© Thunder Bay Blues Society 2019
Thunder Bay Blues Society
“HWY 61 TO MEMPHIS” BLUES CHALLENGE
Congratulations to the
SUNDAY wilde Duo
(Sunday wilde & Colin Craig)
who will be representing the Thunder Bay Blues Society
in the 36th International Blues Challenge
in Memphis, TN (January 28 – February 1, 2020)
Big Bad Bobby Blues
Certificate presented by TBBS President Rob Croves
TBBS Best Self-Produced CD Winner
The Thunder Bay Blues Society
is proud to announce the winner of it’s
“2019 Best Self-Produced CD” category.
“Sunday wilde & the 1 eyed jacks”
is the winner.
The winner of this category is entered into the International Blues Challenge
“Best Self-Produced CD” category in Memphis this coming January 28 – February 1, 2020,
where it will be judged against other entries from Blues Societies all over the world.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Hello fellow blues fans,
Thank you for your support during the 2019 season. The Thunder Bay Blues Society (TBBS) had a very successful year, which could not have happened without the participation of members like yourself. The TBBS membership increased substantially this past year, and we are both humbled and grateful by the response from our community.
2019 started with a new initiative - the introduction of a new series, Blues House Party (BHP). With the support of our TBBS members the first BHP sold out in less than 2 weeks. This prompted a change to a larger venue for BHP2, which resulted in an increased attendance of 43% over BHP1!! With the two BHP shows we were able to showcase 6 local bands and on top of that help introduce a youth band (The Shortstops) at both BHP shows to two large and appreciative audiences.
Following a series of sold out Spring and Fall shows in 2017/18, the TBBS made a change to a larger venue (Port Arthur Polish Hall) to accommodate the ticket demand from our TBBS membership. Our Spring show in May, featuring veteran blues rocker Ray Fuller, was just 5 tickets shy of a complete sellout. The recent Fall show featuring Chicago based artists Ivy Ford and John Primer sold out in two weeks! We are happy to announce that all our major shows in 2020 will continue to be held at The Port Arthur Polish Hall.
Looking ahead to 2020 …
Be sure to mark Saturday March 28 on your calendar for Blues House Party 3! In addition to that, we are extremely proud to announce the feature artist for our fall show. Ghost Town Blues Band will grace the Port Arthur Polish Hall stage on Friday October 30, 2020. This band has twice been nominated (2019 and 2020) as “B.B. King International Entertainer of the Year” by Canada’s Maple Blues Awards. Their recent album “Shine” debuted #1 on the Billboard Blues Music Chart, and they are one of the most sought-after bands on the blues circuit.
There are also some surprises in store for 2020 and by continuing to be a TBBS member, you will receive first notice and first opportunity to purchase tickets for all our events, including the ones above. Additionally, this year we will feature a new convenient way to pay for your 2020 membership - Interac e-Transfer! We hope you take advantage of this new option.
Again, thank you for your support this past year and look forward to seeing you out at our 2020 shows!
Thunder Bay Blues Society
Ghost Town Blues Band
October 30, 2020
Port Arthur Polish Hall