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June 26, 2009
Volume 4 Issue 23

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2009 Blues Festival Guide magazine



No need to worry if you don't receive a copy of the 2009 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE magazine from your local blues society or festival this year, because our magazine is now also digital!
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After selling over 40,000 self produced CD's in the past seven years, Shane Dwight has signed a record deal with R-Tist Records in association with Vizztone Label Group. Since inking his record deal Shane has written and recorded 22 songs, as well as performed over 170 shows throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. His new CD "Plays the Blues" was released this week on June 23, accumulating almost 1000 pre-sales and advance orders.
Since winning the Monterey Blues Festival "Battle of the Bands" in 2002, Shane's career has skyrocketed. He has performed at almost every significant Blues Festival in the country including; Portland Waterfront Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, Springing the Blues Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Oklahoma Blues Festival and the Legendary Blues Cruise.

Plays the Blues features some great guest appearances such as Bob Margolin on slide guitar, Danny Hull (Doobie Brothers) on Sax, Mic Gilette (Tower of Power) on Trumpet and Richard Rosenblatt on Harp. The new CD contains five studio cuts and five live recordings all written by Shane.
California native Shane Dwight, now Nashville based is following up his new release with a busy tour schedule which includes festivals and shows throughout the country (including another appearance on the Legendary Blues Cruise this coming October). Shane Dwight booking is handled by Intrepid Artists International.

"Dwight is a rising Star
..." San Jose Mercury News

"Nashville gunslinger Shane Dwight does indeed play rocked-up blues... Paste Magazine

"Rocks hard with the blues... Lots of fun!"... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Jim Dickinson's third album, in as many years, for Memphis International is very much a stylistic departure from anything he's previously recorded in a music career that spans five decades. Dickinson, producer, session man and cultural observer is, to say the least, one of the idiosyncratic artists of our time. Here, he is joined only by the rhythm section of Sam Shoup and Tom Lonardo for an outing that celebrates his non-rock and roll roots.

This is an album not specifically of standards but rather, a collection of songs that have been around a long, long time and offer something evocative, recalling a time when a voice and piano were entertainment enough for a young boy growing up in the Deep South.  Co-produced by Dickinson and David less, the album's intimacy, its very understatement, is its compelling strength. It's pop music in it purest, most unfettered incarnation. Because it is so elemental, it can inarguably be considered jazz, roots or blues in light of its elemental.

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(Billy Watkins-Clarion Stan Branson remembers when The Jackson 5 visited relatives in his hometown of Lorain, Ohio, every summer and the kids played tackle football. Except for one.

"The older brothers were very protective of Michael," Branson said. "He was the crown jewel. The meal ticket. And they knew it. They didn't want anything happening to him."

Branson, operations manager at WJMI-FM, WKXI-FM and WOAD-AM in Jackson, MS spoke in near disbelief late Thursday afternoon after hearing that pop icon Michael Jackson had died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He was 50.

"I am shocked and dazed," Branson said. "I can't think of anyone - not Elvis, nobody - who did what this man did in music. All his personal problems in the past few years - his marriage to Lisa Marie (Presley) and the pedophile charges - may have tainted his image. But there has never been a bigger superstar. The man had charisma and stage presence beyond anything I've ever seen."

Jackson's 1982 solo album, Thriller, "changed our country's culture," Branson added. "It was the start of the video age, and the videos that went along with that album gave us a connection with an artist that we'd never had before."

Civil rights activist Charles Evers was head of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP in the mid-1960s when The Jackson 5 came to the capital city to play a local club. Hotels were not integrated and the group had not yet hit it big. So the Jacksons stayed at Evers' home. Evers admired the Jackson children's discipline and respect for their parents. He also loved their music. "Even an old man like me, it makes me move," Evers, 86, said.

Jackson, MS bluesman Bobby Rush knew Jackson in the early days of The Jackson 5.

"I was around them in Chicago, and I remember that Michael was really shy until he started singing," Rush said. "You could see that the kid was so talented, he was destined to make hit music. He was polished, even at that young age."

Although Jackson is considered one of the top performers of all time, Rush said most people fail to fully appreciate Jackson's talent. "He had such great timing," Rush said. "He didn't just moonwalk, he moonwalked in rhythm - one, dat dat, two, dat dat, three ... His vocals were like an instrument. People talk about his signature 'HEE-hee' sound ... it sounded like a horn. There was a purpose to it."
Rush said Jackson's music will long outlive his freakish image that dominated tabloids in recent years. "Sometimes a man is so great, so talented, so creative, he just does some strange things," Rush said. "His death is a devastating thing. But one thing is for sure: He's the greatest entertainer in history. No doubt about it."

Norbert Putnam, a former music professor at Delta State University who played bass in Elvis Presley's band, met Jackson around 1971. He recalled in a 2004 interview with The Clarion-Ledger: "I go to the coffee machine (at Quadraphonic Studios) one night, and there's this skinny black kid, about 13 years old, standing there," Putnam said. "I said, 'Hey, you're Michael Jackson.' He said, 'Yes, who are you?' I told him I owned the studio. "Michael started telling me that the producer they were using to mix The Jackson 5 Live album just wasn't getting it. I thought to myself, 'You cocky little thing.' then I went into the studio, sat down on the couch beside Michael, and after listening to about half of the album I looked over at him and said, 'Michael, you're right. Let's me and you go have a talk in the hall.' They wound up getting it right."

Putnam recalled that story Thursday after hearing of Jackson's death. "He was one of the brightest young men I ever met in the music industry," said Putnam, who produced Jimmy Buffett and Dan Fogelberg, among others. "At 13 he already understood recording, mixing, performing. That doesn't happen with a kid of lesser intelligence. I would have trusted anything he told me musically, and there aren't many people I could say that about."

Jason Sickle, a clerk at Be-Bop Record Shop near Metrocenter, said "three or four" people came in to buy Jackson CDs shortly after learning of his death. Sickle said Jackson's music has been a steady seller, even though he hadn't released much new material. "He's never stopped selling," Sickle said.

University of Mississippi junior Silas Reed, 20, grew up in Knoxville listening to the King of Pop. He said Jackson was an inspiration to him musically. "I remember getting ready for auditions and listening to Michael to get pumped up, and listening to him before gymnastics," said Reed, who sings and plays eight instruments. "He'll have a bittersweet legacy. His music is awesome, but his personal life was not to be desired."

One Ole Miss student was not as quick to bring up Jackson's rocky history. "Once a person is dead, they'll always be remembered for the good they did. (Jackson) was the King of Pop," said Daniel Spencer, a 22-year-old senior from Madison. Spencer recalled growing up watching the music video for Thriller on MTV and VH1, and still enjoys the famous video whenever it is played. "The world is going to remember Michael Jackson forever," Spencer said. Scott Barretta, who teaches a class on music and pop culture at Ole Miss, said one of the most interesting aspects of Jackson's legacy is his desegregation of music on MTV in 1983.

"I recall ... when I was a student ... Jackson was the first black performer on MTV," said Barretta, who also hosts the blues show Highway 61 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. "Thriller was made into a huge event ... but prior to that, MTV was mostly for white audiences. Michael Jackson really broke the color barrier because he was one of the most visible black performers to white people."

Staff writers Marquita Brown and Jeff Ayres and Oxford correspondent Paul P. Quinn contributed to his report.

"The Heroes of Woodstock" Hit the Road
"The Heroes of Woodstock" hit the road June 12, opening this year's San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Farorgrounds. The two-hour, thirty-minute performance wowed the crowd as Jefferson Starship performed songs from Jefferson Airplane's "Woodstock" set, Canned Heat cooked with the special addition of "Woodstock" alumni Harvey Mandel & Larry Taylor to Fito de la Parras's iconic grooves, Big Brother & The Holding Co. channeled former bandmate, the late Janis Joplin, and Grateful Dead alumnus Tom Constanten snuck in a Garcia chestnut. Country Joe McDonald hosted, as he will throughout the year as the tour continues on with the addition of legendary British blues rockers and "Woodstock" alumnus Ten Years After in August. Edgar Winter, John Sebastian and "Summer of Love's" Quicksilver Messenger Service appear on select dates.

