While some artists make performing on stage look easy, there is often a great deal that goes into preparing for a performance, including learning the songs and the proper techniques for a singer’s chosen musical style.
Once such style is the Blues, a style that has its own scales and note inflections. The Blues is also the basis for many modern musical styles like Rock, Jazz, Pop, and Hip-Hop.
Part of the International Blues Foundation, the Blues Society of Western New York works to keep the Blues alive and again this year the Blues Society is sponsoring the Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival along the waterfront among the city’s historic grain elevators of Silo City on July 8, 2017.
Before Sofie Reed, Jeff Jensen, Jack Broadbent, Southern Avenue, Victor Wainwright and The Trail, and Lucky Peterson take the stage Niagara Falls native, Blues artist, and Etta James impersonator Marsha McWilson will kick off the Festival at noon by leading a vocal workshop on how to sing the Blues including learning to sing and then perform the Ray Charles his “Baby, What I Say”.
For the past seven years Marsha McWilson has been a part of the Niagara Falls Blues Festival and the Tom Joyner Cruise where she has performed with artists like Shirley Caesar, Mary Mary, Bobby Brown, Tamela Mann, Bobby Jones, and Hezekiah Walker.
This is a bring your own chair event, (chairs will also be available for rent). Tickets are $12,50 in advance and $20 at the gate. For directions and to purchase tickets go to the Blues Society of Western New York’s website at wnyblues.org.
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