When Josh Preslar took the reins as president of the Triangle Blues Society at the start of the year, he had goals both immediate and long-term. The first order of business was to resurrect the TBS monthly newsletter, getting previews, reviews and interviews out to the organization's 400-plus members. A project that's gaining steam under the direction of board member at large (and blues musician/ historian/ visual artist) Th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee is the creation of a Heritage Trail to celebrate significant blues-related spots in the Triangle and beyond, from Floyd Council's poorly marked resting place in Sanford to Durham's pair of Blind Boy Fuller plaques. And two of the biggest goals are constants. According to Preslar, who leads the Josh Preslar Band and tours with Houston-based blues singer Diunna Greenleaf is to "educate the community on the blues." The other is to raise funds, enabling the TBS to do things like send the winners of the local Blues Challenge (slated for Sept. 25 at the Berkeley Cafe) to the international competition in Memphis and to put a proper headstone on Council's grave. —Rick Cornell
The Triangle Blues Society's next fundraiser, the Summertime Blues Cookout, is Saturday, Aug. 7, at Bonedaddy's Hideaway in Raleigh. The food starts at 5 p.m., the music at 7. The cover for the eight-band bill is $8, with members of Bonedaddy's getting in for the regular charge.