Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bill Blue to headline Larry Baeder's Wednesday Night Blues Concert Series

Bill Blue
KEY WEST, Fla. (August 29, 2012) -- There's an old legend about Bill Blue that says he came to Key West with a pretty girl, a Cadillac and very little money. But ask the man himself and he'll tell you that the little money part was closer to the truth.

Since his arrival to Mile 0 in 1983 after spending 18 years on the road touring and recording, Blue has opened a music store and recording studio, and become a well-known blues performer. Now, he brings his gravelly blues to Island Dogs on Wednesday, August 29, from 8 p.m. for Larry Baeder's Wednesday Night Blues Concert Series.

Baeder's Wednesday Night Blues Concert Series features a different jazz or blues performer every week, local and visiting, performing alongside Baeder.

Blue left North Carolina for Virginia to meet blues legend Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, who wrote Elvis's first record, That's Alright Mama, and went from an out-of-work musician to being on the road with Big Boy and Bonnie Raitt on her first U.S. tour.

Blue's career has lasted more than 30 years and has taken him to stages around the world. He signed on with the prestigious Adelphi Records, one of the best blues labels at the time in the U.S., and released two LP's: Sing Like Thunder and Giving Good Boys A Bad Name. In 2005, he released a compilation CD, Closing Time, with songs from the last 30 years.

Under the new ownership of Pat Croce and David Thibault since July 2010, Island Dogs is the ultimate come-as-you-are bar just off the beaten Canal Street path in Key West's historic downtown, featuring an outdoor oyster bar on its sidewalk front porch. Island Dogs is known for its live music, island cocktails and its specialty menu crafted by Chef Pat Dunn. For more info, visit or visit us at 505 Front Street, Key West 33040.

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