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The Doug Hart Band-Dayton Blues ShowcaseThe Doug Hart Band Rocks Oddbody’s Music Room

Over the past couple of weeks Music Connection Dayton has been proud to spotlight the Miami Valley Blues scene with highlights from The Dayton Blues Showcase held at Oddbody’s Music Room. So far we’ve shared pics and reviews from the great Ira Stanley & Blues Power, The Noah Wotherspoon Band, and The Scotty Bratcher Band. Now it’s time to put the spotlight on the man that helped organize the Dayton Blues Showcase, Doug Hart.


The Noah Wotherspoon Band-Dayton Blues Showcase-112The Dayton Blues Showcase at Oddbody’s Music Room featured four of the area’s best Blues Guitarist. As part of our ongoing series, Music Connection Dayton is proud to spotlight Dayton’s own Noah Wotherspoon Band.


The legendary Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee was the scene of an international showdown. For four days in January, (20-24), 250 blues acts from around the world came to compete at the 31st. Annual International Blues Challenge. Daytonian Noah Wotherspoon took top prize, the coveted “Albert King Guitar Award” for best guitarist and placing 2nd. in the band category. To recap, best international blues guitarist, 2nd. best international blues band. That’s “international”, as in, “the world.” He confesses that late night “did that happen?” texts to his mother help to wrap his mind around the experience.

This trip to Beale Street was not the first. Representing the Dayton Blues Society, Noah and his 2 man crew of Rob Thaxton on bass and Brian Ayler on drums, were accepted into the challenge in 2012, 2013 & 2014. As in past years, Dayton and Cincinnati were well represented with area favorites such as Doug Hart. In three days, performers passing each round of quarter and semi-finals end up on the Orpheum stage for the final showdown. Noah remarked on the ever-present spirit of Elvis inside the Orpheum, a venue where a teenaged Elvis Presley held a job as an usher. Just working on that stage is a prize that many artists dream of.

via From Stratocaster to Stratosphere – Noah Wotherspoon Takes Big Win At 2015 International Blues Challenge! | Dayton Most Metro.