Saturday, March 28, 2020

North Central Florida Blues Society Events Postponed / Rescheduled

March 25, 2020

"We are sorry to inform local Blues fans of the following event postponements and cancellations:

March 30 Beginners Blues Circle: postponed until Monday, April 27 at this time.
April 5 Blues Jam: cancelled. Status of May 3 jam is unknown – will know more next month.
April 5 Annual Meeting: postponed. Working on alternative options if in-person events still look iffy in early May.
April 19: 2nd Annual Blues Showcase to be rescheduled.
May 17: Women in Blues Showcase rescheduled to 2021."

Rob Richardson, President
North Central Florida Blues Society


Stay in touch with YOUR NCFBS by becoming a member or renewing your MEMBERSHIP. Not only will it keep you in the loop, but also it will help assure future great accessible blues programming in the community.

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.   

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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 MacCleod
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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Friday, March 27, 2020

*CANCELLED/RESCHEDULED* Brooks, Benoit and Blue Highway - Heavy Duty Blues w/ a Dash of -grass in April in Bonita Springs


3 Great Shows
in April at
Centers for the Arts Bonita!

Saturday, April 4, 2020; 7:30pm
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Friday, January 29, 2021; 7:30pm
"Ronnie Baker Brooks is an American Chicago blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a respected club performer in Chicago, before recording three solo albums for Watchdog Records. The son of fellow Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, he is the brother of another blues guitarist, Wayne Baker Brooks. AllMusic journalist, Andy Whitman, described Brooks as "... a better than average soul singer, a fine blues interpreter, and a monster guitarist with an ample supply of technique and passion." - Wikipedia

Saturday, April 9, 2020; 7:30pm
Tab Benoit
Friday, November 6, 2020; 7:30pm
Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart to name a few. Tab's accomplishments as a musician are matched only by his devotion to the environmental health of his native Louisiana wetlands. Benoit is the founder and driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. In 2010, he received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to protect and restore the wetlands.

Thursday, April 16, 2020; 7:30pm
Blue Highway Band
Highly esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway has earned a collective 28 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, plus three Grammy nominations as a band. In 2019, Blue Highway celebrates 25 years of touring, with four of the original members still intact. As momentum continues to build for the 25 year strong powerhouse band, Blue Highway is rolling on with a rich legacy carried on by three powerhouse songwriters and vocalists in Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane, whose harmonies soar over the dynamic banjo of Jason Burleson and the tasteful Dobro of Gary Hultman.

10150 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135  (239)495-8989

“The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is committed to enrich the culture of our diverse community by providing opportunities for artistic expression, education and appreciation in a supportive and nurturing environment.”
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Jazz Blues Florida March Monthly Report and Statement of Uncertainty

As of 3/24/20
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abbreviated April issue.

It will be mostly information that can be found at anytime on our website. If anyone wants to run ads, we are open to discussion about what the value is and cost should be. Please email me at Our plan is to conserve resources and be functionial when the situation 'normalizes' while evaluating alternatives that may become viable.

Although we have the means to reach a large market segment for promotion of the online-live-home concerts, at this time we do not see anything in that unorganized, rapidly developing market that would make sense for artists to promote their shows with our paid services.  And, I personally have already taken other employment and cannot provide these services without income.

I will be contacting all our current clients individually. Please be thinking about what might work best for you and we can discuss. 

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Reverend Raven Update - Home Safe

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy

We are safely home from Florida.  Thanks to all of our friends that reached out to help us the last few days.  We had a great run before we left.  Villages was big fun, as were Englewood's on Dearborn, The Blue Rooster, Seville Quarter, Bonita Blues and Take Tiki's.  The USS Nevermore II is off to the shipyard and we're on hiatus until this levels out and everyone feels safe to go out.  

Helping each other through this is paramount right now.  I'm trying to keep the band members afloat.  No gigs, no income so if you'd like to purchase a cd, t-shirt, hat, sticker or posters then please go to to look at and listen to clips from our cds.  Original T-shirts come in black, red and white.  20th Anniversary T-shirts come in black and grey.   Women's Tank Tops are ribbed and come in teal, red and black.  Sizes for all are small to 4x for us big sailors.  Everything is $10 plus $2.50 per item for shipping and handling.  All profits will be use to pay my band mates during this hiatus.  Donations are always welcome lol.



