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Salute To Vets Concert was held on Sunday November 10th, at 6pm in the First Assembly of God Greater Lansing, 2717 West Road, East Lansing (near the Meijer on Lake Lansing Road) There was a free will offering / donations and featured musicians from local churches performing lil bit Motown, lil bit Soul music and more!

Help Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree get to Memphis to compete at the International Blues Challenge with a Memphis Bound fundraisers in Old Town.

The International Blues Challenge represents a worldwide search for blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC.

Musician/Band Name: Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree Memphis Bound!

Venue Name: UrbanBeat
Venue Address: 1213 Turner St, Lansing, Michigan 48906
Venue Website: urbanbeatevents.com
Date of Event: Sunday, November 17th
Time of Event: 3pm-7pm


BLUEstage Coming Events: The Holidays are upon us and BLUEStage Jams presents Live Blues on the following approaching dates in November 2019:  
Tuesday, Nov 19th, TC & the Roadmasters host the area’s best Blues Jam.

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019, from New Orleans LA, Big Al & the Heavyweights will bring their signature sound to our venue.  A blend of blues & rock with a touch of Cajun & a pinch of Zydeco to spice the roux.

Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2019 3 Hot local blues bands kicking off the Thanksgiving weekend.  Kev Nichols & Blue Tuesday, TC & the Roadmasters and Lady & the Tramps.                                    

All hosted in the most intimate venue for 100 miles around:  Superb sound, controlled volume, table & chair seating all less than 45’ from the stage.  No one standing front of you or squashed up next to you.

Check out our FB page for videos https://www.facebook.com/pg/TCsBLUEStageJams/videos/?ref=page_internal  and our website https://bluestagejams.com/ for concert listings and tickets. Until our seating chart is up & running, tickets purchased at the box office or TC’s Garage can reserve specific seats/tables.


National News and Beyond

Paul Barrere (July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019) Member of the band Little Feat Has Passed.

Paul Barrere (July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019) was an American musician most noticeable as a member of the band Little Feat, which he joined in 1972 some three years after the band was created by Lowell George.

Barrere recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Chicken Legs, Blues Busters, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Eikichi Yazawa, and Carly Simon. He can be seen in the 1979 Nicolette Larson Warner Brothers promotional video of "Lotta Love".

Barrere's best known contributions to Little Feat as a songwriter include "Skin It Back", and "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" from the album Feats Don't Fail Me Now, "All That You Dream" from The Last Record Album, "Time Loves a Hero" from Time Loves a Hero, and "Down on the Farm" from Down on the Farm.

Barrere was a swing man as a guitarist playing a wide variety of styles of music including blues, rock, jazz, and cajun music and was proficient as a slide guitarist.

Barrere also recorded and toured as an acoustic duo with fellow Little Feat member Fred Tackett. Barrere played several concerts with Phil Lesh and Friends in October 1999 and from March to June 2000. He also toured with Bob Dylan, and had most recently been writing and recording with Roger Cole.

He was the son of the Hollywood actors Paul Bryar and Claudia Bryar. Barrere contracted Hepatitis C in 1994, but had managed to keep it under control. In 2015, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Paul Barrere died on October 26, 2019 at the age of 71.

Yonrico Scott Passes at Age 63

Yonrico Scott has died at age 63. Scott was best known for his long tenure in the Derek Trucks Band, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and the Yonrico Scott Band. No cause of death was given.

Yonrico Scott was born on October 5, 1955 in Detroit where he was influenced by the Motor City’s Motown Sound and gospel music from his mother, Ruth N. Scott and others. He started performing in gospel bands at age seven and soon after became a mentee of Motown drummer, George Hamilton. Scott attended The University Of Kentucky, where he was voted Drummer Of The Year during his freshman year. After graduating, Yonrico moved to Atlanta and was a fixture of the city’s live music scene ever since.

In 1994, Yonrico started gigging with teenage guitar prodigy Derek Trucks as part of his burgeoning Derek Trucks Band project. Scott became a full-time member the next year, starting first as percussionist before filling the drum seat.

The Derek Trucks Band went on a hiatus in 2010 that continues through the present so Derek could focus on starting the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Scott co-founded the Royal Southern Brotherhood with Devon Allman, Cyril Neville, Mike Zito and Charlie Wooton. The group put out its first studio album in 2012 and followed with three more and plenty of live performances over the next few years.

Yonrico issued his solo debut album, Be In My World, in 2012 and performed frequently with the Yonrico Scott Band. He also sat-in and performed with a bevy of musicians over the years including numerous appearances with Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, The Allman Brothers Band, John Scofield and Larry Keel, among many others. Scott released his final studio album, Life Of A Dreamer, in 2016.

Ginger Baker, Drummer for Cream, Blind Faith, and other British bands, Died October 6.

Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer for Cream, Blind Faith, and other British bands, died October 6 at age 80. Baker played in the seminal 1960s British R&B bands Blues Incorporated and the Graham Bond Organisation before joining forces in 1966 with guitarist Eric Clapton and bass guitarist Jack Bruce in Cream. He and Clapton then went on to form a second supergroup, Blind Faith, with Steve Winwood and Ric Grech.

The trio’s 1966 debut album, Fresh Cream, was an instant success, with several original songs mixed with classic blues songs composed by such legends as Willie Dixon and Robert Johnson.

Their follow-up, Disraeli Gears, released in 1967, earned them mythic status.  The album included such future classics as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Strange Brew.”

Soon came Wheels of Fire, a two-record set with studio and live recordings. The album, which included their cover of “Crossroads” as well as “White Room,” topped the U.S. chart and even reached #11 on the R&B sales chart.

Cream’s fourth and final album, Goodbye, also included a combination of live and studio recordings, most notably “Badge.”

In 2005, Cream reunited for a series of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2006 the band received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. Baker was also nominated for a Grammy in 1968 as Best New Artist.