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July 23, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue #29

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Jose Alverez Bio:
-At age 13 Jose studied guitar with Jeff Powers. 
-After just 1 year Jose started playing guitar in clubs and fiestas 
with Jeff in the blues group El Hangar Ambulante. 
-At 14 Jose met the legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl who took him under his wing and taught him the finer points of blues and performing.
 -While still a teenager Jose moved from Mexico to Syracuse NY after he landed a gig touring and playing with The Roosevelt Dean Blues band. 
-After a couple of years Jose won the Syracuse are Music award for best blues guitarist. 
-Jose became great friends with blues singer/guitarist Colin Aberdeen and formed the now successful band LosBlancos.
-Jose records with Ronnie Earl and Pine Top Perkins at Bearsville
 studios in Woodstock, NY.
-After some years of intense performing and practicing Jose moved to San Antonio Texas where he became interested in world music.
-Terrance Simien hires Jose in 2004 and after several years of touring the world and recording they win a Grammy (2009).
Diggin In was recorded at Sub Cat Studios with the current Los Blancos lineup. Guests include Terrance Simien, Pete McMahon, Danny Williams, Ralph Fontenot, Will Terry and Mike Delaney.
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The blues have never sounded better than on Grady Champion’s sweet rocking new CD Back in Mississippi Live at the 930 Café.  Recorded live before a sold out audience on July 7, 2007 in Jackson, MS, Back in Mississippi Live is a collection that showcases the versatility of this remarkable artist with songs as diverse as Jimmie Reed’s rowdy “Baby, What You want Me to Do?”  to “Policeman Blues,” a collaboration between Grady and Dennis Walker, to the tender and beautiful “I’m Yours” by Grady and D. Martin.  Grady’s interpretation of the old favorite “Spoonful” by Chester Barnett (Howlin’ Wolf) infuses the song with new life,  and the touching “Love and Memories” is a soulful tribute to Grady’s mother.  Every song on this album is a winner.
 The CD includes an Intro by Eddie Cotton, Jr. and fourteen numbers, eight by Grady that are either solo compositions or collaborations with other songwriters.  Also included are “I’m Ready” by Willie Dixon; the Jimmie Reed duo “Baby What You want Me to Do” and “Bright Lights;” “Spoonful” by Chester Barnett; “Lonesome Bedroom Blues” by C. Jones and “Why I Sing the Blues” by B. B. King and Dave Clark.   
Back in Mississippi Live features Grady on lead vocals, harmonica and acoustic guitar and Eddie Cotton, Jr. on background vocals, electric and acoustic guitar.  Eddie’s blazing guitar work is unforgettable on songs like “You Got Some Explaining to Do,”   “Lonesome Bedroom Blues, and the heart-rending “I’m Yours.”  Jackson Swift raps out on “Policeman Blues.”  The CD also features Calvin Wilson on background vocals, keyboards, organ and arrangements, Marquis Champion on background vocals and bass; Frank White on drums and Xavres Good on drums (“Lonesome Bedroom Blues”).    
Grady Champion is a phenomenal artist and one of the brightest young stars from a state that has produced an honor role of blues legends.  On January 23, 2010, representing the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, he won First Place in the band category  of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis .  Also in 2010, he made his film debut in the movie Rites of Spring, filmed in Mississippi .  On February 3, 2010, Grady’s hometown of Canton and the Senate of the State of Mississippi honored him with a “Grady Champion Day” and presented him with proclamations in his honor.  On February 27, 2010, Grady and his band, the Grady Champion Revue,  performed to a packed house at the 930 Blues Café in Jackson in the special show “Three Generations of the Blues.”  The show also featured the Honeyboy Edwards trio and Jackson guitarist King Edward Antoine.  Grady has also performed live on WLBT, Channel 3, Jackson , MS and Fox 13 “Good Morning Memphis.”  On June 10th. and 11th., he appeared on a number of Chicago TV and radio shows proceeding his Chicago area performances.  His talent has caught the eyes and ears of top producers and organizers nationwide who have booked him for class events like the Chicago Blues Festival and the Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
Grady Champion is a gifted singer and songwriter with his own unique style and delivery that is a joy to hear.  His strong, expressive voice and solid lyrics backed by skilled musicians that number among the best in the business combine to make Back in Mississippi Live at the 930 Café a powerful album any blues lover will treasure.  Highly recommended.
                                                         - Joan Turner
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Joan Turner is a freelance writer whose reviews and articles have
appeared in over 750 publications worldwide, including Blues BlastIndie Music Magazine and Reggae Festival Guide.

