Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 136 #180)

Not One Note!

The Old Town School of Folk Music is closed again this week for summer break. It's a good time to be working on your talking blues tunes for Joe's upcoming contest scheduled for October 5. Contest rules are included in this newsletter.

Remember: harmonica classes resume August 31, so sign up today!

There's Always Live Music Out There!

When you're done practicing, catch some live harmonica shows in and around Chicago this week including Morry Sochat & The Special 20s, Shoji Naito with Eddy Clearwater, and two shows featuring our own Joe Filisko with Eric Noden! Check the YMM calendar at www.youmissedmonday.com for event details.

Talking Blues Contest News!

Here are things to keep in mind for the talking blues contest slated for October 5:

  • Contest is open to all Level III and Level IV students as well as private lesson students.
  • The song should be harmonica-driven.
  • Some singing is ok, but the idea is to do a talking blues so everyone can participate.
  • Produce an entertaining performance.
  • Bonus for originality.
  • Joe is "highly considering" an honorable mention prize!
  • You should make use of the B1 band -- know how to communicate to them what you want.
  • Remember, you are competing with yourself. Joe is looking for a winning performance that shows you've pushed yourself and grown. Find your inner showmanship and put on a memorable performance!

Class Notes

Do you have your Chicago Blues Harp Bash tickets yet? They're available at the Bash website. Patron and Platinum reserved seating are also available. Get yours soon so you don't miss this great show!

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- Kirk Manley, B1 Blues Crew (in for Grant Kessler)