Preview: Beat The Blues With First Friday

This Friday night, head to Ardmore for art and live blues music.

Fall got you down? Bounce back with First Friday Main Line's free blues night, this Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Ardmore.

This month's free event features artwork located at venues around town, as well as performances by Carol Moog, The Johnny Never Band, Marshall Fleisher, TB Jones and Alexander Uskuraitis Music.

Here's a breakdown of the performers and their schedules, courtesy of the First Friday Main Line website:

Carol Moog & Gary Cogdell

  • Cricket Ave. and Lancaster Ave.
  • 7 to 8 p.m.

Harmonica player Carol Moog is known to be a "huge sound in a small package." Garry Cogdell is a phenomenal blues guitarist and vocalist. They'll tear your heart out.

Johnny Never Band

  • Cricket Ave. and Lancaster Ave.
  • 8:30 to 9:45 p.m.

John R. Dorchester AKA Johnny Never – Guitar and slide, vocals
Johnny Never pays homage to Delta and Piedmont roots blues in a way that is unique, powerful and entertaining. His guitar work will dazzle and move you. They carve out creative original songs and old Delta sounds with an extra amount of energy and verve.  JNB owes its rich flavor to Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Boy Fuller and the organic music that grew out of the Delta and Piedmont regions of the US at the turn of the 19th Century. His performance includes the soul scorching sounds of Son House and the light rag time “piano guitar” of the piedmonts greatest players such as Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller.

Marshall Fleisher

  • Alley between Merion Art & Repro and Past*Present*Future
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Come enjoy the fabulous acoustic guitar and vocals of Marshall Fleisher

T.B. Jones

  • Jack Burns Architecture, 16 E Lancaster Ave, Plaza 16, Suite 105
  • 7 to 9 p.m.

T.B. Jones, a Blues-Rock guitarist, singer and songwriter infuses the intense rhythms of the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, and Texas Blues with a contemporary rock sensibility. In acoustic shows, Jones conjures up the soul and haunting rhythms of the Mississippi Blues, layering smooth vocals over bold and complex guitar playing.

Alexander Uskuraitis & John Stovicek

  • Jack McShea's, 34 E Lancaster Ave.
  • 7 p.m.

Blues with a different voice. The Bazaraza Bounders. Accordian & guitar performing songs for Friday night Solitare players.

Müller Yogurt will also be roving with some yogurt samples, according to Sherry Tillman, FFML executive director. 

For more info, including the locations of this month's art, check out the First Friday events page.

And mark your calendars: next month's First Friday event, on Oct. 5, is the annual Howl-o-ween costume contest for local pups. Check out some —and start brainstorming.


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