[Harp-L] International Blues Blowoff Details - aka SPAH Blowoff
Fri Jul 15 00:11:34 EDT 2016
For blues folks attending SPAH for the first time, the IBB is THE place to
be on Tuesday evening. With so many great players in town this 5 1/2 hour
showcase is always loaded with some of the heaviest hitters on the planet.
Many of the names you'll certainly recognize, but one of the most
compelling things about the IBB, at least for me, is that some cat you never heard
of from Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Russia or maybe a town 30 miles from
your home will take the stage and just kill it.
There's a nice mix of traditional acoustic and Chicago style amplified
performances, and always a change-up or three over the course of the night
that gets outside the box. This year's change-up's include Tim Gonzalez, this
madman is bringing his band all the way from Nashville just to do his 25
minute set! I think you'll really dig Tim's Latin infused take on the blues.
The IBB is a popular tradition for SPAH attendees, it's not 'officially'
part of SPAH but after around 15 years the relationship is solid. It's the
only SPAH related music event that's not at the hotel, which lets you grab
a meal somewhere other than where you'll be holed up the rest of the week.
Since I inherited the producers job in St Louis we've been using the tip
jar to raise an annual donation to SPAH's Youth Fund. I'm actually kinda'
choked up by the generosity of the crowd every year. Most who donate know
they get a lot in return, the young guns you see in the IBB Youth Showcase
and all around SPAH are supported by this fund, they are indeed our future.
The show is at Sam's Burger Joint this year, it's a national venue with
nice stage and sound. www. samsburgerjoint.com Only problem is that is 100
seats smaller than last years sold out venue in Denver. If you want to
attend I suggest you get your tickets right away. You buy them directly from
Sam's website. Full details are at www. harmonicaplanet.com/blues-blowoff.
The show is $25, but if you are a current SPAH member or registered for
the convention you can ask me for a discount code that will reduce the price
to $15. Just go to the above noted Harmonica Planet web page, read the
event description and then ask for your discount code. Once you have it then
go to Sam's website to enter it and buy your tickets online. I'll hold
back a small handful of tix, not many, to sell at the hotel on Monday and
Tues before I head to Sam's. Sam's is only 1.3 miles from the hotel, so worth
stopping by and checking at the door if you didn't buy in advance.
Johnny Sansone, Dave Moore, Joe Filisko with Eric Noden, Bertram Becher,
Todd Parrott and Madcat are just some of this years featured artists! Some
heavy hitters in the house band too, more on them later.
Producer - International Blues Blowoff
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