in Birmingham
but I had to get a condo there,
as I work in a theatre when
we are not travelling Tuesday
through to Friday. I go to
work from 2:00 to 3:30, we do
an hour and half show for all
the tourists in town. Branson
is like Las Vegas without the
slot machines, it has a bunch
of theatres. My father still has
the voice and I recorded a
single on him last year called
‘Your Some Kinda Woman’.
He was coming to town and
we talked on the phone and I
started singing the song and I
could hear him singing it and
he came into town and we
went into the studio, and
within two hours we
recorded the song. That’s
pretty much how quick we do
them. I wrote the song right
off the bat. I’m the kind of
songwriter that doesn’t write
the song down. When I get
the idea of a song I write it
down and then we record it
and folks have said, where is
the paperwork and what are
you gonna sing, and I tell
them to play the music and I
can sing the song, it just
My ‘Groove U’ CD sold really
well and CD Baby sold a
bunch of them. I have a new
CD coming out soon. It will be
a mixture of stuff, some
blues, r&b and soul. I’m off on
a South American cruise with
The Golden Sound Of The
Platters soon for twenty days,
then we tour Texas. So I do
the Platters stuff, and I also
have a solo career as well that
is more soul/ blues stuff. I’ve
been on the same bill as
Bobby Rush, T.K. Soul, Sir
Charles Jones and I’ve worked
with Vick Allen and Omar
Mississippi with them, so I’ve
worked with the best of
them. I’ve quartered with
Frederick Knight but we never
come to any arrangement. I
was signed to the Soul 1st
label that Vick Allen and
Omar Cunningham have
recorded for for five years
and my ‘Groove U’ CD was on
that label which is out of
Reginald McDaniel he is the
CEO. Right now I have my
own record label Real Soul
Music. My father is looking
for a solo career and I have
written some songs for him.
Membership renewals April 2016
The MCBS would like to thank all the members that
joined or renewed in April of 2016. We could not
bring all the quality music to the area without the
generous support of our members.
David Finley
Susan Collier
Jennifer Copeland
Scott Haselden
Bryce Haselden
Maribeth Haselden
Jenny Graves
Mike Harrison
Lucy Courington
Phillip Wood
Steve Myers
Please support Your local blues bands
Lipstik & Lead
Automatic Slim
Little Memphis and Friends
Big Daddy's New Band
Leonard Watkins
Big Papa
Mickey Jr & the Stone Cold Blues Band
Cahaba Dogs
Microwave Dave & the Nukes
Christian Herring & True Blues
Sam Pointer
Debbie Bond & TruDats
Sassy Brown
Diedra & the Ruff Pro Band
Soul Collision
Earl "Guitar" Williams and the Juke Band
Charlie Soul Band
Fat Mouth Blues Band
Lefty Collins Band
John Bull Band
Thick as Thieves
John D'Amato
Thomas Henry Band
Jubal John
Local Venues that support live blues music
Gip’s Place
Red Wolf Lounge
Moonlight On the Mountain
The Nick
Wellingtons Bistro
Crescendo Bar & Lounge
Iron City
Columbiana Center for the Arts
Ranelli’s Soul Pit
Daniel Day Gallery
Mcbs may blues calendar
Please check with venue, times can change.
Sunday 01 May
Monday 02 May
Wednesday 04 May
Thursday 05 May
Friday 06 May
Saturday 07 May
George Griffin & the FireBirds
The Elijah Butler Band
Automatic Slim Blues Band
Bonus Round
Royal & Toulouse
Janelle Frost
Chris Simmons
The Elijah Butler Band
Citizen Cope
Debbie Bond & "Radiator" Rick
Big Dixie
MCBS Open Jam
Drew Holcomb &
Neighbors/Mark Scibilia
Randy Glenn Band
Automatic Slim Blues Band
The Elijah Butler Band
Debbie Bond
Mark Mizzell & Ben Guthrie
Travis Posey
Jess Goggans Band
Sassy Brown Band
The Dozens
The Hurlers
2BLU & The Lucky Stiffs
George Griffin & the Firebirds
Debbie Bond & The TruDats
Travis Posey
Daniel Day Gallery
Daves Pub
Nana Funks
La Paz
Trim Tab Brewery
Radio Vizions Ft. Payne
Oakhill Bar
The Lyric
Kentuck Art Night
Daniel Day Gallery
Ranelli's Deli
The Lyric
Music On Main Columbiana
Courtyard 280
Moonlight on the Mountain
First Friday Gadsden
Alys Stephens Center
Champy's Muscle Shoals
Champy's Muscle Shoals
Gip's Juke Joint Festival
Shar Baby Band
Elijah Butler Band
Bobby Messano
Microwave Dave Band
Sam Frazier
Mr. Gip
Todd Simpson Mojo Child
DieDra Al. Blues Queen & Ruff
Pro Band
The Elijah Butler Band
Sunday 08 May
Monday 09 May
Tuesday 10 May
Thursday 12 May
Earl Williams
Tas Cru & Tortured Souls
Mavis Staples
Stolen Faces & Mojo Rising
Chris Thomas King & Janiva
Lefty Collins
Automatic Slim Blues Band
The Elijah Butler Band
Lefty Collins
Royal & Toulouse
Jess Goggans Band
The SBB's Sarah Green & Sam
Debbie Bond & "Radiator" Rick
The Gate Band
Jess Goggans Band
Travis Posey
Innisfree Bar Kentucky Derby
Gip's Place
Daniel Day Gallery
The Lyric
Avondale Brewery
Capitol Oyster Bar Montgomery
LuLu's Destin , Fl.
