Thursday, September 21, 2023

Casselberry's Lake Concord Park Concert Series Presents Fall Fests - Latin Jazz in October and Blues in November!

Good Times and
Great Music in
the Park!

Saturday, October 7,  2023 | 5-9pm, FREE!
Latin Jazz & Art Fest

The Pedrito Martinez Group will headline Casselberry’s Latin Jazz and Art Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Lake Concord Park behind City Hall at 95 Triplet Lake Drive.

Martinez, born in Havana, Cuba and began his music career at the age of 11, is a multiple Grammy-nominated drummer who has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Sting and contributed to more than 100 albums. Marsalis said this about Martinez: “Pedrito is a genius. … Working with him has been a revelation to me.”

Just a few years ago, Martinez and legendary guitarist and singer Eric Clapton recorded a newly arranged version of Clapton’s song “My Father’s Eye” for Martinez’s album. They then toured throughout the United States together.  

Martinez’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation of his band and self-titled album released in 2013. That album was nominated for a Grammy and was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of the Year and the Boston Globe critics Top Ten Albums of 2013.

Before Martinez hits the stage, Venezuelan singer and cuatro player Juan Carlos Salazar will perform. Salazar has played more than 20 years and has 12 solo albums. He’s performed with Julio Iglesias, Maria Teresa Chacin and Hernan Gamboa, among others. 

Besides the music, there will a be a Latin Art Exhibit at City Hall entitled “Raices” (Roots). This colorful exhibit will feature Florida’s most renowned Latin Artists. 

Saturday, November 10,  2023 | 5-9pm, FREE!
Annual Craft Beer & Blues Festival

Legendary singer/songwriter Dana Fuchs makes her return to Casselberry at the free Craft Beers and Blues Festival on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Lake Concord Park from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. 

Born in New Jersey in 1976, she later moved with her family to the small rural town of Wildwood, Florida. In the late '90s, Dana Fuchs made a name for herself in the New York blues scene. Her journey to stardom began when she portrayed Janis Joplin in an off-Broadway musical, showcasing her incredible charisma and the raw power of her voice. This catapulted her into a multifaceted career that included successful blues-rock album releases, extensive touring in the U.S. and Europe, and a memorable role in the 2007 Beatles-inspired film, "Across the Universe."

During the 2010s, Dana Fuchs found a home on the blues label Ruf Records, where she delivered standout albums like "Bliss Avenue" in 2013 and the soulful "Love Lives On" in 2018, inspired by the sounds of Memphis. She kicked off the new decade with her fifth studio album, "Borrowed Time," released in 2022.

The opening acts will be Jonathon “Boogie” Long, who has shared the stage with B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, Robert Cray, and many more. His 4-album discography, two of which landed him on the Billboard Top 10 Blues albums, spans a wide range of musical flavors. Jonathan "Boogie" Long is a talented musician hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With a passion for blues and roots music that runs deep, Boogie has carved out a remarkable career in the music industry. Known for his soulful guitar skills and gritty vocals, he's become a prominent figure in the contemporary blues scene.

Boogie's musical journey began at a young age, and he quickly gained recognition for his exceptional talent. Over the years, he has honed his craft, drawing inspiration from blues legends and infusing his own unique style into the genre. His performances are a captivating blend of traditional blues with a modern edge.

With a growing discography and a reputation for electrifying live shows, Jonathon "Boogie" Long continues to make waves in the world of blues music. His dedication to the art form and his ability to connect with audiences through his music have solidified his status as a respected blues artist. Whether he's on stage or in the studio, Boogie's music is a testament to his love for the blues and his commitment to keeping this timeless genre alive and well.

And before Long gets on stage it'll be Big Ron Betts, who won the OBBS Central Florida Blues Challenge in 2021.

This event, sponsored by Trustco Bank and the Orange Blossom Blues Society features music, food trucks, art exhibits and vendors. The event also will highlight some of the best craft beers available.


Lake Concord Park
95 Triplet Lake Dr, 
Casselberry, FL 32707

Bring blankets, chairs and lots of friends and enjoy spectacular concerts on the lakefront!

For more information, email or call (407) 262-7700, ext. 1507.

Disabled parking and drop-off are next to the Casselberry Art House (127 Quail Pond Circle) and the front of the Casselberry Police Department (4195 S US Hwy 17-92).  General parking is located in surrounding lots.

