The Topeka Blues Society is honored to be a finalist for a 2016 Arty Awards? Winners will be announced at the Arty Awards ceremony on October 29th. Read more at http://artsconnecttopeka.org/2016-arty-awards.
We are excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Topeka Blues Society Blues Challenge, held at Uncle Bo’s yesterday:
“Band category”: Frank Ace Blues Band
“Solo/Duo” category: Dan Bliss
Winners will represent the Topeka Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, to be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 4, 2017. Our winners are also awarded a booking at the 2017 Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, a booking at a 2017 Summertime Blues in Gage Park, and some cash to help with travel expenses to Memphis.
Thank you to our many TBS members attending this fun event, and cheering on our bands!
Congratulations to our winners! Please mark your calendars for our IBC Kick-Off Party, Friday, January 27th, at Uncle Bo’s!
TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 17th, the Topeka Blues Society brings you the Santiago Brothers! We’re getting a little break from the HOT weather, so should be a beautiful night for the blues! Join us as we say goodbye to summer with the Santiago Brothers!
7:00 – 7:30 – Rachel Taylor, senior from Shawnee Heights High School
7:30 – 9:00 – Santiago Brothers
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.
The TBS Blues Challenge is this Sunday, August 21st, at Uncle Bo’s. The Blues Challenge begins at 1:00 pm. At noon, acts will draw for order of play. Join us – it’s going to be a great day of live blues music! The winners of each category will represent the Topeka Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge, held on Beale St. in Memphis, Jan. 31 – Feb. 4.
The TBS Blues Challengers (in alphabetical order) are:
Dan Bliss, guitar/vocals, Merriam
Matthew J & Bill Thompson, guitar/vocals/harp, Independence, MO
Charline Matheny & Velvet Blues Revue, Topeka
Connie Hawkins and the Blues Wreckers, Overland Park
Frank Ace Blues Band, St. Joseph, MO
Knock Kneed Sally, Olathe
Lauren Anderson Band, Kansas City, MO
Michael Powers Trio, Topeka
Good luck to you all! Looking forward to a great challenge!
The Annual Topeka Blues Society (TBS) Membership Meeting and Election of the Board will be 11:30 am, Sunday, Aug. 21st at Uncle Bo’s, followed by our Blues Challenge, a Cigar Box guitar raffle, and Silent Auction. All TBS members are invited!
If you are interested in helping keep the blues alive, you can help by serving on the TBS Board. Please email membership@topekabluessociety if you are interested in being on the ballot. Elections will be during the 11:30 am Membership Meeting on August 21st.
Following the membership meeting, Uncle Bo’s will open to the public at noon, and the Topeka Blues Society’s Blues Challenge begins at 1:00 pm. Blues acts will be judged using official International Blues Challenge (IBC) rules and the winner(s) will represent TBS in Memphis in 2017. Interested artists will find the TBS Blues Challenge application on our website under the IBC menu tab.
During the Blues Challenge, we’ll sell raffle tickets and one lucky winner will become the owner of an original Cigar Box guitar created by TBS Treasurer Brad Hern. You may purchase your ticket(s) for $5 each (or 5 for $20) at any TBS event, including our Summertime Blues this Wednesday, during the Blues Challenge on the 21st and/or on our website. You do not need to be present to win.
Read more about the IBC here.