Just got back from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and what a trip it was! This year, we got to enjoy the event as listeners and blues lovers-- sort of a Motivators exploratory committee. Thanks to a generous grant funded by the Holyfield Home for Wayward Musicians, we got to soak in home-grown blues from around the globe. After some very intense research, we concluded that the blues is alright. So many really talented bands and solo/duo acts, so much GREAT music! Congrats to local musician Tony Redman for making it to the semi-finals.
The Motivators are spending time in the studio these days, recording tunes. More as this progresses.
A fantastic evening at Morano's last Saturday night. Randy "Bam Bam" Reese had a prior commitment and bass man Steve Baskin was down with a bad case of the flu. Our good friends Kevin Bonner, Hoobie Daniels, Jim Mills, James Miller and Michael Schwade came to our rescue and a good time was had by all. Morano's is a great venue on MLK Blvd. They serve the best pizza in town and a wide choice of quality beverages. Brick Fields holds their Blues Therapy there every Wednesday evening, and if you haven't checked it out, you should. The Motivators are holding our "Saturday Night Blues Blowout" there once a month. Next time will be March 9th.
I will be accompanying poetry readings at the Kingston Library Coffeehouse on Feb.22
On February 23, the Motivators will be at the American Legion Post 341 in Bella Vista. We highly recommend this place! A big room, delicious eats, full bar, nice folks, a great stage, and a big, shiny ole dance floor. Always fun, and you don't have to be a Legion member to go.
Mark McGee and I will be celebrating Mardi Gras at the Ramo d'Olivo wine bar in Bentonville on March 2nd. Come join us and listen to some tunes.
Thanks to those who've been turning out and supporting live music! You keep us Motivators motivated.
Every now and then, something goes right!!!