Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ironing Board Sam Will Be At Capital Blues Night

Ironing Board Sam (seen from last New Years Eve at The Hamilton Live) is among
those who will be performing at Capital Blues Night, Wednesday evening at The Hamilton Live
Some of you may be aware that I have been a supporter of the various programs and activities of the Music Maker Foundation. The North Carolina-based organization has been a life send to many roots music performers who were in hard economic and health times whether helping pay medical bills, provide a decent housing situation and record and issue recordings of these often under-documented performers. In addition MMF has promoted performances at clubs and festivals of their artists throughout the United States and the world.

I had the pleasure of seeing such performers as Big Ron Hunter, Captain Luke, Sol Roots, and Ironing Board Sam at what was then a new Washington DC venue, The Hamilton last New Year's Eve. The Hamilton will be hosting Capital Blues Night Wednesday evening, October 24. The doors open at 6:30PM and the show starts at 7:30 and features the performers I listed above along with Cool John Ferguson and Ardie Dean for what promises to be a terrific evening of music. 

Captain Luke will return to The Hamilton Live on Wednesday October 23.

One should be particularly excited about the return of Ironing Board Sam whose career the Music Maker Foundation has revived. Ironing Board Sam was for years a fixture in New Orleans (including the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival), and with his career back on the upswing and with new recordings produced by Music Maker Foundation, returned back to New Orleans this past spring for his first JazzFest performance in too many years. Its an example of what the Music Maker Foundation does to assist roots music artists. And then there is Captain Luke, whose baritone will evoke the smoky baritone of Brook Benton. They will be heard along with the showmanship of Cool John and more.

For more information on the Music Maker Foundation, check out, You can purchase tickets at The Hamilton’s website,

Here is Ironing Board Sam in performance.

Here is Cool John Ferguson backing Captain Luke.

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