Ashland Blues Society holiday party

For its holiday party, the Ashland Blues Society will give away prizes and hold a special open jam, hosted by Pete Herzog, In the Pocket, and David Pinsky and Phil Newton, who will all be competing in January at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

The holiday party and jam will be at 6:30 Tuesday, Dec. 17, at The Little Brown Jug, 104 S. Pacific Highway in Talent.

Herzog will open his short set with "Milk Cow Blues," first recorded in 1930 in Memphis by Sleepy John Estes. He also will perform several of his original, "back porch" blues songs that he'll be playing in Memphis, including "Brother Jonathan" and "Sixty-Two Highway."

Pinsky and Newton will join In the Pocket, featuring vocalist and drummer Billy Rock Blue, guitarist Leonard Griffie and bassist Mark Cunningham, for a set of R&B, blues and soul, before opening the stage to other musicians who would like to sit in with them.

The jam is free. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the IBC contestants. Call 541-535-3447 or see

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