GREAT NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM

GREAT NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM

GREAT NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM

Jose Ramirez’s CD release party at the Palladium Saturday night was a great success for everyone involved.  Jose and his special guests, Anson Funderburgh, and Shelly Bonet, performed flawlessly.

The Palladium and Paul Wilborn proved to be an extremely gracious host under difficult times.  We just knew our blues fans would follow the CDC guidelines and they did so with no complaints. Everyone attending was thrilled!

Your Suncoast Blues Society Board was there to help Jose with his CD sales and to provide an opportunity for our members to renew their membership in person.

Jose gave the Suncoast Blues Society one of the most favorable shout-outs from the stage that we have ever received from a performing artist and as a result we gained some new members into the SBS family!  Everyone attending was thrilled to be out of the house and finally hearing live music in a safe setting.

Jose and Anson signed the guitar that SBS will be raffling off later in the year – stay tuned for more info on this.

Missing Suncoast Blues News?

Missing Suncoast Blues News?

Missing Suncoast Blues News?

On August 27, 2020, your Suncoast Blues Society emailed the latest edition of Suncoast Blues News to our subscribers.

The society has changed email providers. If you have not received your copy via email, please check your spam folder. Your email provider may not be recognizing the new sending address.  You can always add the address to contact to ensure spam-free delivery.

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Tonight, August 21, 2020 our Suncoast Blues Society community lost a legend

Tonight, August 21, 2020 our Suncoast Blues Society community lost a legend

Tonight, August 21, 2020 our Suncoast Blues Society community lost a legend

From Bryan Lee’s Family: 

Today, Bryan Lee, the Braille Blues Daddy, Blind Giant of the Blues, New Orleans Institution, husband, father, and friend, passed from this life into legend. A sigh of thousands mark his passing. 

Bryan dedicated his life to sharing his gift of music. In the liner notes from his recent blues gospel album Sanctuary, “A gift is not a gift unless you share it. God gave me the gift of the blues and I want to share my gift with you.” He dedicated each of his 18 albums first to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior and his passion shone through with every note. 

At this time, the family is pausing to reflect on this remarkable soul who greeted each day with gratitude, optimism, and humble joy for all his blessings.

 

Please enjoy this video of Bryan, courtesy of Mike Shivvers at Blues & Roots Archive 

Bryan Lee “Braille’s Blues Daddy” 

And a tribute to Bryan from Kenny Wayne Shepherd 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Tribute to Bryan Lee

 

Suncoast Blues Society proudly announces its new website at Suncoastblues.org

Suncoast Blues Society proudly announces its new website at Suncoastblues.org

Suncoast Blues Society proudly announces its new website at Suncoastblues.org

On August 16, 2020 the Suncoast Blues Society proudly announces its new website at Suncoastblues.org

The Board of Directors has been aware of the need to update its social media presence and manage its membership list for quite some time.

The board also recognized that redesigning and managing a website that includes an eCommerce system (Memberships) was necessary but beyond the board’s ability.

Thus, began the search to identify a technology partner within the Tampa Bay community that would work with us to accomplish this. We chose to partner with West Bay Media Group (WBMG) for this huge undertaking. WBGM’s CEO and founder is none other than local blues bass man Tom “T-Bone” Hamilton and he has been working with us non-stop for the past 5 months!

Our Content Committee, which includes Terri O’Brien, Lafayette Reid, Bill Hubbard, Robert D’Angelo and our tech guru and fearless leader Scott Morris, spent too many hours to count, designing and testing the new site – it has been a crash course in technology for many of us!

And we are not stopping here – additional enhancements are in the works that include an updated local band list, CD-reviews, Community Outreach programs, more blues interviews, and a refresh of the Facebook site.

The Board wishes to thank other folks that helped along the way – we could not have accomplished this without you!!

  • Rick Hart for getting us started on this project
  • Franc Robert for his creative and timely graphic work
  • Local blues front man Dooner Manross for graciously agreeing to share his image with the blues world (check out “The Dooner Banner”)
  • Karl Hastings for his precision email migration
  • William Tillis for consulting with us along the way
  • Ken Torvik for helping us with historical background
  • George Willett, our beloved retired board member, for helping with the transition

This has been, and continues to be, a HUGE project that has been in the works for the past 2 years, so we hope that you are as pleased as we are!

We would love your feedback – if you have suggestions, ideas or questions send an email to BluesNews@suncoastblues.org, and show your support thru your membership at https://suncoastblues.org/membership

Stay safe.

We sincerely hope our Blues Fans will enjoy our efforts and join our group that believes in the healing power of the Blues.