John Crawford, aka Big Johnny Blue, has been working since 2010 to pull together a local blues society. There were several starts undertaken and an equal number of experiments (and experiences) with different venues and players.
Things began looking up when an agreement was reached back in 2013 with the Knights of Columbus Hall on Queenston Road at Parkdale. With a reliable and reputable venue backing his efforts, Crawford pulled together a management board. The board now consists of Crawford, Bill Watson, Glen Brown, and Ivan Sorensen.
The newly-reorganized Hamilton Blues Society started holding regular jam sessions at the hall. With fifty or more people participating things looked encouraging. The addition of blues showcase concerts gave local blues groups and artists an opportunity to perform and build their audience bases. The Society recently was registered as a not-for-profit society, and is now in the process of gathering members.
Tonight the Hamilton Blues Society’s executive board was pleased to approve the Hamilton Blues Society Constitution and Bylaws. The approval of the foundational documents launches the Society’s Membership Drive and will culminate in the Society’s first General Meeting this September.
~Submitted by Glen Brown, secretary of the Hamilton Blues Society.