"San Diego was great!" observes longtime Canned Heat manager and tour co-producer Skip Taylor, "but our guys have a lot more music than can be contained in a couple of hours." "Most of the shows let us run close to full sets, " adds Big Brother manager and tour co-producer Tim Murphy. "Besides, Ten Years After can play longer than that by themselves and with one hand tied behind their backs, " quips Murphy.

Last month, the web site: launched, coinciding with promotional collaborations by Warner Home Video, (whose own "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Directors Cut 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors' Edition" on Blu-Ray & DVD was released a short time ago to worldwide acclaim) & Rhino Entertainment (releasing "Woodstock: Music From The Original Soundtrack & More" and "Woodstock Two").

In all, eleven original performers from the most important event in rock music history are joined together to tour in celebration of and tribute to "The Original Three Days of Peace & Music" that occurred at Yasgur's Farm in Bethel, NY in August 1969. Under license from Woodstock Ventures LC, "HOW" will perform 40 dates in the U.S. and around the world.

The tour pays further homage to the original festival as every ticket purchaser shall be given the free soundboard download of the performance they actually attend. "This is the first major tour in rock history to give the music away for free in this manner" boasts Voiceprint UK's Rob Ayling who helped mastermind the download component.

With strong advance ticket sales, the "HOW" website launch, the aforementioned releases & the Ang Lee film coming in August, excitement and press interest is already building to a groundswell.

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You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird deadline and save $ on your entries. Entries must be mailed or submitted online by midnight, July 15, EST in order to qualify for the Early Bird discount. After July 15, the regular entry fee will apply. The final deadline for entries is October 7, 2009.

ISC accepts entries from amateur and professional songwriters, artists, and musicians. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 65 winners, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in music equipment, services, and more. Not only is this the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition in the world, but ISC also has the most high-profile judges, the most categories, and the coolest winners (this could be you!)...
Enter online (mp3) or mail in your songs (CD, tape, or DVD for music video entries). Entering ISC is easy. All you need to do is fill out an entry form and send us your songs!

Recording Artists
Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20)
Tom Waits
Jeff Beck
McCoy Tyner
Loretta Lynn
Alejandro Sanz
Jeremy Camp
Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
James Cotton
John Mayall

Craig Morgan
Youssou N'Dour
Weird "Al" Yankovic
Sandra Bernhard
Baaba Maal
Robert Earl Keen
Steve Winwood
Jerry Lee Lewis
Kings of Leon
Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals)
Robbie Williams
James Mercer (The Shins)
Michael W. Smith
Black Francis (The Pixies)
Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)
Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC)
John Scofield
DJ Tiesto
Jeffrey Steele
John Digweed
Matt Thiessen (Relient K)
Music Industry Executives

Monte Lipman (President/CEO, Universal Republic Records)
Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music)
Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records)
Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway Records)
Mitchell Cohn (VP A&R, Verve Music Group)
Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Sr. Director, A&R, Sony Nashville)
Amy Doyle (Senior VP, Artist and Talent, MTV)
Rick Krim (Executive VP of Music & Talent Programming, VH1)
Steve Lillywhite (Producer)
Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment/BMG)
Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Sony BMG Norte and President, Discos 605)
Brian Malouf (VP of A&R, Walt Disney Records)
Douglas C. Cohn (Senior VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon)
Dr. Demento (Comedy Radio Host, Dr. Demento Radio Show)

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            Join the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 2-4, at LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. For 25 years, the Society has provided a weekend of family fun, blues education and a renowned line-up of incredible entertainment. 

            This year’s festival features 28 acts performing on two stages, including headliners Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, and Magic Slim and the Teardrops. Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women are also celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary and are performing at the festival as part of their farewell tour.

