The October LRBC was not the only thing going on the final weekend of October. In Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends they held the Blues Blast Music Awards.
These awards are voted on by the fans and then handed out in a gala event put on by BluesBlast Magazine. I so wanted to be there – but as luck would have it my good buddy Kurt Foor of Friends of the Blues was there and he send us this report and has tons of photos on the Friends of the Blues site on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-Of-The-Blues/189482004399270?ref=ts.
They can also be found on Twitter @friendsofblues please be sure to check them out and support them.
All the performers did an outstanding job, as members of The Vincent Hayes Project backing up Peter Parcek was exceptional for me as was their own performance. Sharrie Williams performing with Tony Rogers and Bob Corritore was very nice and getting to see our good Friends The Sugar Prophets play at Buddy Guys during the Blues Blast was a special treat for our Friends.
Matt Hill’s band had the Cougars swooning (no offense ladies) Other good Friends The Reba Russell Band opened up the Blues Blast Music Awards show as WGLT.org carried the show live via the Internet uncensored!
Another more than worthy performance for me was Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues whom I had not seen until the BBMAs and am looking forward to checking them out again somewhere soon. There were so many talented artists performing, they all deserve big kudos for being so approachable to their fans! All the ladies performed first, Reba, Sharrie, Gina Sicilia, Karen Lovely then Teeny Tucker. Vizztone artists The Chris O’leary Band has lots of huge talent and always is a favorite of mine. Jonn Del Toro Richardson with Rich Del Grosso’s set was so very cool!
Tom Hambridge and Marty Sammons of Buddy Guy’s Band were right on spot. Tom is a great writer and producer! Nick Moss’ band treated us to outstanding tunes from his upcoming CD, “Here I Am” to be released Nov. 22nd. Another of our Friends Of The Blues favorites was Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys (Great name for a band huh)!
Dave Riley and Bob Corritore doin’ their thing are always aspecial treat to see get together as was Eddie Turner whom I had not previously seen perform! Oh, I guess I should mention that the man himself, Mr. Buddy Guy, did his thing and had the house’s full attention during his set and when he asks for a drink it is in hand pronto! Nick Schnebelen was joined by Laura Chavez, Dave Gross on drums and our host Bob Kieser’s eldest son Karl Kieser on bass for the jam at the program’s end.
Special thanks need to go out to Blues Blast Magazine’s publisher Bob Kieser and his wonderful kids, Karl, Nate & Whitney for putting on a fantastic event for the Blues community. The evenings Sponsors, staff at Buddy Guy’s, WGLT Radio and everyone involved deserve a huge hand for a job well done. I am looking forward to the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards already!
You can see complete list of winners here http://www.illinoisblues.com/winners2011.htm.
Artists check them out as you can send eligible releases to them for consideration, definately a thing to do ! Fans sign up to receive weekly update with interviews, CD reviews, and festivals for free from BluesBlast.
Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
photos: Kurt Foor (Friends of the Blues)