When: 11:30am-4:00pm, Thursday February 2nd 2017
Where: Alfred’s on Beale Street, downtown Memphis Tenn.
The National Women in Blues and Yippee Ki-ay Radio bring you the 5th edition of the Women in Blues Showcase, as part of the Blues Foundation’s 2017 International Blues Challenge (blues.org). This will be our 2nd year at Alfred’s on Beale and we are so excited. Our showcase and livestream interviews will all be at this location, giving you the chance to enjoy food and drink along with incredible female blues artists. Watching them perform in the showcase or sitting in while we interview artists from around the world.
This years line up is packed full of talent. Not to mention, we are bringing back our favorite blues storyteller, Redd Velvet (featured in Sept Smithsonian Magazine) to close and we are trying something new to open the show. Also featured in the same magazine issue, is our MC Erica Brown, who will do an opening set to warm up the crowd with our first ever, all female house band, lined up by Janelle Frost. Featuring Pam Taylor, Eef, Tk of Southern Ave, Leigh Ann Stanton and Pat Pepin. The house band will also back up some of our artists who came to town, without their own bands in tow. Also on hand will be Niecie Blues to intro MC Erica Brown and our all female house band.
Our performers are Women in blues, both in the IBC challenge and out. From mature to youth, from the states and as far as Japan. This is an event that is sure to get you excited.
Our showcase line up opens with MC, Erica Brown and the 1st WiB All Female House Band. Then we feature a dozen amazing women in blues. (Line up in no particular order) Sharon Hazel Township. Lee Shropshire / Eight O’Five Jive, Rebekah Easley Ellis / Rae and the Royal Peacocks, Kimberly Dill / Sister Lucille Band, Kim Reteguiz, Bridget Kelly Band, Libby Rae Watson, Brigitte Rios Purdy, Nacomi Tanaka & The Blues Temple – Japan, Little Laura Lamun / Allen-Lamun Band, Youth act Campfire Soul with Sarah Grace & Reagan Kimberly and closing set from Blues Storyteller, Redd Velvet.
You think that is an amazing list? Here is a sneak peek at some of the women in blues we will be interviewing in livestreams, during IBC week. On Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2:00-4:00pm Central Time (1p-3p EST, MT 3p-5p, PC, 4p-6p). Our guest include, Mandy Lemons, Elizabeth Hangan, Veronica Lewis, Erin Coburn, Kaz Hawkins, Grace Kuch, Tullie Brae, Shari Puorto, Connie Lush, Lola Gulley, Hurricane Ruth Lamaster, Mary Jo Curry, Sharla Cook, Radka Kasparcova, Larea Edwards & Deep Pocket Thieves, Amanda Rey and more TBA!
We strive to level the playing field for female blues artists via promotion, support, edification, and mentoring. Through this event, all of our female artists get to feature their own talents and support of their sisters in blues. We have some fine brothers in blues along for the ride, who know we share our spotlight, as long as you don’t take it away!
The National Women in Blues is now a 501-c and welcomes any support we get. This year’s main sponsor at Yippee Ki-ay Radio has been a huge help in so many ways. Not to mention sponsors and support from Crystal Vision Stained Glass, Patricia Shamroy Shaw, Bluzpik Media Group, Sweet Water Farms, Mary4Music, Kyle Deibler, Music on the Couch, Preserving the Blues, Sound Reflections and a huge thank you to Sandy Robertson and Scott at Alfred’s, for lending out such a perfect location to showcase Women in Blues!
We look forward to seeing you all there! Thursday, February 2nd, at Alfred’s on Beale, 11:30-4:00, during IBC week!