The latest session of the LIBS' Blues Education Series -- Music Theory for the Easily Bored, presented by Russell "Hitman" Alexander -- is up. Watch it here or go to our You Tube channel where you can see this one as well as past sessions.
Recording artist, musician, composer, and longtime LIBS member MOTU (Dr. Richard Michelson) is known for his unique guitar style and has been praised for his work with charities. In the latest installment of Blues News read about one of his encounters with world famous musicians
The International Blues Foundation's COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund assists full-time professional blues musicians living in North America who have lost all means of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Long Island Blues Society is part of the IBF.
$200,000 has been distributed since March 2020 to blues musicians to address immediate essential needs such as food, rent/mortgage, utilities, phone and car payments.
For more details and to request funding, click here.
There continues to be a great need for funding to assist blues musicians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider donating to help us help these musicians with emergency needs.
of your donation to the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund goes directly to assist blues musicians.
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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.
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.