Each month the Kansas City Blues Society (KCBS) puts together the Blues News magazine which has been a staple of blues information throughout the states of Missouri and Kansas for many years now. Even though their magazine prints only once a month, they are often the first to break a story in the blues scene or the first to give the full proper treatment to an issue relating to blues, like the recent death of Kansas City blues singer Jim LaForte, which made the cover of the August issue. One of the most followed journalists in the Kansas City blues music beat is the Kansas City Blues Society’s Coyote Bill, himself a blues musician and slide guitar aficionado. Coyote Bill and his Wild Ones were recently nominated for Best Blues Band in Kansas City by the Pitch. The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Examiner is proud to present Coyote Bill’s most recent article for internet publication:
We have reached the halfway point on the year. There have been quite a number of big stories in the last six months too- it’s hard to keep up. Off the top of my head there are a few that immediately come to mind.
One of the most recent developments is one I am sure you have heard quite a bit about is the fate of the 2010 Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival. Apparently, due to changes in state, county and city statues and ordinances, the festival organizers were forced to cancel the free festival this year. That is a shame. The organizers have always said they were never out to line their own pockets, but merely promote the music and the artists. Unfortunately there are those who feel things should be run in a different manner. Hopefully everyone involved can come to an agreement and the fest will continue as scheduled next year.
Another big story of 2010 so far is the passing of KC Blues stalwart Jim Laforte. He was a popular figure on the jam circuit for a long time, as well as one of the best Blues vocalists you could have ever heard. He was a great band leader and a great songwriter to boot. A memorial jam was held in his honor at the legendary Mama Ray Jam at BB’s Lawnside BBQ on Saturday June 12. I am sure everybody who knew Jim will agree that he will be greatly missed.
So much else has been going on as well. For instance: Gigi’s and the return of the Blues to Troost; the rise and fall of the ol’ five five; several highly successful Haiti benefits; Fat Fish Blue opening a restaurant in Zona Rosa; the hot streak of the Samantha Fish Blues Band; I can go on.
I want to hear from you. Really, I do. What do you think is a top KC Blues story of 2010? Send me an email at [email protected] and let me know.
IN OTHER NEWS: Back in June I took part in an acoustic showcase at a place called Toad’s Pub & Perk in Overland Park. It wasn’t a Blues show, but an acoustic show for singer/songwriter types. One of the performers that played that evening was Skaught Patterson. I am sure many of you out there are familiar with Skaught. He and his wife Guinevere are a couple of the biggest Blues fans you will ever meet and are present at quite a number of shows supporting bands all over town. Skaught is also a popular journalist with the Kansas City Jazz and Blues Examiner online. Well in case you were not aware, Mr. Patterson is also an incredible guitar player and the possessor of an incredibly powerful singing voice. I had a chance to see Skaught with his band, The Pharaoh Tarot, at the Record Bar jam back in February and I was mightily impressed with their performance then. But the show I saw at Toad’s was something different. It was just him with his guitar and his songs. I was blown away. In addition to the aforementioned voice and guitar skills he really has some great original songs too. Not everything he did was Blues, but it was definitely all Blues based- very atmospheric and anecdotal. I would really like to see him do more solo acoustic shows, and I urge Blues fans everywhere to check him out if you get the opportunity.
That’s all for now, get out and support the Blues!
Coyote Bill and His Wild Ones schedule:
Aug 1 Hideout Bar & Grill – OPEN JAM – Glasdstone MO – 6PM
Aug 5 The Pitch Awards Showcase – Westport, Kansas City MO – TBD
Aug 7 The RecordBar Open Jam – Westport, Kansas City MO – 4 to 7PM
Aug 7 The Office Bar & Grill with special guest Pharaoh Tarot – Gladstone MO – 8:30 PM
Aug 8 Harvest The Blues Benefit at BB’s Lawnside BBQ– KCMO – Noon
Aug 13 Lakehouse Pub – Lake Lotawana MO – 9PM
Aug 20 Jazz Louisiana Kitchen – The Legends KCKS – 7PM
Sept 5 Hideout Bar & Grill OPEN JAM – Gladstone MO – 6PM
Sept 10 Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival – St Joe – 6PM
Sept 24 Jazz Louisiana Kitchen – The Legends KCKS – 7PM
Pharaoh Tarot blues Schedule:
Aug 7 2010 2:00P
Hide Out Bar & Grill Gladstone, Missouri
Aug 7 2010 8:30P
The Office Bar & Grill Gladstone, Missouri
Aug 21 2010 8:30P
Tavern On Green Lee’s Summit, Missouri
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