The 2019 International Blues Blowoff! (The IBB)
Tues Aug 13, 2019 - Downtown Tulsa Hyatt Regency Hotel
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Here's this year's incredible lineup... in no particular order, + more TBA!
RJ Mischo's Red Hot Blues Band (!!!) RJ is a top name on the festival and club circuit. In high demand, he regularly tours all points of the globe and is one of my personal favorites. For good reason he was the Featured Artist the first year I produced the IBB., since then RJ's growing popularity has had the unfortunate side-effect of making him unavailable for a return performance, but this year the stars have finally aligned and I couldn't be more pleased... you will be too! His band will take the stage around 6PM, and afterward back many of the rest throughout the evening.
The Fabulous Sugar Harp! More on him coming soon!
John Long A national treasure in the truest sense, John has been paying dues for over 5 decades on harp, vocals and acoustic guitar. His deep resonant voice and entertaining storytelling always leave you wanting more. Mentored back in the day by Homesick James, Lightnin' Hopkins, Walter Horton, Roosevelt Sykes and more, as a young performer Muddy Waters would have John play for him in his dressing room. He's opened for and played with a seemingly endless list of past and present blues and folk legends including Terry & McGhee, John Hammond, Phoebie Snow, John Prine, Big Mama Thornton, BB King, Howlin' Wolf... it's a safe bet this two-time BMA nominee and 2017 SPAH President's Award recipient will fill the room with a warm soulful authenticity that you rarely experience from any entertainer.
The great Ceaser, the undisputed Soul Man of the harmonica. Don brought down the house on the main stage at last years SPAH convention, he had people literally dancin' on the tables, it was a compellingly polished and energetic performance that sent him to the very top of my wish list for this years lineup. An incredible showman in the vein of James Brown, you'll have to be there at evening's end to see him work his magic as this year's closing act!
Special Guest Cameo's Don't be surprised to learn you've been rubbin' elbows all night with an international artist, there's at least as many in the audience every year as there are on the stage. Not many shows where you can find yourself randomly seated next to bonafide blues & jazz legends and 70's rock stars, many of whom are Grammy, W.C. Handy, BMA and SPAH award recipients.
Peter "Madcat" Ruth Innovator, pioneer and Grammy Award recipient! Madcat possesses a dizzying array of talents. You might see him do anything from old school Vaudevillian entertainment, to great amplified work, to playing lead in a harmonica trio. to playing blues on a "stratolele", right on through to killer fox chases in the tradition of Sonny Terry. In high demand worldwide, back in the 1980's he was the first SPAH awardee from outside of the traditional trio and harmonica band community, it's always a treat when Peter can be available for the IBB.
Mystery Guest(s) I always like to rock the crowd with something unexpected. Sometimes I know who it will be months ahead and just want it to be a surprise, sometimes it's because schedules haven't been confirmed yet. Or, it might be that it's a "Stevie Wonder" level celebrity (it's not Stevie this year) and that if it were announced the venue couldn't possibly hold everyone who wanted a ticket. I do however have a couple names in mind who you'll be pleased to see.
The Grand Finale An Invitational Pro Jam (time permitting) A spectacular mix of the nights entertainers combined with some of the world class players who are out in the audience. With apologies to all hopefuls...this is not an open jam session, but... there are open jams every day and night at the SPAH convention all week long, with many of the above and an amazing array of other pro's hosting and sitting in.
Click HERE for TICKETS and T-SHIRTS Read the short disclaimer at page bottom before purchasing!
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Advance tickets available via Paypal through this website only. Cash only for tickets at the door.
SPAH attendees receive a discount! Proof of membership or convention registration required. Or... you can purchase tickets at the standard rate to further support this event. The IBB donates significantly every year to SPAH's Youth Fund!
SPAH: Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica
The heralded 56 year old 501(c)(3) non-profit. www.spah.org
The night-of tip jar raises funds for SPAH's extensive Youth Programs!
Warning: This is "adult night" in regard to the SPAH convention, irreverent lyrics and general merrymaking may be encountered.
My Four Rule Disclaimer:
1. All ticket sales are final. Extreme circumstances will be considered... late flights, changed plans etc do not qualify for refunds.
2. Lineup and performance order are subject to change at any time. The above artists have confirmed, but with so many coming from so far there can be unforeseen issues. The ticket you purchase is for the IBB itself, due to the above mentioned conditions we can not guarantee that any particular artist will be present. No worries, always a dozen+ world class players in the house who can step in, the talent that comes to the IBB every year is incredibly deep!
3. Do not bring music gear to this event. But... it is SPAH week after all, harmonica cases ok for those with a reasonable expectation of being called to the stage during one of the Showcases or the Grand Finale. Larger items such as amplifiers or guitars will not be allowed through the door.
And #4. Have a ball, but... No Gussing! "Gussing" is an inside term for playing a harmonica in the audience during the show, this practice is considered to be disrespectful. (would you play a guitar in the crowd during a Buddy Guy performance?) Extreme cases subject to ejection without refund.
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