- 2nd Annual Irish District Music and Arts Festival
- Rev Rants: Bluesmore
- Gary Gibson plays Blues in the Schools at Four Oaks Bridge
- The Pumpers! Who are they?
- Phil Smith reviews Retro Deluxe’s “Watermelon Tea”
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Last month I wrote about the new LCBS calendar of events. The new calendar will be on-line before you receive the July Bluespaper; we are working out the last few kinks. There is still time to send your comments or suggestions about the calendar. Use our Contact LCBS form to send them to me.
One of the comments I received last month was from a member who has not been receiving the BluesBlast email. If you are an LCBS member and don’t receive the BluesBlast e-mail, contact me using the link above and we’ll get you on the list.
If you are not a member, and would like to receive the BluesBlast e-mail every week, please consider joining the Linn County Blues Society. It’s only $20 a year. That’s less than 40 cents a week to be notified of where all the best live music is in our area. And we send you the Bluespaper every month.
Many of you have heard already about the artists featured at this year’s Bluesmore. Next month’s Bluespaper will be packed with information about Bluesmore. But for those who have not heard, the 18th annual Bluesmore will open with Perry and the Pumpers (from Cedar Rapids), followed by John Lisi and Delta Funk (from New Orleans) and headlined by Grammy Award winners Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band (from New Orleans). Chubby won the Grammy this February for best Zydeco or Cajun album. This year should be a great show, so put Saturday, August 6 on your calendar.
We just got the Bluesmore posters and advance tickets back from the printers, so you will start seeing these around town soon. The best value is to buy your tickets in advance. Tickets are $15 at the gate, but only $13 in advance, or $12 with the coupons you will find in the Gazette. Check online for the local ticket outlets.
Shameless Plug: Regular readers will note a different picture of the Rev this month. The Rev finally got fed up with his friends asking where he got the mug shot that usually accompanies this column, so he got a new caricature from Barb Jacobs. You can get one from her, too. Her web site is barbjart.com. Check it out. This month, go out to see some live music, and remember to say hi to the Rev when you see him.
- Get down in the Irish District! 2nd Annual Irish District Music & Arts Festival
- Rev Rants: New lcbs site coming
- Lacy Gibson 1936- 2011
- LCBS donates to KCCK fund drive
- Phil Smith reviews Marcia Ball’s “Roadside Attractions”
- Campbell-Steele Gallery hosts the Blue Band
- South Skunk SOS Answered
- Charlie Morgan Winter Bash
The Linn County Blues Society has retained a new webmaster, Mr. John Shultz. He’ll be taking over the design and administration of the LCBS web site, www.lcbs.org. Many of you will recognize John as one of our local musicians. He plays keyboards with The Beaker Brothers, The John Shultz Organization, The John Shultz Trio, Big and Easy, and The Saints Dixieland Band. In his nonmusical life, John is immersed in web applications.
One of the first things John will be working on is improving the LCBS calendar of events. The LCBS calendar is available in 3 forms; (1) printed in the monthly BluesPaper, which is mailed to our members, distributed free through local outlets, and available free from the web as a download at www.lcbs.org, (2) sent in our weekly BluesBlast e-mail to our members, and (3) viewable on our web page at www.lcbs.org.
Space limitations in the BluesPaper require our newsletter editor, the esteemed one Evan Vulich, to trim the events to fit one column. This requires us to sometimes omit some events. Our first priority is to include local blues events in the BluesPaper. It is hard line to draw sometimes. However, we wish to support ALL the LIVE music venues and the great bands they hire.
As we improve our calendar, we hope to include a wider variety of genres, bands, and venues, in the non-BluesPaper formats. We also hope to make our calendar more current, keeping up with late breaking events. We often are notified of changes and additions to our weekly BluesBlast e-mail after it comes out, to say nothing of additions to our monthly BluesPaper calendar during the month.
We’d like to know what you want to see in the LCBS calendar. We can’t promise to do everything everybody wants (that’s for politicians), but we’ll try to make the calendar work for you. Wider geographic area, like Iowa City or Waterloo? Maybe occasional events in “the big city”? Want to know when Polka Night is? (I threw that in for Evan’s benefit; don’t even ask.) Want to know when national blues act tours get near Eastern Iowa? Have comments on how you get the calendar?
If you have any comments or suggestions or ideas for improving the LCBS calendar, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would rather talk than type, send along your contact information and when you are available, and I’ll return your call.
We’re excited to have John Shultz with us now, and are looking forward to improvements to the LCBS calendar of events.
Remember to say hi to the Rev when you see him.Frank Wilson, LCBS President
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