Hello, everybody! Once again, we’re writing this from Huntsville, Alabama where we’re visiting our twin grandbabies, Jackson & Julie, 5 1/2 months old already & adorable, of course! Tomorrow (April 13th) we’ll be playing at BANDITO SOUTHSIDE again.
2013 marks our 30th year of playing music together, and it has been a great year so far. Liz & I flew to PARIS, FRANCE to perform at the 15th INTERNATIONAL BOOGIE ET BLUES FESTIVAL at Theatre Columbier on Jan. 18th & 19th. The two-night festival was sold-out both nights, despite Paris having its worst snowstorm in years! We shared the stage with ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA (from Seattle, WA), CHRIS WATSON & his band (from Belgium), and the DENIS MAZHUKOV Band (from Moscow), and we played in various combinations with the other musicians in addition to our own sets. Liz & I had a fantastic time and, despite the snowstorm, we were able to do some sightseeing in downtown Paris; I enjoyed an 18-inch hotdog wrapped in a loaf of French bread beneath the Eiffel Tower- the best hot dog I’ve ever had!
Two days after returning to St. Pete, Liz & I opened for the LAUREN MITCHELL BAND at the Palladium Theatre on January 25th. This was Lauren’s CD Release Party, and we were playing to her enthusiastic (and sold-out) audience in the Side Door. Lauren Mitchell (originally from Ohio) and her band are an exceptionally talented & entertaining group- go out & give them a listen if you get the chance.
On February 23rd, we hosted our 4TH ANNUAL BOOGIE WOOGIE/BLUES PIANO STOMP at the Palladium Theatre. This show was SOLD OUT for the first time (800+ tickets sold), and it was a huge success. This year, Liz & I were joined onstage by CARL SONNY LEYLAND (from England & California), DARYL DAVIS (from Maryland), and BOB SEELEY (Michigan), the world’s premier boogie woogie master & four-year-veteran of the Stomp. The show was filmed & can now be seen on YouTube (keywords: boogie woogie Palladium).
WEDU-PBS TV (Tampa) sent a film crew to our show at JAXSONS ON THE BOULEVARD (St. Pete Beach) on March 22nd for a featured segment on their ArtsPlus program, to be aired in Tampa Bay June 11 & nationally after that. Liz was also interviewed & filmed the following week for this show. Watch this space & your email for more info.
We have 2 new items for sale- please visit our STORE page & merch table at shows.
Congrats & thanks to these 2012 Frequent Fan winners: 1. Judy R. (attended 40+ shows!); 2. Teresa W., 3. Priscilla H., 4. Art O. (all attended 30+ shows!); Dan H., Diann F., Judi L., Barry S., Terry G., Barry H., Wayne K., (20+ shows each); Linda M., Harriett S., Diane G., Robert F. (10+ shows each). Loyal fans like these contribute greatly to our success & we invite you to join them in the crowd soon, & ask for your free Frequent Fan card while there.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of our new website! Our thanks to our webmaster & friend MIKE CONATY at Brunswick Media.
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Hope to see you soon!