The Washington Blues Society’s annual Best of the Blues Awards (“BB Awards”) returns to the Kirkland Performance Center on Sunday, April 9th at 3:00 PM to honor musicians and artists nominated by blues society members in 32 award categories. The 2017 BB Awards show features performances by select nominees and recognizes new inductees into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame. (Nominees list attached).
The nominees represent the best blues performers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Long-time favorites Brian Lee and the Orbiters return with five nominations, including Best Blues Band, Best Performer and Best Songwriter. Fresh from their 2017 International Blues Challenge performances in Memphis, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method garnered five nominations, including Best Band, Electric Guitarist and Female Vocalist of the Year. Stanislove, the blues society’s representative at the 2017 International Blues Challenge is also up for a Solo/Duo BB Award. First-time nominees include vocalist Sheri Roberts Greimes, guitarist Brett “Bad Blood,” Benton, Hammond B3 master Joe Doria and Kenmore’s Capps Club, the new home of the Washington Blues Society’s free Blues Bash held on the second Tuesday each month.
“The Washington Blues Society is pleased to return to the Kirkland Performance Center,” says blues society president Tony Frederickson. “We have a diverse set of nominees that include blues community veterans and newcomers.”
Frederickson also serves on the Board of Directors on the Memphis-based Blues Foundation and plays a key role in helping affiliated blues societies keep the blues alive in their communities. More information: www.blues.org.
In addition to its annual BB Awards program, the all-volunteer Washington Blues Society, has a Musicians Relief Fund for blues musicians in need, hosts a music education program called “Passing the Torch” and publishes a 32-page color monthly glossy magazine, The Bluesletter. More information: www.wablues.org
Advance tickets: $25 for Washington Blues Society members, $30 for non-members, and $25 for seniors. Youth 15 and under free. Tickets: http://www.kpcenter.org. After the awards, the party will continue at nearby Hector’s Restaurant at 112 Lake Street South in downtown Kirkland. More information: http://www.hectorskirkland.com/) . The BB Awards is one of the most popular events on the Washington Blues Society’s blues calendar: it’s a great show and the music will continue at the exciting after-party (No cover!).
Check out all of the nominees HERE.