Friday, January 22, 2010

Wandering blues

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Austin Young and Noah Mast
  • Austin Young and Noah Mast
Everybody’s going to Memphis these days.

OK, maybe not everybody everybody, but definitely everybody who gets to perform at the prestigious International Blues Challenge, which is held annually in the heart of Memphis, Tenn., and will run through this Saturday.

That includes some king-sized local blues talents, not the least of whom are Big Jim Adam and John Stillwagen, there representing the Colorado Blues Society.

Also participating in the IBC, this time representing Colorado Springs’ blues-rock contingent, are Young Austin and No Difference. Austin is, in fact, Young (father Tim Young is the band’s drummer) and young — 14 years old, as is bassist Noah Mast. You can catch their homecoming show Friday, Jan. 29, at the Crystola Roadhouse.

And while we’re on the subject, there's also a band making its way from the IBC to the Springs. Soulmate actually hail from Shillong in India, where they're apparently the city's premier blues band. Frontwoman Tipriti “Tips” Kharbangar is a lot prettier than Big Jim, and the band’s take on electric blues is way more Beale Street than Bollywood. The show will take place Feb. 13 at Venue 515, with opening acts Saptak and Grass It Up (featuring the Indy’s own Jay Patel and David Jeffrey) debuting their raga/bluegrass collaboration.

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