Project Blues Is Bringing the Blues to Beat Cancer September 11


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What: Columbus-based Project Blues is hosting its 1st Annual Blues Bash—a Blues music benefit concert to raise funds for LifeCare Alliance's Columbus Cancer Clinic—helping people impacted by cancer who do not have the financial wherewithal to deal with it.

When: September 11, 2011, 1:20 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where:  The Bluestone, 583 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Who:   Project Blues is a Columbus-based nonprofit using the healing, connecting power of Blues music to help raise funds for people impacted by cancer who do not have the financial resources to deal with it. Our work supports LifeCare Alliances' Columbus Cancer Clinic by funding mammograms and adopting families. Further, we host benefit and outreach concerts in cancer clinics.

About the 1st Annual Blues Bash: Don't miss the 1st Annual Project Blues Blues Bash—even if the shock of the stellar line-up blasts off your appendages and you gotta glue your arms and legs back on and carry your car to make it, do it. Because, this is one show that will keep Columbus talking for years! Proceeds from this event will go to support LifeCare Alliances' Columbus Cancer Clinic. We promise it will be an epic event from 1:20 pm until 9:00 pm, with a Blues EXPERIENCE the likes of which you'll never forget.

The Blues Bash Schedule: 1:20-1:50 pm Hurricane Jerry Loos will perform a solo acoustic set. This top Central Ohio Bluesman will set the stage with his virtuoso acoustic guitar skills and his back porch Blues. For more information on Jerry, check out: http://www.jerryloos.com/

2:00-2:45 pm Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers. Ray is THE top Columbus Blues man. He will Rock the house! For more information on Ray, check out: http://www.rayfuller.com/home.html

3:00-4:00 pm   Jon Del Toro Richardson and Rich DelGrosso. Bringing a whole lotta Texas to the Columbus stage. Check out: http://www.mandolinblues.com/  http://deltoroblues.wordpress.com/

4:15-5:30 pm   Johnnie Bassett. Hailing from that Detroit Blues tradition, Johnnie will be the “Smooth before the Slap" and the “Calm before the Storm."  His new album “The Gentleman is Back" describes him. Smooth and sexy. Lookout ladies, Johnnie's playing for you! http://www.myspace.com/johnniebassett

5:45-7:00 pm  Diunna Greenleaf with lead guitarist Jon Richardson. Diunna will make you cry! She will get to the Gospel in the BlueStone which is a turn of the century Church. With her big voice and big soul, she brings audiences to their knees. Check out: http://www.diunna.com/

7:30-9:00 pm    And just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any better—the legend himself, Mr. James Cotton “SuperHarp" and the James Cotton Blues Band with lead guitarist and Project Blues Member Tom Holland. James is a living legend, a Blues icon and certainly a national treasure. Hailed as the greatest all time Blues harmonica player and one of the last of the original and great electric bluesmen, James will light you on fire all, and then, you're just done! Check out: http://www.jamescottonsuperharp.com/

Interviews with Blues' Artists:    To arrange interviews with any of the Blues Artists, please contact Michelle via email [email protected] or by phone at 614-633-8124.

Tickets: Tickets start at $25 for military, students, fireman and police and $50 for general admission. Tables are also available. Proceeds benefit LifeCare Alliance's Columbus Cancer Clinic.

To purchase tickets: http://www.projectblues.org/buy-tickets.php Get your tickets now because once they're gone, they're gone!

Media Credentials:  We are issuing press passes for members of the media, please email Michelle to apply for yours.

Sponsors include:   Mediu, Jontaar Creative, More Marketing, Commerce National Bank, Mrs. Ohio America, Columbus Blues Alliance, Central City Recording and Dusty Blues.

About Project Blues:

Blues. It's the sound of raw, unapologetic human emotion. Born of struggle, hardship, overcoming adversity and living to connect our common experiences through the beauty of music, Blues has helped define the pure American sound. While perhaps not one's first thought when listening to the Blues, the range of emotions it evokes have a lot in common with those impacted by cancer. Project Blues was born first in the hearts of a few good men who had experienced cancer and helplessly watched loved ones struggle with the disease. The idea sprung up from the notion that there's fellowship and healing in the Blues. Pain. Fellowship. Passion. Healing. This emotional journey brings us together in Project Blues. The Goal of Project Blues for 2011 is to sponsor 250 mammograms for women in need in the city of Columbus, and also to sponsor up to five families for up to one year while a family member is receiving treatment for cancer. www.projectblues.org

About LifeCare Alliance

Formed in 1898, LifeCare Alliance is Central Ohio's first in-home health care agency, Ohio's first agency to provide visiting nurses, and the nation's second agency to deliver Meals-on-Wheels.  LifeCare Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of health and nutrition services to older adults and chronically ill or homebound residents of Central Ohio through its signature programs: Meals-on-Wheels, Senior Dining Centers, Wellness Centers, Help-at-Home, Visiting Nurses, Columbus Cancer Clinic, Project OpenHand-Columbus, and Groceries-to-Go. 

The Agency's mission is to lead the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community's changing needs.

LifeCare Alliance has emerged as a national leader in merger collaborations, having successfully completed three in the last seven years with Meals-on-Wheels of Madison County, Project Open Hand-Columbus and the Columbus Cancer Clinic.  These mergers have eliminated or reduced costs and the redundancy of services in Central Ohio, resulting in more funds for programs, enhanced services and an increase in client access to basic needs.

LifeCare Alliance has begun several social entrepreneurship endeavors to provide added funding for our clients, including L.A. Catering, meal sales, corporate wellness programs and immunizations.  

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