            Since 1985, the festival has worked to educate the public about the native art form of blues-related music. Festival artists hold workshops for adults and BlueSKool sessions for kids to participate in activities and learn the blues directly from top blues musicians. 
            After 25 years, the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is one of the longest running, all volunteer-operated blues festivals in the nation. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary, performers from the first five years of the festival are returning for Retro Night. Retro Night will be on Thursday, July 2, with admission at only $5 for the night.

            Advance three-day passes are available for only $30 through Ticketmaster. For more information about the festival, artists, ticket locations and lodging, please visit or call 563-32-BLUES.

The event billed as "the biggest free blues festival in Europe" is being held in Dundee.

(Scotland) About 12,000 people are expected to pack into 28 venues to see more than 80 acts perform at the Dundee Blues Bonanza, which runs until Sunday.

Artists from across the world will take part, although there is no big international headliner this year.
Organisers said that economic conditions and financial cut-backs meant they could not attract big names. However, they are confident that will not affect people's enjoyment of the music. 'Raising money' Bonanza co-ordinator Bob Telford said: "Blues music is at the core of all of popular music, it's real music, you can't fake blues music.
"The Americans use blues music for advertising because it's honest music. "You'll find that a lot of youngsters are really into live music and it's a chance for them to get involved in hearing it. "It's just great live music and people pick up that it's honest and that's what they love."
The event, which is now in its 15th year, will be raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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Blues at Taste of Chicago

Several blues band will be among the free entertainment during the Taste of Chicago this year.

June 30 will be blues day at the Taste, when a full afternoon of blues will play at the Taste stage.

Here's the schedule:

Noon - Rob Stone & The C-Notes
1:45 p.m. - Aron Burton & Two for the Blues
3:30 p.m. - Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
5:15 p.m. - Johnny Drummer & The Starlighters
7:00 p.m. - Liz Mandeville & The BluePoints

And, on July 4, Buddy Guy will play the main show at the Petrillo Music Shell. The performance will begin at 3 p.m.

Admission to the Taste is free, but the food will cost you. You can buy strips of 12 tickets for $6 at area Dominick's from now until June 25. At the Taste of Chicago, from June 26 through July 5, it's $8 a strip.

Story courtesy of Karen Hanson's blog TODAY'S CHICAGO BLUES


The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad
Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC ) and The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are pleased to collaborate for a fifth year on The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad.

JALC is now accepting band applications for the 2009-2010 program. American music groups from throughout the United States specializing in jazz, urban/hip hop and other American roots music including bluegrass, blues, Cajun, country, gospel and zydeco are invited to apply for the opportunity to travel abroad, particularly to countries not frequently visited by American musicians, to increase cross-cultural understanding.

The application deadline is August 10. Road tours are from March-December 2010. Finalist ensembles perform domestically and embark on international tours.

Applications for the 2009-2010 tours are available at Musicians inquiring about applications can call 212-258-9899 or email: Jazz at Lincoln Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs produces an annual series of international tours for ten ensembles performing jazz, urban and other American roots music to countries all over the world. Through performance, education and person-to-person interaction, The Rhythm Road program encourages mutual respect and understanding between the United States and the countries visited by ensembles. The program also incorporates free performances by each group at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and at The National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Over the past four years, 108 musicians from 28 ensembles will have toured with the program, visiting 97 countries on 5 continents. Quotes: "In the historic tradition of such musical alumni as Armstrong, Ellington, and Gillespie, these tours focus on diverse geographic audiences and the dynamic interaction born of music. The emphasis on education as well as performance leads to powerful exchange for our audiences and musicians alike," said Susan John, Director of Touring for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sponsorship: The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program is made possible with underwriting support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. For more information: Bridget Wilson, Associate, Public Relations, Jazz at Lincoln Center (212) 258.9868,; Maury Donahue, (212) 614-4966,; David C. Grier, U.S. Department of State, (202) 203.7007,

Beatles original contract to be won in competition
The Imagine Corporation is proud to announce the launch of the world’s most exciting music competition. One lucky music fan is set to win Brian Epstein’s original Contract that John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signed before they gained global fame and fortune as the legendary Beatles.

