Blues event set for Sept. 19

From staff and press reports


The Winston County Chamber of Commerce members are fully focused on the third Thursday event with a “Back to School Blues” night planned.

The downtown Louisville event will feature a live band of the Old Memphis Kings, shopping, children’s entertainment, dining and much more.

The discounted night time shopping will begin at 5 p.m. and go until 7 p.m. the children’s jumpers and other events will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and live band will also be onstage from 6 to 9 p.m. The stage and events will be on South Columbus Avenue with shopping in all the down town stores.

The featured band for the night is the Old Memphis Kings who will bring their own flavor of the blues to the event.

“It’s a different kind of blues that I think people will really enjoy,” said Linda Skelton, Chamber director.

The Old Memphis Kings, a Mississippi blues band, was formed about 7 years ago by the chance meeting of Drew Blackwell, Caleb Childs, and a blues legend named Willie King.

After the tragic loss of Willie King in 2009, the Old Memphis Kings took it upon themselves not to let the memory of Willie King or his music be lost. So, using the tools that he gave them, they set out on their own, spreading King’s message of peace and love to all who would hear it. Also, playing his songs, like they knew he would want.

The Old Memphis Kings got a sudden jolt with the addition of a drummer, Beth Fulgham. The drums changed them from an acoustic duo to an electrified, power trio and gave the group more diversity and range. A breath of fresh air the Kings were needing. In late 2011, Keatzi Gunmoney (local musician and friend of the band) joined the group on bass adding his chunky blues tone that has helped fill out the sound.

The event is free to everyone who wishes to attend and sponsored by Becky’s Antiques, Brian Sims, Charlie McCool- Powered By Walgreens, The Jewel Shoppe, Just Teasin’ Boutik, Main Street Medical, Mainly Music, Market Café, The Silver Goose, Uptown Lilly at the Framin’ Shoppe and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Winston County EMA will also be on hand to deliver safety information and is working with Charlie McCool- Powered By Walgreens to sell at discounted prices weather radios for anyone interested.

“We invite everyone out to this great event for the whole family with offerings for everyone,” said Skelton.