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Ironing Board Sam to perform at Grace Hall

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Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Ironing Board Sam will entertain you at Grace Hall Friday night.

Ironing Board Sam will entertain you at Grace Hall Friday night.



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Ironing Board Sam, a legendary blues piano icon, will entertain at Grace Hall Friday, May 25, from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $10 each and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lupus Foundation. Joining him will be special guests, Riyen Roots & Jimmy Westmorland.

Ironing Board Sam can remember trying to pound out notes on the family pump organ when he was just two years old. Several years later, his step-mother showed him a few boogie-woogie patterns which further ignited his passion for the blues. At age 14, he played his first gig. 

After spending time on the Miami R&B scene in the late 1950s and inventing his "button board," a homemade portable keyboard which he mounted to an ironing board that simulated the Hammond B3 organ sound, he made his way to Memphis where he was dubbed Ironing Board Sam for his unique invention. 

He regularly performed on the  R&B show "Night Train" in the 1960s.

Grace Hall is at 108 Trade St. in downtown Greer. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at most Downtown Greer restaurants and include 10 percent off meals with the ticket stub.

Tickets also are available online at www.daistickets.com/gracehall.

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