There will not be A 2010 Quincy Area Blues Festival…

20 Nov

A Press Release, and notice to the general public,
Supporters and friends of the Quincy Area Blues Festival

It comes with much thought and discussion that we, the Officers of The Board of Directors for the Mid-Mississippi Muddy Water Blues Society,a local 501c3 non-profit Arts Organization, make the following announcement:

Upon reviewing the results of the outcome of the last several years Annual Quincy Area Blues Fest, we as an organization have decided to not host a 2010 Quincy Area Blues Fest. This move is in part fueled by our current economic situation, increasing difficulties of fundraising, a decrease of local attendance, and the event not growing into a more financially self supporting event. We as an organization feel we cannot risk the large financial undertaking that this event requires at this time. If we are to host a festival in 2011, the festival logistics will have to be reworked, to give the event a chance to be a more self supporting festival with stronger local fan support.

Over the past few years, our Societies whole focus has been based solely on working towards funding the annual Festival, and little else. We have always felt that the Festival should not be our Societies sole mission, just one part of it. Ultimately, we have wanted to work towards seeing more Blues Education and Blues awareness in the area. There is now a free Blues music concerts series, live Blues music in other venues, as well as several local radio shows now on the air. We are thrilled with seeing these efforts come about and have success; we have now helped accomplish part of our Societies mission of Keeping the Blues Alive. The local Blues music scene is stronger than it has ever been, and in this fact, we feel a real sense of accomplishment.

We now feel it is time to return towards reviving Blues Music Education to our area schools, with the hopeful return of the Blues in the Schools program to area schools. And we would also like to offer some annual financial support to some area schools music programs in the future, to help young aspiring music students with their pursuit on continuing music education.

Thank you to all of the Sponsors, volunteers, and supporters of this great fest over the past 16 years; you have given many people a wonderful experience to always remember. Though it may seem sad to end one chapter of our Societies history, we are excited in the state of the current local blues scene, and we are ready to begin yet another chapter…

Sincerely,

The President, and Board of the MMMWBS

Thanks for the great time! (At the Blue Note Derby)

16 Nov

We’d like to send out a big thanks to all who helped us out with the 2009 Blue Note Derby. Thanks to the great local Beer Distributors–Budweiser, Coors, and Miller for your items donated to make some pretty cool horses! Also to the other local Businesses who also donated items to decorate the horses, Boyers and Advanced Physical Therapy, as well as the individuals who donated items also. Thanks also goes out to the Businesses and individuals who donated many of the gift certificates used as prizes-Kelly’s, Maya Mexican Restaurant, Papa Murphys Pizza, DD and Janie Fischer, Ben Bumbry, and Jerry Davis. And of course many thanks go out to the many fine folks who worked hard to decorate all 36 of the stick horses used in the event-THEY WERE AWESOME!

We would also like to thank our local media for helping to spread the word of the event. Big thanks also goes out to 103.9 The Fox, and Staradio for running countless spots for the event, and even doing a news spot on WTAD-thank you Jim Dewey and Mary Griffin. Thank you also to Jim Lenz at 90.3, Rodney Hart at the Herald Whig, Y-101, and to everyone else who helped us to promote the event.

Thank you also to our gals who donated the birthday cake for the Blues Societies Birthday-Debbie Davis, Missy Gilmore, and Debbie Davis. And last but not least, thanks go out to Kevin Maddox and Lisa for the great food and service that they provided at the event. Also Ted Tappe & the All-Star Blues Jammers, the sound crew, and of course Turner Banquet Hall for letting use their facility.

This event is in the growing stage, and with the continued help of friends like all of you, we look forward to seeing this event continue to become bigger and better each year.

Don't Forget-Saturday Nite Horse Racing!

4 Nov

This is just a reminder-that the 2nd Annual BLUE NOTE DERBY is Saturday Night, starting at 7pm, at Turner Hall, 926 Hampshire, here in Quincy. Admission is just $3 per person, and $5 per couple, we’ll have live music, and food and drink will be available for purchase. I believe that BBQ pulled pork sandwiches are on the nights menu,though not positive on that-I do know that we’ll have something good there to eat. For more details, CLICK on the “Our Next Big Event-Horse Racing!” posting, on the PREVIOUS POSTING List on the right side of this page. That page displays the story about this event that has been on the front page for awhile, and has more details about the event. COME ONE AND ALL, WE’LL AGAIN HAVE A GREAT TIME!