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Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band CD Release Party "Here I Am Again"

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The reverie exhibited by the Kathleen and The Bridge Street Band at Old Town's URBANBeat was a celebration of their CD release entitled “Here I Am Again.”  This production was a labor of love and determination featuring Kathleen Walters, vocals, Eric Payne, drums, Doug Fritch, guitar, Mike Lynch, keys, Tim Bouchard, bass, Steve Daly, slide guitar, and a host of supporting musicians and technicians.

Kathleen Walters wrote most of the songs for “Here I Am Again” which symbolized her vocal talent exhibiting high energy blues and soul intermixed with an occasional dash of country twang. They represented real life experiences: some funny, others scribed with tears and an aching heart.

The Bridge Street Band has been bringing their brand of traditional blues, rock, covers and original music to mid-Michigan crowds for nearly ten years. They will represent the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Late January 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee.

BLUEStage Jams, South Central Michigan’s home of the Blues, opens their season of concerts on Saturday, Sept. 28th.  Local acts, TC & the Roadmasters, Bull Halsey featuring Danny Pratt and new startup, Lady & the Tramps featuring Darcy McConnell will perform. Advance tickets are available at the box office for specific seating or online at for general admission.   Season tickets are available in singles, pairs and foursomes thru the Sept. 28th show saving $5 off every show in the 13 event series. This season lineup features touring bands from across the country: New York to Los Angeles, New Orleans to Milwaukee, Chicago & Detroit. Visit the website www.bluestagejams.com for the full lineup.  Beginning October 12th with Funky Mojo Daddy from Chicago, BLUEStage presents 2 concerts a month thru March of 2020.

Sat Sept 28th Season Opener/TC’s 70th BD party.  TC & the Roadmasters, Lady & the Tramps, The Bull Halsey Band                 $20/25Thu Oct 10th Jam Session Sat Oct 12th   Funky Mojo Daddy    $20/25Tue Oct 22nd Jam SessionSat Oct 26th  Paul Nelson Band   $30/35 Thu Nov 7th  Jam Session Sat Nov 9th  Kenny Parker Band w/sg Jimmy McCarty $20/25 Tue Nov 19th   Jam Session   Sat Nov 23rd Big Al & the Heavyweights $25/30 Thu Dec 12th Jam Session Sat Dec 14th  Little Ed & the Blues Imperials $30/35 Tue Dec 17th Jam Session Sat Dec 28th James Armstrong   $25/30 Thu Jan 9th Jam Session Sat Jan 11th  Harper & the Midwest Kind $25/30 Tue Jan 21st Jam Session Sat Jan 25th Toronzo Cannon $30/35 Thu Feb 6th Jam Session Sat Feb 8th  Nick Moss Band feat/Dennis Gruenling TBC  $25/30  Tue Feb 18th  Jam Session Sat Feb 22nd Rev Raven & Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys  $25/30 Thu Mar 12th  Jam Session Sat Mar 14th Jeremiah Johnson Band    $25/30 Tue Mar 24th Jam Session Sat Mar 28th tba Thu Apr 9th  Jam Session Sat Apr 11th tba Tue Ap 21st Jam Session Sat Apr 25th  tba


The Gem Theater announces Welcome Wednesday's. In support of local live music, with NO COVER, shows are planned for October 2, Mill Street Blues, w/spg Natalie Shattuck, October 16, The Right Wrong Band & October 30, The 10 Centers, check out the flyer for details. Please help us support this and carry on into November and beyond.

Early start time with doors open at 6:30.

National News and Beyond

Prolific Songwriter and Singer Eddie Money, Died Friday, September 13 at Age 70.

Eddie Money, the popular singer and songwriter whose songs in the 1980’s  “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight” died Friday ,September 13. He was 70.

Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, and  grew up on Long Island.  He originally started out in law enforcement, his father’s profession, spending two years as a New York City police officer before deciding to try music. In Berkeley, Calif. following his move out west, he palled around with local musicians of the San Francisco club scene which led him to legendary promoter Bill Graham, whom Money met in 1976. Graham would become Money’s manager helping him achieve multi-platinum album sales in the 1980s.

During that decade, Money also descended into drug and alcohol abuse, nearly dying of an overdose that left him unable to walk for a year.

More than anything, Money’s music was considered blue-collar as its principal core, which led him to be featured on “The King of Queens” in 2002, where he performed a selection of his hits.

Known also for his comedic manner, both in his music videos and in interviews, he said last year that, despite his string of hit songs, he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.” In his typically self-deprecating manner, Money capped the conversation with this view: “The kids aren’t in jail, they’re not in rehab, nobody’s wrecked the car this week and there’s still milk in the refrigerator. I’m having a good month.”

Money is survived by his wife Laurie and five children, daughter Jesse Money, and sons Zachary, Joseph, Desmond and Julian.

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.


Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer "The Cars," Dead at Age 75

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York City. He was 75. Ocasek, whose identity was confirmed by police, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cars became hugely popular in the late 1970s and early 80s with hits including "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Drive." The Cars were a mainstay of MTV in its early days.

Ocasek married super model Paulina Porizkova after the two met while shooting the video for 1984's "Drive." The couple last year announced their separation. They had two children together.

He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses, which featured in many of the band's videos, including "You Might Think" in 1984.

Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The band had 13 Top 40 singles and four Top 10 LPs. Ocasek founded the group in 1976.

A demo tape of one of the band's first songs, "Just What I Needed," was so popular on two Boston radio stations that the band caught the attention of record companies.

Ocasek was the band's main song writer and also played rhythm guitar. The band broke up in 1988, but Ocasek went on to make solo albums.