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Dennis McClung Blues Band News


        Music News and Festival News for events concerning the Dennis McClung Blues Band. The News covers Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Pittsburgh Pa, Marietta Ohio, Wheeling West Viginia, Western Maryland, and points in between.

Our current CD "Live Out Of The Ordinary" is officially being sold via mail order and at our live shows.

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2008

April

THE WEST Virginia Blues society P.O. Box 11646, Charleston, West Virginia 25339 www.wvbluessociety.org March 22, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO ALL MEDIA Contact: Steve Wells, WVBS PR Director @ 304.295.4323 WVBS Pitches A Wang Dang Doodle For Muddy Waters The West Virginia Blues Society (WVBS) and Blues Revue magazine are celebrating the birthday of McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a. Muddy Waters, who many regard as the greatest blues musician of all time. Morganfield was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi in 1915, left the Delta for Chicago in 1943, “invented electricity, and the rest is history, (so they say).” He would have turned 93 this April. WVBS has named the event the first of their “Blues Night Out” series and it will be held Friday, April 11 at Christopher’s Banquet Center, 104 Van Kirk Drive in Fairmont, WV. This “Blues Night Out” will feature great door prizes, unique event t-shirts, a 50/50 drawing, a “Muddy Basket” raffle and of course, great blues music from The Dennis McClung Blues Band of Fairmont. Admission is $5.00 at the door; blues music will begin at 9:00pm. A special “Blues Night Out” cash buffet will also be offered. “It’s a real celebration of a blues music icon, West Virginia style,” said Jack R. Rice, WVBS President, organizers for the event. “We’re throwing a birthday party for Muddy Waters in West Virginia, sponsored by Blues Revue, the largest blues magazine in the world, but based right here in West Virginia, and the band is West Virginia’s own Dennis McClung Blues Band. It’s going to be quite a party,” added Rice. “This is the first of many “Blues Night(s) Out” we’re planning for around the state. More are already in the works for Wheeling, Huntington, New Martinsville, Elkins and Parkersburg so far; it’s a great way for us to introduce the WVBS to people around the state and to sign up new members for the society,” said Rice. Funds raised by the society will help with future events such as the 2008 Appalachian Blues Challenge, Little Toby Walker Guitar Clinic and Special “Diamond Teeth Mary” McClain Memorial planned for August in Huntington. The WVBS has set aside a block of rooms at the Days Inn/Fairmont, located 2-minutes from Christophers Banquet Center. Days Inn is offering a special reduced rate of $49, but reservations must be made by March 28th. Call the Days Inn at 304-366-5995 and mention the WV Blues Society to receive the special discount rate. For more information, visit: West Virginia Blues Society: www.wvbluessociety.org Dennis McClung Blues Band: www.dennismcclung.com Christophers Banquet Center (for directions/map) google: christopher’sbanquetcenterfairmontwv

2007

Ausgust

I performed with Larry Thomas' Drifters August 3rd at the Blackberry Festival in Nutterfort, West Virginia. Charlies current musical director is Jack Colombo (truly professional with long list of credits to his name). Visit Jack's website at coasttocoastentertainment
Visit Charlie Thomas website ctdrifters.com

July

The Governor of West Virginia Recognizes Dennis McClung as Ambassador of the Blues for the Sate of West Virginia

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May

The directors of Uncle Henry's Underground Blues Hall of Fame have inducted the Dennis McClung Blues Band into the "Underground Blues Hall of Fame."
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March 2007

The Dennis McClung Blues Band adds a My Space Page follow link to join.



2006

December

New Year's Eve the DMBB will be at the beautiful Chief Logan Lodge, Hotel and Conference Center! The music starts at 9:00pm Dec. 31, 2006 For all the info go to this website: chiefloganlodge.com or email chiefloganlodge@wvdnr.gov or call 304-855-6100 1-800-CALL-WVA

Week of December 24, 2006
Song "How Blue Can You Get" is #1 with a bullet on PittsburghLocalMusic.com

The Dennis McClung Blues Bands CD entitled "Live Out Of The Ordinary" is ranked #69 out of the Top 100 CDs at Real Blues Magazine. Visit there site for rankings at Real Blues Magazine.


