Gaetano’s Underworld Blues Band to Represent Cleveland at International Blues Competition


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. 

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