Note:  All events and activities are subject to change and/or cancellation.

The Orange Blossom Blues Society Inc., (OBBS) exists to preserve,
 promote and present blues music & entertainment to the Central Florida region.

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*LOW TICKET ALERT* The Blues Beatles in Gainesville September 24, 2023 Presented by North Central Blues Society.

* 11 tix available as of 9/22/23. *
** Sell-out is expected! **
The Blues Beatles 
- Songs you know like 
you've never heard them!

The Blues Beatles

with Roots Redemption

Blues Beatles is a Blues band that mixes the melodies of the Beatles with traditional Blues arrangements, a mix that has been winning in Brazil (their home country)the USA and Europe. And they always become an instant sensation everywhere they go and play worldwide. The Blues Beatles is now that band that you need to know!

Sunday, September 24, 2023 ~ Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm
619 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Facebook Event Page - Invite your friends!
(352) 258-8557 

This is not just another Beatles cover band. This is a world-renowned band that performs Beatles songs, but in a Blues style and performed with excellent musicianship and showmanship.

It took one band member’s love of The Beatles and the rest of the band’s love of the Blues to formulate one of the most entertaining Blues bands in the world today. Their sound is intimately appeasing but at the same time powerful and infectious. Often world-traveled, they have a clear direction and understand where it all originated, how the project was developed and why they are relevant and unique. This eccentric outfit has soaked up the musical ingredients of days long gone and has given it all the spice of today. Their magical musical gumbo can only be achieved when a band is so in tune with each other that the back-and-forth interaction and instrumentation becomes a transcendent musical conversation that is forever engaging.

Blues Beatles started during the breaks of the rehearsals of Today – an original band that Marcos Viana, Flavio Naves, Lancaster Ferreira, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley started in 2010. Marcos, the singer, would invariably pick up his acoustic guitar and start playing Beatles songs. The other members of the band were amazed at how natural the songs sounded, as if he had written them himself. The reason for this was that Marcos really identified with the songs and never imitated John or Paul. He simply sang with his own voice and from his heart. Being Blues players, the rest of the band started adding their Blues twist to these “break songs”. One day Lancaster said: “why don’t we mix these two things we love to play? We could call this Blues Beatles!” Everyone loved the idea and together they started the Blues Beatles in 2013. The rest is history.

The band has worked and reworked many different songs since it was formed, but only the ones that sound natural to their ears stay in the repertoire. Most of the vocal melodies are kept in their original form, but interpreted with Marcos Viana’s unique voice, in an unpretentious and heart-felt way.  The arrangements combine Blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the Blues, are an integral part of the Blues Beatles style. Their fiery live performances showcase their individual and collective skills as soloists.

Root Redemption is a roots-based Blues band that plays Delta and Chicago Blues along with original material that stands easily alongside the standards. Root Redemption’s lineup is Alan Yeatter (vocals, guitar), Gus Olmos (harmonica), Mark Armbrecht (bass), and Rick Wagner (drums). All band members have represented the North Central Florida region in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.


Thursday, September 28, 2023
(Last Thursday of Every Month)
Gainesville Acoustic Blues JAM
Hosted by Dr. Jules
Top Hog BBQ - Kanapaha
6500 SW Archer Rd, 
Gainesville FL 32608

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NCFBS Regional IBC Challenge
Registration deadline for bands, solo/duos, 
and self-produced CDs is September 28, 2023.
Competition date: October 15, 2023
Competition location:  High Dive, Gainesville FL
rules and registration.

The North Central Florida Blues Society is a non-profit 
organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing 
and promotion of Blues Music. The  Society also hosts monthly 
electric and acoustic jams. See website for 
more information.   

