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Capital; Area Blues Society Announces 2015 Blues Brawl

Capital Area Blues Society Blues Brawl: The 2015 Blues Brawl takes place on Sunday May 3, 2015, 4pm to 9pm, at the Green Door Blues Bar and Grill, 2005 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan, 517.482.6376, www.greendoorlive.com.  One band, and one solo / duo act will be named winners and represent CABS at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Doors open at: 3pm. Competition from: 4pm - 8pm Admission is $10.

 Who's going to win the highly sought after slots to represent CABS at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN in 2016? The CABS Blues Brawl features the best blues acts from mid-Michigan and surrounding areas. One Band and one Solo / Duo act will win the right to represent CABS in Memphis. Local blues music celebrities will be the judges!!

The rules and application for the 2015 Blues Brawl are posted in the CABS www.facebook.com/CABSblues Facebook page. Go to “more” in sub title section, click “more” then “notes.”  You have to look in the "Notes" section, and then open and print the notes/files.

Apply now: (applications are due April 6) for the right to represent CABS at their 2016 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN from January 26-30, 2016.

Cheering for Chelsea Fundsraising Benefit at Green Door.

On Sunday, April 19th, 2014, the Green Door Bar & Grill is hosting a fundraiser for Chelsea Zelenka and her family. From childhood, Chelsea has been diagnosed with over twenty illnesses. At age 5, after extensive pediatric testing, doctors discovered she had no thyroid. At age 7, it was discovered she was most likely diabetic leading to shots and constant carb counting. These diagnoses continued for the next 13 years; including unprovoked seizures and Cushings Disease. In recent months, Chelsea had an arterial embolism (blood clot) in her calf that was misdiagnosed.

The combination of the misdiagnose and mistakes in treatment led to a foot and partial leg amputation. This has been a very life-changing and challenging time for this 20 year old and her family. Chelsea is unable to work or drive and faces the possibility of the family having to relocate to a new residence.

The Green Door Bar & Grill has lined up 5 hours of live music to help raise proceeds for the Zelenka family. Doors will be opening at 2 P.M. and music will begin at 3 P.M. A $10 Admittance donation will be requested upon entry. This event will be family friendly until 8 p.m. The day will conclude with an adult only Comedy show to help raise additional funding.

For Details Contact: Jennifer Costigan Kristine Bembeneck Barbara Zelenka
Owner/General Manager Ph: (517) 482-6376 Ph: (517) 993-3752
Ph: (517) 482-6376 kristinebembeneck@gmail.com zelenkapb@hotmail.com
Fax (517) 485-0835

Bands performing on this day are:
The Rotations, * Peggy & The Poor Boys, * The Hot Mess, * Lisa B & the BackBeats (Mike Skory’'s new project), * Pat Zelenka Project.
Many other great local musicians will also be joining. Doors will be opening at 2 p.m. and a $10 admittance donation will be requested.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Musician Percy Sledge Dies at Age 73

Rock and roll Hall of Famer and Soul musician Percy Sledge, known for his classic 1966 hit "When a Man Loves a Woman" died Tuesday morning April 14, 2015 at his Baton Rouge home. He was 74 years old.

Percy Sledge passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning at his home surrounded by his wife Rosa and their children after a long battle with cancer.

Sledge was born in Leighton, Alabama on November 25, 1940 but spent most of his career living in Baton Rouge. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993. He was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

He worked in a series of agricultural jobs in the fields in Leighton, Alabama before taking a job as an orderly at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama. Through the mid-1960s, he toured the Southeast with the Esquires Combo on weekends, while working at the hospital during the week.

Between 1966 and 1968, Sledge used his forlorn, crying vocal style to record a series of Southern soul standards. In later years, Sledge continued to be an in-demand performer in the United States and Europe as "When a Man Loves a Woman" kept popping up in movies, including "The Big Chill" and "The Crying Game."

Sledge said he was inspired by a girlfriend who left him for a modeling career after he was laid off from a construction job in 1965, but he gave the songwriting credits to two Esquires bandmates, bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright, who helped him with the song

The song found renewed fame in the 1980s as part of the soundtrack for the movie Platoon.

Some of Sledge's other songs include: The Percy Sledge Way, Warm and Tender Soul and Take Time and Know Her.

Percy rose to international stardom in the early 60s when people around the world first heard his unmistakable voice on "When A Man Loves A Woman" and won the hearts of millions. He continued to record numerous albums and perform for his legions of fans around the globe until early last year."