The Capital Region Blues Network is holding its fourth annual fundraising bash this Friday. Music, raffles, and a silent auction will be held at the Roadhouse Grille on Fuller Road in Albany at 7PM.
Rhett Tyler and his Early Warning band and Soul Sky will bring their talents for the evening.
Mark Emanation has a long history with the CRBN network and says it is important for him to be supportive as the organization does much to educate young artists about the history of blues music by being part of the Blues in Schools programs.
“I have been involved especially playing with Folding Sky and the Ernie Williams band, and I think all these blues societies across the states are a great movement, as they are keeping an essential art form alive,” said Emanation.
“There will be some great items at the auction, he added.”Gary and Garrick Smith are big blues fans and they donated a weekend package up in Lake Placid at Northwoods Inn with dinner for two with entertainment at Delta Blue. There are also many, many other great local prizes.”
Soul Sky consists of Emanation, Jeremy Waltz, Tom Dolan, and Josh Bloomfield.
Rhett Tyler says he and his band are looking forward to it.
“I was first introduced to the network about 15 years ago,” said Tyler.” Jeremy Walz called me to ask if I would play, and we are happy to be part of the event.”
Tyler is a Master Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, and six months ago with Doug Howard and Bo Matheson released a double CD, “The Rhythm, The Power, The Blue”. According to Tyler, it covers the full gamut of his playing. The band also opens for BB King next week at the Palace.
“We will be playing both covers, and our originals, added Tyler. “We are honored to support the network.”