Thursday, March 19, 2020

*CANCELLED* Pat Ramsey Memorial Benefit for Big Bend Hospice

*CANCELLED* Pat Ramsey Memorial Benefit for Big Bend Hospice
"If anyone doesn’t know already the Pat Ramsey 11th Annual Benefit for Big Bend hospice is cancelled for April 4th at the Warrior on the River in Tallahassee due to the Governor’s request from the Corona virus issues in today’s world.
Another date down the road may be possible .
Please be safe - wash your hands.
Support local music."
Debi, Nikki, Jose, Mac, Steve, and the rest of the crew
New Location,
New Line Up,
New Music.
Same Good Cause.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020 ~ 2:30pm-2am
Warrior on the River
9330 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304


3 Stages!
Silent Auctions and Raffles
Food and Art Vendors
Family Friendly / Rain or Shine

CLICK HERE to take a look at the fun we had in three years back!

"This Was His Wish, To Give Back."
This will be the 11th year of this event benefiting Big Bend Hospice in Pat's
honor. Pat Ramsey was a well-known and loved person, musician and blues
singer around the globe. Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives
on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. This annual
 gathering brings together all of these people for a celebration like no other
in Florida.
We would like to cordially invite you to participate in this year’s Annual Big Bend Hospice benefit in memory of Pat Ramsey on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at the Warrior on the River, located at 9330 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304.

Proceeds will be used to support patients and families as they face the difficult challenges that come from dealing with a life-limiting illness.  Your support for this event will provide additional funding to support essential programs like music therapy, children’s bereavement, emergency care and patient support.

We look forward to having you join us this year as a sponsor as you enjoy a day of fun for a great cause.  As always, we will have three stages with great bands, inside and outside of the club.  There will be raffle drawings with prizes awarded, 50/50 drawings, a silent auction and food vendors. 

We are in need of items for our silent auction and raffle drawing.  If you would like to become a sponsor, or donate an auction item, please contact Debbi Ramsey or Nikki Washington, event coordinators.

Come join the fun and support a great cause at the Big Bend Hospice benefit in memory of Pat Ramsey.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contacts for Sponsorship and Info:

Debbi Ramsey
Event Coordinator

Nikki Washington
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Pat Ramsey Biography

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1953, Pat Ramsey began playing the harmonica at the age of 17. After a couple of years honing his chops while hitchhiking around the US, Pat joined the Bunny Brooks Band in Denver (an offshoot of the 60's band, Jam Factory) in 1973.

In 1978, he impressed Rick Derringer, who told Johnny Winter of this "long haired kid in Denver" who played a mean harp! Johnny liked what he heard so much that he hired Pat to play all the harp parts on the album "White Hot and Blue".

In late 1978, Pat met Butch Trucks of Allman Brothers fame. After a couple of sizzling jams in Colorado with Butch and his band, Trucks, Pat signed on, and made the long move to Tallahassee, Florida. When the Allman Brothers Band reunited in 1979, Butch disbanded Trucks and introduced Pat to a local Tallahassee band called Crosscut Saw.

Julien Kasper, a seventeen year old guitar prodigy and Pat became partners and the band quickly thinned from seven to four when they decided to take the band on the road. In the next five years, Pat and Crosscut Saw played every Juke Joint and Roadhouse from Key West to Connecticut. They opened for B.B. King (twice), Johnny Winter, Johnny Van Zandt, .38 Special, Bobby Bland, The Nighthawks, and others. Before disbanding, Crosscut Saw released their album "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know". Crosscut Saw's annual reunions are still one of Tallahassee's top draws!

In 1985, the Pat Ramsey Band was formed when Julien opted to study Jazz at the graduate level. They opened for many notables as well, including a seven-city tour of Florida (in 1987) with his old friend Johnny Winter.

Pat moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 1991, to play with his friend from the Freddie King band, guitarist Greg Poulos. The Poulos-Ramsey Band was born. Within months they were opening for acts like Charlie Musselwhite, Solomon Burke, Albert Collins, Ronnie Earl, James Cotton, and Pinetop Perkins. Jerry Wexler hailed them as "Sarasota's ONLY Blues Band"! Two years later, they were ready to make the jump to Memphis, TN. Alas, while Pat was busy scouting gigs in Memphis, tragedy struck Greg's family in Florida, bringing a premature end to this endeavor.

A new face in a new city, Pat began dealing craps in a casino on the muddy Mississippi River, an hour south of Memphis. Jamming on Beale Street on his days off, Pat was quickly accepted by local musicians and was hired to play at "Blues City Cafe" as part of the house band. Living out of a trailer in a nearby fish camp, Pat scrimped and saved for the next two years.

With the help of his old friend Julien Kasper (now PROFESSOR Julien Kasper at Berklee College of Music, Boston) and some of the best local Memphis musicians, Pat produced the aptly titled CD "Its About Time". The CD received very strong reviews and Pat began touring once again. Pat's stellar live performances with The Blues Disciples produced the live CD's, "Live at the Grand", and "Live at the Big Bend Blues Bash" and the posthumously released "Live in Key West".

Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.

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