FEATURED ARTISTS – EVENTS – VENUES – MUSIC
Heading to Memphis for the 2023 International Blues Challenge
Representing the Southwest Florida Blues Society
Melissa Poff, grew up in the heart of the WV Appalachians. She IS a Coal Miner’s Daughter, steeped in traditional bluegrass & gospel.
She became enthralled with Blues, after attending a concert in VA. Her bluegrass community gave her an old dobro & said, “learn how to play this, go be the next Allison Kraus”.
She did learn to play that dobro, & invented her own unique slide style. She performs regularly, a bluesy, bluegrassy sound all her own. Her music is defined by her powerful, haunting vocals, & her intriguing,
self-developed dobro playing style.
GoFundMe: (Memphis 2023 IBC Competition)
Dockata D and The Powers That Be
“Dockta D has been blowin’ harp ever since he was ten, Literally. His accomplishments include winning the 2010 Baltimore Blues Society IBC, the 2018 Florida State Harmonica Championship and the 2022 Southwest Florida Blues Society IBC. He is also a prolific songwriter having penned hundreds of tunes. With his powerhouse band, The Powers That Be (with Chicago’s Dave Berger on guitar, New York’s Sly Geralds on bass and New Jersey’s Ray Clark on drums) he presents a formidable mix of monstrous melodic harp style, dramatic showmanship, catchy originals, some huge arrangements & very cool threads.”
GoFundMe: Dockta D (Memphis 2023 IBC)
Buckingham Blues Bar (Back-Yard Fest.)
The World Famous Buckingham Blues Bar, Home of Southwest Florida’s Premiere Live Blues Bar Club. Outside Back Yard Blues Concerts & Festivals Buckingham