Premier Records recording artist Lee Delray and the Lee Delray Band will perform at Arlo’s Tavern, Ararat, on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 8 pm.
Premier Records recording artist Lee Delray and the Lee Delray Band will perform at Arlo’s Tavern, Ararat, on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 8 pm. The show will be one of a few select performances in preparation for the band’s appearance at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN in January. The event at Arlo’s Tavern is a fundraiser to assist the band in expenses associated with travel, room and board in competing in the IBC. The IBC is the most prestigious music event of its kind. It is held by The Blues Foundation, a Memphis-based organization dedicated to preserving blues music and ensuring its future. Bands, duos and single acts are chosen, through performance competitions, to participate in the IBC by local blues societies that are affiliated with The Blues Foundation. The upcoming IBC will have over 225 bands from around the world scheduled to compete in the event. The Lee Delray Band was selected by the Lehigh Valley Blues Network (LVBN) to represent that organization in the Blues Challenge. The band, comprised of guitarist, singer and songwriter, Lee Delray, drummer Papa John Mole and bassist Bill Coleman, was selected by the Lehigh Valley Blues Network (LVBN) to represent that organization in the competition. Walt Garvin, president of the LVBN, said he believes the association will be well represented by their selection. Garvin commented that “The LVBN continues nearly two decades of sending premier talent to the IBC. This year the Lee Delray Band will proudly represent us in Memphis. Good luck Lee, Bill, and Popa John!” Born in Florida and raised in New York City, Lee now resides in Scranton. He began playing guitar at the age of 11 and discovered the blues when a friend gave him a Muddy Waters record and it changed his musical life. Over the years he has honed his guitar, singing and song writing skills and has released a cd, 570 Blues, that is getting airplay in over 40 states and in over 15 countries. He has been billed with Johnny Winter and master harp player James Cotton among other blues dignitaries. The event at Arlo's Tavern will feature sets by the band and will provide an opportunity to have fans and friends assist them in raising funds to finance the trip to Memphis and back. Arlo’s Tavern is located approximately 10 miles north of Forest City, PA on Rt. 171, Ararat Twp. Reservations can be made by calling (570) 727-2970.