Funded in part by


Mr. Sipp
John Primer
Chris Cain

Biscuit Miller
JP Soars & The Red Hots
Early Times
Mick Kolassa
The Lucky Losers
The Nighthawks
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Terry Hanck & His California Band

Mike Zito
Albert Castiglia
Bridget Kelly Band
Snacks Blues Band
Josh Miller Blues Review
Eric Gales
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Pam Taylor & The Flyin' V's

Pam Taylor & The Flyin' V's
Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One
Doug MacLeod
Rev Shawn Amos

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Vanessa Collier
Little Mike & The Tornadoes
Bridget Kelly Band
George Worthmore
Jason Ricci
Shane Dwight
Damon Fowler
Tennessee Redemption
Patti Parks
Toronzo Cannon
Albert Castiglia
Roy Book Binder

Birthday Blues Bash-O-Rama w/ Anthony Gomes, Danielle Nicole & Bridget Kelly Band
BLUEZAPALOOZA: Ghost Town Blues Band & Betty Fox Band & Bridget Kelly Band
Lauren Mitchell
Rev Shawn Amos
21 Blue featuring Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate
Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton
Doug MacLeod

Zora Young
Norman Jackson Band
Selwyn Birchwood
Jason Ricci
Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band
Albert Castiglia
 Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

Annika Chambers
Cash Box Kings
Doug MacLeod
Matt Schofield

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Long Tall Deb Feat. Colin John
Jeff Jensen
Samantha Fish
Terry Hanck
Zora Young
Tinsley Ellis

Tas Cru
Selwyn Birchwood
Janiva Magness
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues
Joe Moss Band 

Brandon Santini
Matt Schofield
Nikki Hill
Albert Castiglia

Jimmy Thackery
John Nemeth
Roomful of Blues

Kenny Neal
JP Soars
Victor Wainwright

Tommy Castro
Mike Zito
Watermelon Slim
Nick Moss
John Nemeth
Ana Popovic

Janiva Magness
Duke Robillard
Michael Burks

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Magic Slim
Jimmy Thackery
Lurrie Bell
Mighty Lester
Tab Benoit

Chris Cain
Sean Costello
Sauce Boss
Bryan Lee
Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors

Eddie Kirkland
Gary Primich
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King
Debbie Davies

Delta Moon
Little Charlie & the Nightcats
Pat Ramsey & the Blues Disciples
Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Florida 2023 Regional International Blues Challenge (IBC) Competition Information - Updated 9/19/23

Florida regional competitions held in 2023 to determine contenders at the
International Blues Challenge 2024
Memphis TN
January 16-20, 2024


North Central Florida Blues Society
Registration deadline for bands, solo/duos, and self-produced CDs is September 28, 2023.
Artists must be from Alachua, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Marion, Madison, Putnam, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwanee, Union or Wakulla counties. 
Competition date: October 15, 2023
Competition location:  High Dive, Gainesville FL
Contact for rules and registration.

Competition date: Sunday, September 17, 2023 
Location: East Ocean Pub, 2196 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996
Youth - Miles Hoyt

Orange Blossom Blues Society
Registration deadline: Not given. Go to
Competition date: Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 1-5pm
Location: Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 US-441, Mt Dora, FL 32757

First Coast Blues Society
Registration deadline:
Competition date: November 5, 2023
Location: Whisky Jax Kitchen & Cocktails - Baymeadows

Competition date: August 13, 2023
Location: Seville Quarter, Pensacola, FL

Competition date: September 17, 2023
Location: The Villages, FL

Not holding regional competition due to lack of participation.

Not holding regional competition due to lack of participation.


ATTN: Florida Blues Societies
If you would like to have your organization's IBC info posted here, including results, please email details to Thank you.

Affiliated Blues Societies by State 
Florida - 10 (Includes Suncoast, which is not listed as an affiliate for some reason)
California - 6
Texas - 6
Arkansas - 5
Illinois - 5
Iowa - 5
Michigan - 4
Missouri - 4
New York - 4
Ohio - 4
Arizona - 3
Colorado - 3
Indiana - 3
North Carolina - 3
Pennsylvania - 3
Tennessee - 3
Kansas - 2
Kentucky - 2
Nevada - 2
New Jersey - 2
Oregon - 2
Virginia - 2
Washington - 2
Wisconsin - 2
Alabama - 1
Connecticut - 1
Delaware - 1
Georgia - 1
Louisiana - 1
Maine - 1
Maryland - 1
Massachusetts - 1
Minnesota - 1
Mississippi - 1
Nebraska - 1
New Hampshire - 1
South Carolina - 1
Vermont - 1
West Virginia - 1
Alaska - 0
Hawaii - 0
Idaho - 0
Montana - 0
New Mexico - 0
North Dakota - 0
Oklahoma - 0
Rhode Island - 0
South Dakota - 0
Utah - 0
Wyoming - 0

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