THE RETURN OF MUDDY’S BOY
Big Bill Morganfield is here! One night only, and that night is tonight! That voice, that face, that guitar playing! He’s most certainly his father’s son. With this week’s passing of Pinetop Perkins, it’s good to have the Big Bills and Bob Margolins of the Blues world keeping old school. Let’s celebrate that tonight.
Speaking of celebrations, Chick ~n~ Patti had a great birthday party last Saturday. Here’s Chick’s recap:
What a fantastic Birthday celebration! Patti and I will definitely remember our two milestone birthdays celebrated together as the best birthdays we have ever had! It was great to have so many friends there helping us celebrate and it was a great day for the Blue Star Connection, raising a bunch of money and instruments. But it was also a special day in that it paired the two most amazing young blues bands that I have ever seen. Two bands with sky-is-the-limit potential that will BOTH be back in Memphis on many occasions in the future, of that I am certain. Those guitar exchanges between Austin Young and Taylor Scott at the closing jam are something we’ll be seeing again some day…most likely at the BMAs! I seriously got rushes and goose-bumps listening to those kids play! They have a passion for the blues that not many can match, at any age. It was no coincidence that the Outlook was packed to capacity, these kids have a following already.And it’s not going to be long before the rest of the country learns what the locals fans already know: that these square state kids are already powerhouse bluesmen. It was a historic night of pounding rhythms streaked with killer guitar chops and seasoned with Nic Clark’s mean blowing harp, and BAM! It was like we had the ghosts of Muddy, and Albert, and Jimi and Stevie Ray on stage. And that ending jam… adding in Colorado’s Queen of the Blues, Miss Erica Brown, how does one top that? It was only fitting that this marked the 1000th blues show that Patti and I have seen together, I can’t imagine how anything else could have been better!" ~Chick Cavallero~
Tomorrow we have a special: it’s a mini bass slam hosted by Paul Rogalski of Mojomama, and they hit it at 6:30, followed by John-Alex Mason and friends. With John-Alex, I’m never sure who he’ll have, but they’re ALWAYS great. For those of you not at last year’s Bass Slam, you missed a tremendous amount of fun and talent. Don’t miss it tomorrow night! And now, here’s some news from Jessica and Paul Rogalski:
Mojo’s Music Academy (MMA) of Longmont, Colorado is pleased to announce
it will open a new state-of-the-art music teaching facility in the Diagonal Service Center, 1350 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont on May 2nd. The expansion will create a facility unlike any other in the greater Longmont area, offering not only private music instruction, but frequent concerts, recitals, clinics, workshops, camps and other special events. While the original location proved to be an adequate spot for the MMA’s humble beginnings, high demand for the school’s teaching services and popular Summer Rock Camp program meant many students had to be turned away. MMA’s new facility will more than double the footprint of the current location, ensuring that the growing student enrollment can be accommodated. Weekly enrollment is anticipated to increase to 200 students
in the upcoming months, eventually reaching 400. http://www.mojosmusicacademy.com
I'd also like to talk about maybe offering some of your nationals a chance to play a daytime show/performance clinic/question and answers at Mojo's.
Thanks for all you do. ~PAUL~
It was a memorable night of outstanding blues by some of the best young players anywhere. Better yet, musical instruments were collected that will be placed in the hands of seriously ill children (the mission of Blue Star Connection), and money was received to buy even more instruments. Two of the Blue Star kids were in attendance; they had a great time, in no small part because they were entertained by other kids, who just happened to be excellent musicians having a lot of fun. ~Jim Primock~
I’m already thinking about some nationals who would probably love to host a workshop, and will see what I can do to make this happen.
Continued Next Column...
Fri 3/25 - Big Bill Morganfield ($10 Cover)
Sat 3/26 - John-Alex Mason
Sun 3/27 - Bodo Turner Fundraiser
4-10PM ($10 Donation)
Tue 3/29 - Blues Jam Host: Randall Dubis
Thu 3/31 - Lionel Young Trio
Fri 4/01 - Mama Raven
Sat 4/02 - Tempa and the Tantrums
Mark Your Calendars
Fri 4/29 - Otis Taylor - Trance Blues (Tix $20 - Call)
Sunday is a special day. Here’s the release:
BODO K. TURNER MEMORIAL BENEFIT
MARCH 27, 2011
4:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
BOULDER OUTLOOK HOTEL
On January 28, 2011, Kai and Natasha Turner welcomed their son and Nina’s brother, Bodo K. Turner to the world. Tragically, on February 7, 2011, Bodo was gone. Autopsy results revealed he had Factor V Leyden Blood Clotting Disorder, a treatable condition for which he was not tested, but should have been given family history. Before his passing, he spent a week in the NICU on life support.
Kai, Natasha, and Nina are important and much-loved members of our Blues family, and we are now stepping up to assist them during this horrific time. Approximately two dozen Blues musicians are donating their time and talent for a Blues Jam celebrating Bodo’s short life:
Johnny Long - confirmed
Mark Diamond - confirmed
Russ Musilek - confirmed
Tempa Singer - confirmed
Tamara Conrad - confirmed
Jill Watkins - confirmed
Gretchen Troop - confirmed
Bob Toger - confirmed
Bill Shannon - confirmed
The Lionel Young Band - (Lionel Young confirmed, Audree D for Jay Forrest - confirmed, Andre Mali - pending, Kim Stone - pending, Dexter Payne - coming late, Ricardo Pena - pending
Austin Young - confirmed
Taylor Marvin - confirmed
Nic Clarke - confirmed
The Delta Sonics - confirmed
Erica Brown - confirmed
Billy Hoke - confirmed
Tickets are currently on sale at the Boulder Outlook Hotel’s reception desk for $10, and can be purchased in person or via telephone at 303-443-3322. We urge you to purchase tickets in advance as this event will sell out, and probably before day of show.
There will be a silent auction with all sorts of items from signed CDs to gift certificates, and even tickets to some Colorado Blues Festivals. We are also recording the evening’s performances for a double CD which will be available a few weeks after the event, with all proceeds going to defray significant costs associated with this avoidable tragedy. Any and all funds subsequent to the payments of those costs will be donated for awareness and education of Factor V Leyden Blood Clotting Disorder as well as related charities, including the NICU at Children’s Hospital. Bodo’s death could have been prevented, and it is our hope that with awareness and education, other deaths can be prevented in Bodo’s memory.
Please wear red, as it is the theme representing blood clots, red garnet, love, and big hearts!
Donated auction items can be sent to:
Honey Sepeda/Bodo Turner Benefit
c/o The Boulder Outlook Hotel
800 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80303