KANSAS CITY — Casey Bill Weldon, a mysterious blues figure whose story is Kansas City’s counterpart to the legend of Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, will be honored with a headstone dedication and tribute here on April 18 and 19. Read the Kansas City Times story: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article18293345.html
Topeka Blues Society
Monday, March 16, 2015
6:30pm @ Uncle Bo’s
CALL TO ORDER at 7:45pm
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Suki Willison, Chardy Hern, Paul Schwartz, Gerry Schmanke, Rod Peterson, Bill Beasley and Karen Osborn
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Marni Schleuning, Gib Ramirez, Brian Gabel, and Jeff Martin
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: Rod moved that the minutes of February 16th be approved, Gerry second; approved.
SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT: Karen had handout of expenses and income for past month. Income: memberships and SOKBF donation; Expenses: SOKBF artists’ deposits. Bank balance is $4,343.20 with an additional $50 in petty cash. Topeka Blues Society membership is at 83 listings. Karen mentioned the TBS Blues Challenge application is updated and posted on our website. She also said the membership brochure text has been sent to Rod. All SOKBF previous donors have received a donation request letter and form. The SOKBF information and donor form are updated and posted on the website. Karen emailed the Corporation list to Board members. Gerry moved that Secretary/Treasurer’s report be approved, Rod second; approved.
Karen said several donations have come in, responding to the request letter she sent the first of March. Several board members were not able to open the Corporation list Karen emailed, so she will make a copy and bring it to the next meeting (for possible donors). SOKBF committee chairs will be discussed at April meeting.
Bill said the guitar Joel Edison is donating is being airbrushed, and should be ready by the first Summertime Blues concert in May. As soon as it is ready, we will post a photo and donation forms on our website, $10 is the suggested donation. Giveaway will be at the August Blues Challenge/Annual Membership meeting.
TBS Membership Brochure
Karen has submitted the membership brochure information to Rod. Board requested brochure be ready by May Summertime Blues.
Topeka Gives 2015, June 2, 7am-6pm @ Fairlawn Plaza Mall
Paul asked Karen to check with Marsha Pope at Topeka Gives 2015 to verify that we have a table for this event. A schedule will be decided at our April meeting.
Bill talked to Kyle at Speck’s about getting some youth groups for our Summertime concerts. Back Porch Blues Band will play in May.
Blues Festival Guide
There was some discussion regarding the effectiveness of the advertising we place in the annual Blues Festival Guide. The ad space costs $634.00. Paul asked if our advertising dollars could be better spent on local publications. Suki said it would cost much more to advertise locally, and suggested we stay with the Blues Festival Guide. Karen will submit payment for the 2015 guide.
Blue Star Connection
On Monday, March 16th, at Uncle Bo’s, the KC Blues Society, in collaboration with the Topeka Blues Society, presented a drumset and two guitars to the Pina Brothers. The instruments were donated to Blue Star Connection, which in turn donates instruments to children and families suffering severe illness. The Pina brothers’ father, Richard Pina, was recently diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.
Bill met with the owner of the Music Institute and they are going to have a Blues Summer Camp, and suggested TBS collaborate with them in some way. Bill will follow up and report at a later meeting.
NEXT MEETING DATE: 6:30, Monday, April 6th, at Uncle Bo’s
Bill moved that meeting be adjourned, Chardy second; adjourned at 8:15pm.
Respectfully submitted 03/21/2015
Karen Osborn, TBS Secretary/Treasurer
The Topeka Blues Society is once again presenting Summertime Blues at the Gage Park Amphitheater in Topeka! Show times are from 7-9pm (some shows possibly a little earlier for youth acts performing – watch this site for details). Admission is free.
Bring your families, young and old, and dig some blues all summer long. Leashed dogs welcome, too!
May 20th – Back Porch Blues Band
June 17th – The 800’s
July 15th – Javier Mendoza
Aug 19th – Red State Blues Band
The Gage Park Amphitheater is at the corner of SW Westlake Ct. & SW Blaisdell Dr., just north of the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center. Seating available, or bring your own chairs/blankets.