The River City Blues Society celebrates its first anniversary Saturday at Fireballz 

Celebrate the big one with River City Blues

The River City Blues Society celebrates its first anniversary Saturday with a show by jump blues masters Big Joe and the Dynaflows. In addition to the group's deep repertoire of up-tempo blues classics, the band will perform new songs from its recently released CD "All Night Long." The show at Fireballz marks the Blues Society's first year and continues the group's mission to bring a variety of quality blues styles to Richmond. River City has previously sponsored successful shows featuring Roy Book Binder, Bob Margolin, and Terry Garland and Li'l Ronnie. Society founder John Morgan says he intends to continue to bring both electric and acoustic blues here in an effort to"preserve, promote and perpetuate the blues." Doing its part to perpetuate the blues in Richmond, the Washington, D.C.,-based Dynaflows comes to town fresh from a two-week promotional tour that took the band through Virginia to Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and Little Rock, Ark. Bandleader, drummer and vocalist Big Joe Maher has spent more than 20 years fronting a number of small combos and groups with an in-the-pocket jump groove. This long-running Dynaflows outfit is no different as it combines top-notch players whose musical roots are nurtured by an honest respect for the blues. Led by Big Joe's tasteful drumming and old school vocals, the quintet produces great rhythm and blues music without making concessions to trends or hype. Tickets for the Saturday, Jan. 13, show at Fireballz, 623 E. Main St., are $8 in advance at the venue and Plan 9 or $10 at the door. Show at 9 p.m. Call 783-0202 for show information. For information about the River City Blues Society call

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