Joe Louis Walker Come Back for More!

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!

It’s Time for the London Jazz & Rib Fest!

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.

Don’t miss the big CD Release party this weekend!

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!

The event will be hosted by The Dave Absalom Project, and even our old pal Mark May will be there. All the information is available here!

Odds Lane At The Tree Bar – Only $5 !!!

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?

Big Blues Reminders & Announcements!!!

Don’t forget…

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!

East Texas Blues rolls into town!

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.

Corey Harris comes to Natalie’s!

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.

If that wasn’t enough to entice you, local acoustic blues wonder Micah Kesselring will also be performing. This a show you don’t want to miss, so head to Natalie’s website now!

Ruthie Foster Comes to Natalie’s!!

This show is SOLD OUT!

This is one show you don’t want to miss! Ruthie Foster is a multi-award-winning & nominated artist that plays all the biggest festivals and the largest theaters around. Now you have the chance to see her in a smaller, more intimate setting, so don’t let it get by!

Be there on February 18th at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza to witness her powerful vocals and soulful guitar work. Table seats are sold out, so grab up those last SRO tickets while you still can. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t!

John Nemeth Returns to Natalie’s

Crazy Mama’s Concerts is bringing the blue-eyed soul, harmonica master John Nemeth back to town! If you missed him last time, here’s your chance to see on of the hottest touring acts in blues.

John takes the stage at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza on Friday, February 10. Get you tickets now while you can. Table seating is still available!

Joe Louis Walker plays Notes!

A true once-in-a-lifetime show – don’t miss your chance to experience an evening of the best blues available, featuring Joe Louis Walker… PLUS Teeny Tucker, PLUS Micah Kesselring!

The show starts of the year right – Saturday January 14, with doors @ 7:30pm at Notes in the Brewery District. Reserved Seating is sold out, but GA tickets are still available. Don’t delay – get yours today!

Innervision takes 2nd place!!!

photo credit: Roger Stephenson

A well-deserved congratulations goes out to Innervision for taking second place at the 2016 IBC solo/duo finals – way to represent, Sam & Genene! But, that’s not all….

Sam was also awarded the IBC’s Best Harp Player, receiving a COMPLETE set of Lee Oskar harmonicas! Very well, done Sam!

Ohio dominates the IBC again!!

Congratulations to Innervision, representing the Columbus Blues Alliance, for making the 2016 IBC Solo/Duo finals!!

Also making the 2016 finals are:

Micah Kesselring (The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society of Marietta)

Sonny Moorman (Cincy Blues Society)

Tee Dee Young (The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society of Marietta)

Congratulations to ALL IBC participants for doing their best and putting on a great show – especially, Columbus’ Band, Deuce ‘n a Quarter, and our Youth Showcase act, Blues Horizon. They made Columbus proud!!

Toys For Tots says “Thanks, Columbus!”

On behalf of the Columbus Blues Alliance, thank you Columbus Ohio for helping us make this year’s Blues For Tots event a fantastic success!!
We collected lots of toys, and lots of money to provide toys for the less fortunate children in central Ohio!

Without our organizers, hosts, and sponsors, this event would not be possible: Jim & Nita Biersdorf & Biersdorf Floors, Roadhouse 66 & David Wickline, WCBE 90.5 FMGuitar Center, Music Go Round, & Columbus Percussion

Lastly, a special thanks to all the volunteers that came together to help out!