Gaetano’s Underworld Blues Band
(pictured) won the 2014 Memphis Blues Challenge held by the Cleveland Blues Society
earlier this year. It was the band’s first victory after four years competing. As a result, Gaetano Letizia will take his band to the International Blues Competition that takes place in Memphis from January 20 to 24. As a bit of a warm-up, the band will perform with
winning solo blues artist Chris Yakopcic
at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 at Wilbert’s
and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 at the Parkview Tavern
. Both showcases are free and open to the public. And an open blues jam session will follow each performance.