SXSW Founder and International Folk Alliance Executive Director Louis Jay Meyers Visits Blues Jam

By Will | Nov 28, 2008

Louis Meyers (photo by Lisa Gimber)

As we say, you never know who’s gonna show up at the Monday Night Blues Jam!

This past Monday one of our surprise visitors was Louis Jay Meyers, one of the original founders of the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival (aka SXSW) in Austin, TX, which rapidly became one of the major music-industry events in the country.

Louis is also known as the man who created the Louisiana Music, New Orleans Pride (LMNOP) conference, which for years was held between the weekends of the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

More recently, Louis has been working in Memphis as the Executive Director of the International Folk Alliance, which is now one of the five largest music conferences in North America.

Another credit on Louis’ resume’ is that he was at one time the manager for an Austin reggae band called The Killer Bees which become internationally- acclaimed and which included our own Stan Hoffman! (Maybe instead of “Visitors” I should call this series “Six Degrees of The Monday Night Blues Jam…”)

I didn’t know Louis before Monday night, and all I knew until later was that this stranger sure played the heck out of Danny’s Les Paul. We’re very glad he stopped by, and hope he gets a chance to visit us again soon!

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