Saturday, June 1, 2013

Singin' The Blues: a Message from our Director. June 2013

Singin' the Blues

A Message from Our Director

Oh yeah, when you smile, you smile
And then the spell was cast.
And here we are in heaven,
For you are last. 
~ Etta James

After an amazing show : The legendary Warner Williams, SSTCi Executive Director Lisa Martin and Swampcandy's Ruben Dobbs and Joey Mitchell. (foreground).


Dear SSTCi Friends,

     We may be singin' the blues all week in Silver Spring, but we're having lots of fun doing it! We kicked off Blues Week on Monday with a rousing performance by Swampcandy and a classic Piedmont Blues performance by the Blues' community's beloved Warner Williams, who still can rock the house at age 83! We in fact love Warner so much, we're inviting him back to open our Blues Festival Fountain Stage this Saturday at 3pm! An incredible line-up is in store, so gather round early and be sure to catch some of the best acoustic blues in our area on our Market Stage on Veterans Plaza, which is part of the Fenton Street Market 3pm-9pm. While there, you may want to get your "Bluesy" henna tattoos from henna artist Bhavna who will be painting the town "blue" all day and night starting at Fenton Market then moving over to our Festival vendor area on Ellsworth later in the day, where blues lovers are bound to be lined up for a guitar or a blue moon and stars to celebrate this genre of music that just about everyone seems to love!

    SSTCi has also been busy with an array of other music with our Twilight Tuesdays and Wednesday Night STARZ ambient performances on Veterans Plaza as well as some special events like the annual Taste the World in Fenton Village earlier this month. SSTCi managed the music for this eventand has gotten a lot of queries about the various bands (see their contact info   with their photos below) such as Tahuantinsuyo, a Peruvian folkloric group and

Rose Moraes and Soul Brazil who headlined with lively Brazilian Bossa Nova. A special shout out to my new friend and favorite 70's cover band musician Roger Coleman of The Blackjacks who sang some special songs from my own early childhood like America's Ventura Highway and Horse with No Name. One of the many perks of working with musicians!

Brandon introducing Swampcandy
SSTCi Board President gave welcome remarks
just before Swampcandy's
 swamp-stompin' performance!
We look forward to singin' the blues with you at our Festival as, well
as singing many more songs of all kinds throughout the summer!
Warm Regards,
Executive Director