Saturday, July 22nd, the Blues Society I helped start a few months ago put on it's first annual Blues Festival in Roanoke Virginia with 15 solo acts and bands playing on two stages. Performers included Alligator Records recording artist Tinsley Ellis, (from Atlanta Georgia) Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo's, "The Origional West Virginia Bluesman" Nat Reese, who recorded for the National Folk Music Institute of The Smithsonian Museum and The Library of Congress. The event was held on Henry Street in front of an old abandoned hotel that TAP, (Total Action against Poverty) is restoring and converting into an arts and music activity center for the area youth. The building will also house a fully equipped state of the art recording studio where kids will be able to study, work and record with the help of area experts in the recording industry. Last night at our monthly meeting/jam session at Martin's (Home of the best BBQ'd Ribs this side of St. Louis), The Blue Ridge Blues Society presented TAP with a check for $2000 from the procedes of the Blues Festival. The Channel 7 News Team was on hand with cameras and reporters to capture the presentation for the local newscast. Following the Blues Society meeting and presentation to TAP, Martin's clientel was treated to live Blues provided by The Fat Daddy Band, Billie Sutton (AKA Flathead Willie) & The Regulators, and a duet called Chicken Wings & Gravy.