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March 18, 2011 www.bluesfestivalguide.com Volume # 6  Issue # 10

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AL BASILE : : THE GOODS
With his eighth solo CD The Goods, which finds him again working with close musical compatriot Duke Robillard and new collaborators the Grammy winning Blind Boys of Alabama, Al continues to tell his unique stories in song, blues-roots style. Al has fused his songwriting, cornet, and vocal talents together seamlessly, and his 2010 nomination for a Blues Music Award as best horn player shows that the lofty reputation he has earned among his musical peers is continuing to spread to the wider world.
 
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NOTHING TO PROOVE : : THE STORY OF MAC ARNOLD'S RETURN TO THE BLUES
This two-part DVD tells the story of South Carolina farmer and bluesman, Mac Arnold, and his unexpected return to the Blues. Over 40 years ago, Mac joined the Muddy Waters unaware of the lasting impression his presence would make in music history and his future. This opportunity led to him playing with legends John Lee Hooker, Tyrone Davis, Otis Spann and others. The first disc is a portrait of his legacy; the second shows him as he is now, with a younger band playing clubs and festivals and also being reunited with many of the other sidemen from his Muddy Waters days. Bass in hand, Mac Arnold helped pave the way for many of the Blues successful artists of the day.
 
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COUSIN HARLEY : : IT'S A SIN
You'd never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body. Blessed with a jazz man's sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo's soul, there aren't many genres of music that don't pull at Pigat's wayfaring imagination like a magnet.
 
One could be forgiven for thinking that up until now Paul Pigat has spent his whole career flying under the radar. Like all those great old Stax records where Steve Cropper stood behind Otis Redding and played his heart out before anyone knew who he was, Pigat has been creating sweet sounds for some of the best artists in the country without getting the attention you'd expect. Still, you'd have to have been hiding under a pretty big rock to have never heard the immediately recognizable sound of his distinctive guitar playing as over the last several years this unassuming Vancouver native has quietly compiled a list of credits that would be the envy of anyone in the music business.
 
With "It's a Sin" , expect a sizzling mix of rock 'n roll, vintage country, swing, bebop and blues that only Cousin Harley can deliver.
 
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Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
 
  
 
 
 
The 22nd annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley, CA has announced an impressive lineup of performers for the two day event which runs Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
 
The Blues stage features the 6th Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue.  Saturday’s performers include Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos, Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues, Arthur Adams, Ana Popovic, the Mannish Boys Review with Tracy Nelson, John Nemeth and the 44s.  Sunday’s lineup features Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Cadillac Zack with special guests, the Mitch Kashmar Band, the Kirk Fletcher Band, Big Pete with a tribute to Lester Butler and Shawn Pittman.
 
The second stage features Cajun & Zydeco music with Buckwheat Zydeco, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Lil Pookie & The Zydeco Sensations, Bayou Brothers and Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters.  All Cajun-Zydeco performers will be appearing both days.
 
In addition to two stages, each with dance floors, there is a huge kids area with their own stage featuring a variety of talented kid friendly acts.  And there are jumpers and crafts just for the kids.
 
 
Included at the festival are a variety of food choices from authentic Cajun and Creole dishes like crawfish and alligator to traditional barbecue and hot dogs. And each day there is a New Orleans style parade with bands, stilt walkers and audience participation.
 
Tickets are $ 18 for adults ages 13 and up, $ 15 for kids ages 5 through 12.  Kids under 5 are free.  Tickets may be purchased at the event or on-line.  For more information and ticket purchases, visit the website at www.cajun-blues.com.
 
The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival is produced by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise and all proceeds go to charity.
 

BLUES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT CONTINUES AT CAMPUS MARIUS MUSEUM
Don’t Forget to See Hubert, “Pinetop” and Koko
 
A photography exhibit that includes images of famous Blues music icons is on display at a local museum during “festival week” in Marietta. 
 
Images of Blues music greats such as Hubert Sumlin, “Pinetop” Perkins, Koko Taylor and others are part of “21st Century Blues,” a rare photography exhibit going on this week at The Campus Marius Museum on 2nd Street in downtown Marietta.    The photography is the work of Pittsburgh residents Dusty and val Scott who operate Dusty Blues Photography, one of the leading entertainment and event photography studios in the country.  The unprecedented exhibit of art at the history museum is sponsored by The Blues, jazz & Folk Music Society as a fundraiser for the museum.
 
The exhibit of blues photography at the museum during February and March was the idea and project of Steve Wells, VP of the BJFMS.  “It gives out-of-town visitors who come to Marietta for our competition and festival something else to do while in town, it gives people a chance to see Dusty and Val’s photography work, and hopefully will raise some extra money for the Marietta museums, who now depend on all of us for the money to stay open,” said Wells.   “We plan to work with the museums every chance we get to help them and give back to the community.”
 