This amazing piece of popular music history has only changed hands a couple of times over the decades and was acquired for The Imagine Corporation at Christie’s, the world famous Auction House. The Contract is currently insured for £500,000 but is regarded as an irreplaceable piece of musical heritage.

The competition is simple to enter and is open to anyone around the world. The rules are easy to follow and can be found at All players have to do is work out what they think the Contract has been valued at by a panel of experts and therefore what it could have sold for if it had been put up for auction in April 2008 at a London Auction House. The competition is like no other and is a dream ticket for any music fan.

So whether they are the world’s biggest Beatles fan, or just want to pay off a mortgage by winning the prize, they can log on at to find out how all their dreams could come true by Obtaining the Unobtainable.

For more information and to enter please visit

~June 27 & 28, 2009~

 This year’s, Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival is bigger and better than ever! Northern Nevada’s biggest batch of bbq, blues music and microbrews is two days, Saturday, June 27 from 12-9 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Double the days means double the fun as an unprecedented seven food booths will span Virginia St. The festival food mix includes traditional Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs, savory Pulled Pork with Texas Toast and Grilled Hot Links; as well as a Burger Barn with Big Dog Chili, Corn Dogs and Onion Rings. New items this year include international fare like Shredded Beef Enchiladas, Pork Tacos, Grilled Korean BBQ Short Ribs with Kim Chee and Coconut Chicken Satay. For dessert, festival goers can feast on Strawberries and Cream Funnel Cake.
Microbreweries will pour beer from all over the world, including Eldorado's own, The Brew Brothers' custom brews. Featured microbreweries include Alaskan Brewing Company, Black Diamond Brewing Company, Eel River Brewing Company, Napa Smith Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Mammoth Brewing Company, Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Pilsner Urquell, Sierra Nevada and many more.
Festival tasting packages are available for $20 and include 13 tokens, each worth a 4oz tasting and a souvenir beer mug. Tasting packages will be available for purchase during both days of the festival until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Alcohol sales and tastings stop one hour before close on each day of the festival.

Free, live entertainment takes the stage on 3rd and 4th Streets. The line up includes Trey Stone Band, Summer of Love, Buddy Emmer Blues Band, Mumbo Gumbo, Shane Dwight Band, Jason King Band, Patton’s Blues Band, Full Body Rock and Brief Case Full of Blues.

For more information, please call 800-648-5966 or (775) 786-5700 in Northern Nevada. Visit us online at

 Grossman's Tavern - Toronto's Home of the Blues

This tavern was originally open in 1948 by the Grossman's family, it was sold in 1975 to the Louie family, and since has been lovingly maintained and nurtured.

Some of our Alumni includes: The Downchild Blues Band, KId Bastien & the Happy Pals, Milton Acorn, Robert Priest, Rebecca Jenkins, Jeff Healey Band, Allannah Myles, Amanda Marshall, Burton Cummings, Philip Sayce, and scores of others...

We are one of the few bars to introduce live music on Sunday nights, as well as the concept of "Jamming". We hold the city's record for having the longest surviving Sunday Night Jam, and have been doing it since November 1982!

So all you aspiring musicians, bring your instruments and let's jam!!! We continue to be one of the few bars in the city to offer Live Entertainment, 7 days a week, all year long, and to set the record straight, we have never been up for sale.

Great patrons, talented musicians and friendly staff have become part of the family,and have, over the years, enhanced the eclectic atmosphere of Grossman's Tavern.
So drop by, enjoy great music, our famous Grossman's all beef burger, sip a drink or two at our newly renovated 35 foot long bar.

To those of you who have not dropped in by ages, we welcome you back to an age where time still stands still...

