The 8th Annual Sara Jordan Birthday Bash on November 9
And a Special Performance by Blues Great James Armstrong on November 12
The Smoky Mountain Blues Society offers blues lovers two great musical reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving.
One of the most anticipated events of the year, The Annual Sara Jordan Birthday Bash will take place on Thursday, November 9 from 7 pm to 10 pm at The Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. This is the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s Annual celebration and fundraiser for the Blues Foundations Hart Fund, with proceeds going to support musicians’ medical services and hurricane relief.
This year’s lineup includes a number of musicians who had special ties to Knoxville’s “Queen of the Blues”:
Crawdaddy Jones (Michael Crawley and Sara were long time friends)
46 Long (Jonathan Reynolds played with Sara in The Jordan Project)
Jezus Checker (Jason Lockwood played with Sara in The Jordan Project)
Mighty Blue (Michael James and Sara were close friends and played together several times)
Mojo Tweed (Steve Michel and Paul McQuade were friends with Sara and played together many times)
Mystic Rhythm Tribe (Robert Higginbotham and Sara were friends and played together as well)
Before her untimely death in May 2001, Sara Jordan was known as Knoxville’s “Queen of the Blues.” With a big earthy voice and the stage presence to go with it, she lived and breathed the Blues. She performed in several bands – The Delta Flyers, The Jordan Project, Mojo, and The Leftovers, with whom she performed memorably at the 2000 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. She was also the creative force behind the concert, “Ladies Sing the Blues” at The Bijou Theatre in 1999 and the original “Blue Jam” at Sassy Ann’s, which spawned numerous Blues jams around East Tennessee.
Suggested cover charge is $8 General Admission/$5 SMBS Members at the door.
On Sunday, November 12, the Smoky Mountain Blues Society welcomes guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong to Barley’s, 128 W. Broadway, Maryville.
James Armstrong comes about amazing his talent naturally, His mother was a blues singer. His father played jazz guitar. Born in Los Angeles, California, Armstrong formed his first band in the seventh grade and by the age of 17 he was touring the country. Today he travels the world and continues to infuse his voice and guitar playing with his unique personality and seasoned skills.
Doors open at 6 PM. The performance will take place from 7 pm to 10 pm. Admission is $10.
Coming in December!
The Smoky Mountain Blues Society Holiday Bash at Royal Oaks Event Center
Sunday, December 10, 3 pm – 8 pm
FREE TO MEMBERS! ($8 nonmembers)