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Live Blues Jam Sessions Coming to Londontowne Pub

Business owners Robbie and Paige Blair are partnering with a local blues enthusiast to bring musicians together at the local watering hole.

In a continual effort to redefine , owners Robbie and Paige Blair have partnered with local blues enthusiast Wolf Crescenze to bring new flavor to the local watering hole.

Starting this Wednesday, once a week from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., the pub will host open-mic blues jam sessions, inviting music lovers to come out and enjoy what local musicians have to offer.

In August, , with both men needing medical treatment. In the days that followed, the Blairs were and their effort to change the culture at the restaurant after several Patch readers called the event “typical” of the pub.

“When we bought it, we wanted people to come out and make it a community place—to get rid of the old image,” Blair told Patch back in August. “I would say [the old reputation] was not family friendly, and rough.”

As the latest example of change coming to the pub, the Blairs and Crescenze are excited to see how the jam sessions bring in new patrons and a new appreciation for the blues.

“I’ve been running blues jams for almost 10 years in Maryland and Virginia. Newcomers are usually surprised at the quality of the music and can’t believe the musicians haven’t played together for years,” Crescenze said.

Every Wednesday, Crescenze, Tom Maxwell (guitar and vocals) and Andy Hamburger (drums) will play various styles of blues for about an hour. But after that is where the real fun begins, Crescenze said.

“Other jammers then sign up on a list and I make up ‘bands’ which include the jammers,” Crescenze said. “It’s a lot of fun and you never know who is going to show up. We often get out-of-town musicians and sometimes even touring musicians.”

Crescenze, 62, plays bass and is excited to move his blues jam sessions a little more north. The bassist used to do most of the sessions down in the Chesapeake Beach area, but said he’s received a great response from locals excited to hear the jams at a location closer to Edgewater and Annapolis.

Musicians can simply arrive at the pub, bring their instruments and put their names on a list—that’s it, Crescenze said. The host band members provide the amplifiers and everything else needed to jam.

“All styles of blues—electric, Chicago, Jump, Swing, Delta, Texas—has a certain musical progression. The music sounds great and train wrecks rarely occur, even if the musicians have never played together or have never played that particular song,” Crescenze said. “[The Blairs] and I, we’re both pretty excited about this.”

Located at 726 Londontowne Road in Edgewater, residents and music lovers are invited to enjoy a night of blues and talented musicians starting Wednesday night.

Melanie September 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I'll be there! This is exciting news!
Jan Gratz September 12, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I will be there!! I'm a blues girl from Chicago. Thank you Robbie and Paige!!
Wolf Crescenze September 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Great, Melanie and Jan - see you there! Thanks for the article Jonathan - appreciate it!

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