Some of the most powerful Blues musicians in New York City and throughout the East Coast belted out the Blues in a New York State of Mind last week at a sold out fundraiser concert for The Blues Foundation.
Held at B.B. Kings Blues Club, Jimmy V’s NYC Blues Revue is the brainchild of Jimmy Vivino, music director and band leader of The Conan O’Brien Show; Greg Williamson, Executive Producer. Proceeds from the all-star concert benefited The Memphis-based Blues Foundation.
Vivino and Williamson spearheaded an all-star line-up of bluesmen and blueswomen who played cover songs by legendary blues artists such as Muddy Waters, BB King, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, Eric Clapton and many others.
The who’s who line-up included Grammy Award-winner William Bell, legendary award-winning bluesmaan Bob Margolin, award-winner Shemekia Copeland, Vocalist Catherine Russell, John Sebastian, Marcus King, Scott Sharrard, Sam Moore, King Solomon Hicks and many more.
Surprise of the night — Gary Clark Jr. who shared the stage with William Bell. Clark was in town for his two Madison Square Garden shows opening for another legend — Eric Clapton.
The world-renown Blues Foundation is the organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this unique American art form. Founded in 1980, The Foundation has approximately 200 affiliated local blues societies representing 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events–the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards –make it the international center of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance for musicians in need.
Blues music is a genre that continues to Spark our most treasured musicians sounds such as The Rolling Stones; as well as soothe our souls worldwide. — Abbe is #SOCIALLYSPARKED Tweet to @sosparkednews & @asparks01