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Breakin’ Bread With the Blues: The 2017 "Breakin' Bread With The Blues" is a Greater Lansing Food Bank (G.L.F.B.) fundraising event! ~ http://greaterlansingfoodbank.org/ ~

"Breakin' Bread With The Blues" is the Annual Food Drive collection, held the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Proceeds benefit The Greater Lansing Food Bank and The Capital Area Blues Society, a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

Doors Open at: 3pm, the music begins at 4pm. Held at: The Green Door Bar & Grill | 2005 E. Michigan Ave. | Lansing, MI. on November 19, 2017.

Doors open at 3:00 pm with music starting at 4:00 pm featuring:
4:00 pm – Nichols and Frog
5:00 pm – Johnny D Blues Band
6:00 pm – Frog and the Beeftones
7:00 pm – Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday
8:00 pm – Twyla Birdsong
(Line-up subject to change)

TICKETS $10 plus a non-perishable food item donation at the door REQUIRED.

Winners in the West Michigan Blues Society International Blues Challenge were Out of Favor Boys in first place, Big Daddy Fox was runner - up and a tie between Bubba Wilson and Weezil Malone Band for third.

The OFB mix blues with elements of rock and soul intermixed with original music off four CDs. OFB released their fifth CD in mid-2017.

Winners in the Detroit Blues Society electric band division for International Blues Challenge was Big Daddy Fox (your far left) who had to unfortunately pass on the opportunity to attend the IBC in January 2018 due to scheduling problems. Big B and the Actual Proof took second place and will attend the IBC in the division. Big B and the Actual Proof intensify the tradition of a power trio by delivering an ethereal, stunning mix of schizophrenic blues, rock and jazz flavors.

Brian Burleson on lead guitar, dobro, and vocals, Mitch Sharpie on bass, and Jim "The Professor" Coviak drums.

The 34th International Blues Challenge is scheduled for January 16 - 20, 2018

National News and Beyond


Antoine “Fats” Domino, an iconic New Orleans singer-songwriter whose piano-playing sound and smiling face entertained generations of audiences around the world and introduced an unmistakable rock and roll-rhythm and blues sound to the world. “Fats” Domino died Tuesday October 24, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was 89.

The always-reclusive and shy Domino had retired from performing shortly after Hurricane Katrina and had been in declining health over the past few years. He gave his last public performance in 2007. In 2006, he famously at the last second backed out of a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, though he appeared on stage to smile and wave at the thousands of fans who had gathered to see him perform.

New Orleans Advocate music writer Keith Spera once called Domino the most significant contributor to the New Orleans musical canon, second only to Louis Armstrong

Beginning in 1949 with “The Fat Man,” Domino and his longtime collaborator and producer Dave Bartholomew cranked out hit after hit, laying a foundation for what would become rock and roll in the 1950s.

Born in New Orleans on February 26, 1928, Domino was one of nine siblings in a musical family. He spoke Creole French before he spoke English, and was taught to play the piano by his brother-in-law, Harrison Verrett. He dropped out of school and began performing in music clubs and bars. That was where Bartholomew discovered him in 1949.

Another collaborator, bass player and bandleader Billy Diamond, gave him his now-famous nickname.

It also helped generate the first recording for Domino and Bartholomew, “The Fat Man.”  The song, written by the pair and recorded at Cosimo Matassa's studio, became one of a series of recordings for Imperial Records that sold between 500,000 and 1 million copies. The songwriting pair also found success in mainstream America with their 1955 song "Ain't It A Shame,” which was renamed to its now widely known, "Ain't That A Shame." The next year, Domino’s cover of “Blueberry Hill” became his highest charting hit.

Also that year, Domino had four other Top 40 hits including “My Blue Heaven.” Later hits came in 1959 with “Whole Lotta Loving,” “I’m Ready,” and “I Want to Walk You Home.”

The songs and lyrics Domino and Bartholomew wrote were often simple and to the point, with an unmistakable beat. Domino once described the songwriting process as taking inspiration from everyday life "Something that happened to someone, that's how I write all my songs.”  
During his career and his rise to fame in a segregated America, Domino was also credited with enduring the challenges of racial discrimination to become one of the defining pioneers of rock and roll music - popular among fans of all races.

His distinctive style of piano playing, backed by the distinctive sound that Bartholomew arranged in the bands he led, helped Domino stand out. His work also influenced countless other musicians, including the biggest act of the 1960s – the Beatles “There wouldn’t have been a Beatles without Fats Domino,” John Lennon was once quoted as saying.

Ironically, it was the British invasion led by the Beatles that pushed Domino off of the popular music charts. But he continued to perform around the world, cementing his reputation as a music giant. He and Bartholomew were among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Domino was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted by Billy Joel in 1986.

Four songs of Domino's were named to the Grammy Hall of Fame for their significance in music history: “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t It A Shame,” “Walking to New Orleans” and “The Fat Man.”

Domino was also presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

He was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Rolling Stone magazine listed him at #25 in the list of 'Greatest Recording Artists of All Time.'

Joseph “Smokey” Holman Passes at Age 64

As the lead singer of local fest favorite and touring act Tweed Funk, Joseph “Smokey” Holman had a sweet, soulful voice expressing past pain and unflinching hope — even after being diagnosed last year with multiple myeloma.  

Holman, who was still on the road performing earlier this month, died Sunday October 29th in Gary, Indiana., his hometown. He was 64.

In the late 1960s and early '70s, Holman was a vocalist for the Domestic 4, a soul group out of Gary led by Stevie Wonder's first cousin, Charles Simmons. Renamed Love's Children, the band was signed to Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records, and Mayfield himself wrote four songs for the Children.

Holman left the group — and, essentially, music, in 1972 — taking center stage 38 years later as a lead singer for the first time with Tweed Funk.

In 2013, Holman won male vocalist of the year at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards. Last year, he was nominated for most outstanding blues singer by the Living Blues Awards along with established greats Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas and Otis Clay.

Holman co-wrote songs on all four Tweed Funk albums, broadly and specifically conveying past experiences into such empowering tracks as "Sweet Music" and "Don't Give Up."

Those songs specifically appeared on the band's best effort, "Come Together," a stirring, horn-fueled funk and soul album that recalled recently passed stars Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. "Come Together" came out in April 2016, the same month Holman was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and underwent emergency surgery.

Holman likened his diagnosis to walking around at his own funeral, he told the Journal Sentinel last year, but he was determined to "get out of my pity party."

Just three months after his diagnosis, Holman was fronting Tweed Funk at Summerfest. The band took a seven-month hiatus soon after, so Holman could recover from a stem cell transplant last fall, but Tweed Funk went full-throttle again this year, playing a Kentucky festival just two weeks ago.

Holman is survived by his son Joseph Jr.; his daughter Earlina; his grandchildren Armani, Joe and Kelani; and five of his nine siblings, Ronnie, Gregory, Tyrone, Cynthia and his twin Jewell. 

Funeral services will take place in Gary early next week