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.