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We've Got the Blues...Come and get them!

Dear Blues Family,

Singing the Blues about summer coming to end? Never fear, more Blues are coming your way.

The fest season was memorable. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Blues booth to say hello, share a hug, catch up on news It and sometimes get a smooch.

How thrilling to be a part of the FIRST Pittsburgh Blues and Roots fest. When asked last year… ‘What do you think? Will the blues fans show up for a new fest?’

My response, ‘You bring the music, the blues fans will follow! We will be there with smiles on our faces and savoring the music! Bring it on!!’ The blues fans did not disappoint. It was a new venue, a new look, a wide variety of music….it was a homerun out of the starting gate! Thank you to everyone who showed their support!

Kudos to everyone involved…Band Together with Ron Esser, John Vento, Jim Stewart, the impressive acts, the volunteers and the blues fans.

Another need is on the horizon. We all saw those horrific scenes from the devastation caused by hurricanes in Houston and in Florida. It was haunting and heartbreaking. In response to the call to respond to the many needs that have resulted, Ron Esser has organized….

The Blues Lends a Hand …or Operation Hurricane Relief

Saturday, September 23


378 Freeport Road

Blawnox, PA

4 pm – 9 pm.

Acts have stepped up to raise funds to be given to those in need.

Details will be made available soon.

We ask that you turn out, bring your families, friends, neighbors, co-workers to support this event. We all need a helping hand from time to time. Those ravaged by those horrendous hurricanes need many hands. Let’s join together to show them that Western PA cares.

You ask what else is on the roster in the coming months……take a look!

Blues Society of Western PA happenings:

Blues Day Out Picnic, Saturday, September 16, Hopewell Park, Aliquippa, PA. Free to public. Noon – 8 pm. Brews and BBQ will be available for purchase. Handicapped accessible. Play area. Jukehouse Bombers, Ms. Freddye, Dan Bubien Band and Somethin’s Cookin’ Blues Band.

Blues Nite Out…September 20…CD Release Party hosted by Matt Barranti Band (The 2018 BSWPA band entry at the International Blues Challenge. Special guest: Tina Daniels. 7 pm – 10 pm. Oaks Theater, Oakmont, PA. Open to public. Cover. Please show membership cards. A percentage of every ticket purchased by Blues Members will be added to the Memphis Bound fund. Buffet will be available for an additional $10.

Blues Nite Out…September 24 with Ana Popovic. Soul Femme (Stevee Wellons and Cheryl Rinovato) will open. Jergel’s, Warrendale. Tickets available on Jergel’s site and at the door.

Blues Nite Out… October 6 … Black Cat Moan. Wigle Garden and Barrel House, 1055 Spring Grand Avenue, Pittsburgh. (Northside). 6 pm – 8:30 pm. $15 admission will get you music and 2 drink tickets. Show your BSWPA card: $10 admission. Black Sheep BBQ will be available.

The screening debut of the Blues Chronicles at Robert Morris University on November 3 will include: Jill West, Bill Weiner and Eugene Morgan. This was a joint project (Robert Morris University), Don Luisi (Damn Right I have the Blues radio station host) and the BSWPA to preserve the rich Blues artists within Western PA. 5pm – 9 pm. FREE event. Music by Jill West & Blues Attack: 5:30 – 6 pm. Film: 6 pm- 7:30 pm. Refreshments: 7:30 pm- 8:30 pm. Music during the refreshment hour: Pierce Dipner.

The BSWPA members and friends have been invited on November 25 to support a Bound for Memphis Concert hosted by Charlie Barath & Chris Sutton with special guests, the Matt Barranti Band at Club Café, 56 S 12 St., Pittsburgh. 6:30 pm – 9 pm. $12 at door. $10 advance.

New Year’s Eve Blues Bash 2017…. Headlining this spectacular event: Internationally

acclaimed, Brandon Santini/Jeff Jensen Project with the Jeff Jensen Band. Somethin’s Cooking Blues Band will open. $99 per person: dinner buffet, two smoking bands, 5 hours of open bar and midnight buffet. Groups of six or more who purchase tickets at the same time, $90 pp. Early bird purchase price available until November 1: $90. Buy your party tickets early. It sells out every year. Online purchases: or via Checks may be mailed to: BSWPA, 79 Linmar Homes, Aliquippa, PA 15001. Checks must clear by December 20. More info: 724.888.6183

****Overnight lodging for the 2017 New Year’s Eve Blues Bash***********

Doubletree Hilton, Moon Township. Book your room early, ask for “Blues Rate” $95 until supply is exhausted. 412.329.1400. Please note: Many other hotels (Hampton, Hilton Garden, LaQuinta) are available nearby.

December 2…Save the date. Details soon.

Need more info: Follow the Blues Society of Western PA on Facebook

The Blues will be plentiful. WE, The Blues Society of Western PA, invite you to join us! Come out and get your Blues on!


Jonnye Weber

President, Blues Society of Western PA

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