Pem's Place Hosts MO Blues Jam

6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, January 19 2012 Jan 19, 2012 Thursday, January 19, 2012 8:00:00 PM CST January 19, 2012 in News
By: Mihir Bhagat

COLUMBIA -Pem's Place, a local bar in Columbia, hosted the MO Blues Jam Thursday night.

Henry Clay and the Full Grown Men headlined the event. Originally known as The Benders, they are a five-member roots and blues band who began in 1989.

The MO Blues Association, who hosted the event, is one of 180 blues societies around the world. It offers opportunities for musicians to play at affiliated venues. The association holds open jams the third Thursday of every month. There is typically a host band, with other sign-ups available to all.

The association sends one band to the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee to participate in an international competition. This year, the Blue Max Band will be competing.

Roots and blues music has become popular in Columbia over the past half century. Blues is widely considered the foundation of all other genres including country and rock n' roll.

Pem's Place opened in July of 2011 because it believed the city needed a blues bar. It also hosts several bands from genres such as country and classic rock on the weekends.

Haywire, a Columbia-native country band, will be playing on Friday night.

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