The musicians, both local and out-of-towners, have gained plenty of practical experience playing with professionals in their own communities. However, many of the players have studied at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation in Clarksdale, Miss.
“Blues has taken a dive and I don’t know if it’s ever coming back to the popularity it once had,” said DBS president Jeff Hill. “But it’s great to see all the talent we have in the Youth Showcase. We have some really good local kids and we’re getting them from out of state, too.”
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Tellmann agrees. “These kids are professionals,” he said. “They’ll blow you away. They’re the next in line behind Noah and Scotty — and it’s not just guitarists but drums, bass, harmonica and vocals, too. These kids will put on a four-hour show that’ll make you think they’re a lot older than they are.
“It’s funny,” Tellmann said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve seen them play, whether it’s in Mississippi, Tennessee or Dayton, and people will say, ‘How long have they practiced together?’ They haven’t, they just know how to play so they can get on stage during a jam, pick it up and just go. It’s cool because that’s a dying skill for a lot of musicians.”
Admission to the Youth Showcase is free but donations are accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Pinetop Perkins Foundation.
WANT TO GO?
What: Dayton Blues Society's Youth Showcase
Where: W.O. Wright's, 3979 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Beavercreek
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17
Cost: Free but donations are accepted