Remembering a Blues Society friend…

30 Jun

We learned with shock and great sadness of the death of a former Blues Festival volunteer-Joy Wellman’s passing on June 27th. Joy volunteered for several years at the Quincy Area Blues Festival, cheerfully helping wherever we needed her to help. She was young and full of life, which makes this even more of a surprise to know that she is gone from this world. She joins several great folks that we’ve lost over the years-may hers and all of our great Blues Society friends memory continue to shine in everything that we do.

Visitation for Joy Wellman will be held from 4-8pm in the Duker & Haugh funeral home in Quincy, with Services to be held at 10:45am on Friday, and also at 11:30am at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with burial at St Anthony Cemetary. Memorials can be made to the Quincy Humane Society or The Sammy Fund. Condolences may be expressed online at

Blues In The District is Friday Night (and other news)

22 Jun

Just a reminder that the next Free Blues in the District Concert is on Friday Night June 24th,  from 5:30-9:30 down at Washington Park, in downtown Quincy IL. This weeks performer will be “The King of Beale St.” from Memphis TN-PRESTON SHANNON.  He’s a Blues veteran, and I believe you will thoroughly enjoy Preston’s music.

ALSO-this Friday night kicks off the MIDSUMMER ARTS FAIRE-so the park will be totally surrounded by many art vendors. Check them all out during the evening, you’ll be amazed at the talent you’ll see, and most-if not all of them will be selling their goods, so don’t forget to bring your credit cards! The Arts faire will be going on all weekend down at the park-but if you see something you like, chances are someone else does also, so you probably should buy on Friday night-and then bring family and friends down on Saturday or Sunday to show them all of the great Art down at the park…

And lastly, on a different subject. If you are a record-not a CD person, I’ve got some good news for you. Several of the Blues Record labels are re-releasing some of their classic records back on vinyl. Here’s a link to a couple new re-releases of a couple albums on the Blind Pig Label for you, check it out:

Here’s some from Alligator Records also:

And here’s some great vinyl from Delmark too:

This out to be enough to get you to tune up the old turntable….