The Blues Foundation did one hell of a job last Thursday presenting the Blues Music awards.
Congrats to all involved, including the volunteers who work so dang hard.
Over the three days, I was involved in some great times.
Wednesday evening at Rum Boogie Cafe, The Memphis Blues Society held the Rattlebone Jones All-Star Jam to raise money in conjunction with RAISE THE ROOF! to build the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis at the home of the Blues Foundation.
We were able to raise over $1,300.00 and all involved should be congratulated.
Vincent Hayes, Dave Keller and Vince Johnson joined the band to lend a hand during the Jam.
Then Davina & the Vagabonds put on a rousing set of music as always.
Finally Nick Moss and his band took the stage to play and afterward Nick ran a jam that lasted until the wee hours.
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Leo Goff & Matt Isbell
Jeremy Powell(keys), Suavo (trumpet), Charles Campbell (sax)
Leo and Vincent Hayes
Vince Johnson, Leo, Vincent
DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS:
CAPTION THIS SHOT AS:
A) The Three aVgos
B) Three degrees of Vincent
Vincent Hayes, Vinny Marini, Vince Johnson
On Thursday evening the music flowed all night and well, heck-a-doodle, even though I had my camera, I hardly took any photos!
Sugar Ray Norcia and Bob Corritore
Mighty Mojo Prophets with Big Pete
Nick Black, Victor Wainwright and Stephen Dee - The Wildroots!
Chefjimi Patricola and Vincent Hayes
Brandon Santini and girlfriend Pam
Then Friday afternoon I got to see Peter Parcek play some at the Rum Boogie with Greg Gumbel playing bass guitar for him, before heading to the Tap Room for the Inaugural Beale Street Mess Around, which I had been asked to MC.
JT Lauritsen, Brandon Santini and Victor Wainwright led a solid band that included Jeff jensen and Greg Gumbel on guitars, Leo Goff and Dave "Groove" Parker on bass and Jumpin' James Cummingham and John Grimsby on drums.
There was also some great vocals from Redd Velvet and Shari Puorto.
Peter Parcek and Greg Gumbel
Beale Street Mess Around