Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mike and Reuel Workshop

Hey all - I realize I haven't been posting regularly, even though it was my plan to post at least once a week with my "artist of the week" endeavor. Needless to say, I've been busy, in part with this. We've been organizing a workshop to get Mike "The Girl" Legget (formerly from Philadelphia, currently residing in Cincinnati) and Reuel Reis (formerly from Nashville, currently in New Orleans) to come to Boston and teach a weekend workshop. Needless to say it's happening - and soon! Dec 11-12, we'll have two full days of classes, as well as a Saturday night dance where yours truly will be throwing down some blues, accompanied by Mike and DJ John Brooks.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


MIT Blues Dance

-Driving Wheel - Etta James
-Burning Fire - Otis Spann's South Side Band
-Sugar Mama Blues - Snooky Pryor & Mel Brown
-Lonely Avenue - Ray Charles
-Blues in the Night - Ledisi
-I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues - Diane Hoffman
-Love Me Like A Man - Bonnie Raitt
-Blues Is My Story - Brother Yusef
-You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - Muddy Waters
-All Over You - Jim Byrnes
-Lord, Don't Move the Mountain - Angela Strehli
-Blues Is My Wailin' Wall - Mighty Mo Rodgers
-Red Mud - Chris Thomas King
-Burn Down the Cornfield - Charlie Musselwhite
-Wade in the Water - The Blind Boys of Alabama
-Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down - Eric Bibb, Rory Block, Maria Muldaur
-Please Mr Jailer - Wynona Carr
-Kansas City Wrinkles - Count Basie
-Do I Move You? - Nina Simone
-Fumblin' With The Blues - Tom Waits
-Follow The Drinking Gourd - Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Eric Bibb

Sunday, November 7, 2010


"Everything But Dance" Evening Dance

I DJ'ed a quick set for the EBD evening dance on Saturday. I took the DJing classes (taught by John Brooks, Devona Cartier and Julie Brown), which was awesome cause I got to pick their brains for two days straight. About 15 minutes towards the end of my set, as I'm winding down the dancers (I had last set of the night), Devona comes up to me and says: "You know what I want to see? Make them dance fast." Alas, Devona's wishes shouldn't go ignored ... so I tried. I succeeded, but was sweating bullets, and the last couple of songs of my set were haphazardly placed. Everything up to Ray Charles I'm happy with ... after that, I was at a loss of where to go. I think I need to listen to my music more ... do more research. But it was an insane kind of thrill to sweat through the end of that set. I must be crazy to enjoy that.

-That's Why I'm Crying - Koko Taylor
-Gimme A Penny - Big Mama Thornton
-Sittin' & Cryin' the Blues - Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim
-Short Dressed Woman - Lafayette Leake
-Kansas City Wrinkles - Count Basie
-Sugar Blues - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
-Summertime - Renee Olstead
-Please Mr Jailer - Wynona Carr
-I Got a Woman - Ray Charles
-Power of the Blues - Brother Yusef
-Home - Marc Broussard