Let's talk Blues and BBQ
Great music and home-style food can connect people in unique and interesting ways. That’s why three area nonprofit organizations are collaborating to connect blues music and Southern-style cuisine for an inaugural event called “Blues & BBQ Connections” on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Central Connections, 3907 Central Ave., Middletown. Central Connections, Middletown’s senior center, joins the Cincy Blues Society and The TEnderle Foundation to host “Blues & BBQ Connections” for an event that the three hosts hope will grow and become an annual signature event in the area. “Blues & BBQ Connections” will feature three blues bands, each of whom will perform a 45-minute set and provide three hours of continuous music starting at 6:00 PM:
Cheryl Renée Project from 6:00 to 6:45 PM
Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds from 7:00 to 7:45 PM
Misterman and the Mojo Band from 8:00 to 8:45 PM
IT'S ALL ABOUT CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY
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A Cincinnati native, Cheryl Renée, known as Goddess of the Blues, has played music in most of the United States and several countries overseas. After 30 years’ away from Cincinnati, she teamed up with Them Bones and won several awards, including third place at Memphis International Blues Challenge in 2010. The Cheryl Renée Project performs primarily in the Greater Cincinnati area and features Shorty Starr on drums, Steve Masters on bass, and “Lightning” Tim Jacoby on guitar, with Cheryl Renée on vocals and keyboard.
Ralph & The Rhythm Hounds is not your father’s blues band. It is a Cincinnati modern blues/blues rock band playing dance blues, both original and covers. Mark Giesting on drums, Dave Morris on bass and vocals, and Noah and Ralph Cave on guitar and vocals team together to provide a groove to put your foot to, shake your hips to, and just have a good time listening to. CityBeat Magazine nominated the band in 2014 as Cincinnati’s best blues band, and the band has consistently improved since. The band’s new CD “Mesmerized” is available at Cdbaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes.com, and other download sites around the world and can be listened to on Spotify and Pandora.
Misterman & the Mojo Band is Bob Herrmann’s latest venture into the blues world. Bob has previously led bands to the semifinals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2007, 2013, and 2015. This is the latest in a succession of bands focused on bringing world-class blues to southwest Ohio. Misterman and the Mojo Band is driven to provide blues music that sounds good, has feeling, and is entertaining to everyone who loves the blues.
A wonderfully prepared BBQ and southern side dishes lovingly prepared by Central Conections. Food, soda pop, bottled water and alcoholic beverages "for purchase".
Food offerings will include rib tips, pulled pork, brisket mac ‘n’ cheese, mac ‘n’ cheese, southern-style green beans, coleslaw, and cornbread prepared by Central Connections’ Executive Chef Josh Blackmore. Beer, including craft beers, soda pop, and water will be available for purchase. The event will be cash only for tickets at the door and food and beverages.
Central Connections, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit senior center in Middletown, Ohio, and a United Way Agency Partner, promotes whole-person wellness and serves the needs of adults over age 50 with nutritious meals, movement classes, transportation services, health screenings, recreation, volunteer opportunities, and social and educational events and programs. 513.423.1734 www.centralconnections.org
Here is the team
Central Connections, a 501(c)3 nonprofit senior center in Middletown, Ohio, and a United Way Agency Partner, promotes whole-person wellness and serves the needs of adults over age 50 with nutritious meals, movement classes, transportation services, health screenings, recreation, volunteer opportunities, and social and educational events and programs. Central Connections also provides a banquet center, meeting rooms, and catering services for private, corporate, and organization gatherings.
Cincinnati Blues Society
Cincy Blues Society is a member-supported, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and advance the culture and tradition of Blues music as an original American art form. Formed in 1990, the Cincy Blues Society strives to fulfill its mission by encouraging and facilitating both performance and educational events and projects. Its focus is on “Keeping the Blues Alive.”
The TEnderle Foundation
The TEnderle Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in honor of Thelma Enderle. In the spirit of how Thelma was connected to the community, The TEnderle Foundation does the same. The TEnderle Foundation helps communities connect via event assistance and technology (www.MyEventSherpa.com). From the nonprofits, to the valuable volunteers, to the citizens to the small businesses, The TEnderle Foundation works within the intersection of nonprofits, the business community and volunteers.