Mem’s the word |

Mem’s the word

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A New Orleans cab driver-turned-blues guitarist opens the first concert in the 22nd annual Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz series.Mem Shannon, along with his band The Membership and a three-piece horn section from Denver, will play at 7 p.m. today at Two Rivers Park. The show is free and takes place rain or shine.This is the second year in a row Summer of Jazz has dedicated the series to New Orleans musicians – many still displaced from Hurricane Katrina.”By hiring some of these talented musicians we feel that we can help to rebuild and revitalize this most important birthplace of jazz and the culture that thrives on it,” said co-organizers Bob and Mary Noone, on the Summer of Jazz Web site.

Shannon’s musical stylings have been likened to Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, the Funky Meters and The Neville Brothers. In February, he recorded his first live album at the world-famous jazz joint Tipitina’s in New Orleans.”It’s blues, funk, jazz, gospel gumbo,” Bob Noone said. “It’s going to be fun.”In 2006, Shannon was nominated for the Blues Music Awards’ Soul Blues Album of the Year and Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year.His 2005 album release, “I’m From Phunkville,” ranked No. 13 in Living Blues Magazine’s Top 50 Blues Releases of that year. According to Shannon’s Web site, the album has received more airplay than B.B. King, Solomon Burke, Sonny Landreth, Little Milton, Maria Muldaur, Charlie Musselwhite and Buddy Guy.For more information, and to hear samples of Mem Shannon and The Membership’s music, visit online.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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