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The Magic City Blues Society is a 501 (c ) (3) organization that was founded on January 10, 1993. At that time there was a small group of people who wanted to do more to bring the Blues to Birmingham. It all came together at about the same time that the citizens of the community living under the shadow of the world’s largest iron statue, Vulcan, protested the bare butt that Vulcan so proudly displayed.

Today, the membership of the Magic City Blues Society has grown from a select few to over 100. And if you are reading this and not a member, WE WANT YOU!!! The purposes of the Magic City Blues Society are, and not limited to:

To encourage the performance of the BluesTo encourage the preservation of the BluesTo develop an appreciation of the Blues within the communityTo participate in other charitable, literary, or cultural activities within the community consistent with the purposes of the Society.

Blues Music is very much a part of Southern life and history, deserving recognition as a valid and historical folk art form.

The Society hosts a variety of events throughout the year, bringing in national acts as well as supporting our local musicians. From events like Junkyard Juke, the Phelan Park Music Series, the Blues Ball, and Blues Stages (our house concert series), the Magic City Blues Society is working hard to promote our mission to preserving the Blues.

And as for Vulcan, he still proudly watches over our city with a bare butt!

The Magic City Blues Society is keepin’ the Blues alive in the ‘Ham – Nothin’ Butt the Blues!!!!

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Todd Eckstrom, 
Roger Stephenson, 
Vice President 
Gianna Turner,
Francesca Mereu,

John Braswell,
Board at Large
Brent Lambiotte,
Board at Large
Tara Sabree,
Sharon Otey,
Board at Large

From the Prez

Well fellow blues lovers, it has been a July to remember. We have had so many great events!!!

We have the following events coming up in August!!!

Aug 3rd Bridget Kelly Band at the B.O.S.S Ultra Lounge. Many of you have seen this band at Daniel Day and this is the first time we are working with this venue. Please come out and support them.

Aug 9th Kenny Neal at Iron City. The good folks at Iron City also put together a package for the Blues Society:seated Balcony seats for the same price as General Admission. We are currently sold out of all Balcony tickets we purchased up front, but plenty of General Admissions seats are still available from Iron City. I put this out in a direct email and on social media and our allotted tickets went fast. Kenny has a good following in the Blues Society and we look forward to this show.

Aug 10th Roadhouse at the Red Wolf. $10 at the door. If you have not been to the Red Wolf you are missing one of the gems in Birmingham; and I am kind of partial to Miss Reita. Ain’t no Party like a Red Wolf Party. Truer words were never sung.

Aug 17th. Sam Frazier is opening for Mustache The Band at Iron City.

Aug 24th and 25th Black Belt Roots and Folk Festival

Aug 31st Johnny Shines Blues Festival.

Please try to remember how lucky we are to be living and working in this musical hub. The Magic City Blues Society has become well known nationally by touring bands as a must stop on their tours.


Now onto some housekeeping. I am a quarter of the way (7 months) through my 2 year term. I might have underestimated the amount of behind the scenes work that is required to keep this ship afloat. The Phelan Park Music Series is moving forward through all the red tape. The Blues Ball is undergoing big changes/improvements.


None of our past or future events would be available to the people of Birmingham without the hard work of the Magic City Blues Society Board of Directors. All these people volunteer their time and talents because of their love of the music. I am proud to be associated with them.


That being said we can always use more help. Recently we have had a couple more volunteers join our monthly meetings. This has been very helpful. As always the Board Meetings are open to the public and all input is welcome.


Some feedback we have had is that we dont do enough for local bands. So to remedy that issue we are having a couple of BlueStages events featuring local talent in the near future to see how they do. We are also looking at having an all local entertainment package at this years Blues Ball.


In some of my conversations with local musicians, they seem to agree we could do more, but they dont offer any specific ideas on what that looks like. Recently Miss Tara Sabree (First Runner Up at the Battle of the Blues Bands) has joined the MCBS as a Committee Chair to help drive Membership. Her input from the viewpoint of an artist is invaluable to the Board. And before any concerns are raised that she had an inside track at the BOBB, I know for a fact that she had never even met any of the Judges, and the Judges did not know she was involved until I asked everyone to join us on the stage at the end of the show.


I have also heard that some musicians feel that being directly involved with the Blues Society is something of a conflict of interest. The feeling of the Board is this could not be farther from the truth. The MCBS can only survive if we have a diverse and vibrant Board of Directors. This being said we want input from all areas that we deal with. This includes Fans, Artists, Venue Owners and any other interested parties.   


Like any other organization, the people that show up get to vote on what direction we go. The more people involved, the more we can do.


Please feel free to share this email with anybody and everybody.


Thanks for Supporting the Magic City Blues Society and Live Music.

Todd Eckstrom
Prez Magic City Blues Society

Congratulations Rita!!!

Honorary Member of the Magic City Blues Society!!!