Thursday, April 18, 2019

Women in Blues Showcase - North Central Florida's Annual Gathering From Across the US!

Sunday, May 19, 2019 ~ 2-7pm
Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
1001 NW 4th St
Gainesville, FL 32601

The 6th annual North Central Florida Blues Society's Women in Blues Showcase is May 19, 2019 at Cypress & Grove, a fantastic woman-owned venue. Join them in celebrating the Blues and the important role female performers have played, do play, and will play in keeping the music vibrant in what has become their fastest growing event!

The performers this year include International Blues Challenge participants (including Finalists and Semifinalists) and some that have participated in Women in Blues showcases all over the country.

This year’s performers are:
Melanie Murray (Gainesville, FL)
Nora Gauck (Keystone Heights, FL)
Amanda Ferwerda (Gainesville, FL)
Barbara Paul Armbrecht (Gainesville, FL)
Michelle Banfield (Gainesville, FL)
Tullie Brae (Nashville, TN)
Doris A. Fields (Beckley, WV)
Bridget Kelly (Gainesville, FL)
Niecie  (Detroit, MI/Nashville, TN)
Patti Parks (Buffalo, NY)
Brigitte Rios Purdy (Los Angeles, CA)
Deb Ryder (Topanga, CA)
Queen Iretta Sanders (Jackson, MS)
Sheba the Mississippi Queen (Ocala, FL)
Pam Taylor (Lancaster, SC)
Ruth Wyand (Kill Devil Hills, NC)

The all-female house band is stellar and solid: Leigh-Anne Stanton (bass), Christine Alexander (drums) and Pam Taylor (guitar).

The event will run from 2 to 7pm. Admission will be a suggested donation of $10.

The North Central Florida Blues Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve, cultivate, nurture and promote the Blues and support Blues performance in North Central Florida while providing an increased awareness and appreciation for Blues music through education, promotion and performance.

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Sheba the Mississippi Queen 
& the Bluesmen
Saturday, June 22, 2019 ~ Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm
210 SW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville FL 32601
Mac Arnold, who has performed and recorded with Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, and worked with other huge musical giants such as James Brown and Quincy Jones, is back in Gainesville with his band Plate Full O’ Blues. Arnold toured and recorded live albums with Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker in the 1960s, and has played with many other legendary Blues artists. His high school band was often joined by future soul music legend James Brown on piano. Mac was nominated for best Traditional Blues Male Artist at the 2012 Blues Music Awards. Heading one of the finest live Blues bands today, they headlined the Brick City Blues Festival to rave reviews. Jazz Now said Arnold has “one of the most original voices in blues” and All Music Guide called him “one remaining virtual blues goldmine”. Mac was inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame in 2017.

Sheba the Mississippi Queen & the Bluesman were International Blues Challenge semifinalists. Sheba’s influences are Billy Holiday, Etta James, Tina Turner, Aretha, and Big Mama Thornton, and she has performed at Springing the Blues, the Coral Gables Blues Festival, and the Long Island Blues Festival. The band includes top musicians steeped in the Blues that have played alongside Buddy Guy and Bo Diddley, among other greats.


Acoustic Blues Jam/ Open Mic
Presented and hosted by Middleground featuring Barbara Paul Armbrecht and the North Central Florida Blues Society. The Acoustic Blues Open Mic is held on the last Thursday of every month.  Open mic starts at 6 PM and runs until 9 PM.  Bring your acoustic instruments and a few songs and join in.  Please note that this is for acoustic Blues only.  Please lave drum kits, electric guitars and Eagle songs at home! 
No Cover. Food menu available.
Lightnin Salvage
1800 NE 23rd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609

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NCFBS Electric Blues Jam
The jam is back and it’s now at Mother’s, in the former Sal’s Place location. Each month the NCFBS hosts an electric blues jam in Gainesville on the first Sunday of every month. There is no smoking inside the venue. Signups start before the jam starts, and sets are 30 minutes long and start at 6 pm. Backline and PA are provided by the host band, so we ask that you be respectful when using their equipment. If you play guitar or bass you will need to bring your own instrument (amps are provided). 
No cover charge.
Mother’s Pub & Grill North
5109 NW 39th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32606

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