NOTES:  ONLINE ticketing closes mid-afternoon Friday Aug 11.         Tickets available at the door, there are still a few VIP seats remaining. (closer to the stage)  

The 2017 International Blues Blowoff!  (The IBB)   Tues Aug 15, 2017 - Downtown Hyatt Regency - 100 E 2nd St Tulsa OK
Held in support of the 54th annual SPAH convention.      Doors at 6pm

Here's this year's incredible lineup...

"The Caretakers" at 6:15   IBB artists starting at 6:30 (ish)    Lineup subject to change

Joe Filisko w/Eric Noden - Chicago   The world's premier harmonica customizer and GREAT player specializing in pre-war blues.  Yep, the very same Joe Filisko whose signature is on the box of some high end Hohner products, and who runs the always amazing Filisko teach-in at the SPAH convention.  Joining Joe on guitar & vocals is his duo partner Eric Noden... world class stuff here!

Ronnie Shellist - Colorado   Widely acclaimed as one of the finest traditional blues players anywhere.  You may recognize Ronnie as the original host of Hohner's traveling Road Show, from his popular Youtube teaching seminars, his earlier time as a Suzuki harmonica rep, or his hamonica123 website.  Ronnie is also the closer for the Thursday night blues program at this year's SPAH convention.

Michael D'Eath   SPAH President will perform with his wife Brenda in 'Him & Her'... a Texas Hill Country favorite!

Tim Gonzalez - Nashville  Great session player who brings a Latin fusion twist and infectious enthusiasm to the blues Community.  Tim made his first IBB appearance last year in San Antonio... and is back by popular demand.

John Long - Missouri   A national treasure in the truest sense, John has been at it for over 5 decades on harp, vocals and acoustic guitar.  His deep resonant voice and great storytelling will take you back to the era of well worn juke joints and hobo's riding the rails.  John is heading for his first European tour, and was recently nominated (for the 2nd time) for a Blues Music Award. 

The SPAH Young Guns Showcase  -  Loaded every year with highly talented young players.  (Annual Must See!)

Koei Tanaka - Japan   This cat is a MONSTER jazz player, performs in big venues worldwide, and will be the Sat night closer at this year's SPAH convention!  One of Suzuki Harmonica's finest, Koei is back at SPAH after last years absence.  Jaw dropping virtuosity on both the diatonic and chromatic harmonica.

Bertram Becher - Germany   Adding to the international flavor of this event, Bertram is coming from Germany as one of the Seydel team.  Some serious blues & boogie chops here, this will be Bertram's second time on the IBB stage.

Jimi Lee - Austin TX   The highly regarded triple threat out of Austin.  Jimmy will be performing naked... (i.e. solo), with acoustic guitar, rack harmonica and his trademark silky smooth vocals.  You'll be treated to a jazzy, Frank Sinatra/Billie Holliday-esque take on the blues which stretches well beyond the traditional 1-4-5 forms.

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 Grammy, W.C. Handy, BMA and SPAH award recipients.

Bernesto & Little Joe - Tulsa   I saw Little Joe McLerran playing guitar & singing on a rooftop during a recent trip to Tulsa, and was just plain knocked out.  "Bernesto" is legendary Tulsa harmonica ace David Berneston, turns out that he and Little Joe tour internationally and perform in festivals across the US, both together and with others.  They're adding a bass to make this the only trio of the evening.

Deak Harp - Clarksdale Mississippi   Deak is a unique one-of-a-kind hybrid acoustic/amplified act with BIG tone.  One of those rare acts you can't quite classify, but so compelling that you are left wondering why the blues labels aren't beating down his door...  I say that needs to change, and that you'll agree within just a few minutes of the start of his set.

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 will be many open jams at the SPAH convention all week long, with an amazing array of the worlds best sitting in.

Always a killer group of musicians in the IBB house band.  Notable this year are past rhythm section players for Taj Mahal and Eric Clapton!  Fronted by yet another Tulsa harmonica legend Junior Markham + the great Charles Tuberville on Guitar.


Get your 2017 tickets early, VIP section is projected to sell out!
An unreliable club manager created the need for the 11th hour venue change.  We'll be in the Tulsa Ballroom in the Downtown Tulsa Oklahoma Hyatt Regency (The SPAH convention hotel).  Large raised stage, festival quality pro sound and lights, I think you'll approve!

Seats for this incredible 5 1/2 hour extravaganza still only $25 

VIP seating is available for an extra $10.  I'm saving the front 4 rows (18 seats per row) for those who desire to further support this event. Possibly one or two more rows if demand is high, but no more, VIP's may sit anywhere within this section.  Along with being "up close & personal" with the artists, I am also designating three of the banquet tables closest to the stage as reserved for use by the VIP's. 

SPAH attendees can receive a generous $10 discount!  Proof of membership or convention registration required.  Or purchase tickets at the standard rate to further support this event.  

Dining   There will be a nice selection of wraps, sandwiches, salads, whole fruit, beverages, snacks and soup available at reasonable prices.  Please arrive hungry and order from inside the ballroom (rather than the hotel restaurant upstairs) in order to help cover the sales minimum imposed by the caterer.  There will be a bar inside the ballroom offering beer, wine and mixed drinks.  Tables are available in the ballroom to accommodate those ordering meals.

New for 2017   Our friend Rupert Oysler at Seydel Harmonica is providing a nice item as a door prize. Must be present at show's end to win.   I will be adding a couple items as well. 

Randy Landry of Lone Wolf Blues and Greg Heumann of Blows Me Away will have sponsor tables, and will also be in SPAH's vendor area starting the next day.  Stop by and say hello to them.

SPAH:  Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica
The heralded 54 year old 501(c)(3) non-profit.

The tip jar at the IBB raises funds for SPAH's extensive Youth Programs!

All ages permitted, but be aware that the IBB is an adult oriented event.  Irreverent language/lyrics and general merrymaking may be encountered. 

  My Four Rule Disclaimer:

1.  No Gussing!   
"Gussing" is a term for playing a harmonica in the audience during the show, this practice is considered to be disrespectful to the artists.  Extreme cases subject to ejection without refund
2.  All ticket sales are final.   Extreme circumstances will be considered... late flights, changed plans etc do not qualify for refunds.      
3.  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! 

4.  Do not bring music gear to this event.   But... it is SPAH 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.  

Use the form below to join the event mailing list or to request general info about the IBB.  Please be specific as to what you're asking for.  

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