September

September 9th, Dennis McClung Blues Band will perform at The West Virginia Black Heritage Festival with National Recording Artist The Marcels, The Drifters and The Marvelettes. Dennis McClung Blues Band 4pm until 5pm,

August

Dennis McClung Blue Band to perform at the 2006 Heritage Blues Festival in Wheeling West Virginia. View the star studded lineup in Text format or view Festival Brochure


July
The Dennis McClung Blues Band will be performing at the Primanti Borthers "Blues Cafe" on Saturday July 15, 2006 in PIttsburgh, Pa. There will be a special guest, you won't want to miss this one.

MAY

The one and only Dennis McClung Blues Band T-Shirt is being raffled off at the 212 Pub in Clarksburg, WV. Starting today, Tickets are on sale for $1.00 each and can be purchased at the 212 Pub located at 212 Milford Street in Clarksburg, WV USA (Phone 304-622-9330) This is the only DMBB T-shirt available, it's XL and looks great, can be viewed at the 212 Pub. The winning ticket will be drawn at the CD release party on Sunday June 4, 2006. The party starts at 1pm and goes till??? It's a great looking T-shirt so good luck!!

MAY

CD release party set for June 4th at 212 PUB in Clarksburg, West Virginia, phone 1-304-622-9330 time will be 1pm until ??? and everyone is invited and there is no fee, musicians are welcome to jam and have a good time.
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Several songs off the new CD "Live Out of the Ordinary are still in top 15 on ms-blues.com

APRIL
Read our CD Review of Live Out Of The Ordinary at bluessource.com

The Paris-based Midnight Special Blues Radio has named "Live! Out of the Ordinary" into their Hall of Fame All-Time Favorites! Complete info at www.ms-blues.com/playlist.php

Song "How Blue Can You Get", held #1 spot on ms-blues.com Radio for 10 straight days and remained in top 10 for a month.
April 1st, 2006
The Dennis McClung Blues Band is the featured band on PghLocalMusic.com Which is one of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania's best sites for supporting local music artists.

April 1st, 2006
The Dennis McClung performed with the world reknowned "The Marcels". On April 1st, 2006. The event was an intersting contrast as the Dennis McClung Blues Band performed songs off the New CD, and The Marcels performed their show of Doo Wop and the sounds Motown. A good time was had by all at the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival Spring Gala
April 2nd, 2006
The Dennis McClung Blues Band is raising the roof over in Europe. Read what a Paris France DJ for Midnight Special Blues Radio has to say about Live Out Of The Ordinary.

MARCH, 2006
The Dennis McClung Blues Band receives our new CD "Live Out Of The Ordinary". The CD is available for sale online or mail order. Check it out buy cd music icon

February
The Dennis McClung Blues Band is being featured in this months addition of the BJFM newsletter. The BJFM is the The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society of Marietta, Ohio. View the article
2005

February 8th
Dennis McClung Blues Band is a sponsored artist of the West Virginia Blues Society. Visit website and see what you can do to become involed at WVBS

12th
Dennis McClung Blues Band to perform at Marion County Habitat For Humanities first annual "Love can build a house" dinner and dance. The event will be held at the WestChester Villiage in Fairmont West Virginia. Call (304)363-4244 for tickets and details.

25th
Dennis McClung Blues Band is a featured artist at zbands.com

April

Dennis McClung Blues Band dedicated April 16th's performance to the memory of Johnnie Johnson, who passed away earlier April 13th.

May

Dennis McClung Blues Band to perform at the Historic Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. <
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July

The Dennis McClung Blues Band CD "Live At The Ordinary" cracks into the top 100 on Real Blues magazine. Visit Real Blues Magazines Official Site September

The Dennis McClung Blues Band performs at Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs West Virginia.

The Dennis McClung Blues Band will perform will national acts: The Marcels and The Blue Notes Saturday September 10th, at The West Virginia Black Heritage Festival in E. B. Saunders Way in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The show starts at 5 pm and admission is free.

