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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. Johnny D. will open the show at 8pm and Hummel will play two sets to close the show at about 11pm. Mark Hummel is a world leader in harmonica and he knows how to get the most out of this all-star line-up. Don't miss them. . Cover is just $10 at the door of the Green Door.

Michigan BluesFest Needs Volunteers

The Michigan BluesFest is just a few weeks away and we are still looking for volunteers! You make this free community festival happen where without your help we wouldn't be able to bring art and music to the community.

Don't forget that all of the volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, a free meal per shift and entry into the beer tent for the all who are 21 years of age and older.

Thank you,
Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art

For volunteering on line click this link: http://bit.ly/1NYoXTM

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


September 6 10am-Noon Steve Pinckney Noon-2pm Ryan Shadbolt @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

September 13 10am-Noon Dove Brothers Noon-2pm Jen Sygit @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI

September 20 10am-Noon Pete Wittig Noon-2pm Drew Howard @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 410 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI |

September 27 10am-Noon Pretty Shaky String Band Noon-2pm Taylor Taylor @ East Lansing Farmers Market, 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 Foundation Selects Barbara Newman as CEO

Barbara B. Newman from the Beth Sholom Synagogue will begin her new position as the new CEO of the Blues Foundation beginning Oct. 1st. Ms. Newman was named as the new head of the organization replacing the retiring Jay Sieleman. She has served as executive director of the Synagogue since 2007 handling financial administration, communications, human resources, and facility management.

Newman was raised in the world of music with many family members working in the industry. She is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Folk Alliance International.

She and her husband, Bruce Newman, a Memphis entertainment attorney and CPA have co-produced multiple fundraising concerts for a variety of organizations.

Newman has been an active community leader engaged with board development, fundraising and strategic planning for Planned Parenthood, Greater Memphis Region.

A forth generation Memphian, She earned a B.A. in political science from Brown University, and later worked in accounting, banking and corporate finance with New York-based National Westminster Bank USA. Upon her return to Memphis, she began nonprofit work with the Bornblum Solomon Schechter School board of directors, serving as treasurer, vice president and president.

Sieleman announced in early 2015 that he was retiring after 12 years as the CEO making him the longest-serving executive in the foundation’s four-decade history.

Sieleman helped usher in a new period of growth, visibility and profitability for the foundation. Over the past decade-plus, he dramatically expanded the annual International Blues Challenge and Blues Music Awards, strengthened relations with various member chapters and societies throughout the U.S. and abroad, and oversaw the development of a permanent Blues Music Hall of Fame, which opened downtown in May.

Sieleman will stay in his post officially until the end of September, and noted that he will be working with Newman to “help with the transition after that.

The Memphis-based Blues Foundation is an international music organization dedicated to preserving blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this unique art form. It annually hosts two premier blues music events – the International Blues Challenge and the Blues Music Awards – and is now home to the physical Blues Hall of Fame.