Our first session, "Become Friends With Your Fretboard" aired tonight on the Long Island Blues Society's Facebook page. Got an idea for a session? Got some skills you would like to share? We are doing this monthly and welcome all members who want to pitch in. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
The Long Island Blues Society's Blues Harmonica Guild is holding its first major online event!
The Blues Harmonica Guild is a free member benefit for members of the Long Island Blues Society.
Blue Roots and The Hideaways harmonica ace Scott Micchiche has always been known for having a big, fat, full tone. He's one of my favorite players and every time Scott takes to the bandstand, you know you are going to hear lowdown greasy harp. So when we formed the Blues Harmonica Guild, Scott was one of the first players we contacted to come join us and share some of the tips and tricks he's picked up over the years.
Players of all ability levels will benefit from this event. Don't miss Scott's presentation!. Keep checking here for the Zoom link, it will be ready soon.
Join us. Become part of the blues scene on Long Island. Member discounts, shows, loads of fun!
LIBS President Ray Hauck has decided to follow Horace Greeley's advice (maybe he said it, maybe he didn't) and go west. Ray has decided to pursue new opportunities in California and his presence will be sorely missed here.
"Harmonica Bill" Lifford will take the reins. Click below for BIll's statement.
Our quest for Long Island's Best Self-Produced Blues CD is underway
If you or your band released a CD between Nov. 1, 2019, and Oct. 31, 2020,-- and are a Long Island Blues Society member -- you are eligible to submit your CD. You can apply for membership when submitting your CD if you are not a current member.
The winning CD will be submitted to The Blues Foundation in Memphis for consideration in the 2021 Blues Challenge.
To enter send 4 CD's to the LIBS, must be received on or before Sep. 14th, 2020 (winner will be required to submit 4 more to be sent to The Blues Foundation in Memphis).
The Long Island Blues Society
P.O. Box 378
Centereach, NY 11720
Judges will evaluate each submitted CD on the following characteristics. The criteria considered are listed in order of importance:
(1) Blues Content;
(2) Musical Performance;
(3) Audio Quality and Production Value of the Recording;
(4) Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design;
(5) Credits and Liner
To read about last year's winner, Mark Newman, click here.
For the rules of the International challenge, click below
Messin' with the kid is one thing. Messin' with a pandemic is a different story.
We are putting off the Long Island Blues Challenge until we think it is safe to gather in large crowds and celebrate the blues as it should be celebrated. Stay tuned for news about the where and when of the next challenge.
"This was a difficult decision and I’m sure that you share in our disappointment that we are unable to go ahead with the Challenge," said LIBS President Ray Hauck. "With all the uncertainty and many Blues Societies across the country already pulling out, we feel it's the best thing to do at this time. Everyone's personal safety and well being is first and foremost. We also want to make sure that whoever goes to Memphis to represent our region has the absolute best experience possible and right now we are not able to provide that."
Hauck added that band and solo/duo entrants' current registrations for the 2020 Challenge would be held over for the 2021 Challenge.
Stuck inside the house eating your way through the Phases 1, 2, 3, and whatever of the great Coronavid-19 Lockdown? Maybe all this munching can pay off.
Not in money, but in prestige, fame, honor and with the eternal gratitude of hungry blues fans.
The Long Island Blues Society is accepting submissions for quick, delicious, easy, did I mention delicious? recipes to be featured in a LI Blues Society Cookbook. Hopefully soon to be on sale at a blues gig near you.
It can be an appetizer, side dish or main dish. Meat, veggies, tofu, radishes, all are welcome here. The total prep and cook time should be no longer than 30 to 60 minutes. We want to cook and eat like we live -- fast and tasty.
Each submission selected -- yes, sorry to say all submissions might not make the cut -- will be in the cookbook with a photo of the band/individual and a photo of your dish. We will also ask the band/individual whose dishes are in there to sign a copy or five to be raffled off at upcoming Long Island Blues Society events.
The goal here (c’mon, you knew there was a goal) is to raise money and bring awareness to the Long Island Blues Society
So, don’t delay! Act Now! Operators are standing by! Type ‘em up and send ‘em in. Don’t forget to include a full list of ingredients and email the recipe to email@example.com.
Some of the recipes and bands will be featured on the Cooking with Pammy Show (LIBS board member Pamela Betti’s cooking show). Let’s get cooking!!! Thank you!!
M.C. Records announces that it is selling cotton face-masks. 20% of the purchase price goes to The Blues Foundation COVID-19 Blues Emergency Relief Fund. More dets are here: https://mc-records.com/m-c-records-releases-re-usable-mask…/
Enjoy this year's virtual awards show
Long Island Blues Society Solo/Duo rep Felix Slim was second IN THE WORLD after the final round of the International Blues Challenge held Saturday at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis.
He also won won a complete set of Lee Oskar harmonicas after blowing away (see what I did there) the competition on the blues harp.
Inspired? We are getting ready for 2021. The Long Island competition is scheduled June 7 at the Warehouse in Amityville (see below).
For the rules and the registration forms, click here.
Blues society President Ray Hauck, and members Tony Davenport, Felix Slim and Jack Maher take a day trip to Clarksdale, Miss. You can feel the blues on these streets.