22nd

Dennis McClung Blues to participates in the Freedom Festival at Snow Shoe Resort in Snow Shoe West Virginia.
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30th Dennis McClung Blues Band to perform at The Clarksburg Kincaid Chicken Wing Cook Off in Clarksburg West Virginia. See Tour Schedule

30th
Dennis McClung Blues Band to perform at The West Virginia Mountain Fest Motorcycle Rally in Morgantown West Virginia. Read more on this 4 day event.

2002
March 31, 2002
Thanks to the 120 club in Grafton, West Virginia. The show was a success. The audence was great and had a real good time. Hats off to the bluesman "Ed Bennett" of the MLC Blues Band. Ed sat in with the band on 2 songs, as he showed his true love for blues music, Thanks Ed.

April 1, 2002
"Prisoner Of The Blues" can now be heard on radio station KJLU 88.9 FM in Jefferson City, Mo.

May 10th, 2002
Performance at the Ordinary Club in Clarksburg West Virginia waa success. The Band added new fans to our Blues Family (thanks all for coming out).

May 13th, 2002
CD "Prisoner of the Blues" gets reviewed by JustLikeHoney.Net

May 27th, 2002
The Dennis McClung Blues Band CD "Prisoner of the Blues" has two tracks on the top ten most listened to chart at lindyrecords.com
The tracks are:
* Seven Ways (coming in at #8)
* The Red Rooster (coming in at #9)

June 2002

blueswax.com gives Prisoner of the Blues a very good review.

July 2002
The Fairmont Times features the Dennis McClung Blues Band in a Real Deal Blues article in the Fairmont area. Read all about it here.

On July 31st, The Dennis McClung Blues band will do a live concert at The Heritage Port Memorial Amphitheater. The time will be from 7pm-9pm. Read the promo here

August 2002
Concert at The Heritage Port Amphitheater was a success. The Band made new friends, had a great time, and sold 28 of the Prisoner of the Blues cd. Joe Sabatino was our special guest, as he sat in The Red Rooster song with his low down-dirty harp style, thanks Joe. A special thanks to the city of Wheeling for the warm reception. Welcome to the Dennis McClung Blues Band family.

23rd
Promo For The Potomac Blues Society's "Freedom Blues Festival" in Cumberland, MD.

The Potomac Blues Society will hold their 3rd annual "Freedom Blues Festival", featuring the 20th Annual Maryland State Chili Championship Cook-Off & Maryland Micro-Breweries. The festival kicks off on Friday, August 23 at 8PM with a free concert by The Nighthawks from Washington, D.C. who will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. A full day of music begins at noon on Saturday, August 24th, featuring the following bands: The Channel Cats - from Cumberland, MD
Paul Wingo Jazz Trio - from Annapolis, MD
Sam Cockrell & the Groove - from Chicago, IL
Mark May & the Agitators - from Houston, TX
Debbie Davies Band - from Los Angeles, CA
Dave Hole - from Perth, Australia
Ticket Prices are as follows:
18 and over - $12 Advance, $16 at the gate. 7-17 years - $5, Children under 7 are FREE Advance tickets may be purchased at The Book Center in downtown Cumberland MD or at Main Street Books in Frostburg, MD. The festival will occur on the picnic grounds of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club, located beside interstate 68 at exits 46 or 47, east of Cumberland, MD. For addt'l information, please call the festival hotline at 301.722.3621.

September 2002
14th
The Dennis McClung Blues Band will be performing at the Johnstown fair. The event is on Saturday September 14th. The Band performs from 5pm until 7pm and is open to the public.

28th
Several members of the band joined forces with bluesmen Ed Bennett (under the name of "Daja Blues" at the Colors of Fall Blues Festival at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. Skip Mason of Mirage Sound in Grafton, West Virginina sit in on a couple of tunes as well. Check out some photos of the event here
For more information go to http://snowshoemtn.com/summer02/events.html#blues

December 2002

15th
        The Angel Tree Program at the Fairmont Theatre was a success. Thanks to all who participated including those who worked behind the scene and the Musicians;
    1.) "The Bullfrog and Tim Hicks" with special guest appearance by Mark "Pungi" Shellhammer
    2.) "Joe Neumeyer"
    3.) "Sixty Dollars"
    4.) "Soberpill", who also sold some of there CD's and donated the revenue to the cause.

