Presidential Musing – November 2018

Hi again fellow blues lovers. Another month done and dusted! And only 2 more jams and Prime Ministers ‘til Christmas!

The October jam was a great outing and featured Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys. A power house of a band, they had the German Club jumping!

Featuring Mitch Preston on the drums, Dave Blanken on guitar, Matt Nightingale on bass, Leo Joseph on keys and of course Juanita Cucinotta’s vocals and piano accordion, we were treated to some very fine Louisiana Zydeco blues action.

They were followed up by some fine jamming from the usual suspects and a couple of newcomers to the jam. I’d like to welcome Glenda Harvey and Jamie Gilbert to the jams and look forward to hearing them play again.

The CBS is looking into changing the start and finish times of the jam next year. The jam would start at 1pm and finish at 4.30pm. This has the advantage that the bistro will be open when the jam starts allowing people to have lunch at the jam and the earlier finish means people can stay for the whole jam and still get away with enough time to organise their Sunday evening. If you have any comments, please come and see one of us at the next jam to let us know your feelings on this.

On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November the Australian National Busking Championships was held in Cooma. Our very own Steve Hartnett was there at the Cooma Hotel to judge and select the best Blues busker. The CBS donate a cash prize of $200 to the winner who was 17 year old Flynn Gurry from Warrnambool VIC. Flynn also came 3rd in the overall finals on Sunday against some tough competition in his age division. We’ve got a copy of his EP which will be reviewed for a later edition of Blues News along with a write up by Steve Hartnett.

After a very successful Oktoberfest, there are now a LOT of shorter pigs out there. The Knuckles outlet went mad vending the much-loved pork knuckles, gravy and sauerkraut to an appreciative crowd. As an example, numbers for just Friday were 114 knuckles over 30 sold on Friday the year before! I’d like to thank Kerry Scarlett and Steve Hartnett for their personal organisational skills, Kerry Sattler and Kerry Scarlett for setting up and packing up the Knuckles stand, John Spencer for his devotion to cooking pork knuckles and all the volunteers for their efforts to make this the most successful CBS Oktoberfest yet.

November is jam packed with Blues goodness! Check these gigs out…

Friday 16th November the HGC will be hosting Red Slim 8 – 11pm

Saturday 17th November Canberra Blues Society presents our last ticketed event for the year, the amazing Josh Smith Power Trio (USA) supported by Simon Kinny-Lewis 7 – 11pm.

Sunday 18th November the Canberra Blues Society monthly jam will kick off at 2pm at the HGC with the Blue Tone Specials hosting. A favourite of mine. See if you can spot the drummer smiling. After their set, some of the best Blues musicians in the Canberra area will be up jamming for an afternoon of Blues bliss!

Friday 23rd November the HGC will host Tomcat Playground 8 – 11pm.

Friday 30th November The Austrian Club in Mawson will host the annual Blues Piano Night. 8 – 10pm.

On Wednesday 5th December the last jam workshop for the year will be held at the HGC in the Keller from 7 til 10pm. $5 CBS members, others $10.

STOP PRESS! We’re finishing off the year on Friday 21 December at the HGC with Lazy Eye (SA) It’s going to have a Xmas party theme, so grab a bunch of your friends, get dressed up in your finest party attire & let’s celebrate the end of the year with a bang. FREE ENTRY

That’s all folks. See you at the Jam, if not before.



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