Monday, August 13, 2007

Jus' Blues Awards Come to Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Jus' Blues Music Awards show takes place Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Old Daisy Theatre on Beale Street, and it's not your middle-aged white man's blues awards.

Jus' Blues honors the finest overlooked African-American blues and soul music talents. After six years in Atlanta, this is the first year for the awards show in Memphis, and the show will feature plenty of Bluff City flavor.

The program includes an all-star tribute to Memphian Bobby "Blue" Bland. Memphis award recipients include Willie Mitchell, The Bar-Kays, Julius Lewis, and WDIA program director Bobby O’Jay. Stax veteran William Bell will be honored with a songwriting award. Two of Memphis' finer night spots, the Boss Club and CC’s Blues Club, are among the nominees for the "Best Juke Joint" award.

Additionally, Lucky Peterson, Denise LaSalle, Artie "Blues Boy" White, and Sir Charles Jones are scheduled to perform.

Kevin Mills, executive director of the Jus' Blues Music Foundation says, "It’s the only African-American event on Beale Street during Elvis week." And the only event like it anywhere.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at the Jus' Blues website.

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