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Rebecca Haack  | Published on 6/23/2018


Hello Magic City Blue Society members! I know… it’s been a long time. My apologies. Excuses are like…well, let’s not go there. I’ll just say it’s been a bit of a learning experience as we have been making the transition from a monthly newsletter to a “post as we go along” website.

 

Which we’ve been very busy with, especially board members Todd Eckstrom, Roger Stephenson, and Rebecca Haack. There has been a lot of work involved – importing the data base of our membership, figuring out how we contact members with renewal notices, figuring out how to accept online payments, figuring out the calendar, etc., etc. But we’re making progress for sure.

 

In the meantime, the blues keeps happening all around us and we have several events coming up. R.L. Boyce and Lightnin’ Malcolm return to Birmingham this Sunday, June 24, 3:00, for a BlueStages House Concert Party. As usual, email bluestages@att.net to reserve your spot. Bring a small chair and a small cooler and a big $20 bill to enjoy what will surely be a nice afternoon of the blues.

 Bill Abel will be at the Red Wolf on July 7th to close out the July 4th week. Check him out at https://www.billabelmusic.com.

In a not-official-MCBS event, Fantastic Negrito will be making what may be his inaugural visit to Birmingham on July 19 at Saturn. The 2017 Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album has a very raw sound that is both retro and modern. I’m really looking forward to this one. Check him out at https://fantasticnegrito.com.

Closing out the month of July we have the annual Battle of the Blues Bands on July 22 at Iron City. One of our marquee events of the year promises to entertain us for hours on end, again, with the very best of our local Central Alabama blues artists. For you musicians, see the news article about registering…both the solo/duo and band category winners are eligible to attend the Big Deal, the International Blue Challenge in Memphis in January of 2019. As usual, we’ll cap entries at either the end of July 15, or when we get 10 entries, whichever comes first.

 

And as usual, the board is working on a handful of other events – some of which will hopefully be on a scale not yet seen before in the 25-year history of the Magic City Blues Society!!!!

Jamey McMahon
P.S. 

Just a quick note to our members, including the lapsed members, – please log in and check your membership status here on the website. We’ve done our best to have everyone listed and to have everyone listed in the appropriate category with the correct membership time frame listed, but there is no doubt we’ve made at least one error and there is at least one of you that has totally fallen through the cracks.

 

But we’ll never know if you don’t help us out. And it just may be worth your while to be listed correctly!

Magic City Blues Society

P.O. Box 59506

Birmingham, AL 35259

 

www.MAGICCITYBLUES.org

 

Executive Board Members:

 

President: Jamey McMahon

Prez@magiccityblues.org

 

Vice President: Roger Stephenson

 

Treasurer: Gianna Turner-Arline

 

Secretary: Francesca Mereu

 

Board at Large:

 

John Braswell


Eva Beumer

 

Todd Eckstrom

Kenny McDowell

 

Rebecca Haack

 

Membership: Susan LeFoy

Membership@magiccityblues.org

 

Librarian: Mark Giorgi