The West Michigan Blues Society is proud to present Joanna Connor live and in concert for its annual holiday party at Billy’s Lounge at 1437 Wealthy Street SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49506 on Sunday, December 12th, 2021. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. with supporting acts, Rochelle & the Spoilers and The Fast Hands Band starting at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per person at the door.
The West Michigan Blues Society is completing its 30th anniversary celebration with a bang! Joanna Connor will be headlining and putting the capstone on their annual holiday party. Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter, Joanna Connor, who is best known as one of the reigning Queens of blues rock guitar, released her 14th album “4801 South Indiana Avenue” on Joe Bonamassa’ s new independent blues record label Keeping The Blues Alive on February 26, 2021. The new album, the follow up to her critically acclaimed studio album “Rise”, was produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
While working continuously in Chicago, a handful of videos of her incendiary slide guitar solos went viral creating quite a sensation and garnering attention from media and established musicians alike. Joe Bonamassa sought her out and offered to produce the kind of record he felt Joanna had always had in her and should deliver to the world. 4801 South Indiana is this record, a blues record that delivers all the raw emotion, passion, and fire that made the Blues so compelling from its inception. Joe Bonamassa did not merely produce, arrange, and play on the record, he enabled and inspired Joanna to pull from deep within her all of what her life in music had given her. While steeped in tradition, the recording is no museum piece, it is alive and it is kicking, once-in-a-lifetime Blues.
The event, hosted by the West Michigan Blues Society, will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Billy’s Lounge at 1437 Wealthy Street SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Basalt Modern Tex-Mex will be catering the event and will have a wide array of options including vegan selections available for purchase. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.
The West Michigan Blues Society will be running a fundraising promotion to increase membership by lowering its annual membership fee to $5.00 for the calendar year with a paid entry into the event. This promotion will only run the day of the event at Billy’s. This promotion is extended to current members who wish to renew as well. The event will have a 50/50 raffle as well as prizes.
Supporting act, Rochelle & The Spoilers, will kick off the event starting at 2:00 p.m. Rochelle & The Spoilers are described as “Outlaw blues...sometimes heavy and powerful, other times it will break your heart…” Rochelle & The Spoilers are one of West Michigan’s premier, high energy, female fronted, blues inspired, rock bands. They have performed on many of the areas great stages, such as; WLAV Blues at The Delta Plex, Cowpie Music Festival, Rockford Rogue River Blues Series, Billy’s Lounge, H.O.M.E @ The BOB, The Park Theatre, Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill and many others from the inner city to the lakeshore and have shared the stage with Walter Trout , Nick Moss and Bill Kerchner.
Supporting act, The Fast Hands Band will take the stage starting at 3:00 p.m. The Fast Hands Band is a live music outfit born from the desire to unseat the audience and get them moving to some classic tunes. Pulling inspiration from the greats in blues, rock, jazz, and soul, these talented musicians put their own spin on familiar songs while still honoring the elements that made the originals timeless. TFHB members are seasoned professionals with experience onstage in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Nashville, New York City, and beyond. The Fast Hands Band released their first original EP album, “Headful of Vices”. The band and album were Jammie nominated and top 3 finalist for: Best Album by a New Artist, Album of the year, and Best Blues/Soul Band.
“I am so proud and honored to represent West Michigan Blues Society. Having Joanna Connor come to our great city is so exciting. She is an amazing talent and is going to put on an awesome show for everyone. This type of event wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of our members and we are ecstatic to be able to put on an event like this. Our members and supporters are the reason I serve on this board” – Greg Sperlbaum, West Michigan Blues Society President.
The West Michigan Blues Society (WMBS) was established in 1990 to promote and preserve the rich history of blues music as it concerns West Michigan, its impact on American culture, and commerce in musical arts and industry. The WMBS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit all-volunteer membership organization, including the Board of Directors.