The Shakespeare Pub
14129 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
1:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
Please join Shakespeare Pub and the Houston Blues community for the 24th Annual Blues For Food Festival, Houston's oldest grass roots music festival and charity.Here it is, once again folks - BLUES FOR FOOD 2013 is upon us. Every year, on the second Sunday of November the Houston blues community takes their perpetually joined hands and moves over for their next great cause at Houston’s oldest blues club, The Shakespeare Pub. Ironically located on Memorial Drive in west Houston and always benevolent to the blues, The Shakespeare Pub has hosted BLUES FOR FOOD since it’s inception in 1991.Initially, BLUES FOR FOOD was the brainchild of lowdown blues singer and KPFT 90.1FM Sunday morning deejay Big Roger Collins. Big Roger, who despite the suit and tie image, was a rough edged bluesman who could sing so loud, he would overdrive most any microphone creating a mad rush to the sound system when he stepped up on a stage.Aside from being a radio deejay and band leader, Roger was known for years producing many benefits and revues in the region. Hired regularly by the blues-friendly Shakespeare Pub, Roger was able to use his voice on KPFT to publicize his causes and gigs. As history recollects, BLUES FOR FOOD started in 1991. Big Roger, known as the “king of benefits” would bring his BBQ pit and kettles cooking all night in the parking lot. As funky as BLUES FOR FOOD started out, it was a also formal charity right off. Representatives from the Houston Food Bank would go on KPFT then drop by the day of, endorsing BLUES FOR FOOD while making sure the truck for donations was always dropped off.Roger would have every blues and zydeco band in town on the bill from young acts like DA and the Prosecutors to Sweet Mama Cotton, Joe Guitar Hughes, Mean Gene Kelton, Lonny Mitchell, The Zydeco Dots and Pete Mayes. Admission was any can or bag of non perishable food items or cash and patrons were served free soul food BBQ or perhaps some very interesting gumbo by Big Roger himself when he wasn’t singing or emceeing. It was in many respects, a big chaotic beautiful mess of music, intense partying and mayhem all for a great cause.With all the regular promotion and sponsorship from KPFT’s Sunday blues shows, plus a nightclub like The Shakespeare Pub, who supported the music with open arms, and many of the most relevant blues musicians on the Texas scene, BLUES FOR FOOD is now an institution, where the entire Houston blues scene takes stewardship, pride and fiduciary responsibility to keep the annual tradition of BLUES FOR FOOD going for many years to come.Fast forwarding to 2013, in all it’s years, BLUES FOR FOOD has raised more than 200 thousand pounds of non perishable foots items and over 100 thousand dollars in cash while serving over 40 thousand plates of BBQ to participants. As each year passes BLUES FOR FOOD keeps growing. It’s now officially sponsored by Beans Café, KPFT 90.1 FM, Music News, The Houston Blues Society and Shakespeare Pub’s patrons serving food and loading the truck while vendors chip in donating items for the silent auction and raffles.The Shakespeare Pub has seen four owners now, but BLUES FOR FOOD keeps on keepin’ on bringing new life and inspiration to the Houston blues tradition. New owner Kyle Soltis is as committed as ever. BLUES FOR FOOD even has its logo design, banners, posters and T-shirts to commemorate the event.Big Roger Collins died in 2000 and former Joe Guitar Hughes sideman Sonny Boy Terry now coordinates the music. All day, bands are showcased in 30 minute sets and perform as if lives depend on it, because well, in a sense, lives do depend on it. Music fans and benefactors get a huge bang for their buck with top drawer performances of deep Texas blues from bands hell bent on taking house. Yes, this is a huge block party of sorts but feeding families, children, the elderly and even the homeless reminds us all this is serious business. It’s just human nature for people to step up even more if we all know our charity is making a real difference. Everyone has a serious good time. That friends, is what BLUES FOR FOOD is all about.So please join us on Sunday, November 10th at Shakespeare Pub’s 24th Annual BLUES FOR FOOD FEST. If you have never been part of the Houston blues scene and would like to check it out, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. The line up bands is as dynamic as it is intense from start to finish with a healthy representation of up and comers, seasoned musicians and legends.Here is the list of bands and their time slots for the whole day:The line-up for the somewhere around the 24th Annual Blues For Food on Sunday, November, 10th at the Shakespeare Pub is completed:Tony Vega/The Mighty Orq Acoustic,Don Kesee and the Blues Masters,Allison Fisher,Erin James,Mojofromopolis with Eugene Moody,Brad Abshur and Swamp Royale,Annika Chambers and the House Rules Band,John McVey and the Stumble with Trudy Lynn,Tommy Dar Dar and Ricky jackson,The Sonny Boy Terry Band w/Rich Delgrosso,Eric Demmer and the Sax Dawgs topping off the evening with Spare Tim Murray and the Honeymakers World Famous Blues Jam.Yes it's the largest collection of blues artists together for one event on one stage of the year!All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank. Please bring any non perishable food items or cash. Free plate of genuine Texas BBQ for those who donate.You can visit www.houstonbluessociety.org or www.shakespearepub.net for more details. Shakespeare Pub is located at 14129 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. You may also call 281.497.4625.