Blues Community Joins Hands for Huge Food Drive for the Holidays.
By Ida Mae McLemore
It’s that time of year again for the 25th annual Blues For Food
Celebration, Sunday, November 9th at The Shakespeare Pub,
Located at 14129 Memorial Drive at Kirkwood just off I-10 West.
Join us for over 12 hours of intense live blues with 17 top Texas blues
It’s almost hard to believe this BLUES FOR FOOD has been going for a quarter of a century now. Started by KPFT 90.1 dee-jay and benevolent Houston blues shouter Big Roger Collin in 1990, it was even a precursor and in some ways setting the stage for our partner the Houston Blues Society. Big Roger died in October of 2000 and Houston blues harp man (Houston Blues Society founder and keeper of the flame) Sonny Boy Terry took over the production right away. “I felt we needed to keep the tradition going, “ said Sonny Boy. “It has always been important to me to honor Big Roger’s name and protect the integrity of Blues For Food. I know the new owners at The Shakespeare Pub feels the exact same way.”
This is a wonderfully diverse array of musical talent featuring the amazing blues legend Jimmy Louisiana Dotson, the powerful Miss Trudy Lynn, talented upstart blues vocalist supreme Annika Chambers, critically acclaimed slide guitar giant John Egan, along with John McVey and the Stumble, The Sonny Boy Terry Band and from Austin (we’re not too biased here in Houston) killer blues harp player Greg izor backed by the Erin James Band and any more. .
Admission is any non - perishable food items or cash. With your donation you get a free plate of down home Texas BBQ. Music starts at 1pm with John Eagan and is topped off with Spare Time Murray and the Honetmakers World Famous Blues Jam going until the wee hours till 2am.
No one should go hungry during this holiday season so get ready to shake your blues thang once again by giving back. Join KPFT 90.1, The Houston Blues Society, Keith Alan Guitars and The Shakespeare Pub for the centerpiece of Houston Blues events. It’s the largest collection of Houston blues artists on stage of the year - all donating their time and talent to feed the hungry during the holidays.
There will raffles, 50/50 givaways and a silent auction. This year we will even be auctioning off a hand crafted commemorative Blues For Food 25th Anniversary Cigar Box Guitar – a true collectors item and a one of a kind creation. It’s not a guitar or memorabillia. It’s folk art as well as being a real professional player.
Once again, that’s Sunday November 9th for the 25th Annual Blues For Food celebration. All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank. Please visit www.kpft.org,, www.facebook.com/bluesforfoodhouston or theshakespearepub.net for more information. For publicity information, please call Sonny Boy Terry at 713.822.0437