MBF is looking for a few VOLUNTEERS to fill SPECIFIC SLOTS

Information Booths

Rite Aid: Booth Leader—Duane Little (L)

(X2) 9:00-Noon—Laura Caret (L)

Raeann Demos (?)

(X2) Noon-3:00—Clay & Carol Johnson (L/M)

(X2) 3:00-6:00— Courtney Estes (M)

6:00-9:00—-Rae Duval (?)

Freedom: Booth Leader- Christy

(X2) 11:00-2:00—Deb Marlowe(L)

(X2) 2:00-5:00—-Dorothy Sullivan

Karin Sinclair

Village Green: Booth Leader- Anne Marie Ray

8:30-11:00—Terri Powell (M)

11:00-2:00—Ted Marlowe (XL)

2:00-5:00—-Kevin Munson(XL)

Causeway: Booth Leader—Avis Hayward

9:00-Noon—Laurie Pelletier

Lisa Gilbert

Noon-3:00—Angie Cook (XL)

Brendon Cook (XL)

3:00-6:00—-Ashley Gallinari (SM)

Dawne Gallinari (L)

6:00-9:00—-???????????????

Kevin Judkins (L)

Doors

Bray’s Noon-3:00—Mike Brown (2X)

3:00-6:00— Lesli Olson (M)

6:00-10:00—???????????????

Sandy’s 6:30-900 —-Lorie Olson (M)

Freedom 7:30-10:00—????????????

Merced’s 1:00-4:00—-Peter Eliot (XL)

Mitch Ambrose (L)

4:00-7:00—-Steve Littlefield (XL)

7:00- 10:00—Chad?

Capt’n Jack’s 1:00-4-00—-Josh Pollard (L)

4:00-7:00—-Cathy Fiske (L)

7:00-9:30—-???????????????

River Queen Kevin Judkins (all 3 cruises)

Crossing Guards

Merced,’s 1:00-3:00—Tina Christophersen (M)

3:00-5:00—???????????????

5:00-7:00—???????????????

Evergreen 12:00-3:00—Lesli Olson (XL)

5:30-8:00—???????????????

Freedom 12:-3:00— Stacey Thurston (M)

3:00-5:30—???????????????

5:30-8:00—???????????????

Bray’s 11:30-2:30—

2:30-5:30— Amy Maheux (?)

5:30-8:00—???????????????

All day Gophers:

Jeff Preble, Chad Pinkham, Ruth York, Misty Buchanan

HERE IS CONTACT INFORMATION: volunteers@mainebluesfestival.com

Acts
Acts

On Sunday, May 22nd, we will hold the 2016 Road To Memphis showcase to select the acts to represent Maine at the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.  This showcase will be held at Fast Breaks, 1465 Lisbon St, Lewiston starting at NOON and will last until the last act has performed and we’ve crowned the winners.  At this writing there are 7 bands and 4 solo/duo acts.  The judging will be according to the IBC rules published by the Blues Foundation.

 

Come Join us in the signature event.

Join via Paypal!

The Annual Winter Blues Bash!
The MBS Winter Blues Bash!

Hey everyone…did you know you can join MBS by sending us a paypal for $15 (individual)?  Just logon to PayPal and send your dues to

mainebluessocietytreasurer@gmail.com.

PLUS, it’s the  Winter Blues Bash next week, Sunday, Jan. 17th at The Portland House of Music.  NOON until 6pm.  Darren Thiboutot,  Mike an the Mojo, and The Juke Rockets, and then Sugar Ray and the Bluetones!  Tickets at tinyurl.com/MBS-WBB2.

Keeping the blues alive. Blues.org

The Blues Foundation has announced the 2015 recipients of Keeping The Blues Alive.

The 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:
1. CHENANGO BLUES FEST
2. NOEL HAYES
3. ERIC SUHER
4. SHARON McCONNELL-DICKERSON
5. CENTRAL IOWA BLUES SOCIETY
6. FRED DELFORGE
7. TODD GLAZER
8. CAHORS BLUES FESTIVAL
9. YELLOW DOG RECORDS
10. ERIK LINDAHL
11. RADIO STATION KZUM
12. SCOTT CVELBAR
13. DARWIN’S BURGERS AND BLUES
14. ALAN GOVENAR
15. GREG JOHNSON

The KBAs are awarded by a select panel of blues professionals to those working actively to promote and document the music. KBA Committee Chairman Art Tipaldi notes, “this year, the Board eliminated KBA categories as a way for the Committee to honor individuals who have excelled in a variety of KBA categories. Thus the slate of 15 winners includes individuals who have made a difference with their lengthy commitments to the blues. At the same time, the Committee made sure to continue to recognize larger, comprehensive entities like an affiliated organization, a North American festival, an International festival, a blues club, a record label, and a blues radio.”

