Music Maker Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the Blues gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs. Our blog is dedicated to keeping the conversation about these artists alive & thriving.
Monthly archive September, 2013

The Celebrity of Ironing Board Sam

photo by Tom Ciaburri

photo by Tom Ciaburri

While in the grocery store the other day, my husband and I had an encounter that wasn’t extraordinary, but to me further solidified the impact Music Maker has on our artists and on the outside world.

We had just gotten back into town from vacation, and realized we literally had no food in our house. Normally we don’t love to buy groceries on Sunday afternoons – everyone shops on Sunday afternoons here, and the stores, from the parking lot to the lines, are completely nuts. But, we braved it and fought valiantly to get a suitable number of things to get us through the week. We spent about 40 minutes in line, and we were not in great moods by the time we were greeted by the cashier. My husband was sporting some shin-bruises from those tiny shopping carts they have available for children, and he was anxious to get to the car.

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Music Maker Relief Benefit

It’s been a busy month for us here at Music Maker – then again, any given month is a busy month. A couple of weeks ago, we were pleased to hold an extremely successful benefit show at The Hamilton in Washington, DC.  The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Ironing Board Sam packed the house full and put on a fun and energetic show for all of our supporters. I was happy to be a part of the action while manning the merchandise/information table. It was a great way to meet many of our D.C.-based supporters and greet folks new to the Music Maker mission, whether they were Chocolate Drops fans or coming in blind for a night of good music and good food.

Check out some photos from the event, taken by Aaron Greenhood, below: