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president’s message

Hello all my Blues Loving Brothers and Sisters! First of all, I want to give a heart-felt thanks to all of you! You stuck by us during the long hard winter of the pandemic, still paying your yearly dues, even when we could offer little entertainment. For that, I salute you! But, now we are BACK, and back with a purpose! As you can tell, we at the Smoky Mountain Blues Society have already been busy planning some great Blues for ya’ll in 2022! From our exciting 2022 Blues Cruise Concert Series, to 2 hot shows at the new Concourse this Spring! And don’t forget our exciting “International Blues Challenge” and the “Sara Jordan Birthday Bash” later on this year at The Open Chord, along with our yearly Christmas party! We also hope to return to Ijams Nature Center. It’s gonna be a Blue year for sure!

Hey, have I told you the benefits of being a Blues Society member? Well, for a $25 single membership, you get a free T-shirt, and a $5 member discount to most shows. That’s $35 worth of savings, just on our Blues Cruise series, not counting any new shows that we add! We also hope to bring you a “free to members” show. If you’re already a member and just need a renewal, you still get all the discounts!

In other exciting news, the esteemed Doug Harris (Doug Harris Band/Dirty Doug and Jonny) will hopefully be taking up the reigns in our
Blues In The Schools” program, taking the Blues, and its history, to area schools for live presentations. Stay tuned! We need you! With all these exciting shows we have coming to town, we need volunteers! To help sell tickets, memberships, and T-shirts at our shows.
For membership and/or volunteer information, contact Alice Woody, our membership chairperson at amjwoody@comcast.net.

And, last but not least, I’ll be experimenting with a monthly “FB live” series from my studio called “Blue Monday’s at Mikey’s” highlighting local Blues artists. First up, on Monday, April 4, Robert Higginbotham and Ray Beltrane.

Details to follow…See ya at a show soon!
Michael, President
Smoky Mountain Blues Society