If you like your blues old-school, down home & on the porch, then Roy Book Binder is your man! He hung out with Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson, and Robert Lockwood. He toured with Arthur Big Boy Cruddup, Hot Tuna, and JJ Cale. He’s the real deal and is making his third visit to Natalies in three years. Get your tickets now for the show on August 24!
The Blues Hall of Fame inductee and 4-time BMA winner, Joe Louis Walker, returns to Notes for another outstanding performance! Come experience this guitar master at the hippest of downtown music venues – Notes (Copious) – an intimate but not-too-large joint with great food & drinks! Joe Louis’ resume’ would fill this entire space, so you’ll just have to judge for yourself. Anna Z opens the show at 8:00pm on Saturday, August 21!
What can really be said about Teeny Tucker that you don’t already know? Not much, most likely. Whether you’ve seen her or not, a Teeny show is always a must-see event! Come out this Friday, August 18 & get your groove on with the one and only Queen of the blues in the capital city. You won’t be sorry you did!
Come on out to downtown London this weekend and load up on ribs & the best in music. This year’s headliners are Harper & Midwest Kind, and Inner City Blues Band! Set up right in the middle of old downtown London, there’s lots to see & do. There’s even a classic car & hot rod show! Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking in the area.
Come on out to Canal Winchester this weekend and load up the best ribs & the best in blues music. This year’s headliners are Albert Castiglia, and Jane Lee Hooker! Set up right in the middle of old downtown Canal Winchester, this is one of the area’s best! Admission is free and there’s tons of parking very close by the festival area.
Don’t forget this weekend is Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest. This year you can catch Ohio’s own Queen of the Blues, Teeny Tucker! (July 23) Also appearing is the R&B/Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (July 23), so come on out & have some hot ribs with your cool music!
Did you hear the news? Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters are coming to town – with their fists up to fight cancer! The annual Project Blues Review, which features multiple artists performing a one-time-only show to benefit cancer prevention & detection (learn more about Project Blues on their website) has done it again. Each year, their headliner is just someone you don’t the chance to see very often – and this year is the biggest!
In addition to a very rare appearance of the one and only Ronnie Earl, you can see performances by Bob Margolin, the Texas Horns, John Del Toro Richardson, Tom Holland, Lenny Fatigati, & Bobby Floyd. That’s a whole lotta great music!
The 2009 IBC band winner & best guitarist – JP Soars & the Red Hots – roll into town with guest Sean Carney (2007 IBC band winner & best guitarist) for a special show at Copious/Notes, hosted by Sean Carney’s Blues For a Cure!
This is a rare chance to see two greats in one night, on stage together! July 13 @ Notes. Tickets are $10 day of show & $20 for reserved seating.
$2 BBQ PULLED CHICKEN SLIDERS!
50 CENT WINGS WITH OUR SIGNATURE HOUSE MADE FRESNO TABASCO SAUCE!
$5 LOCAL DRAFT BEERS!
The Wexner Center for the Arts will be screening the 1976 film about Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter (and Blind Lemon Jefferson) on July 6th at 7pm. While the film, starring Roger Mosley may not be 100% historically accurate, it’s an excellent movie and the music is terrific!
BONUS – members of the Columbus Blues Alliance are eligible for the Wexner Center Members’ discount (select Wexner Members discount when purchasing your tickets)! Yet another reason to become a member of the CBA!
Thanks to Crazy Mamas Concerts, we get to see one of the most dynamic performers & incredible blues singers around – Danielle Nicole!! The former vocalist/bassist of the amazing, IBC-winning band Trampled Under Foot is out on her own. Don’t miss your chance to catch this sultry-voiced, BMA-winning soul blues singer – what else do you have to do on a Sunday, anyway?!
The “Blues From Your Hometown CD release party is a must-see event! It’ll be packed with all your favorite central Ohio blues musicians. You can even pick up your own copy of this great CD!
Come check out the eclectic blues of Odds Lane at the Tree Bar. The Bongo Boy Records artists mix in a little of everything with their blues/funk/roots sound. This special show also features Micah Kesselring, and Mill Street Blues opening up the show.
Did we mention this is show is ONLY $5?! Why would you miss it?
Whether you like you blues to be rockin’ or a little bit of blues in your rock ‘n roll, Albert Cummings is what you’re looking for. A hard-working, always touring bluesman that has played with all the legends and always entertains, with a killer band. Don’t miss him on March 22 at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is returning to Natalie’s on July 19th. If you missed him the last time, now is your chance to make up for that oversight. If you like your blues hard & full of grit, then this show is it!
This is Alvin Youngblood unlike what you’re used to seeing – Muscle Theory takes his authentic old-school blues into the modern age and turns the volume up to 11! If you only know the country-blues acoustic side of Alvin, this is a show you don’t want to miss – March 19 @ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
The 2017 Columbus Blues Challenge will take place at King Avenue 5. The date is June 11, 2017. That right – we’ve moved the date to a far earlier time of the year, to allow our IBC representatives more time to book hotels and raise money for the trip to Memphis! All the details (including applications) are available now – CLICK HERE
An all-new, redesigned Columbus Blue-zine (your weekly Blues News) is on the way! The new ezine will require all our loyal readers to confirm they wish to continue receiving it. This Sunday, everyone will receive a special email from us with links for re-subscribing/confirming your email address. Follow the link and remain in the know for local blues! Members that have paid their dues online are automatically added to the new ezine, but we may still need to send you an opt-in email later.
The Columbus Blues Alliance now has a new Bylaws document! If you’re interested in how we govern ourselves and conduct our business, check out the new Bylaws on our “About Us” page!
There is no longer a separate page for the Weekly Jams & Shows – they have been moved to the Live Music page! We don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner, but now checking out ALL the live music is much more convenient!
THIS SHOW WAS MOVED TO APRIL 21 – IT’S STILL ON!!!
The second show of the Ballroom Breakout series at the Valley Dale Ballroom will feature Columbus’ own Terry Davidson & The Gears, soul screamer Barrence Whitfield, and the one and only, original Whammer Jammer – Magic Dick! This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime show. Get your tickets now!
Grammy-nominated east Texas blues & roots artist Randy McAllister will be performing at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza on February 22. Sure, we’ve all seen singing frontmen, singing harp players as front men, & the occasional drummer front man – but have you seen a drummer that sings, plays harp AND puts his kit at the front of the stage laying down a groove so gritty you can feel it?
Well, now you can! Come check out Randy & pick up a copy of “Fistful of Gumption” while you’re at it.
Looking for an evening of the best acoustic blues? Get your tickets now to see Corey Harris on February 19! He’s a modern practitioner of country blues that has garnered him a MacArthur Fellowship and an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College.