 

New venue for Blues in Maine!

From Andrew Morse at Smokin’ Blues Grill in Hollis:

Hey, I’m looking to book blues acts at Smokin’ Blues Grill in Hollis. Send me a message if you are interested. I can have up to a three piece without drums.

He can be reached at 207-298-9436 or stop by 415 Hollis Rd, Hollis Center ME.

 

Hotels for the 2016 IBC in Memphis

The 32nd (2016) International Blues Challenge will be held January 26-30, 2016 in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District.

The 32nd International Blues Challenge will begin Tuesday night (Jan 26) with the International Showcase. Wednesday and Thursday night (January 27-28) quarter finals will be conducted. Youth Showcase and Semi Finals will be held Friday evening (Jan 29). Saturday (Jan 30) IBC will conclude with Finals in the beautiful Orpheum Theatre.

– See more at: http://www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge

Here is the list of downtown Memphis hotels with which we have negotiated room rates.
Tell them you want the International Blues Challenge, IBC or Blues Foundation block.
Some hotels have minimum and Saturday stay requirements and a non-refundable deposit.
Listed prices do not include sales and visitor taxes which are currently an additional 15.95%.
Some have breakfast and other amenities that may be included in the price.
Rates apply until stated deadline or until rooms are sold out.  Rates may or may not be available after deadline.
Comfort Inn Downtown @ $124.99 until than January 5, 2016
100 N. Front St. Memphis, TN 38103
901.526.0583

Crowne Plaza @$119
300 North Second Street, Memphis, TN 38103
901.525.1800

Doubletree Memphis Downtown @ $140 until January 8, 2016
185 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
800.222.8733
(4 night minimum to include Saturday)

Hampton Inn & Suites at Beale Street @ $164 until December 29, 2015
175 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN 38103
901.260.4008

Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis @ $139 until December 30, 2015
160 Union Ave Memphis, TN 38103
901.526.2001/888.300.5491
(3 night minimum to include Saturday)

Hotels of Court Square

Courtyard Memphis Downtown @ $149 until December 24, 2015
75 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
800.321.2211 until December 24, 2015
Sleep Inn @ $119 until January 4, 2016
40 North Front Street, Memphis, TN, 38103
901.522.9700 or 877.424.6423

SpringHill Suites Memphis Downtown $151 until December 24, 2015
85 West Court Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
800.321.2211

Other Downtown properties

The Peabody @ $269 until December 16, 2015
149 Union Avenue, Memphis TN 38103
901.529.4000

Residence Inn by Marriott Memphis Downtown @ $189 until December 6, 2015 for studio suite (maximum occupancy=4)
110 Monroe Ave Memphis TN 38103
901.578.3700/800.332.333
(3 night minimum to include Saturday)

Westin Memphis Beale Street @ $169 until January 12, 2016
170 Lt. George W. Lee Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
901.334.5904

MEMBERSHIP has PRIVLEDGES – As an affiliate or a individual member of The Blues Foundation YOU have the ability to book your International Blues Challenge rooms before we release the information to the public.
Book NOW! This will be released on our website on August 1.
We look forward to seeing you on Beale Street in January 2016!

DamBluesFest & PubCrawl

DamBluesFest & PubCrawl | Damariscotta, Maine

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DamBluesFest & PubCrawl, LINCOLN COUNTY’S ONLY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Damariscotta, Maine.

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Little Freddie King’s 75th birthday

Today is Little Freddie King’s 75th birthday. When he was 14 in McComb, Mississippi, King jumped onto a moving freight train, then jumped off in New Orleans, where he has remained for more than six decades. He taught himself blues guitar; endured a life of addiction and violence; survived Hurricane Katrina and his wife’s heartbreaking death; and has emerged strong, peaceful, and at the peak of his career.

My multimedia article “The Gutbucket King” tells his amazing story, complete with music and interview clips, archival pictures and documents, and photo portraits by Julie Dermansky. The New New South, an online magazine of Southern writing, has taken down the paywall in honor of Freddie’s 75th. Enjoy it for free at https://newnewsouth.atavist.com/thegutbucketking.