Bluesman Mike Heads Benefits for Salvation Army and the Philippines This Month

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Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band
Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band
The best way to get rid of the blues is to play some good blues and make it for the benefit of those in need. Many of the blues players in the Valley do just that. One example would be Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band, set to host the sixth annual Toy and Diaper Drive at the Rhythm Room on Sunday, December 8.

They join a list including Hans Olson, Nina Curry, George Bowman, Jay Morton, and Sir Harrison. Bluesman Mike asks those attending to bring either canned goods, diapers, or both.
"We don't want your money," he says. "There is no admission charge."

The donated toys will go to the Salvation Army; the donated diapers will go to First Way Pregnancy Center. Representatives from both of those organizations will be present, so if anyone forgets diapers and canned goods they can donate funds for the causes.

"We wanted to give back to the community, and my wife Esther was working with First Way, so it came together," he says. "We always want to reach more people." His wife told him they were always running out of diapers, but they wanted to do a little more while they were at it. "We also want to make some kids' Christmas brighter by bringing them a toy."

The food and diaper drive started six years ago at Boogies in Tempe and later was held at McCools in Chandler before finding its way to the Rhythm Room.

A night earlier, on December 7, the Blues Review Band will be raising funds for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. This fundraiser will get going at 6 p.m. at the Ken McDonald Golf Club in Tempe.

"We performed for a Philippine Christian group," Bluesman Mike says, "so they asked us to perform at this fundraiser."

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