Need a pick-me-up after the Soulard Blues Cruise?
Then come to the All-Star Blues Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Great Grizzly Bear, 1027 Geyer Ave. in Soulard. It’s all part of the St. Louis Bluesweek Festival that continues with free concerts Memorial Day weekend.
Bob “Bumblebee” Kamoskeand the Stingers will host a sit-in jam session, and Bob Case and friends will entertain acoustically. Admission is $15 at the door.
The menu includes eggs, bloody Marys and the Blues.
The 11-day second annual St. Louis Bluesweek Festival continues this week in St. Louis.
On tap: workshops events with local experts who will share their knowledge, perspective and playing techniques with attendees, a “Blues Cruise” through the streets of Soulard
and the Second Annual Blues Awards.
- Harp Workshop, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 at Off Broadway at Lemp and Broadway. Fee: $8. Adam Andrews of the Bottoms Up Blues Gang hosts the workshop that will also feature Sandy Weltman, Eric McSpadden, and Rockin Jake . They will teach their own unique style of playing the harmonica. An Allstar Jam Session follows the workshop. Participants should bring their own harps to get the most out of the night.
- Guitar Workshop, 7-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups. Fee: $10. Rich McDonough, Tom Hall, Tom Maloney, and Mike Newman will give lessons in slide, blues rock, and Americana blues.
The “Blues Cruise” is set to “sail” through the streets of Soulard making its way between 10 legendary venues where visitors can catch performances by some of the best Blues bands in the country. Purchase a wristband ($10 each per night) at any participating club and for access to the shuttles and all the shows for one low price. The “cruise” is from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The second annual Saint Louis Bluesweek Awards will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 at Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop. The event is free to attend. Honoree: Chuck Berry who will receive the St. Louis Blues Society Life Time Achievement Award. Other St. Louis Blues legends will receive awards in various categories.
If you love blues, this weekend’s for you.
As part of the 11-day second annual St. Louis Bluesweek Festival, you can hear (and watch) some of the biggest names in blues today perform for free on Washington Avenue at 6th Street.
Here’s Friday’s schedule:
- 6 p.m., Country Road Blues: Tom Hall & Boss Hall
- 7 p.m., Uptown Blues: Stacy Mitchhart Band with Renee Smith & Skeet Rodgers
- 8:30 p.m., River City Blues: Mike Zito Band with Marquise Knox
- 10 p.m. Deep Blues: Silvercloud & Big George Brock
- 2 p.m., Jazz Masters, Willie Akins, Dave Black, Kevin Gianino, Marc Torlina, Peter Schlamb, Erika Johnson, Keith Moyer
- 3:30 p.m., Sax and Soul: Jim Stevens, Anita Rosamond backed by Good 4 The Soul
- 5 p.m., : Rockin Rhythm & Blues: Eric “Guitar” Davis, Alvin Jett, Billy Barnett, Big Mike Aguirre
- 6:30 p.m.: Barbara Carr, Boo Boo Davis, David Dee backed by the Soulard Blues Band
- 8 p.m., St. Louis Kings of Rhythm: Brian Casserli, Eric McSpadden, Sandy Weltman, Rich McDonough & the St. Louis Social Club
- 9:30 p.m., Marsha Evans, Roland Johnson, Vince Martin, Amos Brewer backed by The Coalition.
The Festival is only one event in a series of blues events that kicked off with a Blues Society Cocktail Reception last night.
Other events include :
- An All Star Blues Brunch Sunday
- A Blues history panel discussion Monday
- Blues workshops Wednesday and Thursday
- The Soulard Blues Cruise next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3 (two nights/10 bars/20 bands; a $10 wristband get you into all the bars and on the shuttles)
- The second annual Blues Awards, Sunday, Sept. 4
See a complete schedule of events.