Suki Willison of Uncle Bo's in Topeka wrote an open letter to area blues fans:
Last year Topeka Blues Society connected with other midwestern blues societies to ask questions that would make our blues areas stronger.
Joe Whittmer , Chief Opertating Officer for The Blues Foundation was kind enough to come be on our panel for a question and answering about issues of memberships, events, IBC, we asked all kinds of questions and spoke our thoughts. Our hopes were to help us unite and learn.
Our goal this year is to help our midwestern performers to unite. Learn how to travel to performances, pre-show advances , promotions,professionalism, songwriting with James House. Hopefully, we can create areas in the midwest they can perform and learn. This will take our blues society’s to unite and help.
Being the booking agent for Uncle Bo’s has allowed me to meet many entertainers all wanting to make the big break to the next level.
With Uncle Bo’s located in the hotel with banquet rooms, we can all meet in one place.
We would like to invite your blues society, and any bands you feel you can help to the next step.
Your invitation is for Aug 17th & 18th
Downtown Ramada & Uncle Bo’s
420 SE 6th Topeka, Ks
Rooms $89., including breakfast
Friday night…..8 to 10:30 your band can play a 30 min set, (chosen by admission) Followed by James House and The Blues Cowboys
Saturday 12 to 4 at Uncle Bo’s, James House will lead them through a songwriting class.
Our blues society’s can meet for a questioning period with a panel of agents, promotional people, local arts connections, event coordinators to help with events in our area.
Saturday 8:00 to 10:30 your band performs, followed by James House and The Blues Cowboys
We may even have some new songs and material already for us to hear.
Sunday Topeka Blues Society will have their IBC challenge doors open 12:00, showtime 1:00, youth, solo, and band challenge. All are invited.
Trip to Topeka ????
Rooms at Ramada $89. a night, contact hotel
Blues Society cost for panel discussion or songwriting seminar $25.
Hanging out, talking, learning priceless
Best to all,
Topeka Blues Society