Somewhere in between Hound Dog Taylor and Elmore James lies Plainfield Slim's first album "Another Mule In The Barn". A very very raw and nasty blues album that rocks from beginning to end. Produced by Gar Francis (from The Doughboys "Black Sheep" fame) the CD has received much airplay overseas and was named one of the best blues albums by Brisbane, Austraila's 101.0fm radio. "Shake My Eggs" & "Marlene" seem to be the stand out songs on the airwaves.
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Buddy Guy to Play Special Benefit Concert in Boston
The National Braille Press has announced plans for a special benefit concert in Boston featuring legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy. The show will take place at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street and is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 1. Opening for Guy will be local favorites Ernie & the Automatics. Tickets, which range from $40 to $100, go on sale Saturday 10 a.m. through Live Nation.
“We are very excited to have Buddy Guy for our first fundraising event,” said National Braille Press President Brian MacDonald in a press release. “He’s one of the legendary guitar gods that Eric Clapton himself calls his favorite blues axmen.”
The Boston based non-profit organization is located in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood and was founded in 1927 with the mission of ensuring that blind people have the same access to information as sighted people in a medium the can read, Braille. The organization supports a lifetime of opportunity for blind children through Braille literacy and provides access to information that will empower blind people to actively engage in work, family and community affairs, with customers in all 50 states, Canada and overseas. For more information about the organization, please visit
At 73-years old, Guy is still going strong and touring often. His last studio album was 20087’s Skin Deep.

Come, hear, see, smell, and feel beautiful Noxon, Montana on the river. Music line up includes: The Randy Oxford Band, LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, The Stacy Jones Band, The Mike Bader Band, The Pros and Cons Band, The Wired Band, Romagossa Blue, Jumpin’ Josh and His All-Star Kid Band, The Ron Hendee Band and more to be announced. There will be a nightly Beer Garden, Jam Session, “‘til the Bears Hibernate!”  Free camping with advanced ticket purchase at Other lodging near by. For more information go to or

