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THE CABS BLUES BRAWL IS COMING SOON!


The Capital Area Blues Society will be hosting their 2016 Blues Brawl competition on May 15th at the Green Door Bar and Grill, 2005 East Michigan Avenue in Lansing, MI. The winner of the blues brawl will represent CABS in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee January 31 – February 4, 2017.

Presently competing for the right to represent the Greater Lansing Area in the band division is Martila Sanders and Gee Q - Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday - Jake Kershaw Band - Jim Shaneberger Band - Jimmy G and the Capitals in the Band. The solo/duo division competitors are: Kathy Engen and Steve Frarey - Willie Range. Good luck to all those who participate.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Line up Announced.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
June 17-18, 2016
Planned Performances by Marcus Roberts
Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans
Michael Dease's Trombone Performance featuring Steve Turrie, Luis Bonilla and Steve Davis
Tumbao Bravo
Karrin Allyson
Gabriel Brass Band
Lydia Harrell
Bobby Murray Band
Ben Williams Quartet with Jazzmeia Horn

SSJF Fundraiser: Nighthawks
Friday March 25, 2016

National News and Beyond

BLUES ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS:

April 29-Big Jay McNeely (1927), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941); April 30-Rev. Gary Davis (1896), Mabel Scott (1915), Frankie Lee Sims (1917), Jimmy Lee Robinson (1931); May 1- Big Maybelle Smith (1924), Little Walter Jacobs (1930); May 3 Homesick James (1914), James Brown (1933); May 5 Blind Willie McTell (1901), Johnnie Taylor (1934); May 8 Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911)

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 33rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE – January 31 – February 4, 2017

The Blues Foundation to Induct Performers, Music, Literature, and Individuals at 2016 Blues Hall of Fame Event in May, 2016

The Blues Foundation will be honoring all of their 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees during a special ceremony on May 4th.

The Blues Foundation will induct the following performers, music, literature and individuals into the Blues Hall of Fame at the Halloran Center for Performing Arts.

Congratulations to the 2016 Class of Inductees:

Performers: Elvin Bishop Eddy Clearwater Jimmy Johnson John Mayall Memphis Jug Band Literature Early Downhome Blues, Jeff Todd Titon

Singles "Crazy Blues", Mamie Smith "That's All Right", Jimmie Rogers "I Wish You Would", Billy Boy Arnold "Merry Christmas Baby", Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, featuring Charles Brown "Blues Before Sunrise", Leroy Carr

Album Blues in the Mississippi Night, Various Artists (1959)

Individuals Tommy Couch, Sr. - Malaco Records Wolf Stephenson - Malaco Records

For more information about each of these Hall of Fame selections including their bios, please visit the Blues Foundation web site