Joe was back in class and teaching about how to play over a minor blues. This is great instruction for surviving a jam situation where they throw a minor song at you, so spend some time with Joe's handouts and practicing to the play-along tracks.
Chicago Blues Harp Bash #3 Tickets Go On Sale!!!
Tickets to our Chicago Blues Harp Bash #3 are on sale! We're thrilled to have living legend Jerry Portnoy headlining our show. Get your tickets now before they sell out!
The Bash will also feature local harp players Shoji Naito (with special guest Willie Buck on vocals), Highway RickEy, Harry Garner, Lamont Harris and Kirk Manley, all backed by the amazing Billy Flynn Band.
Events like the Bash and guest appearances in class happen because of great financial support from those of us in the class and our friends, so buy tickets and spread the word! The Bash is on Facebook at: ChicagoBluesHarpBash. Tell everyone about it!
(Note that Jerry will also be in B1 as a special guest on Monday, September 13, 2010, 8:00pm.)
Time to Plan for SPAH Convention!!!
The annual harmonica convention put on by SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) is coming up August 17-21 in Minneapolis. This is always a great time because you get wonderful access to lots of other great players from around the world. The pros are there and open to talk and help...or to just make music together. There are well-taught seminars all day, performances at night and the blues jam goes into the wee hours! Book yourself a room at the convention hotel and stock up on caffeine and scotch!
Joe runs a popular "teach-in" at the convention where world-class players, teachers, harp customizers and mic makers sit at tables and answer your questions. Here's this year's fabulous teach-in lineup:
Cara Cooke with Lonnie Joe Howell Grant Dermody Kirk "Jellyroll" Johnson Dennis "Mr. Microphone" Oellig PT Gazell James Conway Dennis Gruenling Johnny "B" Bishop Chris Michalek David Barrett Steve Baker Michael Peloquin Jerry Devillier
Jason Ricci started a tradition at SPAH conventions of hosting a Tuesday evening blues show called "The Blowoff" at a local club. This year our very own Buzz Krantz will be hosting. There are great blues harp players on the schedule and sure to be others dropping by to sit in. Don't miss this show!