August 7th, 2010 Lasalle Park 12pm-8pm
My name is Nicholas Kin. About a decade ago I hosted events, it was my dream job. I was hosting events in Buffalo NY and doing quite well. My last event I held aboard the USS Littlerock I did very well. However I had fallen ill with cancer.
This prevented me from working, or paying my bills. At the age of 21 I underwent a grueling chemotherapy regimen and eventually was forced into bankruptcy.  8 months later I was deemed in remission. After nearly 10 years of fighting to get back on my feet financially, emotionally, and mentally, Im ready.
This is the reason for hosting the 1st Annual Buffalo Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Now I can pursue my dream job and give back to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It is my personal goal to give $200,000.00 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute to help find a cure for cancer. I can only do this with YOUR help.
All I ask of you is to come enjoy 8 hours of live local blues bands on a state of the art sound system provided by Indigo, local barbeque, and local beverages at the beautiful Lasalle Park right near the water. In addition to the live music, outstanding food and drink, we will have a 13 and under area (free for the kids) where they can play, explore their creativity and enjoy some music of their own. Various stations could keep them busy for hours! Where patron safety is our number one priority we have hired Command Security to oversee the event.
We have the entire park this year with safe, on-site parking. This is a show you cant afford to miss, and its for an AMAZING cause.
A VERY large portion of the proceeds benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute to help find a cure. Get involved, Get ready, and come party for a cure! August 7th, 2010 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm.
We have a little something for everyone. This is a family affair! 13 yrs of age and under are free!
- 8 Hours live music on state of the art sound system
- Wonderful food and beverages
- Live entertainment featuring hoola hoopers, caricature artists, and more!
- Largest 50/50 Raffle Buffalo has ever seen! 
Kids Tent 
Kids can enjoy face painting, bubble wand make n blow, hone 
their art skills, learn to juggle with the Buffalo Jugglers or "Get Down" with "The Smudge Fundaes" LIVE music/variety show. There is no cost for any childrens activities
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Please mark your calendars for the following Mississippi Blues Trail marker ceremony dates:
Friday, August 6, 2010                                    Ike Turner (Clarksdale, MS) at 10:00 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2010                   Mississippi to Paramount Records (Grafton, Wisconsin) TBD
Friday, September 24, 2010                         Ealey Brothers  (Natchez, MS) TBD
Tuesday, September 28, 2010                    Parchman Blues (MS State Penitentiary/Parchman, MS) at 10:00 AM
Friday, October 1, 2010                                 “Guitar Slim” Eddie Jones (Greenwood, MS) at 10:00 AM
Saturday, October 2, 2010                            Queen City Hotel and 7th Avenue  (Columbus, MS) TBD
Monday, October 18, 2010                           Scott Radio Service Company (Jackson, MS) at 10:00 AM
Friday, October 22, 2010                               Otis Clay (Gunnison, MS) at 2:00 PM
Monday, November 8, 2010                        Gatemouth Moore (Yazoo City, MS) at 3:00 PM                                                               
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Just Confirmed bassist Cassie Taylor to join Bob Margolin, Eden Brent, Ann Rabson and special guest artist Pinetop Perkins at Boogie Woogie Piano Jam at Ground Zero Blues Club on August 5th
[Jackson, MS] ---Pinetop Perkins Foundation of Clarksdale, MS has been awarded a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.64 million in grants the Commission will award in 2010-2011 and will be used to offset the cost of Eden Brent's appearance at the workshop.
The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"Organizations across the state who receive arts grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission continue to prove that arts programs are vital to the success of their community.  The grants awarded by the Commission provide funding for the staging of festivals, theater performances and many other arts-related activities," said Malcolm White, Executive Director for MAC. "The arts provide a positive environment for learning, both in the classroom and in communities.  Arts funding has a significant multiplier and for every dollar spent in the creative sector, eight dollars are realized in the local economy.  That's a good investment for any business."
Formed in 2009, the Pinetop Perkins Foundationis a tax exempt non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career. Fulfilling the first part of their mission, the Foundation plans to offer an annual Youth Workshop Series to bring world-renowned blues artists for instruction and mentoring to young musicians. This year's event [August 3-4] will focus on the Piano. And for that the Foundation has selected two award-winning recording artists to lead the workshops; Eden Brent and Ann Rabson. Additional funding for this event comes in part by the Rock River Foundation, founded by Morgan Freeman, in the form of scholarships for Mississippi youth participants.
Capping the event, on Thursday, August 5th, will be a Boogie Woogie Piano Jam at Ground Zero Blues Club featuring a special appearance by Pinetop Perkins, along with former Muddy Waters bandmate Bob Margolin, Ann Rabson, Eden Brent, and just announced, Cassie Taylor on bass.
The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage.  Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Phil Hardin Foundation, Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources.  The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

Letter to the President “BUILDING UP THE BLUES”
Commentary by Tom Foreman/ AC360°
If I were President, I’d start a national Blues Festival on the mall every year; because it would celebrate a unique cultural contribution of our fellow countrymen, because it would be a lot of fun, and because it might get me out of reading these silly letters for a day or two.
Dear Mr. President,
I hope your vacation is going well, because mine is over. Had to head out of Alabama this morning and over to Mississippi to work on a story for our Building Up America series. But I must say, as work goes, this has been pretty sweet. (Well, minus the seven hours of driving to get here.) The story is about Blues tourism, as in: folks coming from all over the world to see the sights, and hear the sounds of the place where the Blues was born. In this case I’m talking about Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the famous crossroads we’ve all heard so much about.
As the story goes, in the early 1900’s Robert Johnson went to a crossroads to meet the devil who gave him the gift of brilliant music in return for his soul. Considering that we have people who are seemingly making the same deal these days for a lousy seat in Congress, I’m not sure whether to doubt the veracity of the tale or to wonder how he scored such a bargain.
In any event, in his short life (he died in his twenties) he turned out some bone rattling blues that endure to this day as standards of the genre. And he wasn’t the only one. Here in the Delta, dozens of gifted musicians emerged from the fields, woods, and creek bottoms to create the thumping, grinding, growling sounds that would become the fuel for so much of what would become rock, pop, rap, and even country music.
It’s hard not to admire what those men (and they were largely men…a few women, but not a lot) contributed to this country. At the excellent Delta Blues Museum here I walked around and looked at their pictures, their guitars, and more. Then I sat down and chatted with a regular player on the Blues club scene, Terry “Big T” Williams, and we even played a song together. He loaned me one of his guitars which was nice, so I didn’t bring up the fact that he has kind of made off with my nickname. Oh well. Then we wrapped up the evening with an excellent dinner and some rocking good music at a club called Ground Zero, by Tri-State Coalition. And yes, I know; it’s not exactly a headline grabbing name for a band, but they could certainly lay down the chops.
All in all, not a bad way to come off of vacation. You might want to consider it when you wrap things up there in Maine. After all, better to come down here and listen to folks sing the blues, than to go back to DC where all they do is whine. Ha!
I have to make it down to the Gulf shore tomorrow afternoon, so that would be a good time for you to call and say hi. Hope to hear from you.

