Just to let everyone know, we've received great response from the idea of 2009 Memphis road trip. The two dates mentioned are in early February, to attend the International Blues Challenge, and in early May, to attend the Beale Street Music Festival.
Both dates look to be great dates for a Memphis Road trip based upon the talent that will be playing. The one catch with the February date is that it conflicts with the start of the Lowcountry Blues Bash held here in Charleston every year. However, if we field competitors to the IBC, then the part of the Blues Bash will have to be sacrificed to support our musician members.
Having been to Memphis and Beale Street earlier this year, I know it would be a great time for our members on either date. But there is one catch, after 11PM Beale Street closes to minors and is only available for adults. I don't know if that will be the case during the International Blues Challenge since they are having a Youth Showcase, and I don't know what the policy is if the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian. Ironically, the Beale Street Music Festival doesn't actually appear to be on Beale Street, so the issue with minors may not be an issue at all.
Also, I want to draw attention to a few of our musician friends who competed in the Trident United Way Battle Of The Bands. Thanks go to TWS & Friends, and Skye Paige & The Original Recipe for competing and supporting a great cause.
That's all for now.