2016 Blind Raccoon Showcase in Memphis, TN Jan 27-29

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Blind Raccoon Showcase

MEMPHIS, TN – Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for their showcases happening during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. On January 27, 28 and 29, from noon to 5pm, 12 acts from Arizona, Canada, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri (St. Louis & Kansas City), Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin will grace the stage. Seven of these acts are participating in the 2016 IBC.

The showcases will be held at the Purple Haze Nightclub, 140 Lt George W Lee Ave, Memphis, Tennessee. $5 donation request at door. Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies.

Emcees are Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro of Mary4Music.com on Wednesday, Jonathan “Oogie” Richards, host of Mighty Mouth Blues, NWCZ Radio, on Thursday, and Brett Fleming, host of Soul Stew, WEVL/Memphis, on Friday.


Altered Five Blues Band

2016 IBC Band Participant representing the Grafton Blues Association, Wisconsin

Winner 2015 Best Self-Produced CD – “Cryin’ Mercy”

2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee – Contemporary Blues Album and Sean Costello Rising Star

Chris Gill & Friends

Chris Gill is a member of Mississippi G-n-H Blues, 2016 IBC Solo/Duo Participant representing the Vicksburg Blues Society, Mississippi

Chris Yakopcic

2016 IBC Solo/Duo Participant representing Dayton Blues Society, Ohio

2016 Best Self-Produced CD finalist representing Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) – “The Next Place I Leave”

Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band

2016 IBC Solo/Duo Participant representing Indy Crossroads Blues Society, Indiana

Diane Durrett & Soul Suga

Based in Atlanta, Georgia

Georgie Bonds

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats

2016 IBC Band Participant representing Kansas City Blues Society, Missouri

Official CD release shows at the showcase

Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea

2016 IBC Band Participant representing Minnesota Blues Society, Minnesota

Little Boys Blue

2016 IBC Band Participant representing West Tennessee Blues Society, Tennessee

Marshall Lawrence

A returning Canadian client with a pending 2016 release

Mississippi Fever

Out of St. Louis, Missouri

Walkin’ Cane Mark

Out of the state of Arizona


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Noon – Chris Yakopcic

1pm – The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band

2pm – Walkin’ Cane Mark

3pm – Mississippi Fever

4pm – Marshall Lawrence

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Noon – Little Boys Blue

12:50pm – Chris Gill & Friends

1:40pm – Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats

2:30pm – Altered Five Blues Band

3:20pm – The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band

4:10pm – Georgie Bonds

Friday, January 29, 2016

Noon – Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea

12:50pm – Chris Yakopcic

1:40pm – Georgie Bonds

2:30pm – Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats

3:20pm – Diane Durrett

4:15pm – Little Boys Blue

Find more information at the Blind Raccoon website.



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