Where are the blues?

mannish mannish@WINDSTREAM.NET
Sat Mar 9 17:51:40 EST 2013


The Capitol Oyster Bar has great shows - I seldom make it but I credit
Jimmy with getting outstanding music acts in there.

L

On 3/9/2013 2:30 PM, Jimmy Jacobs wrote:
> It has been rare in NOLA for there to be any touring blues bands other than
> during Jazz Fest during the past 20 years, although I usually could find
> some local blues artists playing each time I visited the city.  More
> recently, Chickie Wah Wah and Rock'n'Bowl have begun to book some of the
> same acts that we get here in Montgomery and the southeastern region.  I am
> pretty sure that the Voodoo society supports that, and may have been the
> impetus behind it.
>
> We have a restaurant here, the Capitol Oyster Bar, that books around 45-50
>
> touring blues acts a year (plus a few other non-blues acts).  I am very
> grateful that the owner is a blues lover, and is willing to take a financial
> hit from time to time just because he loves the music.  I enjoy going to
> festivals where I can see a lot of great acts concentrated into a few days,
> but there is nothing that can beat being able to catch Little Ed, Janiva,
> Bob Margolin, etc. in a small venue environment.
>
> Prior to the COB's involvement, I tried to get another club to book at least
> one act a month but that has dried up due to a change in ownership..
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Terence McArdle
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>>>> Column by Jan Ransey that may be of interest.
> http://www.offb
>
>
>>>> Column by Jan Ransey that may be of interest.
> http://www.offbeat.com/2013/03/06/where-blues/
>
> I've had the same thought about Washington though my frustration is more
> that there is one blues club (The Zoo Bar) that has a rotation of only 4
> bands -- and there is nowhere that consistently books anyone from out of
> town. It would be nice to have a club that would bring in say, John Nemeth,
> Marquise Knox, James Kinds  -- some of the folks who aren't (but should be)
> marquee names. I think one problem is that promoters in recent years have
> focused on the festivals to the exclusion of clubs, partly because they can
> get more money for just one set of music and also because the cost of van
> traveling is so unpredictable. (Revues like The Mannish Boys are actually
> designed for festival bookings.)  But the festival money seems to be drying
> up because the local governments don't have it and the corporate sponsors
> are under pressure to cut, too. So if someone started a blues club --
> perhaps with a side order of soul and funk which are having a big revival
> now  with the younger, collegiate set -- could possibly have a go of it.
> They would NOT make a killing, however -- and the format wouldn't work
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