Happy Holidays from the BBS

By Karen Nugent
January 2012

While 2011 has been bittersweet because of the loss of so many of our legends, it is our mission to keep the music around for at least another century.

With a new year around the corner, I would like to thank all of our members and volunteers for their wonderful support this year.

But first, a look back:

We started off with a charged up four days on Beale Street for the International Blues Challenge with last year’s Boston winners Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, and duo Cindy Daley and Satch Romano.

We look forward to another great time in Memphis with this year’s winners: A Ton of Blues, and duo Shirley Lewis and Bob Camacho.

Our first “SpringFest” fundraiser at Maddie’s in Saugus, arranged by Satch Romano, our new events coordinator, brought a great lineup of bands who volunteered their time. Thanks guys and gals!

In May, we had a fantastic - sold out - show at the Bull Run in Shirley for our first “Ladies of the Blues” night. The show was such a success we are planning a repeat performance this May. In June, after many years, we finally released our second CD, “Blues from the Hub, Volume II” featuring a fresh array of Boston talent. The release party at the C Note in Hull drew a good crowd. Check out the CD if you missed a chance.

Our first “Hill Country Night” in October, arranged by our good friends the Ten Foot Pole Cats, was another huge success, with a capacity crowd at Rosebud Bar in Somerville. We hope to make that a regular event.

Next, it was time for the annual Boston Blues Challenge, a three-night affair that started at the C Note and ended at Johnny Ds in Somerville. Seven bands and three duos entered the challenge, and while all gave wonderful performances, there can only be one winner per category. Thanks to all who entered!

In between all that, we had BBS tables at Joe’s Festival in Somerville, the Cambridge River Festival, the Blues and Brews Festival in Westford, the Marshfield Fair, the Buddy Guy show at the Wilbur Theatre, and the Scissormen shows at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge and the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

Finally, we had our first Holiday Party back at the Rosebud in December, featuring A Ton of Blues, our buddy the Undaunted Professor Harp, and our wild and crazy friends from the Throwdown Blues Band. Madame President’s left ear is still sensitive from their rendition of Voodoo Chile. But that’s a good thing!

In closing, I would like to thank BBS board members Beverly Kandler Dancey, Georgetown Fats (AKA my “Liquored Up Goon”), Paula Harris (Madame Prez’s little sister) Paul McNeil, and Carole Mellor.

Another big kudos and gratitude to Web Guy Extraordinaire, Dan Sevush (who must get sick of telling me: “It’s already posted.” [no, that never gets old DS])

Dan posts the monthly online newsletter, edited by Georgetown Fats and his talented group of writers: Tony Del Rey, David Hayward, Lee Jergensen, Lady K, Rachel Lee, Elliott Morehardt, Peter Parcek, Bobby Roast Beef, A.J. Wachtel, and David Wilson. Their work is copy edited by Bonnie Hale. Thanks, Bonnie, and see you on the dance floor!

Last by not least are Joe Marino, our crack videographer; and the fun-loving Satch Romano, coordinator of new events.

I would also like to give a special “Merci” to volunteers Nancy Weston and Bob Harris, and to our challenge judges and emcees: Stan Blues Jr., Jim Chilson, Tim Gartland, Peter Parcek, Eric Savoie, Jay Scheffler, George Skaubitis, and Danny Vitale.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Yours in Blues,

Karen Nugent, BBS President

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