Recently (March 26) I attended the Columbus Blues Revival in Dublin at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The day long event that lasted well into the evening was sponsored by City Barbecue, BMI Federal Credit Union, and the Elevator Brewing Company (among others). My friend Josh Larue attended with me. The event was hosted by the Columbus Blues Alliance. On the bill that day was Micah Kesselring and Noah Shull, who conducted a Blues demonstration and discussion in the hotel atrium. The two talked about the two major styles of the Blues; Piedmont (from the Carolinas) and the Delta (from the deep south). Of course, I enjoyed this thoroughly. Love to talk about the Blues. We also got to see and hear Will Freed, Tony McClung and Mark May. They entertained from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. On the second stage Kesselring and Shull entertained… again both were very good, masters of their instruments.
For me, getting to see Bobby Rush, a true-blue Blues legend was a treat. The old Blues masters are passing on for the most part. When an opportunity to see one and actually carry on a conversation is rare, indeed. The highlight of the show was The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. I had not heard of these guys before that night, let me tell yo they lit up the place. I have already included one of their songs in Podcast No. 44. It was great fun at this event and I hope it was successful enough to do it again next year. Just a reminder the Blues Highway Dee-jay will be at City Barbecue in Newark, Ohio (West Church Street), on Fridays from 7:00 to 10:00. Stop on out and enjoy the music.