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Back to Beale Street 2010 fundraiser

Here’s a gig for you blues heads out there. On Sunday at the Swiss Pub, South Sound Blues Association is hosting a fundraiser to send Blues Redemption and JD Hobson to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, on January, 2010. The lineup goes something like this …

4 p.m. Alice Stuart and Friends

5 p.m. JD Hobson

5:45 p.m. The Michal Miller Band

7 p.m. The Al Earick Band

8:15 p.m. The Stacy Jones Band

9:30 p.m. Blues Redemption

Check the Swiss site

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Trumpeter Lance Buller talks Swing Daze

Tacoma trumpeter Lance Buller is all set to stage his second annual Swing Daze concert, a tribute to the big band era that will bring the talents of Greta Matassa, the Swing Reunion Orchestra and more to Tacoma Musical Playhouse on Saturday night. And recently I caught up with him to find out what was new for this year’s show. Click here to listen. And just so you can get an idea of that movie clip with Cab Calloway performing “Reefer Man” Buller talks about towards the end, here’s that, too. Call is “The

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R.I.P. Koko Taylor

I have fond childhood memories of driving to Florida for summer vacation with my dad with the Queen of Blues’ signature hit blaring from pop’s mix tape. It was his generation’s equivalent of gangsta rap, not to mention one of the most bada– songs ever. P.J. Harvey’s cover is pretty tight, too, if you haven’t heard it live or on her “Peel Sessions” album. Click here if you have no idea what I’m talkin’ about.

Then click here to read Rolling Stone’s obit.


Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival schedule

Music fans who are sticking close to home for Memorial Day weekend will want to check out the sixth annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival, which will take over three Tacoma venues on Saturday (May 23). The schedule is below. Click on the band and festival links for more info.

Big bands at Freighthouse Square

1 p.m. Johnny Lewis Big Band

2:30 p.m. Roadside Attraction

4 p.m. MOJO (Mukilteo’s Outrageous Jazz Orchestra)

5:30 p.m. Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra


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Back to Beale Street Blues lineup

The South Sound Blues Association’s Gary Grape sent me an updated lineup for the upcoming Back to Beale Street Blues competition this morning. The event will be held on June 7 at Jazzbones, and the aim is to pick local a local act to compete in the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge, which is slated for Jan. 20 to 23 in Memphis.

Back to Beale Street Blues Competition lineup

Doors open at 1 p.m. June 7 at Jazzbones

Solo/duo acts

2 p.m. Malcolm Clark

2:30 p.m.

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Blues all-stars come together to celebrate Little Bill Day at the Rialto

March 28 shall henceforth be known as Little Bill Day. So says Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, who delivered said proclamation Saturday night at the Rialto Theatre during a celebration of the life, legacy and music of Little Bill Engelhart, elder statesman of Washington blues and the namesake of seminal Tacoma garage band, Little Bill & the Bluenotes.

Engelhart turned 70 on St. Patrick’s Day. And while he may not be as famous as some of his Tacoma rock peers, he’s a legendary figure in the development of rock and blues in Washington. Fabulous Wailer bassist and former Bluenotes

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Beale Street benefit

The South Sound Blues Association is hosting another fundraiser to send the Michal Miller Band and Son Jack Jr. to the 25th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis next February. It’ll go down on Saturday at Jazzbones, and here’s the lineup:

Fundraiser lineup

7 p.m.: Son Jack Jr

7:45 p.m.: Red Hot Blues Sisters

8:45 p.m.: The Wright Brothers

9:45 p.m.: The Randy Oxford Band

10:45 p.m.: The Brown and Blues Band with Doug Skoog

11:45 p.m.: The Michal Miller Band

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Interview with Indigenous front man Mato Nanji

Mato Naji is singer, guitarist and main songwriter for popular blues-rock band, Indigenous. You can catch him on Nov. 6 at the Paramount with the Experience Hendrix tour. Or you can check out the new Indigenous disc, "Broken Lands," which came out in August and features the band’s new lineup. Click the link below to hear what he had to say about that last bit.


It hasn’t been 100 percent Sonics mania this week. I also took a few minutes to interview Indigenous singer-guitarist Mato Nanji this week. Mostly,

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Sending South Sound Blues winners Back to Beale Street

The South Sound Blues Association sent me details for an upcoming concert that’s been put together to raise cash needed to send the Michal Miller Band and Son Jack Jr. to the International Blues Competition in Memphis next February. Highlights from the press release below:

The South Sound Blues Association presents "Back to Beale Street Blues 2009", a fundraiser concert and dance to help send The Michal Miller Band and Son Jack Jr to the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, in February 2009. The event will be held on Saturday, November 8th at

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