Summer Blues Concert June 2013

Sat 29th June 2013 at 19.30 - 22.15

Grand Charity Summer Concert - after its very successful "Blues at Burstead" concert in summer 2012, the Grapevine Blues Band performed an evening charity concert at Emmanuel's Church Billericay on June 29, 2013 in aid of the End Polio Now campaign.

Grand Charity Summer Concert - after its great

Blues Band sets Rotary feet tapping

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As previewed in the Billericay Gazette of June 26, 2013

On Saturday (June 29), before a selected audience in Emmanuel Church, Billericay, the Grapevine Blues band under lead vocalist Mike Chase gave a tap-footing concert to help The Rotary Club of Billericay raise money for good causes.

The Band was formed in 1997 by Mike Chase who is lead singer, and comprises four other musicians of outstanding quality, Dr. Ika on Guitar, who hails from Tbilisi in Georgia, Dave Lennox on Keyboard, Dave 'Roy' Rogers on Bass, and Ivan Hoe an outstanding drummer from South Africa.    Dr Ika was twice voted top guitarist in the U.S.S.R.

They have a popular following all over Essex and have featured on BBC Essex and Phoenix FM radio, delighted blues fans with a variety of numbers, some by established names as Ray Charles and some written by themselves.  “Summertime” – one of blues’ great history songs – drew rapturous applause.

Ken Smith, the Rotary Club treasurer in his vote of thanks, said: “Quality audience, quality band, quality night.”  And he paid tribute to all the club volunteers who had organised the concert and the refreshments.

Ken was able to announce almost