Play It Forward is the year-old Cincinnati support group that wants to financially help musicians who give us remarkable entertainment in clubs and concert halls on a nightly basis, often at the expense of their financial security and well being. It's the brainchild of Gary Burbank, the veteran humorist, radio personality and former Memphis session drummer who retired from WLW-AM at the end of 2007.
There is that old cliche among Blues purists that says, "You have to live the Blues to play the Blues." Don't tell that to the dozen or so teenagers in the Blues in the Schools Band who will take the stage Jan. 30-31 at the Southgate House performing as one of 25 acts on three stages for the annual two-night Winter Blues Fest.
It won't exactly be the sort of historical marker you'll stumble upon while taking a stroll. It will be found at the end of a dreary industrial street in Evanston, fixed to a pole in front of a poop-brown abandoned warehouse overlooking cars whizzing by on I-71. But someone who comes upon it next week (or in years to come) will likely do a double-take reading what happened in that crumbling building where King Records became The King of Them All.