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Martila Sanders & Gee Q, the 2017 CABS representative to the International Blues Challenge, brought their show to Old Town on Sunday, October 16th The IBC winners were raising money for the January, 2017 trip to Memphis.

Jimi Tulk, drums and vocals, Mike Swartwood, bass, Jerry Lew Patterson, vocals /guitar, Martila Sanders, vocals, Michael Gee guitar, vocals, songwriter, producer and Bob Hunt, sax and synthophone. Special recognition to Terry "Hoot" Gibson, former member of the group, who unexpectedly and tragically passed away in 2015.

Roger Gentry on harmonica and lead vocalists Freddie Cunningham of Root Doctor made guest appearances.
Sun Dried Festival in Mason, MIchigan

The 7th Annual Sun Dried Music Festival is a one of a kind free music festival in historic Downtown Mason, Michigan. The festival featured a variety of live entertainment on two stages, festival food, children's activities and unique items for festival goers of all ages. August 26-28th, 2016. The Sun Dried Festival is held on the LAST weekend in August in downtown Mason Michigan.

National News and Beyond

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced.  Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, the Cars, Pearl Jam and the J. Geils Band are among the artists nominated for induction in the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made this morning on Volume, SiriusFM’s new music talk station, by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman and Steven Van Zandt, a 2014 inductee with the E Street Band.

The full list of nominees includes Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, ELO, the J. Geils Band, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, the Cars, Zombies, Tupac Shakur and Yes.

Pearl Jam, who became eligible this year, entered the nominating process already considered “a heavy favorite.” Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 2017, with a taped presentation following later on HBO.

Last year’s 2016 class was particularly weighted toward classic rock, as Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Chicago joined N.W.A on the list of inductees. This was the first year Chicago, Cheap Trick and Miller had appeared on a ballot.

The list of classic rockers many fans say should have been honored long ago still includes Yes, Journey, the Cars, Iron Maiden and the Moody Blues, among others. The Cars and Yes (whose member Chris Squire has since died) were nominated in 2016, but didn’t make the final cut.

Fans will again be able to help determine who goes in by voting at the Rock Hall’s web site; those polls open today and close at 11:59PM ET on Dec. 5. Their votes are combined into a single ballot that joins hundreds of others submitted by artists, historians and music industry insiders — including every living Rock Hall inductee. Chicago claimed the fan vote last time around. Voting is limited to one ballot per day.


Phil Chess, Founder of Chess Records Passes at Age 95

Philip Chess (March 27, 1921 – October 19, 2016) was a Polish American record producer and company executive, the co-founder with his brother of Chess Records.

He was born Fiszel Czyż in a Jewish community in Częstochowa, Poland. He along with  his brother Lejzor, sister Malka and mother followed their father to Chicago in 1928. The family name was changed to Chess, with Lejzor becoming Leonard and Fiszel becoming Philip.

In 1946, after leaving the Army, Phil joined Leonard in running a popular club, the Macomba Lounge. Two years later, Leonard became a partner in Aristocrat Records, a local company that recorded a wide range of music, and Phil joined in 1950. The company then changed its name to Chess Records, and began concentrating on R&B music, signing and recording artists such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, "Sonny Boy Williamson" (Rice Miller), Robert Lockwood Jr., Etta James, Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf and Chuck Berry.

The genesis of Chess Records was dramatized in the 2008 film “Cadillac Records,” featuring Beyonce, Adrien Brody, Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright. The Rolling Stones made an early pilgrimage to Chess and used the studio address for the name of a 1965 instrumental, “2120 S. Michigan Avenue.” The address was designated a city landmark in 1990.

Chess helped produce a little number some consider the first rock record: the 1951 tune “Rocket ’88,” by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, including a young Ike Turner.

Perennial classics of blues and R&B came out of Chess, performed by countless artists who put their own spin on the songs. While at Chess, Dixon wrote “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” for Waters, as well as “You Need Love,” which Led Zeppelin later reinterpreted as “Whole Lotta Love.” Dixon also wrote “Wang Dang Doogle” for Koko Taylor. Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster” was recorded at Chess.

Phil Chess was actively involved in producing many of their seminal blues and rock and roll recordings. The company expanded successfully through the 1950s and early 1960s, until it was sold to GRT in 1968.

Phil Chess retired to Arizona in 1972. Phil and Leonard Chess were both inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame as non-performers in 1995. In February 2013, Phil Chess attended the ceremony to receive one of The Recording Academy's Trustees Awards for non-performers presented to him and his brother.

He died on October 19, 2016, aged 95.