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"Breakin' Bread With The Blues"

Sunday, November 22,2015: 3 – 8 pm: “Breakin’ Bread With the Blues”  Fundraiser and Food-drive benefiting the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the Capital Area Blues Society will commence at the Green Door Blues Bar in Lansing, Michigan.

For the twelfth year in a row the Capital Area Blues Society and the Green Door Bar & Grill are joining forces for this annual fund-raising bash. Musicians and volunteers from the Capital area and beyond are donating their time and talent for this very special event.
Doors open at 3:00 pm with musical performances starting at 3:30 pm featuring: ( subject to possible change:)

3:30 pm – Matchette & Frog
4 pm – Deacon Earl & the Congregation https://www.facebook.com/deaconearlcongregation/
5 pm – Calling Dr. Howard featuring vocalist Gina Garner
6 pm – Chris Canas Band http://www.chriscanas.net/
7 pm – Those Delta Rhythm Kings http://thosedeltarhythmkings.com/

Breaking Bread with the Blues began in 2004 as a fundraiser for the Capital Area Blues Society. However it soon became evident the event could also be used to help the local community by supporting the food bank. 

Admission is $10 at the door plus a food item, but attendees are encouraged to donate as many non- perishable food items as they can.  Families are welcome and children (under age 16) with an adult are admitted free with food donation.

Now more than ever, we need to support this important community event!  Bring the family or come on your own to enjoy the music, camaraderie and great hospitality of the Green Door Bar located at 2005 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI, 517-482-6376, www.greendoorlive.com.  Visit www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org for more information on the Greater Lansing Food Bank. 
Visit CABS at www.capitalareablues.org or www.facebook.com/CABSblues/events to find updates and information on more area live music.


West Michigan Blues Society International Blues Challenge at BIlly's Lounge.

West Michigan Blues Society will host an International Blues Challenge Regional "The Battle for Memphis" on Sunday Nov. 8 at Billy's Lounge in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2PM to 7PM.Tickets are $5 at the door. Bands slated to compete will be; Thirsty Perch Band, Asamu Johnson and the Associates of the Blues, Jim Shaneberger Band, Blues Soul Express, Hannah Rose and the GravesTones and Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band.

Mark your calendars now for the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association Sunday Blues Series! This is a fundraising event for the Kalamazoo Blues Festival. The shows take place at Shakespeares Lower Level, Doors at 2, music 3-7, cost $6 door, series $20.

West Michigan Blue Society winner for the International Blues Challenge held on November 8, 2015 at Billy’s is Asamu Johnson and    the Associates of Blues.

The Grand Rapids singer and bassist Asamu Johnson seems to ooze the blues from every pore, injecting his soulful vocals and humor-filled songs blues rootsiness and candor. This is what one may expect from a musician whose folks were raised in the heart of Mississippi blues country. Unique and captivating, Asamu Johnson and his band have performed across the national at various festivals, night clubs, and other venues. Band members include: Asamu Johnson, lead vocals + bass; Curtis (CC) Woods, guitar+vocals; Mike (Dog) Howe Sr., guitar; Mike Howe Jr., lead guitar; Adam (Daddy Mack) McMillan, keyboards; De Washington, drums.

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.

Blues Blast Music Award Winners!
Blues Blast Music Award Winners!

The 2015 Blues Blast Music Award winners are listed below.

The winners were announced at the Blues Blast Music Award ceremonies on Friday evening September 25th at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign, IL.

Thanks go out to the winners, the nominees, our sponsors and Blues fans all over the world for making this year's Blues Blast Music Awards a huge success.

And The Winners Are...

2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater
Jay Sieleman

Contemporary Blues Album
Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right

Traditional Blues Album
Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - For Pops

Soul Blues Album
Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls - Soul Brothers

Rock Blues Album
Tinsley Ellis - Tough Love

Acoustic Blues Album
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Terraplane

New Artist Debut Album
Magnus Berg - Cut Me Loose

Live Blues Album
John Mayall - Live in 1967

Historical / Vintage Album
John Mayall - Live in 1967

Blues Band
Mississippi Heat

Male Blues Artist
Elvin Bishop

Female Blues Artist
Marcia Ball

Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Selwyn Birchwood