Highway Key Touring Kicks Off Service Industry Nights at Gramophone on August 3rd
Booking and promotion agency Highway Key Touring kicks off the first of a series of service-industry-night concerts with an impressive triple bill at The Gramophone on Tuesday Aug. 3rd, starting at 9pm.  Bands will include local standouts Brown Bottle Fever and Treble Clef Palette, plus nationally recognized bluesman Albert Castiglia.
Showcasing an intuition for upwardly mobile talent, and a penchant for mounting original events, Highway Key hopes to foster loyalty among music fans of the service industry, and continue growing their presence in St. Louis’ vibrant performing arts scene.
Brown Bottle Fever (BBF) frontmen Zach Pemberton (harp, vocals) and Billy Skelton (guitar) will warm the house with their raucous and inspired brand of genre-bending, blues-informed rock. Even in two-piece arrangement, the committed duo of BBF creates a big, exuberant sound that is compelling to watch and brimming with youthful energy.
Similarly trans-genre, Treble Clef Palette (TCP) has crafted a unique fusion of jazz and funk, with a cornucopia of other influences evident among the 6 very talented ensemble members. Sorceress of trumpet and vocals, Dawn Weber, leads horn-driven grooves while tasty guitar and otherworldly keys play on a rock-solid, if adventurous, rhythm section. An increasingly active presence on the St. Louis and regional music scene, TCP has a knack for infectious music that makes it hard to find anyone holding still at one of their shows.
Soulful and gritty, Albert Castiglia’s feel for the blues is intrinsic, his musicianship polished and his stage presence charismatic. He emotes with a tone that is at once fresh and hauntingly reminiscent of the past masters. Working professionally for a dozen-plus year in the road warrior bands of  Iko Iko, Sandra Hall and Junior Wells has granted Albert Castiglia’s youth with a worldly complexity and professionalism. He is currently touring in support of his brand new CD Keepin On, from the Blues Leaf Records label.
Highway Key’s debut Service Industry Night promotion, ‘Original SIN’ spotlights original music and targets fans of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Funk and Jamband forms, all influences that are certain to be in evidence throughout the course of the event. Future instalments of the SIN series promise to feature other musical genres, such as dance-music driven ‘Electric SIN’ on August 17, which will feature Dawn Weber & Electro Funk Assembly.
Tuesday August 3, 2010
Highway Key Touring presents ...‘Original SIN’
with Brown Bottle Fever, Treble Clef Palette and Albert Castiglia
The Gramophone
4243 Manchester Avenue - Saint Louis, MO 63110
(314) 531-5700

1) Ana Popovic
2) Vasti Jackson
3) Dave Riley & Bob Corritore
4) Lurrie Bell

My husband John and I are residents of Davenport, Iowa and had the opportunity to cover the 26th Annual Mississippi Blues Festival held in Davenport, in the riverfront LeClaire Park.  It was held July 2-4 with 28 acts. Descendants of blues legends performing were Muddy Waters' son, Mud Morganfield; B.B. King's daughter, Shirley King; and Luther Allison's son, Bernard Allison. Two Blues Grammy nominees, Ruthie Foster and Billy Branch brought int he best contemporary blues. It was in conjunction with the City of Davenport's 4th of July celebration, with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra performing a blues/patriotic performance in conjunction with a massive fireworks display over the Mississippi River.
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society was formed in 1984 with only 13 members. Their first concert in 1985 expected a few hundred people and they had an estimated 10,000 (with only 4 portal-potties). They now have over 400 members. This blues festival is one of the longest -running non-profit festivals in the country bringing in people from all over the world.  Included in the activities were free adult workshops learning from the best and a photo exhibit which includes photos of blues artists and past festivals. A BluesSkool gave kids a chance to learn about the blues directly from the musicians. David Berntson gave free harmonica lessons to all the kids who attend his lessons.  Those children were given free harmonics by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.
The society also held a raffle for a guitar donated by Samick. We were very impressed by all the bands with our favorites being Doc Harmon, Bernard Allison, and Vasti Jackson
The crowds were mind-blowing. We never expected to witness such great talent in a weekend of fun and great weather.
What a wonderful opportunity
John and Sharon Kundel

