Is there any interest, and willingness to work towards reviving the QABF?

20 Sep

Hey folks, The Blues Society had its Monthly Meeting on Thurday Night. And one of the topics raised was the Quincy Area Blues Fest, and it’s possibility for coming back in 2011. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing this happen in 2011, but, some things have to happen first…
First off, we would need more folks willing to dedicate serious time during the upcoming year to help with all the preparations for the event. I’d recommend that folks who are interested in this-let me know, by e-mail, that you’re willing to join the Board of Directors, and are willing to give this a try. If anyone is interested, drop me an e-mail at qabfjerryd at hotmail.com. Warning, there will have to be a lot of changes to make this event more self sustaining, but fresh ideas are welcome…Jerry

Congrats to Kirksville’s BJ ALLEN & BLUE VOODOO!

14 Sep

The MMMWBS would like to congratulate our friends over in Kirksville, BJ ALLEN & BLUE VOODOO. They recently competed in the KING OF THE ROOTS Competition, along with 23 other Bands, for a slot at the ROOTS N BLUES N BBQ FESTIVAL, to be held on Oct. 1st & 2nd in Columbia MO. They pulled off the win, and have won the coveted slot, now scheduled to perform on SUNDAY OCT. 2nd at 11 am, on the MPIX Stage, at 7th and Locust in downtown Columbia MO. They are in some great company, check out the lineup for this fest: http://www.rootsnbluesnbbq.com/

UPDATE on a Blues Artist in need, Robin Rogers

5 Sep

(This story is taken from a Blind Pig Records e-mail)

Robin Rogers hospitalized, and in worse condition than orginally thoughtBlind Pig recording artist Robin Rogers, who was admitted to the hospital on August 18th with serious liver problems, has now been diagnosed with liver cancer.  She was hospitalized for complications caused by Hepatitis C, and a CT scan prior to surgery revealed an untreatable cancerous tumor on her liver.  She is not a candidate for a liver transplant so she has been sent home for hospice care.
There has been a major outpouring of support and care since the announcement of the hospitalization by her husband Tony on Robin’s Facebook page.  Announcements were made of the establishment of a Robin Rogers Medical Trust Fund to cover medical expenses.
However, while this fund will help with astronomical hospital and medical bills, it does not cover other expenses such as hospice care and and basic living expenses.  Robin will not be able to return to the stage, and Tony, her musical partner, will be out of work for the foreseeable future.  Like most musicians, Robin and Tony do not have health insurance and depend on touring income for their livelihood.  Expenses for hospice care, medicine, and everyday living will be extremely high. 

Fans who are interested in providing help directly to the family can donate by sending a check (made out to Tony Rogers) to: Robin Rogers c/o Piedmont Talent Agency, P.O. Box 680006, Charlotte, NC  28216.   In addition, the Charlotte Blues Society has set up a PayPal account, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Robin. PayPal donations can be made on the following webpage: PayPal.
Fans can also help by purchasing CDs from her website: www.robinrogers.com.  Benefits and fundraising efforts are also being organized, and fans can follow developments on a newly created Facebook page: Robin Rogers Benefit Central.
A benefit and silent auction being organized by producer Jim Brock and friend Scott Cable will be held at the Double Door Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 24th.  The day long event will feature performances by Jim Brock, Bob Margolin, the Voodoo Brothers, WSNB, and special guest Sheila Carlisle.  Tickets are only $20.  For further information on starting times or to donate items for the auction, please see the Facebook Benefit page referenced above.  An earlier benefit will also be held at the Double Door, on September 26th, featuring the Cary Sims Trio, Part-Time Blues Band, House on Fire & Monday Night All -Stars.
Rogers is an accomplished singer and talented harmonica player who has emerged over the past few years as a major player in the blues world.  Following the release of her national debut CD, Treat Me Right, she won the 2009 Blues Blast Award for “Best Female Artist.”   Her new CD, Back In The Fire, will be released on September 14th.

Note from Jerry D-I made Robin Rogers new CD-BACK IN THE FIRE, my Blues CD Pick of the Week on Blues-Till-Noon, on 103.9 THE FOX! Why not go to Blind Pig Records website and at least buy a copy of her new disc, as that will help Robin out, (as she-like most Blues Artists have no insurance to help cover these catastrophic expenses), and you’ll also get some great music to listen to and help support Robin & Tony!