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RIVER CITY BLUES CLUB OPENING NEXT WEEK!

The Blues Society of Central PA congratulates Rick Hefelfinger, Jonas Hair and their team on the successful completion of the new River City Blues Club and Dart Room at 819 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.
 The Blues Club will be opening next week, starting with a “soft opening” jam session hosted by Nate Myers and The Aces on Wednesday August 27 at 8 pm.  All blues musicians are invited to bring their instruments and sit in with the band.   This will give musicians a chance to see the room and enjoy the great sound system they have installed.
Then on Friday, August 29th, the official Grand Opening featuring Mitch Ivanoff, Robert Frahm, Lee Carroll and an all-star band for a great kickoff event.  The Cornlickers are playing on Saturday night, bringing their signature Delta Blues sound to the new club.  Cover is $5 on Friday and Saturday, with proceeds going to the band.
The club features a cafe and huge dart room on the first floor, with full bar service and the blues club in the lower level with 12 beers on tap and a great selection of bottle beers and liquor, along with great food. And there is lots of FREE parking! 
Rick and his crew have been working hard for over a year to make the first Blues Club in Harrisburg a reality, and it is a beauty!  We hope you will come out this weekend and check it out.  You will not be disappointed!
For further information, please go to their website at www.rivercityhbg.com.

 

The Blues Society of Central PA presents LAST BLAST OF SUMMER
Please join us to close out the summer and ring in the fall season with some great blues!
WHEN:                 Saturday, September 20th, 6 pm - 11 pm
WHERE:              Champions Sports Bar, 300 N. 2nd St., Highspire, PA 17304
ADMISSION:      $15 (pay at the door)
FEATURING:
  • R-Way is a acoustic blues duo from Williamsport.  One voice, one guitar, back to basics blues!
  • James Day and the Fish Fry (http://www.jameswday.com- “James Day is a vocalist and harmonica player backed by a stellar group of musicians collectively know as ‘The Fish Fry’.   This is your full service ‘Jump Blues and New Orleans Grooves’ band.   Based in the Mid Atlantic, James Day and the Fish Fry perform at festivals and venues in Canada and along the East Coast.   On any given night, one can hear all styles of the blues from New Orleans street parades, Cuban Rumbas, Swamp Pop, Zydeco, Carolina Shag, Down Home Delta Blues to that Classic Chicago sound.   Their CD’s are played on satellite radio, roots music stations and overseas radio.  With James Day and the Fish Fry, a brew of influences will come together in the form of backbeat drumming, slapping upright bass, fat tone guitar, and honking harmonica.   If you want to dance, or just soak up some old school blues then make it out for some turbo charged jump blues and you’ll have one wild swinging house party.”  – written by Freddy Celis, Rootstime Magazine, Brussels Belguim
  • Steve Guyger & The Excellos (http://steveguyger.com) - Over the past forty-plus years, 2009 Handy Award nominee Steve Guyger has been dishing out some of the finest blues to be heard anywhere.  Whether in a duo, trio, or with his band, The Excellos, Steve always rocks the house.  Steve has toured with the late Jimmy Rogers, among others, and has played with many of the great Chicago bluesmen and contemporary players, yet he remains one of the best kept secrets in blues.   The late William Clarke called Steve “the best harp player I’ve ever seen.” Mark Hummel called him “a monster player.”   If you have heard Steve play, you know what they’re talking about. If you’ve never heard him, you’re missing a major page in your blues portfolio.    Steve began playing harp back in the late 60′s on a harmonica given to him by his future sister-in-law. Sometime later, his brother turned him on to Paul Butterfield. Steve’s passion for the blues harp took him to Chicago to learn at the feet of the masters of the art. Each trip taught him skills that he brought back to the local bands in which he paid his dues.  Steve has shared the stage with the greats in Chicago and the contemporary harp players touring the world today, names like Little Sammy Davis, Carey Bell, Rick Estrin, Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, Mark Hummel, Charlie Musselwhite and many others. His playing, vocals, songwriting and stage presence have earned him a place among the best of the players on stage today.

 

2014 BSCP IBC EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

After taking a 2013 hiatus from hosting an IBC competition to select a Band and a Solo/Duo act to represent the BSCP in the Blues Foundations annual event in Memphis, TN, the BSCP Board of Directors has voted to once again host our regional IBC competition on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Our IBC event will be held at Champions Sports Bar, 300 N. Second St.  Highspire, PA.  For more information, please click HERE.
DON ODELL’S LEGENDS VIDEO STUDIO – PALMER, MASSACHUSETTS
When you just can’t get out to a blues festival or a venue featuring live national blues acts, Don Odell’s Legends offers hours and hours of professionally recorded videos of the great artists that have visited his Palmer, Massachusetts studio.  Don graciously offers these free for our viewing pleasure on his YouTube channel @ www.youtube.com/user/dodell590.
The BSCP  is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation, promotion, support and enjoyment of the truly original American art form, the blues.  Our goal is to be a complete resource for all blues lovers including fans, musicians, retailers, promoters, club owners, technicians, educators and … you.  If you have a love for the blues but can’t seem to find a place to see quality live entertainment … if you are a blues musician looking for a place to try out your new blues originals … if you are a club owner with a love for the blues but have never been able to draw the clientele to support it … then the BSCP is for you!