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Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Blues You Can Use

There is snow, in Chicago. I need some blues I can use! And I liked it so much, I thought you could use some too!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Blues People You Should Know

You won't find them in a City, or Chapter of any Blues Organization, and depending on your exposure and knowledge of 3D Virtual Worlds, your first thought might be, "SCAM."

For the second year in a row, a "Blues for Autism Event" is being held in Second Life until April 25th. A collective of real life musicians, DJ's, a consulting company, one of the most fun Blues Club's on Second Life and a Texan Grandmother with a vested interest and their friends came together in the spirit of fundraising for a great cause. And, they were successful.

The result, is surprising for a world where people are represented by pixels, but it reflects the camaraderie, inspiration, and dedication to help others, are near universal qualities in any blues community.

According to the CDC, Autism now occurs in 1/94 boys. The money raised will go to the Autism Society of America. A fellow blogger who is covering this event first hand, can give you an insider's peek and more detailed specifics. Click on the title for a link to her site, Blues For Autism 2009.

If you want the newswire version go to

If you are not in Second Life and want to be, leave me a comment. If you love The Blues, you won't want to miss it!

depo || social media & virtual worlds consultancy + developer

And last, but certainly never least, two ladies of Second Life; Magi McBride, the originator of the event and veteran virtual Blues Club owner, (with a lucky boy named Joey in her life) and Lucinda Bergbahn, a multi talented asset to the virtual world, who owns Dreamcatchers, a Blues Club in Second Life, and is employed by depo consulting.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nick Moss and The Flip Tops

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Chicago Blues Style Band, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops are set to release their second live recording from Chan's consisting of original work, true to Chicago Blues Style.

By all accounts, Spareribs and Chopsticks will as enticing as The Egg Roll Stroll. You can catch Nick Moss's tour schedule and blog on:

Photo courtesy of Kate Moss.


OK that was my Topix post. Now, for the real scoop. This band has put out some great original works, true to the Chicago style of blues. This is a follow up to their first live album, and Lurrie Bell is also featured. And, in my biased world of being a Chicago Blues Fan, yes, this "Band of the Year" nominee, is one to see!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Thu Mar 05, 2009 | 12 Bars of Fate

Naperville Gets The Blues

Robert Cray and Lonnie Brooks will bring the Blues to the Chicago suburb Friday Night of Labor Day weekend for this year's Last Fling. | 12 Bars of Fate

Joe Bonamassa's Restless Blues

Nervous energy roams through master guitarist Joe Bonamassa's ninth disc, his first studio album since 2007's top blues seller, "Sloe Gin." He needs to leave a relationship before a knock-down goodbye in the rumbling "Last Kiss" ...

John Nemeth

Fri Mar 06, 2009 | 12 Bars of Fate

Yes John Nemeth, You Can Go Home Again

"Certain people, I guess, consider me more of a blues singer probably because of my approach to songs. I try to come up with that real powerhouse delivery so people can feel it. That's kind of the way you should do it with blues. All those great blues singers, they didn't pussyfoot around with this stuff."

From his first self-released album with the Jacks, "The Jack of Harps,"in 2002 to his recent "Love Me Tonight," the harmonica player captures fans from both Idaho and California.

Nemeth's career has skyrocketed since leaving Boise, and moving to San Francisco and eventually signing with Blind Pig Records. His collaborative works with Elvin Bishop and his debut on NPR continues to enhance this bluesman's visibility.

JOHN NEMETH , 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise, $12, TicketWeb, $14 at the door.

Off The Recent Newswires

1 min ago | www.topix/ | 12 Bars of Fate

Moreland and Arbuckle Bring The Blues

Think of Kansas and Blues, and you will no doubt think of Moreland and Arbuckle. The group has a style that incorporates a love of diverse blues, rock and country.

Moreland described their sound as a direct reflection of their listening." We dig Led Zeppelin as much as Little Walter, the Sex Pistols as much as Hank (Williams) Sr."

Highlights of last year include nomination for the 2008 Artist of the Year by Blueswax and joining in the Bluzapalooza tour to entertain the troops in Iraq. Their newest release, 1861, reflects the depth and talent of this band.

If you are unfamiliar with these rising stars, visit their MySpace Page and take a listen to their music, you won't be disappointed.

The band is signed by NorthernBlues and is currently touring Ontario, New Brunswick and Maine before turning towards the Mid-West to deliver nights of roots, blues and high energy boogie to their ever growing fan base.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Buddy Guy On Campus

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Buddy Guy Brings The Blues To Campus

Blues Lovers nearly always remember the first time they experienced Buddy Guy live. It is not just the guitar playing, or the playful comments, or the sense of community he can create. Buddy in a subtle, and not so subtle manner, challenges his audience to think, about the future of Blues.

At 72 years of age, The Chicago Blues Legend, keeps a hectic tour schedule. Last Friday, 400 OSU students had the chance to see Buddy live.

He arrived on stage in a Nike sweat suit with a rhinestone encrusted guitar strap that read, "BG." He played upside down, with drumsticks, behind his back, and eventually ran into the crowd, playing his heart out...

For a musician who continually inspires and promotes young musicians, perhaps he found someone who will play the blues in Columbus, OH or Champaign, IL. or Greenbay, WI.
(Picture courtesy of Bob Shurley, taken at Legends in Chicago, IL)

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