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2015 IBC Finalist, The Good The Bad And The Blues / Press

““Sylvania’s first ever ‘Rhythm & Brews,’ is going to be a white-hot mega blast of wig- singeing rock and roll, hip-shaking soul music and industrial strength rhythm and blues. It’s the music that moves through you like electricity; the music that uses you as a lightening rod; the music that causes you to shake your tail feather,” Prescott stated. “And, what better way to start the summer season in downtown Sylvania?” The award-winning group The Good, The Bad and The Blues led by Aayan Naim takes the stage at 7 p.m. The group is the 2010-2014 winners of the Black Swamp Society’s blues challenge and the 2014 Columbus blues challenge. They were a 2015 International Blues Challenge finalist in Memphis.”

“As Naim explained, “It is more than just music. It’s an expression of the soul and the emotions behind it.” The guitarist remembers being struck by the power of the blues as an adolescent, when he heard B.B. King perform “The Thrill is Gone.” “I remember hearing that song when I was young, and not understanding all of what it was saying, but feeling all of the emotions in it. I then found myself playing it over and over again,” Naim said. While he always loved the blues, Naim started out playing funk and R&B. The legendary Toledo blues band The Griswolds, along with Crawdaddy, inspired him to shift his focus. “I played behind Crawdaddy at a concert. At first, I thought the music was quite simple. But the more I played it, the more complicated it became. I just had a natural affinity for it, and it just worked.””

““You can’t play the blues, you have to be the blues,” said Aayan Naim, the bandleader of The Good, The Bad and the Blues, explaining on Saturday why his More than 250 contestants in band and solo/duo categories represented blues societies from all across the globe at the Blues Foundation’s 31st International Blues Challenge. Each had aspirations of making it to the finals in which the top eight in each category performed in the cavernous and regal Orpheum Theatre up the hill on Beale Street. group made it to the storied venue for the IBC Finals. “It’s more than licks and tricks. It’s emotion. It took me a long time to get to that place. I learned to slow down and let people enjoy it.””

““You can’t play the blues, you have to be the blues,” said Aayah Nain, the bandleader of The Good, The Bad and the Blues, explaining on Saturday why his group was able to reach the storied venue for the IBC Finals. “It’s more than licks and tricks. It’s emotion. It took me a long time to get to that place. I learned to slow down and let people enjoy it.” Indeed, the blues is an emotion, a mind-set and lifestyle as much as it is a musical genre.”

“Wow! Still blown away by Aayan's and his band's performance; stellar! I greatly look forward to seeing you all again very soon . . Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday Band”

Kevin Nichols - Kevin Nichols

“Celebrating the outlaw spirit of the blues, this local group belts 'em out with hard-edged attitude”