BSCP Spring Fever Show featuring Long Tall Deb & The Werewolves of Alabama
The Blues Society of Central PA will be welcoming spring with our BSCP Spring Fever Show on Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 4:30 – 9:00 PM, at Champions Sports Bar, 300 N. Second St., Highspire, PA. Blues music will begin at 5:00 PM with a 30-minute show by Colin John, 2014 Blues Foundation IBC solo/duo semi-finalist. The music will continue with 60 minutes of blues harp and vocals by the Dane Paul Russell Band. Dane Paul was the late Bobby Parker’s harp sideman. The BSCP will proudly be featuring our headliner, Vizztone Recording artist Long Tall Deb & The Werewolves of Alabama, to heat up Champions and end the chill of winter with a 90-minute set of burning blues. Admission at the door will be $15. For more information, please click HERE.
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.
BILLTOWN BLUES ASSOCIATION PREPARES FOR 25 YEAR MILESTONE
Plans are well underway as organizers within the Billtown Blues Association Inc., plan their 25th consecutive celebration of blues music. The 25th Annual Billtown Blues Festival is slated for Sunday June 8th at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville PA with a showtime of 12noon until 10pm.
Throughout their 25 years, the Billtown Blues Association has maintained its focus on bringing national and international acclaimed blues artists, along with local and regional artists who have demonstrated a devoted interest in performing blues music, to its stages. The Association has diligently produced their events striving to maintain focus on the art form with the added agenda of creating a pleasant family friendly entertaining event.
The first festival was held on the private property of then County Commissioner Paul Glunk. Approximately 100 people supported the inaugural event. A make-shift stage featured local and regional acts Ben Andrews, The Impromptu Blues Band, Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band, and Blue Willie and the Billtown Jukes. The event proved to be an artistic and financial success. Thanks to numerous contributions and support from the performers, the event laid the groundwork for the establishment of the Billtown Blues Association Inc. The following year featured the first national touring blues acts Saffire the Uppity Blues Women and William Clark.
Legends such as Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, Chubby Carrier, Johnny Clyde Copeland and his young daughter Shemekia Copeland, Levon Helm, Hubert Sumlin, Johnny Winter and current blues stars such as Ana Popovic, Rod Piazza, JP Soars, and many more have graced the Billtown stages. After out growing the original venue the festival moved to its current Hughesville location in 1994.
The 300 plus member Association functions as a 10 member core unit producing 3 – 4 events per year. The organization offers support to other area organizations who recognize and serve the art form such as the Uptown Music Collective and the newly formed Destination Blues in Bloomsburg as well as the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN from whom the BBA received the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive award in 2011.
Now drawing several thousand music fans, the 25th Annual, 2014 Festival, will feature area favorite EG Kight from Georgia with invited area artists Sean Farley, Andy Seal, Jeremy Jaffe, and Tim Hooper. In addition, multi nominated Blues Award artist Brandon Santini from Memphis, guitar wizard Kelly Richey and her powerhouse band from Cincinnati will perform. Following in the footsteps of his late Father and two time Festival performer Magic Slim, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops are scheduled along with a return visit of Alligator Recording artist Lil’ Ed and Blues Imperials. Rounding out the bill are recent Blues Challenge winners Sean and Adam, and The Nate Myers Band.
The Billtown Blues Festival has become known as a “reunion” destination for blues fans and family gatherings from around the country. Historical data, including photos and festival detail, is available by visiting www.billtownblues.org.
Even eleven years of consecutive rain on festival day, including a tornado, has not dampened the spirit and dedication of the Billtown Blues Association as it pursues its mission to protect and preserve the American blues art form by bringing quality blues events to the Susquehanna Valley.
Contact: Bonnie Tallman, Sec Billtown Blues Assoc. Inc., 570-584-4480, email@example.com
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!