Chris Cooke was the lucky winner of the Stratacaster guitar. See Dennis present the guitar to Chris. Thru everyone's efforts, Dennis McClung (who graciously donated his '63 STRAT for the raffle), and friends raised almost $3,000.00. Dennis McClung was presented an award plaque by the friends of fairmont for his special efforts Special thanks to Mr. Joe Carunchia for use of The Fairmont Theatre.
Read about history of The Fairmont Theatre and check out the entertainment lineup with pictures of the bands and musicians. The photos were graciously donated by "Impressions" Photo Studio at 325 Adams St. in downtown Fairmont WV, thanks Steve and Belinda.

New Years Eve Party The Band performed at Smokin Joes in Elkins West Virginia to bring in the New Year. Thanks Marty and everyone at Smokin Joes. We had a blast.


2003Blues Band Music News


The Dennis McClung Blues Band will be performing at this years Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon West Virginia on May 16.

May 2003

16th
The Strawberry Festival performance was well received by the people of Buckhannon. Despite the cool night, the crowd warmed themselves up by dancing to the "Blues". The band sold 10 CD's and still more blues fans. Thanks Buckhannon and the Strawberry Festival.

July 2003

4th
Dennis McClung Blues Band performed at the Red, White & Blues Festival in Marietta Ohio. Also performing was Patrick Sweeney and Teeny Tucker & Drivin' Wheel".

16th
The Dennis McClung Blues Band performed for the City of Wheeling WV at the Water Summer concert Series held at the Heritage Port Amphitheater

August 2003

16th
Dennis McClung Blues Band performed at The Heritage Blues Festival in Wheeling West Virginia, there was a host of national acts also at this 3 day event that ran from August 15th thru 17th.

23rd
The Band performed at the 15th Annual Oliverios Peppers Pasta Cook Off in Clarksburg West Virginia. The event is a pre kickoff tot the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival.

29th
The first Crossroads Blues Jam was held at The Crossroads Bar outside of Jane Lew West Virginia. Various musicians and friends attended the event. Its purpose is to start a Blues Society in the NorthCentral West Virginia area that is open to all people musicians and non musicians who have an interest in Blues Music. This Society is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to participate.

September 2003

6th
Dennis McClung Blues Band performed at The West Virginia Black Heritage Festival in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The performance will be followed by the doo op group "The Marcels".

27th
Dennis McClung Blues Band performed a 3 hour show at the Blues & Brews Festival at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

30th
Dennis McClung Blues Band takes over #2 spot for most requested song

October 2003

25th
Dennis McClung Blues Band performed at the Dinner Gala. The event was held at the beautiful Clarion Hotel Ballroom, in downtown Morgantown West Virginia, and was sponsored by Contempory Management of Interactable Epilepsies Symposium and the Internation Symposium on Clinical Neurosciences and Cerebrovascular Skull Base Surgery.

November 2003

8th
Dennis McClung Blues Band performed at the all new and exciting Blues Angel Cafe in Parkersburg West Virginia. It was a special night with an eclipse of the moon and our first performance at The Blues Angel Cafe.

December 2003

The Dennis McClung Blues Band closes out the year with track "Seven Ways" from CD "Prisoner of the Blues" as the 2nd most listened to track at lindyrecords.com

2004 Blues Band Music News

January 2004

Dennis McClung Blues Band CD "Prisoner of the Blues" is available for purchase on CDBaby.com

July 2004

Dennis McClung Blues Band sets record attendance for the opening of Little Yough   2004 Summer Music Festival. Other performances for the month include The Bendedum Festival, Foot of the Dam Jam, Brooks Hill Festival, and Taylor County Fair

August 2004

Dennis McClung Blues Band will hosted the After Jam of The Heritage Blues Festival at Ramada Inn Plaza in Wheeling West Virginia on Saturday August 14th at 11pm until 2 am.

Dennis McClung Blues Band performs at The Heritage Blues MusicFest on August 15th with Renee Austin, Dave MacKenzie, Micheal Burkes, and Kim Wilson. See photo  gallery.

September 2004

Dennis McClung Blues Band performs at The WV Black Heritage Festival




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