Earl Thomas started out wanting to support the Blues Foundation by giving back his time and talents as a Blues artist. As his fellow Blues musicians heard about what Thomas was doing, they wanted to join him. As a result, the show will feature Sista Monica, Syreeta Neal, Lady Bianca, Kenny Neal, Tia Carroll, King Tuffnstuff, Shane Dwight, Daniel Castro, John Nemeth, Kyle Rowland, Greg Nagy, Aki Kumar, the Blues Ambassadors and the list is growing.
Thomas explains, “I’m excited to be part of this event, and even more excited to have my friends join me in supporting the Blues Foundation. I think it is important for all of us to give back to the music that we love and to ensure that the history of Blues is preserved. I’m also grateful to VenMundi for helping us contribute 50 percent of the proceeds in support of the Blues Hall of Fame Museum.”
VenMundi makes it easy to buy a ticket for the live show by going to the Venmundi.com link to the Earl Thomas In Concert for the Blues Foundation event site. VenMundi is thrilled to use its patented new technology to support important organizations like The Blues Foundation and make it possible for Blues fans around the world to be part of the fundraising.
"The Blues Foundation has been inducting performers and recordings into the Blues Hall of Fame since 1980 and a capital campaign is well underway to establish the Blues Hall of Fame museum. We applaud Earl Thomas and his friends for their willingness to step forward in support of our efforts to bring this long-overdue dream to reality," explained Jay Sieleman, President of the Blues Foundation.
Charley Lochtefeld, owner of Club Fox reports, “We are delighted to support the Blues Hall of Fame Museum and are glad to be teaming up with Earl Thomas and VenMundi to stream the show live to blues fans all over the world. We know they will enjoy the show and the opportunity to support the Blues Foundation.”
Recognized on four continents Earl Thomas has been called "one of the most important blues artist of this decade" by the Best of Blues Awards where, in 2011, he took top honors including Best Male Vocal, Best Contemporary Blues Artist, Best Album, and Best Songwriter. His songs have been recorded by icons Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Tom Jones as well as contemporaries Janiva Magness, Big Llou Johnson, Tracy Nelson and, most recently, blues queen Shemekia Copeland on her new Telarc Records release 33 & 1/3. In 2006, the national blockbuster, In The Mix, starring Usher and the Sundance Film Festival Award winning Forty Shades Of Blue with Rip Torn both featured an Earl Thomas composition. He scored again with songs on popular television shows, in 2009 on the hit series E.R and again in 2012 with In Plain Sight and Bones and with songs on over 500 Blues radio stations in the United States and around the world, Earl Thomas is a genuine Blues star. He made his European debut at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in 1992 and has built a solid reputation and fan base especially in Switzerland, Scandinavia, and England. His long running residency at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco with his tight multicultural band The Blues Ambassadors is the hot ticket in the Bay Area drawing regular SRO crowds to the popular venue.
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Barbra Higgins, President of VenMundi explains, “VenMundi lets musicians reach their fans live and in-person, and simultaneously via streaming video on the Internet, with a level of visual quality and audio clarity rarely found online. Better still, fans can soon queue up concerts from their favorite artists on-demand so they get what they want, when and how they want it with uncompromised quality and an experience that is almost as good as being there. VenMundi is helping to raise money by extending the reach of this very special concert.”
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About The Blues Foundation: The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but world-renown as THE organization dedicated to preserving our Blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form. The Blues Foundation has 4500 individual members and 200 affiliated local Blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events--the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards--make it the international center of Blues music. Since 1980, The Blues Foundation has been inducting individuals, recordings and literature into the Blues Hall of Fame, but until now there has not been a physical Blues Hall of Fame. The Raise the Roof campaign calls for up to $3.5 million to create a hall of fame that will be the place to: honor inductees year-round; listen to and learn about the music; and enjoy historic mementos of this all-American art form. https://blues.org
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