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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Music Maker Update

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Happy Holidays from all of us!

Christmas Parade
This photo was taken a couple years at the Durham Holiday Parade - Whistlin' Britches, Macavine Hayes, John Dee Holeman and Cool John Ferguson are pictured here; they all had a great time, despite the cold, and the crowd just loved them. The Holiday spirit was catching, and everyone on the float was throwing beads to the spectators. Tim said that day "was the height of my career in showbusiness, it's the best thing I've ever done!"

We wish you a Happy Holiday Season from all of us at Music Maker! 
Cootie Stark -  Come Home for Christmas 
Digging through the stacks: Christmas with Cootie
Cootie StarkMusic Maker has two holiday albums, Cool Yule, by Cool John Ferguson, which we featured several weeks ago, and Christmas With Cootie, by Cootie Stark. They are two completely different records - Cool Yule is instrumental and traditional, while Cootie is anything but. We really have loved listening to Christmas With Cootie as we celebrate the holiday season. This track, Come Home for Christmas, is typically a mournful tune when sung by other musicians, but with Cootie and the gang you can't help smiling and picturing them all having a grand time while recording it. We thought this would be a fun for you to listen to as you prepare for the holidays. Sit back, relax, and just enjoy the infectious spirit infused in the track.

Happy Holidays!

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It's not too late to get on the boat!

Blues Cruise Logo Support Music Maker and enter to win this amazing cruise for two departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 27, 2012 and returning November 3, 2012. The ship will be packed with non-stop Blues talent! The prize package includes passage in a deluxe veranda cabin, meals and entrance to all musical performances (value of $4,400.*)

Tickets are $25, and the drawing will be held aboard Blues Cruise #18 on January 28th, 2012! The Power Ticket option for $100 enters you five times into the raffle, and also includes a custom USB drive loaded with Tim's Top Picks for 2011!  Don't wait- get your ticket today!
*Winners are responsible for transportation to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico, taxes, incidentals and gratuity.
Music Maker Blues Revue in DC New Year's Eve!

Blues RevueRing in the new year at The Hamilton, a spectacular new D.C. venue from the owners of Clyde's Restuarant Group! Music Maker's Blues Revue on New Year's Eve will be the biggest in years - featuring  performances by Cool John Ferguson, Captain Luke, Ironing Board Sam, Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, Big Ron Hunter, Robert Lee Coleman, Albert White, Nashid  Abdul Khaaliq, Ardie Dean, and Hook Herrera! No Blues Revue has ever tried to stuff so much hot blues into one billing. 

All these performers, an assortment of appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight are include d in your $100 ticket. A cash bar will be available, as will entrees from The Hamilton's new menu for purchase. Doors  open at 7 p.m., the show will be 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Purchase tickets HERE
Leyla McCalla
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Upcoming Shows: Click here for more info on upcoming events 
12/31 - Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, Robert Lee Coleman, Captain Luke, Cool John Ferguson, Ironing Board Sam, Big Ron Hunter, Albert White, Nashid Abdul Khaaliq, Ardie Dean, Hook Herrara - The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.
1/08 - Lakota John Locklear - NC Museum of History
1/13 - Ironing Board Sam - The Depot, Hillsborough, N.C.
1/28 - Ironing Board Sam - NC Museum of History
2/03 - Ironing Board Sam - The Blue Note Grill, Durham, N.C.
2/03 - Boo Hanks - The Eddy Pub, Saxapahaw, N.C. 
2/12 - Boo Hanks - PineCone presents Music of the Carolinas 
3/09 - Pura Fé, Deer Clan Singers - UNC Pembroke   
3/10 - Shelton Powe - St. Anne's Chapel & Event Center, Tarboro, N.C. 
3/23 - Leyla McCalla - Carrboro Arts Center
4/14 - Big Ron Hunter - North Dakota Museum of Art 
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recognition and meet their day to day needs. We present these musical traditions to the world so American culture will flourish and be preserved for future generations.       

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