The 2019 Long Island Blues Challenge is shaping up nicely. It's coming down to the final few day for Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Acts to get your entries submitted. You can download the rules and entry form here...

Hey everybody, unfortunately Harmonica Bill & Marked Deck will be unable to play our show at Big Daddy's this Thursday, but our good friend Kane Daily is going to play... Thanks Kane for helping us out, and people be sure to head down to Big Daddy's for an awesome meal and to hear Kane play the blues!


Here's a clip of one of my solos from the International Blues Challenge back in January. 🙂 For the gear-heads among you, I'm using a G Marine Band harmonica by Joe Spiers, mic is a Turner shell with a black-label CR that my bud Scotty Micciche wired up for me (external VC by BlowsMeAway Productions), and the amp is a MegaTone "Wezo ME-18", wired into a Bassman-sized chassis and set in my Bassman tweed cab. I have a little delay and reverb going, both are Lone Wolf pedals. The custom grille cloth is by Woodshed Stage Arts. I've tagged the providers/suppliers/fabricators of the items below so that you can find them if you wish. I don't know how to make the companies tagged.

Some awesome IBC news, people... Harmonica Bill & Marked Deck are going to do a little featured block of songs at the "Stage 5 Amps Blues Harp Jam" at the Beale Street Tap Room! We'll be playing at the Thursday night edition (the jam runs Wednesday and Thursday nights). The jam band is JD Taylor and Little Boys Blue; he is a pretty badass harp player who is worth checking out. There is going to be some greasy lowdown stuff happening at this jam... lots of great harp-slingers will be in the house.

SUPER MEGA IMPORTANT UPDATES to our Long Island Blues Society event "The Road To Memphis Continues" that will be 01/19/2018 at the Brightwaters Inn... IMPORTANT NEWS! We are lucky to have THE HOODOO LOUNGERS joining us to play cuts from their new album, "Head, Heart, and Hips", which reached the semi-final round of the Blues Foundation's IBC Self-Produced CD competition -- their outstanding album was our Long Island Blues Society submission. This band is literally a party and a half; the album blew me away and I knew we had to get them in front of you all!!!! More details to follow! ************************************************************** ALSO: MORE IMPORTANT NEWS.... THIS EVENT WILL BE A NOMINATION MEETING FOR THE LONG ISLAND BLUES SOCIETY!!!! This means that during the whole event, LIBS members are encouraged to submit nominations for the Presidency and other open board member positions. At 1:30, the LIBS will officially "open" the meeting and it will not close until the end of the event. We will be sure to let you know exactly the best way to submit your nominations... stay tuned!!!! :)

Hey everybody, after recovering from New Year's Eve debauchery, come and relax and have a great meal at Big Daddy's on Thursday, January 3. Harmonica Bill & Marked Deck will be playing some lowdown Chicago blues from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The food's great and you don't want to miss this show. It's a great way to have an awesome meal, hear some great down-home blues, and still get to bed at a decent hour. See you there!


PEOPLE GET READY! for the Long Island Blues Society's final "Road to Memphis" fundraiser and sendoff party for HARMONICA BILL & MARKED DECK and FRILUCHA, who are headed to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January 2019! We will be launching the official Facebook event tomorrow... but here's the lineup so far... ...first up is MIDNIGHT CRISIS at 2PM... ...then we have THE RED-EYE BLUES BAND (featuring Paul Curcio) at 3PM... ...followed by THE PIANO MATT QUINTET at 4PM... ...and then, get ready to get rocked with THE HIDEAWAYS at 5PM (featuring Chris James and blues harp overall badass Scotty Micciche)... ...with HARMONICA BILL & MARKED DECK taking us home with a final set at 6PM. ....and I am working on having another very special, very tasteful and toneful blues band as our special guest!!!! No details for you folks just yet on this. If you have a weekend job, put in for time off NOW. If you need a babysitter, lock 'em in right away! This is going to be an absolutely kickass show. Do not miss this show!


From myself and the rest of Harmonica Bill & Marked Deck, THANK YOU so much to all of you who attended “The Road to Memphis” last night at the Station Pub in Sayville! We had a great time and you were all just the best audience a band could ever hope for. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Long Island Blues Society. Thanks to James Kolman for booking the gig. Ronnie Cala Shapiro, Joan Gundell Weinstein, and Nan Siegler, you are all so amazing, worked so tirelessly, and you have supported us so fiercely. And Raymond Hauck, you have truly been like a brother to me and I know that anything we do together is going to come out amazing. Thank you to our photographer, Eric Fieldstadt. Your photos have helped countless bands do their promo and get gigs, and we appreciate it so much. Hope you catch a monster fish in your tournament. Thank you so much to our amazing bands, Foster Europe (Rob Europe, Mick Hargreaves, and Matt the drummer) and the Pamela Betti band featuring Mark Fowler! You guys were amazing and you got the crowd so fired up. Both bands sounded great and I am so thankful that you all came together to support us. And thanks to the amazing Lee "El Tea" Taylor, for singing her ass off and showing everybody why Frilucha is going to kick some major ass in Memphis. Special thanks to Noah A. for helping us out on upright bass, to the amazing Piano Matt, and to Victoria for some kickass backing vocals! And to my harp buddies, Charles Martine, Joe Poretti, Jon Agnes, and Paul Curcio, for jamming! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


The Long Island Blues Society is helping Harmonica Bill & Marked Deck, Frilucha, and The Piano Matt Sextet along "The Road to Memphis" by raffling off two really cool guitars... The Strat-style electric guitar is signed all over by nationally touring Blues artists, and the Resonator guitar is signed by a bunch of Long Island's best Blues and Roots musicians! The drawing for each guitar will be held at the final "send-off" show in January, just before HB&MD and Frilucha compete in the International Blues Challenge and the PM6tet represents Long Island in the IBC Youth Showcase. (also, you need not be present at the send-off show to win.) Tickets are only $10... if you want a ticket, please PM me or post in the comments and I'll contact you. Thanks so much!


Here's a cool story on CBS news about the Vail-Leavitt Hall, a classic Long Island music venue that unfortunately needs a lot of repairs... but watch the whole video for an appearance by Harmonica Bill & Marked Deck!


only 2 weeks to go for the blues event of the LI music year! Bill and Matt make it a family affair!

Live music lovers! The BLUES ON THE BEACH FESTIVAL is going to be amazing... and the Piano Matt Sextet is going to open up the festival at 12 Noon on Saturday! Followed immediately thereafter by Harmonica Bill & Marked Deck with some lowdown Chicago blues...

OK people, this is the show of the summer! Please come down and help the Long Island Blues Society send Harmonica Bill and Marked Deck and Frilucha to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge! Please share this on your Insta and on your Finsta!