Hayden Fogle and Vin DeRosa won the recent local round of the Western New York Blues Society’s 19th annual “Memphis Bound” competition, and ensured their spot as representatives of our region at the International Blues Challenge, to be held in Memphis, Tenn. between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4.
But before they head south, the duo is looking to raise some some cash to defray their traveling expenses.
That's why you will find them at the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.) for a 1 p.m. show on Jan. 8. Tickets are $10. Also on the bill are 12 Pack Jack Band and CDR Trio.
Fogle and DeRosa are in good company – past winners of the local “Memphis Bound” competition include soul-blues powerhouse Dive House Union, guitarist Tommy Z and his band, and singer Patti Parks.
DeRosa’s fronted an ensemble of prime local talent commingled with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as part of 2015’s Tribute to Stevie Wonder at Canalside.
Fogle was playing alongside the legendary Buddy Guy at the age of 12, and in the years since has led his own ensemble, and shared the stage with such blues royalty as James Cotton, Tom Hambridge, Robert Randolph and Donald Kinsey.