Blues and Burritos-by Ben Dugan

When it comes to blues music, there are all sorts of styles and sounds. The Mississippi Delta has its own brand of blues, as does Chicago, Memphis, and the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. But is there such a thing called the Mexican Blues?

If you were to ask that question to Cliff Homesley, one of the partners in the law firm of Homesley, Goodman, & Wingo, PLLC, he’d probably tell you why not?

After all, Homesley and his law firm host an event they call ‘Blues & Burritos’ each year on the front lawn of their office on South Main Street in Downtown Mooresville. The event, now in its 10th year, is known for bringing many of the area’s top blues performers.  And this year is no different, as they plan on featuring the music of The Part-Time Blues Band with special appearances from Bob Margolin, Robin Rogers, Max Drake, Shelia Carlisle and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen.

The event, which started out initially as a client appreciation celebration has quickly transformed into a community-wide event.  It’s a way for Homesley and his partners to give back to many of the charities in the area.

A night of blues music, dinner, and drinks could be an expensive night out.  However, the firm underwrites the cost of the entire event, and instead encourages those in attendance to make a donation to a selected charity.

This year, the event will take place on Friday, Sept. 17.  All donations collected will go to support two local charities that are in major need due to the current economic recession – The Healthreach Community Clinic in Mooresville, and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

Homesley is a big believer in supporting the local economy.  The burritos are made fresh by Pueblo Grande, which is right across the street from the law firm.  Beverages are also locally made by the popular Mooresville brewer Carolina Beer & Beverage Company, makers of Carolina Blonde.

But even better than that, all of the musicians are local.  Homesley and his partners could bring in any national blues act they wanted for this event.  But Homesley says why bring in others, when you have such great talent in your back yard.

Only this time, the music will be performed in the front yard, for everyone to enjoy.

The 10th annual Blues & Burritos will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 on the front lawn of Homesley, Goodman, & Wingo, PLLC, located on 330 South Main Street in Mooresville.  Shows begins at 6:00 p.m.  More information is available online at