Des Moines City council approves Blues and Brews Festival
The city council in Des Moines has just approved the local Rotary Club's plans to stage the first ever Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival.
The event will be held on Saturday, September 25th, from 12:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m. at the Des Moines Beach Park. According to festival organizers, the event will feature beer from 12-15 craft breweries. Do not expect to see the Bud Light girls. This is a 21+ event.
The event is a benefit for the Des Moines Rotary Club's "Music for Youth/Music for Life" service project. All proceeds from the beer and music festival will provide instruments to local fourth and fifth graders to encourage early participation in the musical arts. More specifically, proceeds will help provide kids from low-income families with instruments, supplies and repairs, the cost of which can often make participation in music programs impossible.
B & E Meats, a local favorite, will also be involved: they will be selling tri-tip sandwiches at the event. Other local food vendors will also be involved.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at or at the gate for $25 the day of the event.

Robert Plant gets star in Memphis music sidewalk
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is being honored with a star in a music sidewalk in Memphis, Tenn.
Plant was presented Monday with a star that will be placed on the Orpheum Theater Sidewalk of Stars on Beale Street.
The Commercial Appeal reports that the award honors Plant for what are described as tireless efforts to preserve the blues.
During the presentation ceremony, Plant spoke of blues pioneers like Sonny Boy Williamson, Sleepy John Estes and W.C. Handy in acknowledging that a generation of British musicians owe a debt to early Southern blues artists.

One Night Event! In Select Movie Theatres Nationwide

Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010 -- in theatres July 27th

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton shares the stage with some of the greatest musicians in the world during a star-studded, extraordinary concert experience on Tuesday, July 27 when NCM Fathom and Rhino Entertainment present Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010 on the big screen in more than 475 movie theaters nationwide.  
The special two-hour event, presented in HD beginning at 7:30pm local time across all time zones, will feature musical performances from the all-day prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010, taking place in Chicago’s Toyota Park on June 26. 
This one-night event gives fans around the country a chance to experience two hours of the greatest moments from the festival, including performances by Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, BB King, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, and many others.  Theater audiences will gain backstage VIP access to behind-the-scenes footage and see candid interviews with the performers captured exclusively for this cinema event.
All 27,000 tickets to this year’s Chicago festival sold out in minutes – making it one of the hottest concert events of the summer. Don’t miss your chance to experience all of the highlights on the larger-than-life big screen on Tuesday, July 27.  
Limited seats available – enter your zip code to purchase tickets today!
Click here for a list of all participating movie theaters.

City bars tune up for Dundee Blues Bonanza
The Dundee Blues Bonanza takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when the city hosts its unique "All Live, All Free, All Blues" festival.

