Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sept. 25th BITS a Success; More BITS Nov. 14th with Gina Sicilia and the Dave Gross Band!

The first set of Fall BITS programs are completed and now it’s time for another! On September 25th Hawkeye Herman and Westside Andy with Glenn Davis performed in four schools and then joined forces for an evening show at the Just Goods Listening Room.

Carlson and Whitehead Elementary Schools were visited by Andy and Glenn while Hawkeye went to Ellis Arts Academy in Rockford and Dakota Elementary School. Over 1150 students and their teachers took in these great programs.
The evening show featured a set with Andy and Glenn followed by a set by Hawkeye. The three artists then combined for a short set of blues standards. It always amazes me when great artists can pick up and play together as if they’d practiced or toured together for a long time.

The Society would like to thank Hawkeye, Andy and Glenn for their great school programs and a superb evening show. We are proud to be associated with such talented and wonderful people.

Next up for us in BITS will be Gina Sicilia and the Dave Gross Band. They will be at Guilford HS at 9:30 AM on the 14th of November and then perform at 12:45 PM at Spring Hill Elementary School in the afternoon. That night they will be at Big Cities Lounge at 7:30 PM for the evening show. Tickets are $5 and admission for Crossroads Blues Society members and High School age students or younger is free.

Gina is a recent graduate of Temple University with a voice that will get her recognized as the next great female blues vocalist. We were the first publication to review her CD (Mar-Apr 07 Issue) and every review since ours has been equally glowing n the praise for this great new young artist. She is only 22 yet sings with the conviction and soul of a much more worldly aged woman. She is a huge talent and this is an artist that you should not miss.

Dave Gross is another exceptional young talent. He was nominated for the best new artist Blues Music Awards held earlier this year because of the fire in his guitar play and vocals. He and his band are from the New Jersey area and are touring with Gina; they will be part of all the BITS events. His CD was reviewed in our Jan-Feb 07 Issue.

If you don’t have Dave or Gina’s CDs yet you may have an opportunity to get them when you see them on the 14th but don’t wait. They are both worth adding to your collection. The CDs were originally released on SwingNation Records and in July they both were re-released under Bob Margolin’s VizzTone label group. They are and is now available in stores, as well as on many major websites: Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Borders.com and CDUniverse.com, among many others.

Next up for our BITS programs will be a day of school programs with Pistol Pete in December. Stay tuned for more info on that date and schedule for the school programs!

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