The Insomniacs coming to Smokin’ Moes Saturday |

The Insomniacs coming to Smokin’ Moes Saturday

Donations of cash and canned goods to benefit the Mountain Family Center will be accepted at the Insomniac show on Saturday night at Smokin’ Moe’s. Those not attending the show can make donations at Winter Park Market, Winter Park Visitor Center, Grand Mountain Bank, Smokin Moe’s, Cooper Creek Fountain, Highland Lumber, and City Market from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

The Grand County Blues Society has a blockbuster winter lineup to kick off its seventh winter season, starting on Saturday with the Insomniacs.

Saturday also marks the Society’s third annual food drive.

The Insomniacs will be breaking in the big new stage at Smokin’ Moe’s. The Blues Society board members did the construction with help from Jack Kopp Construction and Will Soles. Materials were donated by Ron Jones and Betsy DeVries. Peterson Concert Inc. will be debuting their new light show as well, also donated by Jim and Jeff Peterson.

On Dec. 5, Jonn Richardson – Albert King award winner from the 2006 IBC in Memphis – will be backed by Andy Irvine and Brad Pregeant.

New Year’s Eve will bring one of our 2010 Blues From the Top bands, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops with a very special guest, Lurrie Bell, all from Chicago. This year the party is at the new Silverado ll Ballroom, with a buffet served by the new owners of the 490 Steakhouse at Silverado ll. Details will be coming soon at

Nick Moss and the Flip Tops are a favorite at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and also “Band Of The Year ” winners. Limited tickets will be available for dinner, which will start at 7 p.m.. Music will start around 9 p.m.

On Feb. 13, we welcome the top blues band from Shallong, India. “Soulmate” will be involved in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and will then set out on a small U.S. tour. This show has been three years in the making and it promises to be a night to remember. Three days later is Fat Tuesday, Feb 16th, and here come an encore performance by Trampled Under Foot. They are the pride of Kansas City and IBC Band Winner two years ago. They will have a special guest with them as well, Samatha Fish. Both will be at the 2010 Blues From the Top.

The GCBS also is sending three acts to the IBC in Memphis this year. Longtime local and touring artist Andy Irvine and Boulder artist Johnny O are going to compete as the Solo/Duo from Grand County. They go by the name “Jelly Roll Bakers.” We are also sending longtime bluesman and our Blues in the School mentor, Dan Treanor, as our band entry. And last but not least, 14-year-old guitar prodigy Michaela Rae will be our youth entry.

Visit for details. Everyone is encouraged to join or become a sponsor.

The Blues Society also would like to thank the Sky High Daily News, Real Estate of Winter Park, KCMV, Beaver Village Condos and the Town of Winter Park for their generosity to our mission of bringing national touring artists to Grand County.

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