Already acknowledged as the biggest street-level free festival of blues in Europe, it's now proclaimed to be the "Best Free Blues Music Festival in the World."
More than 120 gigs in 30 venues will take place throughout the weekend, with visitors and musicians flooding into the city from all over the UK, Europe and far beyond.
And whether you're a fan of the blues, rhythm & blues, boogie woogie or rock 'n' roll it matters little, the music flooding out of the bars and venues and the feel-good factor riding through the town centre makes it a must-do event for music fans of all tastes.
This year thanks to the generosity of the Angus and Dundee innovation and development fund, the committee has been able to re-instate the now traditional international promotional opening event which does so much to highlight Dundee's involvement on the world's music stage and  promote tourism.
The opening event will be held on Friday night in Duke's Corner in Brown Street and features the bonanza's star guest Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of the legendary "Father of the Blues" Muddy Waters.
On his first visit to Scotland, he is supported by harmonica player Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces.
"They're a wonderful band," Mud told The Courier, who said he hoped to catch some of the other acts over the weekend, "but I don't know if I'll catch all 120 of them," he joked.
Inevitably, the conversation turns to his famous dad, although it's Mud himself who introduces the subject of the great man.
Asked if he enjoyed life on the road he said, "I love touring and playing, keeping the blues alive and keeping on the legacy of my father."
Muddy Waters' first son was born in 1954 and given his mother's maiden name.
He was raised by his mother and often heard the nicknames of "Muddy, Muddy Jr." and "Little Muddy" — but eventually his current name Mud stuck.
It was hard for the young boy who rarely saw his famous father — however, Mud did keep in contact over the years and the old man was always there for him.
As a youth and young man, Mud kept a low profile. He was always involved with music on a personal level, but only recently has he stepped forward to embrace his musical gifts. Mud is now happy to honour his dad and his music.
"It doesn't bother me when people call me Muddy Waters' son, he's my dad and every child has a right to try to live up to their parents. Sometimes it can be a good thing — you know it's opened up a lot of doors for me — but sometimes other people just want to compare me to him and that can be disappointing.
"I just want to get my music over in my own way and it's an honour for me. I don't want people to compare me to him — I'm not Muddy Waters I'm his son, I've inherited certain genes from him and that's great."
Now in his mid-50s, Mud has been involved in music for over 40 years and he sees no sign of stopping soon.
"I hope to last as long as God allows me to continue to work," he said.
Blues diva
Another international star is Chicago blues woman Angela Brown, now based in Germany, who brings her up-tempo, blues/rock/Americana to Dundee for the first time.
Angela is certainly a blues diva — raucous, raunchy and rumbustious are just some of the words used to describe this great singer.
She's been to Scotland three or four times, but this is her first trip to the Dundee Blues Bonanza and she's looking forward immensely to it — and in particular, men in kilts
"I just love those things, I want to see some when I come over, there's nothing quite like the sight of hairy legs in kilts. I hadn't heard about the Dundee Blues Bonanza till they phoned me up, but I've looked it up online and it looks great.
"Hopefully I'll get out to see some of the other acts. I'm the kind of person who wants to get out and about and see everybody else, and the Dundee audience can look forward to all kinds of blues, it's up-tempo, and we'll have a little fun, I joke around.
"They might as well realise I'm not the type of person who sings to the wall, I sing to the people, and I don't totally believe in tears in the beers, it's all kinds of blues, a little jazz, rock, pop and Dixie. I grew up with the old folks in Chicago and I feel it's my duty to take the songs and put a lot of myself into them, use my style.
"We're going to have a lot of fun in Dundee."
Born in Chicago, Angela began her musical career by singing gospel music in church and performing with school choirs.
Although she was aware of the blues, she didn't devote herself to singing them until around 1980, when she played the role of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey in a stage musical.
Inspired by the music, she honed her craft in numerous Chicago blues clubs, often sharing the stage with the likes of Blind John Davis, Pinetop Perkins, B. B. King, Georgie Fame, Long John Baldry ... the list goes on.
Angela has been included in The Guinness Book, Who's Who of Blues and the new Virgin's Encyclopedia of the Blues, making her one of the few living legends in blues music today.
Blues workshop
Meanwhile a multitude of other blues artists from near and far will be providing some of the best vibes around over the weekend.
This year, with the co-operation of Dundee Contemporary Arts, the committee is following up on last year's successful Junior Blues Workshop. This event will take place on the top floor of the DCA between 11am and 3pm on Sunday.
A number of artists have already offered their services to this venture, including Lil' Jimmy Reed, Angela Brown and Bob Hall.
Instruments covered will be blues vocals, electric, acoustic and slide blues guitar, harmonica, blues and boogie piano, blues drumming and more.
The event will be followed up by a concert in the Jute Bar, where it's hoped to feature some of the young people involved.
The celebrations culminate in the Angela Brown Big Bonanza Party, hosted by the First Lady of Blues herself, which will be held in Déjà vu on Sunday night.
The Dundee Blues Bonanza official programme is on sale in Groucho's and all other registered sellers after high demand from the public.
More info can be found at