Montgomery Advertiser Live
Dave's Pub
Cosmos Orange Beach
CukaRakko Festival
CukaRakko Festival
Rock House Eatery Gunntersville
Capitol Oyster Bar Montgomery
Cheaha Brewing Co. Anniston
The Blackstone Gadsden
Daniel Day Gallery
7-10 p
Friday 13 May
Sassy Brown Band
Happy Lemmy/ Melody
The Slingshot Band
Automatic Slim Blues Band
Bike Night with Southern Boyz
Travis Posey
Music on Main Columbiana
BB Kings Montgomery
Riders Harley Davison
The Downtown Tavern Gadsden
Saturday 14 May
Sassy Brown Band
Sassy Brown Band
Joe Breckenride
Sunday 15 May
Tuesday 17 May
Thursday 19 May
Friday 20 May
Saturday 21 May
Terry "Harmonica" Bean & The
Blues Band
The Clay Swafford Band
Ferguson & the Copper Dogs
The Spook House Saints
Debbie Bond & Radiator Rick
Chris Sommons
King Bee
The Elijah Butler Band
Zarinah & the Zaritans
Royal & Toulouse
Andy T & Nick Nixon
King Bee
Ryan Flynt
Lefty Collins
Hunnicutt Willis
Flora/Fauna Art Opening
Travis Posey
Elijah Butler Band
Mose Stovall Band & Show
Lauren Mitchell Band
Southern Avenue
Sugar Blue & Band
Mojo Rising
Matt Chancey
Automatic Slim Blues Band
The Elijah Butler Band
Reverand Tex & Hotrood Revival
Marc Phillips & Groove Daddy
Debbie Bond & Band
Buck Creek Festival
The Coal Yard
Bull Pen Blues & BBQ Oakman
Blackstone Pub Gadsden
Gips Place
Sayre Bar & Grill
Daniel Day Gallery
Capitol Oyster Bar Montgomery
BB Kings Montgomery
Lulu's Gulf Shores
Daniel Day Gallery
Humphrey's Bar & Grill
Bob Sykes Blues & BBQ Festival
BB Kings Montgomery
Big Al's
Gip's Place
Shelby County Arts Coucil
Band of Brothers Tuscaloosa
3:30 PM
Jess Goggans Band
Travis Posey
Lefty Collins
Sunday 22 May
Monday 23 May
Tuesday 24 May
Thursday 26 May
Friday 27 May
Saturday 28 May
Sunday 29 May
Tuesday 31 May
The 24th St Wailers
Chris Gill
Lauren Mitchell
Jess Goggans Band
Lefty Collins
The Elijah Butler Band
Lefty Collins
Kyle Kimbrell
Lefty Collins
Automatic Slim Blues Band
Royal & Toulouse
Debbie Bond & the TruDats
John Bull
Royal & Toulouse
Chris Simmons
Sonny Moorman
Lefty Collins
Sam Frazier Jr. CD Release
Debbie Bond & the TruDats
Tommy Talton
Lefty Collins
Lefty Collins
Cheaha Brewing co Anniston
The Gridiron Gadsden
Moe's Original Bar B Que
Daniel Day Gallery
MCBS Phelan Park
Capitol Oyster Bar Montgomery
Rhododendron Festival Mentone
Lulu's Destin
Dave's Pub
Cosmo's Orange Beach
Lulu's Gulf Shores
Northside Tavern Atlanta , Ga.
Finster Fest. Summerville, Ga
Coalfest Brilliant , Al
Gip's Place
Moe's Original Bar B Que
Orange Beach
Daniel Day Gallery
Capitol Oyster Bar Montgomery
Lulu's Gulf Shores
Felix's Fish Camp Spanish Fort
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