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Capital; Area Blues Society Announces 2015 Blues Brawl

Capital Area Blues Society Blues Brawl: The 2015 Blues Brawl takes place on Sunday May 3, 2015, 4pm to 9pm, at the Green Door Blues Bar and Grill, 2005 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan, 517.482.6376, www.greendoorlive.com.  One band, and one solo / duo act will be named winners and represent CABS at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Doors open at: 3pm. Competition from: 4pm - 8pm Admission is $10.

 Who's going to win the highly sought after slots to represent CABS at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN in 2016? The CABS Blues Brawl features the best blues acts from mid-Michigan and surrounding areas. One Band and one Solo / Duo act will win the right to represent CABS in Memphis. Local blues music celebrities will be the judges!!

The rules and application for the 2015 Blues Brawl are posted in the CABS www.facebook.com/CABSblues Facebook page. Go to “more” in sub title section, click “more” then “notes.”  You have to look in the "Notes" section, and then open and print the notes/files.

Apply now: (applications are due April 6) for the right to represent CABS at their 2016 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN from January 26-30, 2016.

NEW VENUE OPENING In Albion Michigan: A new venue featuring various genres’ including blues is opening in Albion, Michigan.  Venue management is currently planning to have a combination blues show and jam session on the first Monday of every other month.  The first blues show will feature Pogo Rey and the Blue Haze on March 2nd at 7pm at the Bohm Theater located at 201 South Superior Street, Albion, Michigan.    https://www.facebook.com/bluesatthebohm

Cheering for Chelsea Benefit at Green Door.

A  fundraiser entitled "Cheering for Chelsea" and the Zelenka Family will be held on April 19th, 2015 starting at 2pm for Pat, Barb, and Chelsea Zelenka ! Chelsea had a arterial embolism (Blood clot) in her leg that was misdiagnosed. Mistakes were made led to a foot and partial leg amputation. Please save the date and join us to support this wonderful family during this life changing time. Bands performing on this day are The Rotations, Peggy & The Poor Boys, The Hot Mess, Lisa B & the BackBeats (Mike Skory’'s new project), and Pat Zelenka Project. Many other great local musicians will also be joining. Doors will be opening at 2 p.m. and a $10 admittance donation will be requested. This is going to be a great family friendly event you won't want to miss !!!

 Sunday, April 19 at 2:00pm - 8:00pm at  The Green Door Bar & Grill, 2005 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48912

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Eric Clapton, Tommy Brown and Little Richard Will Be Inducted Into the Blues Hall of Fame

Eric Clapton, Tommy Brown and Little Richard will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the 36th Blues Music Awards on May 7 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Eric Clapton

Clapton will join such great guitarists in the Blues Hall on May 7th in Memphis, Tennessee as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Albert King, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Lead Belly, Mike Bloomfield, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Blues Foundation recognizes in particular Clapton’s role in popularizing the blues in the 1960s. This achievement came first with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, followed by Cream and Derek and the Dominos. His later solo work, such as his ‘Riding With The King’ with B.B. King and his Robert Johnson tribute record ‘Me and Mr. Johnson,’ also contribute to the recognition.

Clapton topped the Billboard charts with an album of blues standards: From the Cradle, in 1994, Unplugged album in 1992, his Robert Johnson tribute, Me and Mr. Johnson in 2004 and his collaboration with B.B. King, Riding With the King, in 2000.  His Crossroads Guitar Festival is both a showcase for many of the world's leading guitarists and a fundraiser for the Crossroads Centre."

Little Richard

Little Richard’s fellow rock ‘n’ roll pioneers in the Blues Hall include Berry, Fats Domino and Bo Diddley. The induction acknowledges the blues idiom in Richard’s early recordings.

Richard's earliest recordings were in the blues vein continued to employ a blues format, often accelerated to a frenzied tempo, on many of his sessions.  Gospel was also a profound force in Little Richard's life and music, and at times during his career he left the rock 'n' roll stage to study, preach and sing the gospel. He returned to the secular side eventually maintaining a mission in both worlds handing out religious tracts at his rock concerts.

Born December 5, 1932, in Macon, Georgia, Richard Wayne Penniman stunned audiences even in his adolescent days performing with minstrel shows. His lives shows were still more frantic, to the point even his films could inspire riots among teenaged fanatics. The list of performers he inspired is endless, from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, who was once the guitarist in Richard's band. Even since his hit making days have been over, he has remained a charismatic celebrity. Once "The King of the Blues," he has since anointed himself "The Originator, the Emancipator and the Architect of Rock 'n' Roll."

Tommy Brown

Tommy Brown, hailed during the 1950s as "one of the most dynamic entertainers in show business," has spent most of the past four decades out of the performing spotlight. However, his resume of vintage records, onstage theatrics and a 21st century career revival have brought him long overdue recognition. Brown was a friend of 2015 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Little Richard when both were starting out. He remembers letting Richard sleep in his station wagon when times were tough. A young James Brown picked up cues for his fabled stage show from both of them.

Brown was born in Atlanta on May 27, 1931, and began performing as a dancer when he was in the first grade. He also worked as a drummer before he became a stand-up singer. Brown began recording in 1950 and sang (and sobbed) on the No. 1 R&B hit Weepin' and Cryin' with the Griffin Brothers in 1951. The song evolved from a real life experience, when he broke down while singing onstage as his fiancé walk in with another man. Humor was an important part of his show, however, and in the 1960s he began performing and recording as a comedian.

After stays in St. Louis, Chicago, where he teamed on shows with Otis Clay, and New York, Brown settled back in Atlanta in 1977 to run the Landmark West Personal Care Center. After fans sought him out to interview him and book him on festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he began traveling and recording again. His Classic Tommy Brown CD, on his own Chittlin' Circuit label, reintroduced listeners to the rocking, crying and shouting blues he waxed on labels such as Savoy, King, United and Imperial.

Tommy Brown, Little Richard and Eric Clapton will be inducted at the Blues Hall on May 7th in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Blues Foundation preserves blues music history and recognizes blues performances and recordings. It also oversees the Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which has welcomed some 130 performers into its ranks since the first inductees joined in 1980.