Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wet Willies, Beale St, with The Eric Hughes Band, Friday Night

I'll be performing with The Eric Hughes Blues Band, this coming Friday night, at Wet Willies, on Beale St., Memphis. Eric's latest CD, "Live on Beale St." is doing quite well, and we'll be performing most of the songs from the CD. The show starts at 8...hope ya'll can make it!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Victor Wainwright Blue, Boogie, & Genuine Rock & Roll Review at Wet Willies

I'll Be with Victor, tonight, at Wet Willies, on Beale St., Memphis Starts at 8....hope to see everyone there!

Brandon Santini, from Delta Highway, will be our special guest on Harp!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Beale St. Jug Stompers! Tonight at Wet Willies, Beale St.

I'll be performing with "The Beale St. Jug Stompers" tonight, Nov. 27, starting @ 8, at Wet Willies, on Beale St.

The Beale St. Jug Stompers....I'll be playing with Guy "Jr" Venable, "Memphis" Mike Forrest, and Dennis Flangia.

Come down and hear some music, "Jug Band Style" from the 1920 to 1930's era.

It's acoustic, easy listenin', and a whole lot of fun.

Starts at 8, goes till' 12....Hope to see ya' there!

Dennis Brooks memorial Concert, Sunday, Nov. 29th, at Neil's, Memphis, Tn.


Memphis music veteran Dennis Brooks, a behind-the-scenes industry force, served as a tireless champion of the blues.

"He's someone in the music business that did a lot of people good, without ever calling attention to himself," musician and Beale Street Caravan producer Sid Selvidge said of his friend.

Dennis passed following a heart attack last month. He was 59.

Dennis Brooks

Dennis Brooks

The news of his death shocked friends and comrades in the local and national music communities, and elicited a tremendous outpouring across several blues Web sites and message boards.

The response was a testament to a man who never sought the spotlight for himself.

"He never stood up and took credit for the things he did," Selvidge said. "He was just a real genuine fan of the music and the musicians."

His passion for music, especially Southern blues, took shape in the various roles he played in the community.

Mr. Brooks was one of the key figures behind the Beale Street Blues Society, a longtime member of The Blues Foundation and a frequent judge for the International Blues Competition, as well as board member of the Arkansas Blues Trail Marker Association.

He also served as a concert promoter, manager and booking agent for several popular Memphis blues artist artists, including Billy Gibson, Blind Mississippi Morris, and the late Sean Costello, among others.

The concert is Sunday, November 29, 2009 commencing at 2 p.m. Neil's, 1835 Madison Avenue, Memphis. No Cover charge.

The lineup is as follows:

2 p.m. - Bill Ellis, Tomi Lunsford, Sandy Carroll
3 p.m. - Bobby Lawson Band, David Daniels, Stan Street, Don Cook
4 p.m. - Robert Nighthawks' Wampus Cats, MT Leon, Elmo
5 p.m. - The Hitmen, Sterling Billingsly, John-Alex Mason
6 p.m. - Blind Mississippi Morris, Billy Lavender, Microwave Dave, Phil Durham
7 p.m. - Steve Selvidge, Richard Johnston, Billy Gibson
8 p.m. - Don McMinn, Davis Coen
9 p.m. - Reba Russell Band, Valerie June
9:50 p.m. - The Eric Hughes Band
10:15 p.m. - Jam Session
Silent auction to raise funds for Dennis' headstone.
Please save the date and forward this information to anyone you think would like to attend.

With The Eric Hughes Band at The Rum Boogie Blues Club, Beale St.

Thanks to all who came out to listen and to say hi, this past week, during the three nights of solid blues with the Eric Hughes Band. And thanks to Eric for having me on bass during those three nights!

Eric's new CD is getting a lot of air play, and it was recorded live at The Rum Boogie!

Eric is a regular at The Rum Boogie, so if you haven't experienced The Eric Hughes Band, try to catch his next show.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'll be appearing at Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi, Saturday night, Sept. 19th, with The Eric Hughes Band. Should be a great show!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tennessee FunFest

Victor Wainwright, and his Genuine Rock & Roll, Blues, & Boogie Revue, will be headlining the Tennessee Funfest Main Stage, Saturday evening, starting at 9 pm.

Victor's performance will be the Grand Finale to 3 days of music, brought to you by the Tennessee FunFest

Make your plans to attend this gala event!

Beale St. Music Fest Shows

Victor Wainwright, and his Genuine Rock & Roll, Blues, & Boogie Revue, will be appearing at Wet Willies on Beale St.

Show times are May 1st, Friday evening, For 2 shows, starting at 8.

May 2nd, Saturday, again 2 shows, starting at 4 pm.

Sunday, May 3rd, starting at 2, 2 shows.

Many special guests and friends of Victor's, in town for Musicfest, will show up, and there will be some great performances.

It shaping up to a be a special time on Beale St. and Wet Willies!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The I.B.C. on Beale St, 2009

The Blues Foundation International Blues Competition was held once more on Beale St. Feb. 4th through the 8th.
Always a large turnout, Blues Fans and Musicians from around the world flock to Memphis for the festivities.

I had a chance to renew old acquaintances and friends, and make new ones. The Bands, along with solo and duo acts, were in every Beale St. venue, competing for the honors. I attended many jams, and heard some outstanding Bluesmen and Women.

A highlight of the events was the Piano Summit, held by Victor Wainwright and The Rev. Billy C. Wirtz. Billy and Victor did a great job as usual, with a host of great pianists from all over the world.

The highlight of the night was a spectacular performance by Victor and Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
with some traditional very early renditions of classic piano blues by W.C. Handy, and several other selections.

The event completed with a Jam at Ground Zero Blues club Sunday afternoon, held by Johnny Holiday. Johnny invited me up for a whole set, and Victor Wainwright showed up, and did the last few songs with us. It was a great weekend, and I know all who attended were well pleased.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Victor Wainwright at Huey's Cordova.

For all of those local fans of Victor who don't often make our Beale St. Performances, we will be at the Huey's Cordova location, Sunday evening, January the 18th , starting at 8.

A great opportunity to enjoy The Victor Wainwright Blues & Boogie Review out east, off Beale St.

Come on by for some Blues, Boogie, Brew and Burgers!

Rum Boogie with Delta Highway

Santini and Delta Highway came back to town and did two nights and The Rum Boogie Club. They asked if I could help them out on bass, and it was two nights of some great blues. Their new CD is great, and they just received a Blues Award Nomination. Thanks to Santini, Justin, and Kevin for the gig. Best of luck on their Nomination.

New Years Eve

Well, it was a party at Neil's for the New Years Eve celebration. Reba and Victor put on a great show. We had the full Victor Wainwright Blues & Boogie Review....Greg Gumpel & Josh Roberts on guitars, Dennis Flangia on drums, Andrew Elliege on percussion, Me on bass, and of course Victor on keyboards and vocals. We all had a lot of fun, and Wayne Russell sat in on a few of Reba's original tunes. Thanks to Reba and Wayne Russell for adding to the was a lot of fun.