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Membership Show with CrawlSpace and Westside Cats at Bluetick Tavern

formerly Barley’s Crawlspace is the most recent project of veteran Blues rocker and harmonica wizard, Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley, a mainstay of the Knoxville music scene for more than two decades, as the leader of Crawdaddy and The Macdaddies and also playing with International Blues Challenge semi-finalists, Jenna & Her Cool Friends. After Jenna Jefferson retired from the music scene to s...
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Sara Jordan Birthday Bash!

November 20, 2019 from 7 to 10 pm at the Open Chord. This is the 10th anniversary of this annual fundraiser celebrating the life and musical contributions of much beloved BLUES DIVA, Sara Jordan. A night of Blues, from musicians that knew Sara and played with her throughout her career. The bands donate their talents for a great cause, The Blues Foundation's HART Fund. The HART Fund (Handy Arti...
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SMBS Presents Mississippi Heat at Barley’s Maryville

Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas. MISSISSIPPI HEAT’s name is a reflection of Pierre’s reverence for Mississippi’s blues culture and music. The band’s conviction is that there is no deeper music than Delta-inspir...
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SMBS Presents Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points at Barley’s Maryville

Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Artist and winner of the Windy City Blues Challenge, Liz Mandeville has a powerhouse voice, great songs (original & covers). She's a wiz on guitar & Louisiana Rub-board! Liz has Etta James’ versatility, Tina Turner's showmanship, Bette Midler's vintage look and humor and Aretha's big, soulful alto. Her guitar playing borrows from Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, Li...
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What does the Hart fund do?

The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with se...
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SMBS Competition for 2020 IBCs

BLUES MUSICIANS COMPETE FOR CHANCE TO HIT BEALE STREET! THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLUES SOCIETY, as an official Affiliate organization of The Blues Foundation, proudly invites the music loving public to its annual presentation of the East Tennessee Regional portion of the 36th  International Blues Challenge (IBC).  The event will begin at 4 pm at the Open Chord on Sunday, August 11. Applications ar...
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Membership Campaign Update

All people who joined the SMBS as new members from February 24 up to March 24 and did not receive your meal ticket from Penn Station please see Tom Hurwitz at the t-shirt table at the break on Sunday's free member show with Brandon Santini at Barleys in Maryville. Tom will call the new members who were not at the show starting on Monday. Reminder that this is a free show for members. Non-member...
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MusicFest at West End

  Don't miss this FREE blues extravaganza featuring five top local bands. There'll be lot of eats, drinks, and other summer festival goodies. West End Shopping Center Saturday July 13 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 155 Westend Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934 The line up includes: • Barry Faust and Ben Kreider - 3:00 • Rey Pineda and Natalie Rogers - 4:00 • Mighty Blue - 5:00 •...
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