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CBS Blues Sunday Events / The Rabbit Hole

Blues Sunday IBC Send Off Party w/ Jake Haldenvang & The Chris Clifton Band January 6 2019

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Our Blues Challenge in September and October winners Jake Haldenvang & The Chris Clifton Band head to Memphis January 22-26 to compete at the International Blues Challenge 2019.
First stop: our Blues Sunday January 6, 2019!

Those attending the Blues Christmas Bash were treated to Jake HaldenVang jamming with Albert Castiglia on Dec.2.  A sweet little teaser for what Jake can do.

Come out and cheer them on

 Doors: 7PM

Show: 8-10PM

followed by open blues jam.

FREE to members with valid CBS Membership card.

$5 to non-members, or those without valid card.

2018 Fender Squier Autographed Guitar Winner: Adam Kimball!

Albert Castiglia, Autographed Guitar, Blues, Charlotte Blues Society

Since Dec. 1 2018, the 2018 Fender Squier guitar donated to CBS by Rick Kite has been gathering signatures at various blues shows throughout the area.  
Tickets were sold through the end of the Blues Christmas Bash on December 2 2018. Our guest artist Albert Castiglia drew the winning ticket at the end of the night, which was broadcast live on Facebook.  Adam Kimball had purchased advance tickets for the show, and he left a few minutes before the drawing.  The semi-anticlimatic event prompted a phone call to the winner, who had just reached home.  
"I NEVER win anything, you are kidding me" was his response.  He called Uber, got a ride back to the Rabbit Hole, where he claimed the prize, and got his picture takent with Albert Castiglia and Rick Kite.
As you can tell, this is one happy dude.  By the way, you can buy raffle tickets  for the 2019 guitar now.  They are available online in our store, and also at events.
The next guitar could be yours: It only takes one ticket to win!
All proceed from ticket sales support the mission of CBS.

buy Guitar Raffle Ticket here

Blues Sunday Special February 10 2019 : don't miss Lipbone Redding

Lipbone Redding, February 10 2019, charlotte blues society


In his early twenties, Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding migrated from North Carolina to New York City with his guitar. After a brief stint as an actor, carpenter, bartender and producer for the Museum of Sound Recording, he promptly became a subway musician. 

From the swampy farmlands and beach towns of coastal North Carolina. Lipbone was steeped in the musical tradition of Soul, Boogie and Blues. 

From 1998 to 2001 Lipbone honed his guitar and people skills amongst the underground caverns of New York City, In 2002 his craft allowed him to travel and make a living wherever life took him:  India, Europe, South America, New Orleans, San Francisco. Along the road, he forged lifelong collaborative relationships with producers, artists and masters around the globe. 

In 2005 Lipbone Redding emerged into the vibrant East Village nightlife, where he became a staple of the downtown music scene. From 2005-2012 he held a residency at the tiny but famous Jules Jazz Bistro on historic Saint Mark’s Place.  Friday night and Sunday brunch with The Lipbone Orchestra became a regular happening frequented by hipsters and tourists alike.  It was there amongst the champagne, rowdy cabaret atmosphere and weekly packed house that Lipbone developed his signature jazzy Lip Trombone and unique style of musical storytelling. 

In 2006, In the East Village, Lipbone met world famous producer Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records (Ruth Brown, Joe Turner, The Clovers, The Drifters, The Coasters, Ray Charles, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Led Zeppelin). Ahmet, on a date night with his lady, motioned Lipbone to sit at his table. He offered his hand and confided “You play trombone with no trombone, better than some trombone players that I know.” Lipbone took it as a blessing and hasn’t looked back since. 

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. 

25 Years and Counting....

2018 Fender Squier Raffle Guitar

H2018 marks our 25th year in Charlotte.We have more great things on the way, a new guitar to raffle too!It's a beauty!  a black Fender Squier with white pearl pick guard, plus bag and Squier amp.

First signature: Eric Gales. Soon the guitar(front and back) collected some amazing autographs, including:  

JJ Grey, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Noah Hunt,  Susan Tedeschi Trucks, Selwyn Birchwood, Heather Gillis, Doyle Bramhall II,   Garry Burnside,Davy Knowles. Jorma Kaukonen, Marc Broussard, Tab Benoit, Eric Johnson, Jamie McLean, Arielle,Tommy Castro, Michael Wolf Ingmire, Nathan Pope, Bob Margolin, Andy Powell, Mark Abrahams, Nick Moss, Walter Trout, Tas Cru, Albert Cummings, Tinsley Ellis, Zach Nugent, Joseph Michael Mahfoud, Tommy Z, Duane Betts, Devon Allman, Leo Kottke, Ana Popovic, Rebecca Lovell, Megan Lovell, David Bromberg, Marcus King, Mark Cosgrove, Jake Haldenvang, Joe Louis Walker, Pam Taylor.....We will continue to collect signatures until December 2, 2018, when the name will be drawn from all the tickets sold.  It will be broadcast live on Facebook during our Blues Christmas party.

Thanks to Rick Kite for donating this year's guitar for raffle.  

Tickets on sale now at all our events, . All proceeds are donations and benefit Charlotte Blues Society. 

Thanks for your support! 

Our Designated Charity 2018

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 also bring a donation jar to 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.  

We are on course to hit a full TON of food this year.  
"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 will be held January 22-26 2019 in Memphis TN.  Representing Charlotte Blues Society are Jake Haldenvang  solo/duo   and  The Chris Clifton Band band .  

IBC 2019 Info

Established 1993

Charlotte Blues Society 

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The Rabbit Hole

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

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