Renowned Bassman Sly Geralds will be leading this week’s session of the Long Island Blues Society’s Blues Education Series titled “It’s All About the Blue Bass.”
The live session on our Facebook page will cover line construction, time feel (the groove), and soloing on the bass.
Sly has played in a wide range of styles with a long list of world-famous names – Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Vivino, Al Green, Levon Helm, Maceo Parker, Cyndi Lauper, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Drifters, the Coasters, and Del Shannon – to name just a few.
Bass players might not want to miss this one. And, you know what? All players could probably pick up something from a session like this.
Click here for the first two sessions in the series.
The fun begins at 7:30 pm Tuesday evening (Dec. 1).
The second session of the LIBS Blues Harmonica Guild available on our You Tube page.
The Zoom session, titled Getting Started with 1st Position Blues Harmonica was hosted by Blues Society President Harmonica Bill Lifford and Diane Kelly, who leads the Society's Harmonic Guild.
If you missed the first session, see it here.
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.
Go here to donate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.