January 18th, 2018 at Alfred’s On Beale 11:30-4:00pm
It is with excitement and delight that the National Women in Blues announces this year’s Women in Blues Showcase 2018. Thanks in part to the Blues Foundation and the International Blues Challenge (IBC), we will bring our 5th edition of our women’s showcase to an appreciative Blues audience in Memphis. This is a free event with suggested $5 donation being gifted to Generation Blues, making the future of blues bright.
Our mission to support, edify, mentor and promote female blues artists is growing every year. We expect another packed house at Alfred’s. With this year’s opening artist and MC being none other than Rae Gordon, third place winner in the 2017 IBC Challenge. “Add equal parts of Janis Joplin’s pain, Aretha Franklin’s soul and Grace Slick’s power; mix them thoroughly, and add a big gob of gooey molasses and you have Rae Gordon’s voice” ~Positively Entertainment. Assisting her will be Blues woman Bridget Kelly Fik, and of course our Memphis anchor artist Redd Velvet, (featured in the Smithsonian Fall issue 2016 on African American Arts and Culture), honoring us with her first scheduled 2018 IBC appearance!
The list of showcase artists is amazing with women from around the world as well as top 3 finalists from last year’s IBC band division! Acts scheduled to appear include Kathy & the Kilowatts Duo, Marija Gasparic of Two Blue, Mary Washington Brooks, Mary Ann Casale, Regina Bonelli, The Angelina Hunter Trio, Lola Gulley, Ruth Wyand, Val Starr, The Souliz Band featuring Sugar and Spice and 9th Avenue Noise fronted by Laine Ford. This year’s all woman house band is fronted by Director Pam Taylor on guitar, Angela Kozarich on drums, Heather Newman on bass and Lola Gulley on keyboards. Find individual artists bio’s below!
There may be a few more WiB’s stepping in to assist the house band. You just never know who will be spotted during the showcase. Even past MC’s and performers like Shaun Murphy, Barbara Blue, Queen Delphine and others do stop in to support their sisters in Blues!
This year’s event would not be possible if not for the Blues Foundation’s support and some incredible sponsors. Sponsors include award winning photographer Patricia Shamroy Shaw, musician Bill Hammer, WiB Bridget Kelly Fik, the South Central Indiana Blues Society, Bluzpic Media, Memphis Blues Society & Mark Caldwell, and Crystal Visions Stained Glass. Additional sponsors include Broad4Blues’s Lori Grayboyes, Paul Gettelman, Ilian Katz, Barbara Blue, Christine A Wilson, and Dave Johnson. That is without mentioning the support and volunteer work from folks like KBA winners Kyle Deibler and Tim Fik who will keep the stage running smoothly. Or folks like Marie Wilson (artist manager), WiB Brigitte Purdy Rios from last year’s showcase will help artists and sell CD’s (we never keep a cut and all your money goes to the artist). Yippee Ki-ay is helping with this year’s live stream interviews where Erica Brown (Blues woman and host) will get you the low down on more WiB artists than we have room to showcase on stage! Watch for a release on the live streams, coming soon.
Our President (self titled Chief Bottle Washer=CBW) Michele Seidman and VP Terri Robbins are beyond themselves with excitement. This year’s showcase is bound to please. Come and join us on Thursday afternoon of International Blues Challenge week. We start at 11:30 with our MC opening the show and keep going til 4:00pm with a lineup that will knock your socks off. Alfred’s on Beale has great food and drink available to satisfy your every need. Trust me when we say, get there early if possible. Seats fill fast and standing room is the norm at the National Women in Blues yearly WiB Showcase, in Memphis!
The National Women in Blues has helped showcase 100’s of blues women through various events and efforts. We will continue our mission of support, edification, mentorship and promotion for as long as we keep running. Although our event is FREE, we do ask for donations (suggested at $5) that go directly to Generation Blues. Your dollars help keep the future of blues bright, all while you get to hear incredible blues women perform. Talk about a win, win!
We will see you at the 5th WiB Showcase in Memphis Tennessee, January 18th, 2018 at Alfred’s On Beale 11:30-4:00pm