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

West Michigan Blues Society will host a 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.

James Flynn Presents: Mark Hummel’s Golden State Review with Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie at the Green Door on Wednesday, September  9th from 8 to 11pm. The Golden State Lone Star Revue embodies the concept of a cross-country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians, featuring Little Charlie Baty, Mark Hummel, and Anson Funderburgh.

Little Charlie Baty (left photo)  is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act “Little Charlie & the Nightcats”. Charlie and the Nightcats have been one of the West Coast’s most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years.

Mark Hummel (center photo) is a Grammy-nominated Blues Music Award-winning American blues harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, and long-time bandleader of The Blues Survivors. Since 1991, Hummel has produced the Blues Harmonica Blowout tour, of which he is also a featured performer. The shows have featured blues harmonica players such as James Cotton, Carey Bell, and Charlie Musselwhite.

Anson Funderburgh (right photo) is a native of Texas and has earned the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl. Over the years, these musicians have called on Anson to lend his tremendous guitar talents to their projects.

Detroit Blues Heritage Series will present “Blues Meets Soul”

On Saturday October 10, 2015 the Detroit Blues Heritage Series will present “Blues Meets Soul” featuring Bobby Murray with special guest Wyles “Red” Redding. This event will take place from 2:00PM until 4:30PM at the historic Scarab Club. The Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth in Detroit’s Cultural Center. The Detroit Blues Society and the Scarab Club produce this event jointly. A $5.00 donation is requested.

Bobby Murray spent over 20 years touring & recording with Etta James and has played with many other well-known Blues legends. Wyles “Red” Redding is from Alabama & has backed the legendary OV Wright. It was 2008 when Bobby Murray first heard Red singing and playing and it wasn't much longer after that Mr. Redding was doing dates with Murray at festivals and clubs in Michigan. Red's vocals are featured prominently on Murray's latest recording, "I'm Sticking with You" including "Finders Keepers" - the single from the recording. If you want to know where Wyles C. Redding
can be found, it is at that wonderful juncture of blues and soul.

The Detroit Blues Society is a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to the preservation, education and advancement of the Blues tradition as it relates to the Metro Detroit area.

The Scarab Club 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to promoting a variety of creative expression consisting of the visual, auditory and written arts. For more information please call the Scarab Club (313-831-1250) or contact the Detroit Blues Society at webmaster@detroitbluessociety.org

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

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.

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