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From the President...       January 11, 2016

Good evening Blues fans!! Happy New Year!!

We had a such a blast at the 2nd Annual Utah Blues Society Member Appreciation Holiday Party with over 200 awesome Blues fans at The State Room, December 1th. Big thanks to George T. Gregory and his new band with their soulful blend of Blues and R&B.

Also, a big shout of gratitude from UBS and legendary blues bassman, Mike Ricks, and Linda for your support that night in raising much-needed funds to offset their devastating losses suffered by a pre-Christmas house fire.

UBS includes, as part of our organizational mission, a H.A.R.T. fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) to provide support in situations such as this. Like The Blues Foundation in Memphis, and most other local affiliate Blues Societies, we are proud to be able to provide relief to Blues musicians when needed. You can contribute through your membership to both The Blues Foundation and your local Utah Blues Society.

Next week, UBS presents the bodacious BOBBY RUSH at The State Room. We are thrilled to partner with The State Room to bring you ever more great Blues Music at this stellar, live music venue. Show your support, attend these shows, and share the music with your spheres of influence.

If you have never seen BOBBY RUSH, he is a sight to behold! This is not a show for the thin skinned. This is greasy, nasty, back down in the alley, chitlin circuit Blues. This is the way it’s done in the deep South, something we don't get to expereince much in the Intermountain West. DON’T MISS HIM!!

I’m not sure what form his band will take or if he will have his big butt dancers (hey, I’m just the messenger, that’s what Bobby calls em), or if he will throw in a solo acoustic set, but whatever form it takes, I can assure you it will be entertaining. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the true originators of juke-joint, Chitlin-circuit, deep-South Blues. He’s 69, but you’d think he was 39. I’ll be playing a bunch of his material tonight on the Red, White & Blues program from 8 – 10:30 p.m. on 90.9 FM, KRCL. And if you get a chance to meet and greet Bobby in the lobby, don’t be fooled by his bawdy stage presence. He’s one of the nicest, most heartfelt, articulate blues artists you’ll ever meet.

Both Tripp Hopkins (UBS Treasurer) and I will be afloat the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise next week, and so will miss the show at TSR, but we'll wish you a great show!

WE HAVE A LIMITED # OF UBS-MEMBER DISCOUNTED TICKETS available for $14:

  • Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Smith at mjsmith123@comcast.net to secure your discount ticket
  • Send $14 to donate@utahbluessociety.org via PayPal and click on the left tab which says “Send Money to Family and Friends”
  • Find your ticket at Will Call at TSR

OR Become a NEW UBS Member with a donation of $25 or more and receive a FREE ticket to this show:

  • Join UBS click
  • email Melissa Smith at mjsmith123@comcast.net, tell her you joined and would like your FREE ticket
  • Find your ticket at Will Call at TSR

FYI: GA Tickets are $17 Advance / $20 Door The State Room. Save Money / Buy your ticket through UBS.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the passing of two great legends – soul blues crooner Otis Clay on 1/8/16 and Texas blues-slinger, who routinely tore up the Dead Goat Saloon, Long John Hunter on 1/4/16. All the more reason to see these artists when they come through town! Until then…..

... Love Them Blues,

Brian Kelm - UBS President