The 17th Annual Blues For Food Fest is due to hit Shakespeare's Pub on November 16th. Trust me on this--if you are anywhere within driving range of 14129 Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas, you must not miss some of the finest music that the city has to offer in a non-stop, kick booty, blues and roots rockin' show that'll satisfy and saturate your soul. You will have some kind of fine time and the entry fee is to show up with non-perishable food items and/or cash donations that will help the Houston Food Bank replenish their supplies and feed those in need and while you're there you can feed yourself on the free BBQ that'll be on the house.
My good friend Sonny Boy Terry has been involved in promoting this fine event, in one way or another, since its inception and the quality of talent donating their time over the years has been amazing. I first met the likes of Jimmy 'T-99' Nelson, Joe 'Guitar' Hughes, Texas Johnny Brown, Grady Gaines, Calvin Owens and Pete Mayes through the years at these gatherings. The stars have always shone for this event. Ya never know who will turn up, but I do know that all these cats will be there, according to this press release:
SHAKESPEARE'S PUB AND KPFT RADIO 90.1 PROUDLY PRESENTS BLUES FOR FOOD FEST '08. OVER 12 HOURS OF NON STOP BUTT ROCKIN' BLUES. IT'S THE BIGGEST COLLECTION OF BLUES ARTISTS OF THE YEAR STARRING THE LEGENDARY TRUDY LYNN AND MANY MORE...LOTS OF FANTASTIC BLUES AND ROOTS ROCK. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE HOUSTON FOOD BANK: 1:30pm-Steve the Chief, 2:30pm-Mojofromopolis, 3:30pm-TC and the Cannonballs, 4:15pm-Don Kesee and the Bluesmasters, 5pm-John McVey and the Stumble w/Marie English, 5:45pm-Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band, 6:30pm-Sonny Boy Terry w/Little Ray, 7:15pm-Trudy Lynn, 8pm-The Mighty Org, 8:45pm-Snit's Dog and Pony Show, 9:30pm-1:30am-Spare Time Murray and the Honeymakers' World Famous Blues Jam and Open Mic featuring Little Screamin' Kenny.
MASTERS OF CEREMONY FROM KPFT 90.1 INCLUDE JAMES 'BLUES HOUND' NAGEL, NURI NURI, MR.&MRS. VEE, AND SMOKIN' JOE MONTES. ANY NON-PERSISHABLE FOOD ITEMS AND CASH ARE NEEDED. Proceeds benefit the needy, the homeless, the hungry and the infirmed...Following Hurricane Ike, we need more than ever...SHAKESPEARE'S PUB, 14129 MEMORIAL DRIVE @ KIRKWOOD, HOUSTON, TX, 77070, CALL 281.497.4625 FOR DETAILS OR VISIT OUR WEB ADDRESSES: www.myspace.com/houstonbluesforfood, www.kpft.org, www.shakespearepub.net
Hey, this will be a walloping good show. If you've never seen Trudy Lynn, then you've never seen anyone upset the house in the way that she will. There is going to be some kind of cranking great music coming off Memorial Drive on the 16th. Anyway--
As of May 30, 2008, I retired as a high school teacher with 29 years of sharing my knowledge of journalism, English, and world geography with Texas teenagers and eventually some of their kids (including three of my own).
This blog will provide a piece of the answer to the question I've been asked for the millionth time, "Well, what are you going to do now?"
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