Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 300 #344)

Rapid Recall!!!

Joe continues to work on the Rapid Recall technique in class by playing essential blues licks and phrases for everyone in the class to play back. We're learning it is challenging to do!

Get on board with this learning tool and take your practice time to a new level!

Pocket Full of Soul!!!

Coming soon to a theater near you! Joe's been working with the producers of the harmonica documentary film, Pocket Full of Soul, filmed in part in our own B1, and there is a screening planned for the Chicago area February 28. See all your favorite harp players on the big screen.

Please note that this screening will only occur if enough people reserve tickets in advance and at the moment, we're 6 tickets shy, so CLICK HERE AND SIGN UP!

AMC Showplace Village Crossing
7000 Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL, 60077
February 28, 7:30pm

Auf Geht's Zum World Harmonica Festival 2013!!!

If you're wondering where you and your harp case should be on October 30, 2013, the answer is Trossingen, Germany for the World Harmonica Festival! It only happens every four years, so don't miss out. Concerts include Rick Estrin & the Nightcats and Filisko & Noden. Full info here: Festival

Workshops, jam sessions und gutes Bier noch dazu. Sure to be a blast!

Sonny Jr. To Visit B1!!!

Remember, we'll have Sonny Jr. visiting classes next Monday. In the afternoon Rhythm and Chording class he'll be talking about Sonny Terry and rhythmic playing and in the 8:00pm Level IV class the discussion will likely turn to amplifiers as he is a premier builder of custom harmonica amps. As he mentions inhis nice note below, he will be available outside of class in the late afternoon to chat and answer questions if you want to catch him.

Come out and learn from this terrific guest!

"Mississippi Heat with my good friend Pierre Lacocque is playing the House of Blues on Tuesday the 26th. Pierre was kind enough to work out where I will open their second set with a solo Sonny Terry-like personal piece, then play the second set with the band. We've played together a few times before at Chan's in Rhode Island. Pierre's been one of my favorite stylist players since hearing the band in the early 80's. I look forward to sharing at Joe's class both on Sonny Terry's way of living through the harp and then amps later on. I'll be available after the 2:30 class to do whatever I can to help.

The last time I played in Chicago was in 1978 with Sonny and Brownie at the Quiet Knight, a few years ago..."

- Sonny Jr.

Chicago Harmonica Meetup!!!

- Join B1 buddy Jim Lucas at this Harmonica Meetup:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tapas 7232
7232 Madison, Forest Park, IL

Come on out for for a great CHM get together at Tapas 7232, the absolute coolest new food and music club in Chicagoland! Tapas 7232 features an attractive (and affordable) food and drink menu, relaxed atmosphere and an inviting live stage. Relax from 7-8 PM with your Meetup friends and enjoy a live harmonica performance from 8-9 PM by three CHM members and our very own blues guitarist Tony French. See you there!

Class Notes
  • Next Monday is the last class of the session. Re-enroll now, or, if you've been away, come back and see us!

More Horton!!!

Hey, this new release features some solid harp playing from George "Wild Child" Butler as well as six previously unreleased tracks featuring Walter Horton too! Get your copy here.

Harp Sale!!!

We've learned there are a few vintage Filisko harps being offered here, if you're interested! They'll apparently go up one at a time.

- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew