Keepin' The Blues Alive


Don't miss the Blues Christmas Extravaganza Sunday Dec. 1 at the Rabbit Hole  


Blues Christmas Extravaganza

Sunday December 1 it's a Charlotte Blues Society Blues Christmas


The Thermatones preach the "gospel of blues" with a vengeance. Guitarist Jared Stamey's menacing guitar work blows away the most critical crowds. He shares the front line with the spirited vocal testaments and hellacious harp of "Fat Mike" Berrier.

The "backbone" is provided by the steady pulse of Jack Younger's bass, the smooth textured percussion of Mark Thompson and the soulful sounds of Dwayne Leonard's saxophone. Their combined talents invoke an undeniable reverence for The Blues.

The Thermatones play a blend of Texas and Delta Blues from the traditional styles of Mississippi Delta Blues (Robert Johnson) to Chicago Blues ( Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters) and to the Texas guitar-slinger sounds of Billy Gibbons, Johnny Winter, and of course Stevie.
All these influences are blended into a sound that is uniquely their own and rooted firmly in the traditions of the blues. The ThermaTones are carrying-on the front porch tradition of playing the blues from the heart with a "devil-may-care" attitude.

ADMISSION: $10 for non-members and those without valid card  

                     Free to members with valid membership card, although we do suggest a 

                     donation of $5

Non-perishable food items for Loaves and Fishes are being collected!   Do not forget to pick up at least one can of food and bring it to the event.  School may be back in session, but families are still in need and with the holiday breaks coming up, there will be a lack of meals available to children and families at risk. 


Time: 7pm-11pm Venue: The Rabbit Hole

Doors open at 7pm,

ThermaTones  8-9:30 pm

Open Blues Jam 9:30-11pm


Free to active members with valid cards,  Suggested donation of $5

$10 non-members

Drawing for the autographed Candy Apple Red Fender Squier Strat donated by our late friend and board member Ray Otstott will be made live on Facebook by his wife Jo.

Additional raffles all night long.  


The Rabbit Hole

1801 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte

Great menu, food available, and if you have an active membership in CBS, you will get a 10% discount on food!

CBS Blues Sunday January 5

Chad Andrew Harris & The Blue Herons & Crank Sinatra



Chad Andrew Harris was new to the CBS stage a couple of months ago when he brought his guitar for a CBS Blues Jam.

The thought of being in the Blues Challenge interested him, so he reached out to several  talented musicians to form an outstanding band.  

Congratulations to Chad Harris and The Blue Herons on winning the Blues Band Challenge!  Memphis bound in late January.   See them perform at our January  5th Blues Sunday along with our Youth Blues Group:  Crank Sinatra

Chad Harris and the Blue Herons 

Location: The Rabbit Hole

1801 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte

CBS Events and Causes

Youth Group to the IBC: CRANK SINATRA


Charlotte  Blues Society, an affiliate of the Blues Foundation is sponsoring a Youth Group this year for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2020.   
Crank Sinatra  impressed the CBS Members and the audience at the October 6th Band Challenge , and made new fans when they performed Nov. 3 at our Blues Sunday at The Rabbit Hole. 

They will be performing in Memphis during the Youth  Showcase at the IBC in January.  Prior to that performance, they will be opeinging the night for our January 5th Blues Sunday as Crank Sinatra and Chad Andrew Harris & The Blues Herons perform their sets they will be showcasing in Memphis at the IBC.

Hope you can make it and cheer them on!

If you are serious about a music career, the opportunity awaits.

The Road to Memphis began in Charlotte.

The Band Challenge on Sunday  October 6 between Tundra and Chad Harris and The Blue Herons earned Chad & TBH their place at the 36th International Blues Challenge January 28 through February 1, 2020 in Memphis TN.  

We encourage our members to attend  this amazing event celebrating the Blues, with bands from all over the world participating.


Save The Date
#36 IBC: Jan. 28 – Feb. 01, 2020


“So you want to work as a touring blues musician, and need the world to know you’re out there?
Compete in the IBC and make it to Memphis!

Didn’t make it into the competition? 


The opportunities out there are not just for the contestants. I made friends and contacts that have served me well, and will continue to serve me, I believe, for the duration of my career.”

– Erica Brown, 2013 IBC Finalist (Colorado Blues Society)

A Brick For Robin


  Up for Raffle: A limited edition plaque commemorating The Double Door Inn. 

One of only two in existence, this collectible was donated to Charlotte Blues Society to raise funds to purchase an 8"x8" permanent brick to be installed in front of the Blues Hall of Fame  Museum  in Memphis. this fall. 

The brick will commemorate CBS Member and Award winning Blues Artist  Robin Rogers and CBS
Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold at $5 each.  They are no longer available in our store, but you may be able to buy the last couple ( if there are any left) at our Christmas Party Dec. 1st.  The winner will be drawn that night!

This brick will be installed December 1st in Memphis!  


"Charlotte Blues 
Society Honors
Robin Rogers 
Winner 2011 BMA" 
Contemporary Blues 
Female Artist
Robin was posthumously  awarded Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2011.  

The Blues Music Awards are presented by the The Blues Foundation a  non-profit organization founded to foster blues heritage. 

Robin was a huge advocate of Charlotte Blues Society and The Blues Foundation.  She was a finalist in the 2004IBC also winner of the Self Produced CD at the IBC in 2005 with Crazy Cryin' Blues, and won Best Female Blues Artist 

One Can? I Can! Blues for Food benefiting Loaves & Fishes


In 2018 We decided to adopt a charity. 

We chose Loaves and Fishes .  With a track record of service to the community, feeding over 77,000 people in the Charlotte area in 2017, we felt this charity deserved our help. 

It has also fed down (but not out) musicians and their families.      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 committed 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.  

By the end of 2018 we donated 1812 pounds of food and over $200 from events .

We knew we could do more

Thanks to you, we are getting closer to our goal of ONE TON of food for Loaves & Fishes this year.



Many thanks to FOOD LION and COSTCO for their recent donations, which has enabled us to help feed more at rick families.  

Remember to bring a non-perishable food item to our next event: 

November 3 rd at The Rabbit Hole.

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 before 2018 was out

The following is a list of all those who have signed the guitar as of August 10, 2019:

Albert Castiglia  Dec 2, 2018

Ray Otstott Dec. 2, 2018

Johnathon Long Dec. 4,2018

Samantha Fish Dec. 6,2018

Eric Gales  Dec.6,2018

John Nemeth Jan.9, 2019

Popa Chubby Jan. 25,2019

Lipbone Redding Feb.10, 2019

Tinsley Ellis  March 21,2019

Coco Montoya  March 21, 2019

Gerry McAvoy(band of Friends) March 29, 2019

Davy Knowles March 29, 2019

Tommy Z, April 7, 2019

Heather Gillis  April 13, 2019

Ana Popovic  April 13, 2019

Danielle Nicole  April 14, 2019

Geoff Achison  May 5, 2019

Jamie McLean  May 18, 2019

Anthony Gomes May 31, 2019

Nick Schnebelen June 14 2019

Robert Cray  June 21, 2019

Ally Venable  July 27, 2019

Castro Coleman/aka:Mr. Sipp  Aug. 10

Marcus King August 20, 2019

Shaw Davis  August 31, 2019

Jontavious Willis September 18, 2019

Keb'Mo' September 18, 2019 

Joanne Shaw Taylor  November 3 2019

Jackson Stokes  November 3, 2019

Devon Allman  November 3, 2019

Duane Betts November 3, 2019

Eric Sardinas November 8, 2019

Vanessa Collier November 8, 2019

Mike Zito November 8, 2019

Kenny Neal November 9, 2019

Gary Hoey November 9, 2019

Toronzo Cannon November 9 2019

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!

Charles Eugene Costner a/k/a Gene Gene and the Blues Machine


February 1, 1958 - September 16, 2019

We are saddened by another loss from our CBS and Blues Community family.

 We knew him as Gene Gene and the Blues Machine.  He participated in our 2010 Band Challenge for the IBC and won, representing Charlotte Blues Society at the IBC in Memphis.  

  Gene always loved music, it was evident in his shows.  Although he attended high school in Monroe, he left the area when he was a teenager to pursue a career in music. He toured and ran sound for numerous Rock and Top Forty bands throughout the seventies and eighties in the U.S. and Canada. Gene also spent several years in Charleston, SC where ran a successful club at the beach in Charleston until Hugo hit. Upon returning to Charlotte, he was a longtime member of the Wax Gurus and several other bands before forming his own successful band Gene Gene and the Blues Machine. He was a talented singer, songwriter, and harmonica player. His band had numerous members over the years and played a variety of music Gene termed “ high-energy blues”. 

Gene was generous, thoughtful, and funny. He filled the world with music, humor and love. Gene will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the entire music community. 

  There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday October 6th from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Lodge at Cramer Mountain, 102 Hidden Pastures, Cramerton, NC 28032. 

 If you can, please attend.  If you can't attend, turn up some blues , preferably one with a rockin' harmonica, and play it loud enough to reach the heavens.  You know he'll find a way to join in.

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Blues Jam Guidelines

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 26 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. We recommend you bring your own gear, including amp.  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.

In Addition, we highly recommend you read and observe the following 

"The Ten Commandments of Jam" from Derek Trucks.

 1. Just listen.
Make sure that when you’re on stage with others, you are paying attention to what’s going on and not getting self-involved in your own world.
2. Respect everyone else’s musical space.
The easiest way to kill a vibe is by jumping in and adding your two cents too soon, while someone else is still trying to build something. Just let things happen.
3. Make you sure you are telling a story.
Never just be playing scales, filling space or going through the motions. Sometimes people resort to such tactics just to fill space but it’s always a mistake. Longer solos aren’t always better solos. Always have something to say.
4. Try to play an emotion.
Always be aware of what emotion you want to convey and try to tap into it. You can often hear what a great soloist is going through. It doesn’t take words to express a thought; you can definitely spell out emotions musically and should always strive to do so.
5. Never use the bandstand to practice.
Don’t waste time working through things. It’s great to take chances but not to try things you are completely unsure of. Save your practice time for off stage.
6. Treat the stage as your church.
Respect what you are doing. If you want people to respect what you’re doing and think it means something, you have to act like it does. All great artists treat the stage like it is sanctified.
7. Make sure your intentions are right.
Don’t be up there to boost your ego or career. Mean what you’re doing and appreciate it. You won’t get anywhere musically if you are just on stage to impress people.
8. Always make the band sound better.
Don’t just highlight what you do; serve the group and the music. Playing rhythm behind someone or even sitting out at the right moment is just as important as soloing. Some people sound great when they’re doing their thing but just get in the way when they’re not.
9. Educate with your music.
Always move forward and turn your audience on to new things instead of relying on the same old tricks. A core audience gets stuck listening to one group and think that’s it, but you’re around so much music and should always be inspired by new things. It’s important to pass that along, and it keeps you out of ruts.
10, Make sure you mean what you’re doing.
Do what you want and love. If you’re playing with somebody, you might as well do it right. No matter what the gig, dig in and go to town.

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 next Jam 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

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