379 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2G3
Mon -Sat 11:00am- 2:00am
Sun 12:00pm- 2:00am
Tel: (416) 977-7000
Fax: (416) 595-5368



Buckwheat Zydeco, the band USA Today called “zydeco trailblazers,” have been celebrating their 30th anniversary with the May 5, 2009 release of LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN, the album OffBeat declared “the band’s most adventurous disc yet.” American musical icon and bandleader Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. has announced a massive North American tour by Buckwheat Zydeco, including stops at Milwaukee’s Summerfest on June 26, the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28, Celebrate Brooklyn on July 24, The Pocono Blues Festival on July 26 and Colorado’s Copper Country Fest on September 5, among many other dates this summer and fall.

Since its release on May 5, LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN has received some of the best reviews of the year for a roots/blues album. Living Blues says, “Buckwheat Zydeco returns with a new release on famed Chicago blues label Alligator Records, and the results are stunning.” Blues Revue continues, saying the album “is as steeped in blues as in the joyous Louisiana soul at the heart of this outstanding, wonderfully diverse set.” Chris Morris, writing in, which named LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN an “Album Of The Week,” called it “a vastly entertaining and appealingly diverse package.”

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Jorma Kaukonen’s latest CD is called RIVER OF TIME, and it showcases his masterful finger-picking guitar style. Jorma joins Elwood to talk about the record, about helping to forge the San Francisco rock sound with Jefferson Airplane, about tattoos, and about the blues. He graces the program with a solo performance, recorded live in the blockhouse. Plus, Ruf Records has passed along a few copies of Omar Kent Dykes’ new CD, BIG TOWN PLAYBOY. Register right here for a chance to win. Finally, an introduction to a very talented young English blues player, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Joanne Shaw Taylor. She growls! She shreds! She rocks!

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Carnegie Hall Rhythm Blues & All That Jazz
Thursday-Saturday, June 25-27, 2009

Lewisburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Urbana Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Potts Camp, Mississippi, U.S.
Alpena Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Alpena, Michigan, U.S.
Hambone Blues Jam
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Hayward, Minnesota, U.S.
Fort Smith Riverfront Blue Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Monterey Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 26-28, 2009

Seaside, California, U.S.

Bear Creek Blues Festival
Saturday, June 27, 2009

Slater, Missouri , U.S.
7th Annual Groovin' in The Grove Summer Concerts 9 WK Saturday Series
Saturday, June 27, 2009

This week: Laurie Morvan Band
Lodi, California, U.S.
McHalestock Rock N Blues Festival
Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fort Mill, South Carolina, U.S.
Bayou & Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28 2009

Long Beach , CA, U.S.
562 427-8834
Blues From The Top
Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28 2009

Winter Park, Colorado, U.S.
Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, 2009

Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Wednesday-Friday, July 1-31, 2009

Ticino, Vallemaggia, Switzerland
0041 91 753 18 85

IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 2-4, 2009

Davenport , Iowa, U.S.
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
Thursday-Sunday, July 2-5, 2009

Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Bluesfest Gaildorf
Friday-Saturday, July 3-4, 2009

Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 3-5, 2009

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Tremblant International Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 9-19, 2009

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Greenwood Blues Cruise
Thursday-Saturday, July 9-11, 2009

Greenwood , South Carolina, U.S.
Kalamazoo Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 9-11, 2009

Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
Thursday-Sunday, July 9-19, 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
866-258-3748 ext. 2
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, July 10-11, 2009

Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, U.S.
South Loup River Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, July 10-11, 2009

Arnold, Nebraska, U.S.
The Louisville Blues-n-BBQ Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, 2009

Louisville, KY, U.S.
Anglesea Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, 2009
North Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.
Frankford Island Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, 2009

Quinte West (Frankford), Ontario, Canada
7th Annual Groovin' in The Grove Summer Concerts 9 WK Saturday Series
Saturday, July 11, 2009

This Week: Shane Dwight Band
Lodi, California, U.S.
Placer SPCA BBQ & Blues Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2009

Auburn, California, U.S.
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