Tuesday, November 6, 2018

THANK YOU. Greetings from Bees Deluxe & everyone at Flippin’ for the Blues As the mid-term election looms, we want to thank everyone who helped support Bees Deluxe’s “Flippin’ for the Blues” tour. From New Hampshire to Ohio we met amazing candidates, talented musicians and wonderful people who came out, dug deep and renewed our faith in the power of acid blues. Thanks to the Maura Sullivan campaign, Brett Anders and the Jugghead Band who graciously shared the Cisco Brewery Stage in Portsmouth. Then it was onto Syracuse where Congressional candidate Dana Balter and her campaign manager, Mike Arnold greeted a group of devoted brunchers at the Empire Brewery. The next stop was Allentown where Gary and Kathy hosted us and we played at the Pig Pen Fun Bar for Susan Wild. Paul rode the animatronic pig and we were thrilled to play with Brian Brazil and Dana Gaynor’s band. Gary toured us around Allentown and we feasted on Allentown’s unique Lehigh Valley (not to be confused with or eclipsed by the Philly-style) Cheesesteak. Next stop Harrisburg and the Midtown Arts Center where Congressional candidate George Scott packed the house and Dana Gaynor and Brian Brazil again provided the perfect counterpoint to our acid blues. From Harrisburg, we drove to Cleveland and the House of Blues where we were honored to play with the Sam Hooper Band to benefit IndivisibleCLE. Carol’s childhood friend Grace showed up and brought her 90-year old father. Proof that you’re never to old for acid blues or political activism.

A quick visit to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we were off to Columbus where Ann and Richard Levin opened their home to us and introduced their friends to acid blues. The Knight Ave 5 was a terrific venue. Candidate Danny O’Connor was dynamic and even brought his parents! It was a night of optimism and great music with Keith T-Bone Colbert and Bees Deluxe. We were sad to leave Columbus but piled into the van travelled to Pittsburgh where the Allegheny County Democrats packed the house with Congressman Mike Doyle who introduced candidates running for State Senate, State Rep and other positions. It was great to see so many young women on the ballot and so many Halloween costumes in the audience! Thank you The Monday Blues Review and Stone Throwers for playing sets that had all the bartenders singing along.

From Pittsburgh, we did a marathon drive to meet our friends in Brooklyn and wrap up the tour with a celebration at Rocky Sullivan’s. We were joined by Mike Kramer the Cornelia Street Band who’s lead singer, Jennifer Shane Colthart was simply on fire. Thanks to Joan McCabe for buying everyone pizza and to J.R. Rost for graciously hosting us while we were in Red Hook and for surprising us with his amazing voice and Orbison-esque set.

Then we zoomed to Albany the captial city New York, and discovered the Albany County Democratic Committee waiting for us at Pauly’s Hotel and on stage local legends Honey Suckle Vine and the Wildcat O’Halloran Band throwing their musical hats into the ring. We’re back in Boston now. We had a great time but more importantly, we raised more than $20,000 for the Democrats and met musicians and generous strangers who are now our new friends.

We couldn’t have done it without you. We love for you to join us for a homecoming concert at City Winery on Saturday, November 24th we hope that you’ll be with us this Tuesday at the polls. VOTE! We look forward to a bluer future. Advance reservations for the City Winery show are available here: https://goo.gl/YTBGB5

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