The Topeka Blues Society Blues Challenge was held at the historic Jayhawk Theatre in Topeka on Sunday, August 18th. Winning the category of Solo/Duo was “Coyote” Bill Bartelt and Cole Dillingham who are both staples on the current Kansas City music scene. Bartelt had initially been formulating a duo with fellow Kansas City musician, Patricio Lazen, who passed away quite unexpectedly in April of this year. The duo concept was set aside for obvious reasons until Bartelt and Dillingham began playing together and could reformulate the duo in a new direction to compliment both men and still be true to the vision started with Lazen. They are heading to Memphis in January 2020 to compete in the International Blues Competition (IBC).
Patrick Recob and the Perpetual Luau All-Stars will be hitting the road later this summer starting August 1st with Music At the Meridian in Yankton, SD. From there it is on to Des Moines, IA August 2nd at Noce. Patrick and the All-Stars will take it to Blues in the Market in Omaha, NE on August 3rd (venue TBA) to keep the luau going. Winding down this run, will take the Luau All-Stars to Byron’s in Pomeroy, IA. It’s guaranteed that it will definitely be a high energy show with Patrick at the helm backed with the outstanding talents of Matt Woods on guitar and Jan Faircloth holding down the backbeat. Come on get your aloha on!
James Harman & Friends will be returning to the Midwest, and this time he brought some friends. Kicking off his summer run starting on July 18th at the Zoo Bar and then appearing at Zoofest in Lincoln, NE on July 20th. He will be wrapping up in Springfield, IL on July 27th. Some of the finest musicians will be accompanying him on this tour: Chicago’s Tom Holland, Kansas City’s Patrick Recob and Jan Faircloth, along with Stephen Hodges and Brian Fahey. It’s gonna a be hot one with a lot legends jam packed into this tour! Look for venues, dates, and times here and on our Facebook page to stay up to date!
Make Music Day is a global celebration of music that takes place on June 21st and musicians from all genres gather on streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. In the Kansas City metro area, Make Music Liberty (Liberty, Missouri) is hosting the celebration and extended the event over two days, June 21st and 22nd in the Liberty community.
Many musicians will be taking it to the streets and other venues! It’s open to the public and free of cost. It’s great way to celebrate summer, music, and community on a global scale. Don’t miss out to be part of the worldwide celebration.
For more details about Make Music Liberty, go to: http://www.makemusicliberty.org/.
Musicians and fans are still reeling from the loss of Michael Ledbetter who passed away unexpectedly in January. An outpouring of support for his family began on The Legendary Blues Cruise followed with memorial concerts in Kansas City, St. Louis, Des Moines, Boca Raton, two shows in Chicago, Boston with the final show scheduled for Tampa. Several artists of JNJ Talent were honored to take part in several of these shows to pay respect to such a tremendously talented man. The contributions he made to music from his training in opera to his significant time with the Nick Moss Band to the most recent Welch Ledbetter Connection electrified audiences and fellow musicians around the world. Memorials have been set up for those who wish to donate and help his young family through this tragic loss: https://www.gofundme.com/michael-ledbetter-memorial-fund.