Suncoast Blues News Update

Suncoast Blues News Update

Suncoast Blues News Update

2021 International Blues Challenge

Greetings Blues Fans, your Blues Society needs to update our membership on some recent decisions.

As you are aware the current situation with the pandemic has just about shut down our live music scene in the Tampa Bay area.  The SBS board reviewed the new rules and guidelines the 2021 International Blues Challenge competition, which were set up to use virtual submissions from contestants.

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Sadly, we decided that we will not be able to hold a competition this year, or send contestants to Memphis, if the competition even happens. 

Without the ability for the Society or the bands to hold fundraising activities, we are uncomfortable with the financial commitment to send competitors to Memphis.  This was a painful decision for us, but under the current circumstances, we feel it is the best one for us this year.

 

 

 

 

Suncoast Blues Society Event Update

Suncoast Blues Society Event Update

Suncoast Blues Society Event Update

 

Your Suncoast Blues Society wishes to thank everyone who is reading this right now – we genuinely appreciate you hanging in with us during these difficult times.

Events

The Covid 19 virus continues to disrupt the festivals and concert venues we all love to attend.

Due to the current restrictions on the size of gatherings allowed we find it impossible to plan our normal annual events. Until restrictions loosen up, your society is considering hosting smaller, typically outdoor, events using our local artists in venues where we can practice proper social distancing.

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We hope to be planning events and having fun as soon as it is appropriate, until then please stay safe and healthy. We miss you.

Memberships

The Society recognize that many of you renew your memberships at the events that have cancelled. We still need your support, so we encourage you to renew online.

New email address

Do you have any ideas for a blog post? Do you wish to contribute an interview for consideration? Your Suncoast Blues Society Content Committee has a new email address. Please send your ideas, submissions, and comments to bluesnews@suncoastblues.org

 

Lafayette Reid
President
Suncoast Blues Society

Greetings to the best blues fans in the world!

Greetings to the best blues fans in the world!

Greetings to the best blues fans in the world!

As we all continue to struggle through this current healthcare crisis, your Suncoast Blues Society (SBS) is facing some tough decisions. Due to COVID-19 your society lost several of our income producing events. Consequently, the cost of printing and mailing our next issue of the Twelve Bar Rag is not in the budget. As an alternative, we are using our weekly email blasts to post content. Typically, if you renew your membership at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, please consider going to our website to renew.


Regarding budgets, our very capable fundraiser James Randolph has once again enrolled the Suncoast Blues Society into the “Giving Challenge”. This event takes place from noon April 28th to noon April 29th – 24 hours total. Donations from $25 (minimum) up to $100 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Giving Challenge benefactor. Your donation must come through our website (www.suncoastblues.org). We will have a link set up that will ensure SBS gets credit for your donation. Additional Giving Challenge info will be forthcoming.

So please mark your calendar, set you reminder, and consider investing in your Blues Society.

On an optimistic note, our Community Outreach Program board member James Randolph, and new Board member Scott Morris, are busy working with the Manatee Film Society and the State College of Florida (SCF). Planned is a multi-media event that will include a film presentation of Side Men: Long Road to Glory, live music, and a photographic display of Blues Artists from our local photographers. This exciting event will occur at the SCF campus in Bradenton as soon as it is safe to schedule.

The most important message that I can send out today is that we need everyone reading this note to take every precaution to stay safe and healthy during one of the most difficult times that many of us have faced.

Thanks – we love you and remember the Blues can be healing for your spirit.

Lafayette Reid