The Avi decided to give their ArrowWeed Lounge a “House of Blues” format each Thursday in May with shows at 8 p.m. in what they call their Blues Concert Series. If you are thinking this is simply a way to give some small time blues bands a chance to strut their stuff, then think again. The bands in this series have won Grammys, major Blues Society awards and toured with the greats. This is all the more impressive when you consider there is no charge to catch any of the blues action during the Thursday Blues Concert Series at the Avi.
The Riverside Resort brings back a comedy show produced by comedian Gabe Lopez that proved successful about this time last year. That would be the Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival held in Don’s Celebrity Theatre on Thurs-Sun, May 21-24 (8 p.m.). The shows feature Gabe Lopez as emcee and four other comedians booked for the run. The line-up includes: DJ Cooch, Joey Medina, Cory and Chad, a.k.a. The Smash Brothers and Steve “Mudflap“ McGrew.
You know it by now. The “family tradition” stuff where Hank Williams, Jr is much like his famous father, Hank Williams, Sr.
Well, yes and no.
Hank Williams, Sr. didn’t have an elephant in the room when he picked up a guitar. There was nobody he had to follow; nobody’s legacy he had to live up to; nobody with which he was compared. He went out and did his own thing—which turned out to be one of the biggest contributions to country music since Jimmy Rogers, creating classic songs like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Hey, Good Lookin’”, Lovesick Blues,” and too many more to put down here.
Bonnie Raitt is proof that blues music is powerful stuff. It can change a life. It certainly changed hers. When she first came across blues music, she couldn’t believe how much fun people had singing about their woes and misery. She saw how good the music felt to those who were performing it and those who were listening to it, and she wanted to be a part of it.