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Twyla Birdsong: Music in the Garden Debut
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The lovely and talented Ms. Birdsong can sing anything from jazz, rock, and show tunes but her main repertoire is blues. Twyla made a debut at the Music in the Garden Series in Delhi Township on July 16th , 2015. Twyla was accompanied with fellow band members: Elyse Antieau, Trumpet; Brad Fowler, trumpet; Shawn Bell, trombone; Boonie Dottery, drums; Jon Gewirts, Ari Tietel, guitar; Chris Deiner, Tyler Jenson, keys; Mike Smalley, bass and Angel Dottery, vocals.
Horn section accompanying Twyla Birdsong: Brad Fowler, trumpet, Elyse Antieau, Trumpet; Jon Gewirts and Shawn Bell, trombone.
Elyse Antieau, Trumpet is a talented young musician in the Holt area whose performance was extraordinary. She is a senior in high school.
Ari Tietel and Chris Deiner on guitars.
Twyla Birdsong will compete in the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2016.

Friday Night Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Lake Lansing Band Shell

The Friends of the Ingham County Parks are once again hosting their Friday night Sounds of Summer concert series starting June 5.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Lake Lansing Park South band shell at 1621 Pike St. in Haslett, east of Marsh Road. Parking and admission are free starting at 6 p.m. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs

July 31, 2015:   Life Support

August 7, 2015:  Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers

August 14, 2015: Oldies But Goodies

August 21, 2015:  Showdown

August 28, 2015:  New Rule

Lansing Parks and Recreation Present Free 2015 Concerts in the Park Series

Lansing Parks and Recreation present a free 2015 Concerts in the Park series. Eight free musical concerts of various genres will be held at Lansing parks beginning June 10.

07/29/15: Concerts in the Park--Big Willy 7:00PM - 9:00PM at St Joe Park

08/05/15: Seacruisers (Oldies) 7:00PM - 9:00PM Free Concert on the Turner Dodge House grounds.

East Lansing Summer Concert Series

The City of East Lansing will host its popular 2015 Summer Concert Series with six weekends of live music on Fridays and Saturdays in downtown East Lansing. These free events are located on Ann Street Plaza at the corner of Albert & MAC avenues in downtown East Lansing at 7 p.m.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and grab a bite to eat in downtown East Lansing. If it rains, the concert will be canceled.           

Fridays @ 7 p.m.


July 31 Cuatro Sur

Saturday @ 7 p.m.

August. 1 Greg Nagy

Market Music at East Lansing City Market

The East Lansing Farmer's Market is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, including its live musical performances, a beautiful park setting and the adjacent playground. Catch two live musical performances each day at the 2015 ELFM,410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

July 26 10am-Noon Chuck Whiting Noon-2pm Swift Brothers @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

August 2 10am-Noon Steve Pinckney Noon-2pm Jack Kohler @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

August 9 10am-Noon Pete Wittig Noon - 2pm Ben Trommater @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

August 16 10am-Noon Biddle City Band Noon-2pm Ben Hall @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

August 23 10 am-Noon Biddle City Band Noon-2pm Pretty Shaky String Band @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

August 30 10am-Noon Cuatro Sur Noon-2pm Sleeping Timmy @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

September 6 10am-Noon Steve Pinckney Noon-2pm Ryan Shadbolt @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

September 13 10am-Noon Dove Brothers Noon-2pm Jen Sygit @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

September 20 10am-Noon Pete Wittig Noon-2pm Drew Howard @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI |

September 27 10am-Noon Pretty Shaky String Band Noon-2pm Taylor Taylor @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

October 4 10am-Noon Cuatro Sur Noon-2pm Rob Klajda @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

October 11 10am-Noon Dove Brothers Noon-2pm Swift Brothers @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

October 18 10am-Noon David James Noon-2pm John Hatton @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

October 25 10am-Noon Drew Howard Noon-2pm Taylor Taylor @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

National News and Beyond

The 32nd (2016) International Blues Challenge Announced!

