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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
photo credit: Roger Stephenson
Sam was also awarded the IBC’s Best Harp Player, receiving a COMPLETE set of Lee Oskar harmonicas! Very well, done Sam!
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!!
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 FM, Guitar Center, Music Go Round, & Columbus Percussion
Lastly, a special thanks to all the volunteers that came together to help out!