The Blues can often conjure images of sweltering heat and sweat-inducing sun rays, but a swift winter chill can be just as fitting. Be it Seasonal Affective Disorder or just the need for some down and dirty grooves to grind to (and keep warm), the Blues can be your best friend come wintertime. And Blues is always best in the live setting. Luckily, Cincinnati Blues doesn’t take the winter off.
The Cincy Blues Society’s annual “Winter Blues Fest” is coming up at the end of January (two nights, three stages and 26 bands at the Southgate House, Jan. 29-30). But on Monday you can get your Blues fix via a stellar regional lineup at the Play By Play club in Silverton. And it’s for a good cause: helping area artists spread the good word of Midwestern Blues.
The “Road to Memphis 2010” showcase kicks off at 7 p.m.
and raises money to help some local musicians get to Memphis at the end of the month and battle in the International Blues Challenge against entries from around the world (check blues.org for more on the IBC festivities).
Monday’s benefit show will feature IBC competitors Cheryl Renee with Them Bones (pictured, competing in the “Band” category and representing the Cincy Blues Society) and Ricky Nye (CBS rep in the “Solo/Duo” category), as well as Twelve-Eight (participating in the new Youth Showcase at the IBC) and Jimmy D. Rogers, who is the Columbus Blues Alliance’s entry in the “Solo/Duo” category (oddly, Cincinnati’s Sonny Moorman Group — not performing at the benefit — is the CBA’s “Band” competitor). Guitarist Noah Wotherspoon, who has competed at the IBC for CBS in the past, is also on the bill.
Look for another "Road to Memphis" fundraiser Jan. 17 at the Madison Theater.
(Get venue and show details here.)