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January 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Desert Moon Blues
The Dance Loft
This month we have a fabulous guest instructors Tyler Robbins and Abby Wegerski from Phoenix! Tyler has taught and DJ’d at national events and he will be teaching the lesson this month. We are very happy to have them here with us!
Also, we have a great guest musician who will be playing live, danceable blues for us – Ben Siems is in Tucson this weekend and will be playing a live set for us!
Minneapolis-based composer/guitarist/singer Ben Siems has been described by Cadence magazine international as “a fountain of melody, with a masterful grasp of the guitaristic arts.” Best known for his jazz work as leader of The Willie August Project (a group that has charted as #1 New Artist on XM Satellite Radio Real Jazz), Siems is also a virtuoso slide guitarist devoted not only to preserving the Delta blues tradition, but adding to it with his award-winning original songs. His recent collaborations include work with master blues dance teachers Damon Stone and Lucas Weisman, and performances with guitar legend Moses Oakland. He is a six-time award winner in the Song of the Year international song writing contest, and has received over a dozen grants from The American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and other sources. He is also the author of “Brer Robert: The Bluesman and the African American Trickster Tale Tradition,” an essay on blues history published in Southern Folklore Quarterly.
Schedule is below:
8:00pm-9:00pm – Beginner/Intermediate blues dance lesson with Tyler Robbins and Abby Wegerski
9:00pm – 10:00pm – Social dance to blues music with DJ Maggie Nom
10:00pm ~ 11:00pm – Social dance to LIVE BLUES with Ben Siems
~11:00pm – Midnight – Social dance to late night Fusion/Electro/Alt-Blues with DJ Mike Lazear