The fourth annual Blues for Food Fest will take place at Magnuson Park Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 4, 2010, from 12 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Blues for Food Fest is a celebration of food, music and community designed to raise money and awareness for the P-Patch Trust and the Washington Blues Society's musicians' relief fund. 
It is an all-ages event featuring live music by some of the finest blues bands in the Northwest, great BBQ from Pete's Wicked Rack BBQ, and a fabulous pie auction featuring luscious, seasonal homemade pies. There are children's gardening activities, too, and it's all in your own backyard! With free parking!
Hop on a bus, bike or boat (yes, you can walk or drive, too) and join us for one last summertime blast! This premier Labor Day end-of-summer event will celebrate the abundant harvest of Seattle's P-Patch food bank gardens. 
Seattle's P-Patch food bank gardens, community farms, and community fruit tree harvests donate more than 10 tons of fresh organic produce every year to local food banks, meals-on-wheels and other feeding programs, transitional housing, and shelters for women and children. Solid Ground/Lettuce Link volunteers will be at the Blues for Food Fest at the “Beet Hunger" booth to receive fresh organic vegetable donations. By promoting and sustaining blues artists, their passion for blues and their commitment to life, love and giving back to their communities, we hope to create a special relationship between musical networks and food networks. We believe that together we can reap a flavorful harvest.
The 2010 Blues for Food playbill:
12:00-1:00 Kim Archer
1:30-2:30 Red Hot Blues Sisters
3:00-4:00 Junkyard Jane
4:30-5:30 Randy Oxford Band
6:00-7:30 Patti Allen All Star Band
Advance Tickets ($15/$8 for youth under 12) are available at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets available at the door for slightly more( $20/$10 youth under 12). Proceeds benefit the P-Patch Trust and the Washington Blues Society's Musicians' Relief Fund.

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The electric blues was born in Chicago.  Elwood takes us there this week, with some of the greats who first plugged it in: Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James. … Elwood takes us back to where the musical electricity came from, before the music went electric: Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson…. And who is bringing the Chicago blues into the 21st Century? People like Nick Moss, Billy Branch, and Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials.  And two classic Chicago bluesmen have teamed up for JOINED AT THE HIP- Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.  Brand new!  Plus a chance for you to win COOKIN’ IN MOBILE, the new CD/DVD set from Robert Cray, recorded live.
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Over 500 festivals are listed on the website
Trasimeno Blues Festival
July 21-1, 2010

Trasimeno Lake, Italy
Festival Beauport en BLues
July 22-25, 2010

Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Redwood City PAL Arts & Blues Festival 2010
July 23-24, 2010

Redwood City, California, U.S.
19th Annual Pocono Blues Festival
July 23-25, 2010
Lake Harmony, PA, U.S.
Cape Fear Blues Festival
July 23-25, 2010

Wilmington, NC, U.S.
Pittsburgh Blues Festival
July 23-25, 2010

Benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food bank
Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.
Hartman Arena's First Annual Blues Brews & BBQ Indoor/Outdoor Festival
July 24, 2010

Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
18th Bowlful of Blues
July 24, 2010

Newton, Iowa, U.S.
Cognac Blues Festival
July 27-31, 2010
Cognac, France
Big Bend Blues Bash
July 29-31, 2010

Pomeroy, Ohio, U.S.
Boundary Waters Blues Festival
July 29-1, 2010

Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.
lloyds limited blues fest
July 30-31, 2010

penn yan, new york, U.S.
Mount Baker R&B Festival
July 30-1, 2010

Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
Tall City Blues Fest
July 30-1, 2010

Midland, TX, U.S.
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July 30-31, 2010

Prairie du Chien, WI, U.S.
Fargo Blues Festival
July 30-31, 2010

Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
July 30-31, 2010
Unterwellenborn / Könitz,
Thüringen, Germany
Sky High Blues Festival
July 31-1, 2010

Rock Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
July 31-1, 2010

Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival
Sunday -Sunday,
August 1-8, 2010

Port Townsend, Washington, U.S.
Kitchener Blues Festival
Thursday -Sunday,
August 5-8, 2010

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
The 23rd. International Notodden Blues Festival
Thursday -Sunday,
August 5-8, 2010

Notodden, Telemark, Norway
Calgary International Blues Festival
Thursday -Sunday,
August 5-8, 2010

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Cincy Blues Fest '10
Friday -Saturday,
August 6-7, 2010

Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Big Sky Blues Festival
August 6-8, 2010

Noxon, Montana, U.S.
Mammoth Fest of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Friday -Saturday,
August 6-8, 2010

Mammoth, California, U.S.
Riverfront Blues Festival
August 6-8, 2010

Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Flood City Music Festival
August 6-8, 2010

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
August 6-8, 2010

Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
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