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Observations From The Prez!!!

Tara Sabree  | Published on 8/1/2019

Well fellow blues lovers, it has been a July to remember. We have had so many great events lately. Let’s recap.

June 29th Our own Miss Tara rocked the Red Wolf Lounge, no surprise there.

July 6th Jontavious Willis and Andrew Ali made everyone at the last show in the Black Box Theater at SCAC feel like we were sitting in their front room enjoying a jam session. The 2Blu Duo opened for an appreciative crowd. Both these acts never fail to impress.

July 13th Lauren Mitchell and her band caused spontaneous dancing by a raucous crowd in Francesca’s front room. Always a crowd pleaser. They will be back at the Daniel Day Gallery on Aug 25th. This will be the return leg of a 10K, 6 week tour of the Midwest and Northeast.

July 14th E.G. Kight put on an amazing acoustic performance at Paul’s house. She had so much fun that she joined the MCBS. Many thanks for her contribution to our cause.

July 14th A good friend of the MCBS was inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame. Our own Jock Webb. He is a true modern day Bluesman, and could not be more deserving of this honor. He gives back to the Blues Community daily and we are a much better group for having him as a member.

July 20th Clarence Carter made a rare appearance at Roscoe’s to an adoring crowd. He is 83 years old and still has it. As soon as he came on it was like a time warp. Seemed like the average age of the crowd dropped by 40 years. Everyone knew the lyrics but at the same time the energy was like they were hearing them for the first time. Thank you Charlotte for organizing this. It will be remembered for a long time.

July 21st Battle of the Blues Bands at Iron City. What can I say? This event was a perfect example of what a small, committed group of dedicated people can accomplish. Thanks to all the volunteers. We had 10 acts participate and they all gave their very best. Rob Harris took the award (the second year in a row) for the Solo Act. Skyler Saufley and the 99th Degree will represent in the Band Category. I know they will represent Birmingham well at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2020.  As always thanks to the good people at Iron City. Their support is invaluable to the Magic City Blues Society.

July 27th The ageless Bobby Rush rocked the stage at Iron City. The man never slows down. It’s an amazing thing to see a performer his age that demonstrates the passion and joy for the music.  


Some of you may be thinking that all these shows are somehow the same.  This is nowhere close to being the case. Each and every event was unique to the artist. They each bring their passions and talents to the show with them!!!

We're looking forward to a great August!!!
Todd Eckstrom
Prez Magic City Blues Society