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12PackJack Takes First Prize at Crossborder Blues Competition

12PackJack Takes First Prize at Crossborder Blues Competition

12PackJack took First Place, followed by the Bravuras in Second and Lakeside Blues Band placed third. Our congratulations to all of the participants in this event

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12PackJack Takes First Prize at Crossborder Blues Competition

 

The Blues Band Competition portion of the Cross Border Blues, Brews and Ques in Wilson, NY was held on Saturday 6/18/2011. Using the rules from the International Blues Challenge, 5 acts were judged through the day. Performing in the Competition were: 

 

The Bravuras
Moondogs
12PackJack
Olivia B. Goode

Lakeside Blues Band

The winning Band received $500 and a paying gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, NY. 12PackJack took First Place, followed by the Bravuras in Second and Lakeside Blues Band placed third. Our congratulations to all of the participants in this event. 

Thanks to the Judges: 
Sharon Schneider
Dan Stoll
Arleen Reifschneider

 

Also to our Gig Meister, Karl Reifschneider for hosting the stage, making sure all got on and off as needed, and managed the scoring. On a side note, Jack McArdle of 12PackJack also participated in the BBQ competitions. Those who have tasted Jacks BBQ know it is a real treat. In the picture are Kathy O'Keefe, Jack McArdle and Arleen Reifschneider

Buffalo Rising meets 12PackJack

Recently, my good friend Elena Cala Buscaring had a few words to say about 12PackJack on BuffaloRising.com...
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This past February, it was my pleasure to go to Memphis for the International Blues Competition as part of a Buffalo contingent that included many, many members of the WNY Blues Society, the largest Blues Society in the nation. 

Once there, in this city that looked so much like Buffalo (Main Street eerily replicates ours), I proceeded to hang around with Buffalo people who I knew, but never really get to see here at home.  (It's a phenomenon, like the Bills playoff game in Miami '91.)  So there I was, taking in the music with "12Pack Jack" McArdle.  Jack has a blues band of the same name, and there's something about hearing a big guy with no neck sing a bluesy rendition of "Fever," that I'll never get over.  Let's say I've been a fan of Jack's for a while.

We talked about how Buffalo should be having its own Blues Festival and marveled over the wealth of talented musicians we have.  Two of the Buffalo bands that performed in Memphis that weekend, Todd Eberwine Band and JJ Moscato, regulars at the Tap Room and all over town, are ready to help pull it together. (More on that to come.)

In the meanwhile, the Blues Society keeps their unofficial clubhouse, the Lafayette Tap Room, hopping on weekends and all through the week with great regional bands and even a few imports.  This Saturday, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers are playing the Society's Blues 'n March along with local bands Tas Cru, The Todd Eberwine Band and Gregg Juke and the Mighty No Stars.  It's not a festival, but it's a party.

"Hey, Trouble," Jack said, "you don't want to miss it."  Think about coming down to enjoy some hot blues and cold beer on a warm, early spring evening in Buffalo.  You might even sign up and join the Blues Society (with their low membership fees) and make some new friends.  If nothing else, you can start training in case you run into 12Pack in Memphis next year.


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