The 32nd (2016) International Blues Challenge will be held January 26-30, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District.

The 32nd International Blues Challenge will begin Tuesday night (Jan 26) with the International Showcase. Wednesday and Thursday night (January 27-28) quarter finals will be conducted. Youth Showcase and Semi Finals will be held Friday evening (Jan 29). Saturday (Jan 30) IBC will conclude with Finals in the beautiful Orpheum Theatre.

2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations

In early May, a group of 30 top Blues music industry professionals including music critics, radio DJs, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers and owners and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.

Voting Is Open To The Public - Fan voting begins July 15, 2015 and continues until September 15, 2015 on our web site at http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com  Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our web site if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE and you may unsubscribe at anytime!

2015 Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies - The 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on Friday, September 25th, 2015. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid July at http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com   

The 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine is the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine available at: http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com

A complete list of the 2015 Blues Blast Music Award nominees follows:

Contemporary Blues Album
•Linsey Alexander - Come Back Baby
•Altered Five Blues Band - Cryin' Mercy
•Dave Specter - Message In Blue
•Elvin Bishop - Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
•Jarekus Singleton - Refuse To Lose
•Selwyn Birchwood - Don't Call No Ambulance

Traditional Blues Album
•Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters)
•Andy T - Nick Nixon Band - Livin' It Up
•Sugar Ray & The Bluetones - Living Tear to Tear
•Mississippi Heat - Warning Shot
•Lynwood Slim - Hard To Kill
•The Cash Box Kings - Holding Court

Soul Blues Album
•D.A. Foster - The Real Thing
•Missy Andersen -  In the Moment
•Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls - Soul Brothers
•Robin McKelle & the Flytones - Heart Of Memphis
•Tad Robinson - Day Into Night
•Slam Allen - Feel These Blues

Rock Blues Album
•Tinsley Ellis - Tough Love
•Devon Allman   Ragged & Dirty
•Anthony Gomes - Electric Field Holler
•Royal Southern Brotherhood - heartsoulblood
•Jarekus Singleton - Refuse To Lose
•Bobby Messano - Love & Money

Acoustic Blues Album
•Doug MacLeod - Exactly Like This
•Dan Phelps - Going Home
•Big Dave Mclean - Faded But Not Gone
•Duo Sonics - N Ur Town
•Steve Earle & The Dukes - Terraplane
•Rory Block - Hard Luck Child

New Artist Debut Album
•Joakim Tinderholt - You Gotta Do More
•Magnus Berg - Cut Me Loose
•Big George Harp - Chromaticism
•Madison Slim - Close But No Cigar
•D.A. Foster - The Real Thing
•Markey Blue - Hey Hey
•Fo' Real - Heavy Water
•Eight O' Five Jive - Too Many Men

Live Blues Recording
•John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Live in 1967
•Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys - Live At The Red Rocket
•John Ginty - Bad News Travels Live
•Coco Montoya - Songs From The Road
•Brandon Santini - Live & Extended
•Chris O'Leary Band - Live At Blues Now

Historical Or Vintage Recording
•Sean Costello - In The Magic Shop
•Lead Belly - Smithsonian Folkways Collection
•J.B. Hutto - Hawk Squat Deluxe Edition
•Jimmy Thackery - Extra Jimmies
•Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam
•John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Live in 1967

Blues Band
•Ghost Town Blues Band
•Mississippi Heat
•The Mannish Boys
•Sugar Ray&The Bluetones
•The Cash Box Kings
•Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Male Blues Artist
•Brandon Santini
•Bobby Rush
•Lynwood Slim
•Elvin Bishop
•John Németh
•Doug MacLeod

Female Blues Artist
•Gaye Abdegbalola
•Alexis P. Suter
•Debbie Davies
•Janiva Magness
•Missy Andersen
•Marcia Ball

Sean Costello Rising Star Award
•Altered Five Blues Band
•Jarekus Singleton
•Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
•Jeff Jensen
•Selwyn Birchwood
•Deb Ryder