Blues Sunday April 7 : Tommy Z

Keepin' The Blues Alive


Charlotte Blues Society meets the 1st Sunday Jan-June, The Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte NC 

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Blues SundayApril 7, 2019

Open Blues Jam

 Blues Jam Guidelines and Courtesies

Welcome to the Charlotte Blues Society Blues Jam.  You are participating in a tradition that is over 25 years in the making.  The Charlotte Blues Society has consistently promoted a Blues Jam as part of its Blues Sunday.  The Charlotte Blues Society’s Blues Sunday occurs on the first Sunday of each month.  The Blues Jams do not happen at every Blues Sunday.  Always refer to for details and schedules.  We hope your experience will be inspiring and that your own musical abilities will be informed by these jams.

We offer the following guidelines to consider when signing on as a participating jammer:

A practical suggestion, Sign up early.  On the sign-up sheet please list your instrument and/or ability that you wish to contribute to the Jam.  While the Blues has a lot of variations, please be advised this is a Blues Jam.  Please keep it real ladies and gentlemen.

Be respectful of any equipment that you use, backline and PA, treat it as your own or possibly better than your own.  If you have a special amp, pedal or set-up that you need to use, remember guideline #1; Come early

Keep track of your place on the sign-up sheet.  It is not up to the Jam Master to track you down when your time to shine arrives.  

Please be advised that you need to be tuned and ready BEFORE you get on stage.  Additionally, if you are a guitarist that tunes down a half step, please note the House band will be tuned to standard 440.  Two choices remain, either tune to  440 or make allowances in your choice of a chord voicing.

Volume:  If you only hear yourself on stage, perhaps you are too loud.  Likewise, if you hear everyone else, but not yourself; turn up.  

Be respectful of your fellow musicians, no matter what their ability may be.  Everyone usually starts at the same place.

In regards to soloing, again please be respectful of other musicians in the jam.  For example, rhythm guitar is not just something to waste your time on while you wait for your next solo.  One of the lessons of a Blues Jam is to learn how to be as apt an accompanist as you hope to be as a soloist.  The Jam Master will be generous with solos, but be mindful of other musicians that may be waiting to jam.  

Lastly, have fun.  Also respect the traditions as well as the innovations of the Blues.  Likewise, respect the Charlotte Blues Society and The Rabbit Hole for providing the space and equipment for you to jam.

Learn More


The Blues Jam has always been a favorite event at Blues Society meetings, and The Instigators always provide a solid base to build a jam on.

Once again we have a list of songs that WILL be played during the jam.  This is especially helpful for new jammers.    

Songs for Jam March 3rd Charlotte Blues Society  

Each is listed with Song, Artist, Key and a link to video for reference:


The Thrill is Gone  Eric Clapton & BB King   Bm



I’m Tore Down   Eric Clapton   C



Little By Little   Junior Wells & Buddy Guy  A



Who’s Been Talkin?  Howlin’ Wolf   Am



Honey Hush   Albert Collins   C 

a/k/a Talkin Woman Blues

CBS Blues Sunday Events / The Rabbit Hole

CBS at Taste of Charlotte June 7, 8, & 9, 2019


 June 7-9, 2019 Festival Hours. Friday. 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Saturday.11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Sunday. 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Join us at our Beer/Wine/Beverage tent!

Volunteer to help and receive a free Taste of Charlotte T-Shirt.

Charlotte Blues Society needs your help to man our booth located near the band stage.  

Always fun, always  one of our biggest fundraisers.  

Come out for a few hours to volunteer, and stay to enjoy the event the rest of the day!

TOC Sign up here

HART Month! Join CBS in Supporting a Healthy Blues Community


 The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. 

Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney and liver testing via blood work.

During the month of February, Charlotte Blues Society invites you to go to the Blues Foundation and find out more about this great program and to consider donating to help musicians.

Thank you!

Info HART Fund

Blues Sunday Special Tommy Z at Rabbit Hole


Tommy Z is a contemporary blues artist and radio host from Buffalo, NY who has been described as a "blues treasure" by legendary 97 Rock/WBFO DJ Jim Santella, and "one of WNY's best kept secrets" by Sarah French, Blues Matters Magazine. He is a guitar-driven electric blues-based stylist onstage, but in the studio Tommy composes a variety of music. So while experienced and studied in traditional blues, jazz and rock styles, Tommy is an artist who puts that soulful blues feeling into all the different styles he plays. He's been been recognized with numerous awards over the years, including being voted Top Blues Vocalist in Western New York 2003/2004/2006, Top Blues Guitarist 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006 and his band has won the Top Blues/Crossover Blues Band categories 1994, 2005, 2006, and was honored with the Muddy Waters Award for "Artist of the Year" by the Blues Society of WNY in 2004. In 2007 Tommy was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, recognizing him alongside some of the best talent to ever come out of WNY.  Tommy has come a long way from playing the top bars and music venues in Buffalo to being an international and domestic festival headliner. "Blizzard of Blues" was released in the Winter of 2016.  Two weeks before the official release date it debuted as the #1 Blues Rock Album (RMR) where it spent eight straight months on the RMR charts.  On the day of release it shot up onto iTunes Top 10 Blues Chart while being featured and then it debuted on the Billboard Blues Top 10 Album Chart alongside such greats as Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Tedeschi/Trucks, etc.  It was the only release by an unsigned independent artist on the chart.  The reviews and accolades and chart positions continue to pile up for "BoB" including a debut on the Feb. 2016 Living Blues Radio Chart at #14 elevating Tommy to new career heights.  In 2018, when Beth Hart had a medical condition and names were being tossed around the Kenny Wayned Shepherd tour bus for a replacement, it was Chris "Whipper" Layton, drummer for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, who spoke up and said,"I know him (Tommy Z), call those guys."  It turned out to be one of the most epic Canalside concerts ever. 

