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Blues Sunday February 10, 2019

Lipbone Redding


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. 

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 Lipbone Redding has taken his singular vocal instrumental style to a new level by playing guitar and producing all of the instrument sounds while simultaneously singing and storytelling without the use of electronic effects nor a loop pedal.  

A one-man orchestra with no electronic effects, his natural human sounds of throat singing, bass and beat-boxing, and his astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning are a must-experience evening of entertainment. Traveling light in his Beautiful Flying Machine, Lipbone Redding is on the road performing close to 200 shows per year. 

No loops or effects here, this organic soundsman has crafted a talent that must be seen and heard to be believed

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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

2018 Fender Squier Autographed Guitar Winner: Adam Kimball!

Albert Castiglia, Autographed Guitar, Blues, Charlotte Blues Society

 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, headed back to the Rabbit Hole, where he claimed the prize,  Shown here with Albert Castiglia and Rick Kite you can tell, this is one happy dude!

Our 2019 Raffle Guitar is a  Candy Apple Red Fender Squier Strat was donated by CBS member Ray Otstott.

 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 2019 Guitar Raffle Ticket here

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

Lipbone Redding, February 10 2019, charlotte blues society

 Our February Blue Sunday moves to the second Sunday due to Super Bowl.

Mark February 10th on your calendar and get ready for an amazing night of music from Lipbone Redding.

Doors open at 7pm

Show starts at 8pm

FREE admission to members with valid membership card

only $5 non-members 

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 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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