2022 Giving Challenge

2022 Giving Challenge

2022 Giving Challenge

2022 Giving Challenge

Special Events for a Special Occasion

 

From April 26th 12:00pm until April 27th 12:00pm, you will be able to make a huge difference supporting blues. The Giving Challenge 2022 is back! And your society has some special events planned for this edition of the challenge.

April 26th will have two free events for your enjoyment. Starting at 12:00pm – the kickoff time – Suncoast Blues Society and Music Compound on Cattleman Road will kick off a day of activity.

At 12:00 the staff at Music Compound will host a blues “lunch and learn” session. Activities planned include a blues-based fingerstyle guitar lesson.

The music will heat up beginning at 5pm, and the schedule follows:

  • 5pm – Blues Jam with Sly
  • 6pm – Bodie Valdez and Trey Wanvig will be onstage presenting blues as practiced by Suncoast Blues Society member musicians
  • 7pm – the Music Compound band SouthBound is onstage. 

For members north of the Skyway Bridge, Suncoast Blues Society is happy to present Brian Leneschmidt and Sarasota Slim at Bayboro Brewery in St. Pete!

Wherever your ability to donate rests, this 24-hour online giving day is a chance to spread many positive vibes displaying your generosity and help grow blues in our community. As in past years there will be targeted donations available for you to direct your generosity towards a goal. Last challenge your donations funded a workshop where Suncoast Blues Society provided cigar box guitar kits to young aspiring guitar players! We hope to do something similar this year.

The Patterson Foundation is turning every ($25 to $100 per person) donation an individual makes to Suncoast Blues Society on www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org into twice the gift amount so this is the perfect time to “give”.

 

John Mayall Interview

John Mayall Interview

John Mayall Interview

John Mayall Interview

Blues Blast Magazine has an excellent interview with John Mayall. Written by the former President of Suncoast Blues Society, Mark Thompson, the piece contains many points of interest about John, former band members, and his songwriting process. Mark’s interview left me wanting to perform a deeper dive into John’s catalog!

You can read the interview at Blues Blast John Mayall.

Recently, SBS published a review of John’s latest (according to John’s discography the 67th!) recording of his career.

The Sun is Shining Down review can be found here SBS CD Review.

When writing about John I would be remiss without remembering our friend, Mike Shivvers. Mike was a huge fan of John Mayall and was all set to film a performance of John’s at The Capital Theatre in Clearwater. A show cancelled due to the pandemic. Forever I will link Mike’s memory with John Mayall and his music.

Mike’s skill as a videographer is evident with a video captured in 2016 of John’s show in Stuart, FL. This show featured Jay Davenport and Greg Rzab – both mentioned by John in his interview with Mark. Mike’s YouTube site has this video, and others of John.

 

  • Scott Morris