Doors open at 7pm

Tommy Z at 8pm

FREE admission to members with valid membership card

FREE admission to students with student ID and accompanied by parent or legal guardian

only $5 non-members 

We're Keepin the Blues Alive~!

Special Event ~ Part Time Blues Band play Benefit

Mojo for HoJo a Benefit for Howard "HoJo" Cormier March 10th


Rarely do we see Rusty Barkley and The Part Time Blues Band perform in Charlotte these days, but special circumstances and big hearts for their friend Howard "HoJo" Cromier, who has been hospitalized for a serious condition have brought them together with RevelWood Mission, The Ben Gatlin Band, and Stepside Deluxe for an afternoon of incredible music  on Sunday March 10th at the Rabbit Hole. The new Home of Charlotte Blues Society is the venue for the event, located in the very eclectic and artistic Plaza Midwood section of Charlotte.  

The Part Time Blues Band, led by Rusty's enormous talent has been a the benchmark of solid blues.  They were a staple of yearly CBS events, and were the first band we sponsored at The Rabbit Hole just prior to the closing of the Double Door.  
Do not miss this rare opportunity to see a full set from this beloved favorite.

Also playing ~ RevelWood Mission.  Undeniably one of the most talented new bands to emerge from the Carolinas in a long time.  Grey Brewster, Tim Haney, Kerry Brooks, &  Chad Barger are a rhythm driven act with the rock vocals that harken back to Paul Rodgers, Lou Gramm, Brian Howe vibe.  They are the real deal and their original music will have you slack jawed.  A news album is set to drop this month.  

Ben Gatlin Band is led by singer/songwriter Ben Gatlin.  His vocals are smooth, cryin in your beer, slow  swayin' sounds accompanied by outstanding guitar work, whether acoustic or electric. The deeply beautiful blues tones are  Memorable.  

Kicking off the afternoon: Stepside Deluxe. Described as "Americana", they really are a band that has been making classic country cool for several years in the area, with a clear emphasis on great musicianship and solid arrangements.  

The Part Time Blues Band


Sunday March 10 during "Mojo for HoJo"  Benefit.
Doors open 2:30pm.  4 Bands.

Howard "HoJo" Cromier


Great drummer. Generous heart.  Beloved by family & friends.

RevelWood Mission


Ben Gatlin Band


Stepside Deluxe


CBS Blues Sunday : 1st Sunday of the Month

Our Mission Statement

Charlotte Blues Society, Blues Music, Live Blues,Blues Artists. Blues in the Schools, Non-profit



is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the American Blues tradition through the presentation of concerts, forums, educational programs and support of local musicians in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

CBS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors and operated by an all-volunteer staff. CBS is an affiliated member of The Blues Foundation, the umbrella organization for a worldwide network of 165 affiliated Blues societies and has individual memberships around the globe. 

Meet our New Guitar up for Raffle!

Candy Apple Red Fender Squier Strat 2019 Autographed fundraising raffle Guitar

As a 501(c)3 organization, we have been raising funds through Guitar Raffles. You gotta love this sweet number!

It's a Candy Apple Red Fender Squier Strat donated by Ray Otstott, and the signatures have already begun...the first this time was Albert Castiglia  

Samantha Fish, Eric Gales, and guitar wiz Jonathan Long have already added their signatures.  

Raffle tickets on sale now at all our events.

There will only be 400 tickets printed this year  When they are gone, they are gone.

Drawing will be held December 1, 2019.

With all the great acts coming to town this year, it should be a banner year to collect more autographs.

At this time, we want to thank all the artists who have signed our raffle guitars.   We appreciate you more than you will ever know.   And we know every signature makes that guitar more valuable, and a hotter ticket to purchase.
All proceeds are donations and benefit Charlotte Blues Society. Those dollars help us in our mission of Keeping the Blues Alive.  Thank you musicians!  

Thanks for your support!  Thanks to all who buy a ticket. Remember: it only takes one to win!

Our Designated Charity 2019


In 2017 CBS decided it was time for us to reach out to our community and adopt another charity.   
Loaves and Fishes fed over 77,000 people in the Charlotte area in 2017.  A huge percentage of those being fed were children. We committed to collecting donations of non-perishable food items at every Blues Sunday event through the year. 

We have recommitted ourselves to them again this year.

We  will always take donations at every blues event we attend outside of our own, (providing the venue allows it)  Funds raised will be used to purchase the most needed items  for the Loaves and Fishes  food pantry every month.  

In 2018 we donated 1812 pounds of food and over $200 from events. 

Our goal in 2019 is to reach that 2000 pound mark: a full ton by the end of the year.  
All we ask is that you bring non-perishable food items to our events, and we will make sure Loaves & Fishes receives it.

"1 Can?   I Can!" : our battle cry against hunger.

Please look for us at all Blues events and consider bringing food or making a cash donation.   

Blues for Food.  We Can make a difference!

We also encourage you to donate directly to Loaves and Fishes here 


The 35th International Blues Challenge was held January 22-26 2019 in Memphis TN.  Representing Charlotte Blues Society were Jake Haldenvang  solo/duo   and  The Chris Clifton Band band .  Congrats to both.  
Jake advanced to the Semi-Finals after the first  two nights. Although he did not make it to the finals, he showed the world the talent we have here in NC    Congratulations to all that competed in this International Competition.  

IBC 2019 Info

Established 1993


Charlotte Blues Society 

501(c)3 Non Profit

The Rabbit Hole


The New Home of Charlotte Blues Society
1801 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte NC

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