Inaugural “Blues & BBQ Connections” will connect great music and Southern-style cuisine and feature 3 blues bands, each of whom will perform a 45-minute set for 3 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
Admission is $10 for adults in advance online and $15 at the door. Ticket price for children age 12 and under is $5. All tickets may be purchased online through BluesBBQConnections.org. Doors open at 5:00 PM.
Food for purchase will include rib tips, pulled pork, brisket 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.
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 and 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 accessed on Spotify and Pandora.
Misterman and 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.
Cincy Blues Society is a member-supported, 501©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 is a 501©3 nonprofit founded in honor of Thelma Enderle. In the spirit of how Thelma was connected to the community, The TEnderle Foundation helps communities connect via event assistance and technology (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.
Central Connections, a 501©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.
For more information about “Blues & BBQ Connections,” call Central Connections’ Welcome Center, 513-423-1734, visit bluesbbqconnections.org, or email [email protected]