Freedmen's Colony Blues Jam

Date: February 17, 2012
Time: 12:00 am

Location:  Show map
College of the Albemarle, Roanoke Island Campus
Hwy. 64 Business
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact: Virginia Tillett
Phone: 252-305-5789

The Eighth Annual Freedmen's Colony Blues Jam will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012 starting at 7:00 p.m. Moving from its former venue, this year's show will be in the auditorium of the College of the Albemarle, Roanoke Island Campus, Manteo, NC.

Music buffs will have a real treat. The show features performances by: Ironing Board Sam, Big Ron Hunter and the local band, "Old Enough to Know Better".


This will be Ironing Board Sam's first appearance on the Outer Banks. Like many old time blues players, Sam Moore got his stage name from one of his early instruments - a homemade portable keyboard mounted on a real ironing board. A couple of years ago, Sam described his life in music: "This is the time in my life it seems to be that I'm at my best because I know more on how to write music, know more how to play it, know more how to get to the audience, know more about everything. I'm 70 years old. It took this time, you know." Sam's keyboard playing and powerful voice are unforgetable.


Big Ron Hunter returns to the Blues Jam with his unique combination of fierce R&B, rock and pure blues (think B.B.King). When he puts down the electric for his acoustic guitar, he shifts gears to his own style and some real down-home lyrics. "In my rhythm you can hear two squirrels chasing up and around an acorn tree. I am from North Carolina red bank clay. You can hear those squirrels in my guitar playing." Big Ron played last year to standing ovations at the Blues Jam and in Manteo for the Fourth of July celebration.


Rounding out the performances will be one of Dare County's favorite bands: "Old Enough to Know Better". If you know good music on the Outer Banks, you have certainly heard OEKB and if you haven't heard them yet, don't miss them this time. Some of you will know some of the band members in other contexts:


Betsy Robinson ~ lead vocalist

Mike Tillett ~ drums

Becki Rea ~ keyboards

Ira Sanderlin ~ rhythm guitar

Bill Downing ~ bass guitar

Rusty Campbell ~ trombone

Brian Mitchell ~ trumpet


Joining the band as a guest lead guitar is Eric Bylund from Richmond who has been playing guitar for over 40 years and teaching for over 20 years.


The Freedmen's Colony Blues Jam is guaranteed to be a night of music that you will always remember. For further information please contact:


Virginia Tillett:

Mike Tillett: 252-305-5789


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