It looks like the Blue Monday jam that I used to host with the Midnight Movers at the Highway 99 Blues Club has been nominated for a BB Award by the Washington Blues Society (WBS). While I am honored by this nomination, I would like to encourage the members of the WBS to NOT vote for this gig. Here's why:
- I haven't participated in this event at the Highway 99 since last December. The Blue Monday gig continues at the club, but is being hosted by a different band.
- While the club was kind enough to let us host Blue Monday for two years, the truth is that the gig was never very well attended, with the exception of a small core of players and fans (see the photo below).
Look Ma, no fans!
I'd like to suggest that the jam most worthy of blues fans' votes this year is the Johnny Broomdust's Blues of the Past Jam at the Conor Byrne (in Ballard). Hosted by the terrific Broomdust Blues Band, this gig has been running even longer than Blue Monday, and a lot of great players and blues-loving fans actually show up at the gig. The Broomdust Blues Band is also nominated for best traditional act this year, an award they truly deserve.
So do the right thing - don't vote for "my" event this year!