Prints are FOR SALE, with part of the purchase price going to support the museum.  Dusty and Val will be at The Campus Martius Museum on festival Saturday morning (March 19, 2011)from 10am-12noon to sign prints  purchased.
 
Dusty and Val’s DustyBlues photography is among the top entertainment and event studios in the country,” continued Wells.  “Their images are used by the world’s top music publications and The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, TN. “You’ll also find their photos on CD covers and music festival posters all over the world,” he said.
 
“It’s just one more way for people to come out and support our     `museums,” Wells declared.  “They need to stay open as a resource for the whole community, but especially for the kids.”
 
“What a great way to spend Saturday morning before the festival,” concluded Wells. 
 
The “21st Century Blues” exhibit will remain on display and prints will be available for purchase during regular normal hours at The Campus Marius Museum through April 3, 2011.
 
The 20th Annual River City Blues Festival will take place Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta.  Known nationally as “One of The Best Little Blues Festivals in the Country,” The River City Blues Festival brings music fans from all over the country to town for Marietta’s biggest music weekend.
 
The festival at a glance:
 
March 18-19, 2011  Lafayette Hotel,  Marietta, Ohio
 
Friday, March 18, 2011
 
8PM – Sonny Moorman Group
Guitar-driven contemporary Blues from Cincinnati –Top-10 Finalist at 2010 IBC – Local Favorite
10pm - Miss EC Scott - California
West Coast R&B and Soul-Infected Contemporary Blues
 
Saturday, March 19, 2011 (Matinee)
 
1230PM – BITS Band/”High Schools That Rock”
1PM-   Veronica Jackson – Atlanta, GA
Solo Acoustic Folk Blues in Piedmont Tradition
230PM - Little Joe McClerran - Oklahoma
Early Blues, Jazz & Ragtime with acoustic guitars and Electric Bass.
IBC solo/duo winner   (www.littlejoeblues.com)
 
 
4PM – Davina & The Vagabonds –
Swing Blues, Roots and Jazz with Keyboards, standup bass and horns – lots of fun and NO guitars from Minneapolis/St. Paul (www.davinaandthevagabonds.com)
Saturday, March 19th,2011
(Saturday NIGHT)
 
8PM – Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone – 5pc
Good Time Blues and Zydeco 5pc from New Orleans
10PM – Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings
7 piece Party Blues band from Baltimore. (www.bigdaddystallings.com)

 
TOURING NEWS
LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- The 2011 edition of the Experience Hendrix concert tour, presented by Fender guitars, launches in May with musical greats paying homage to Jimi Hendrix.
 
This year's tour will include performances by Billy Cox, Steve Vai, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas [Los Lobos], Keb’ Mo, Eric Johnson, North Mississippi All Stars, Brad Whitford [Aerosmith], Living Colour, Ernie Isley, Chris Layton [Stevie Ray Vaughn & double Trouble], Indigenous and additional special guests to be announced.
 
Experience Hendrix bassist Billy Cox -- who first befriended Hendrix in the 101st Airborne Division of U.S. Army, played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys and performed with Hendrix at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight -- said,"It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the 1960s."
 
Tour Dates:
5/20 - Las Vegas, NV - Hilton Theatre, Las Vegas Hilton
5/22 - Dana Point, CA - Doheny Blues Festival 
5/23 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center
5/24 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheatre, Casino del Sol
5/26 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center
5/27 - Reno, NV - Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
5/28 - Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Blues Festival
5/29 - Avila Beach, CA  - Avila Beach Blues Festival
 

GUITAR MEN
March 14th 2011
 
I am a guitar freak. More correctly, I have grown much older to become an unrepentant guitar buff. Both acoustic and electric guitar! I remember the bruised near-bleeding fingertips of my left hand after self-imposed agonising hours of trying to master complex acoustic guitar chords. My friend, the late Peter Thomas, first African/Black boy to be Head Boy of a British Public School, and I, had this notion in the sixties that the hard way (without a capo) and lots of practice could make us good amateur guitar players in the mould of the country blues guitar masters we admired so much. Why not? After all, the star guitarists of the world- famous white pop groups of the sixties - the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals, Who, Cream (Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton et al) had literarily copied the inspirational country blues roots of the modern electric Chicago Blues music on which their repertoire and fame were anchored! 
 
‘Blues Legend says Robert Johnson traded his soul with the devil in return for musical talent'
 
Musical instrument history reveals that the modern acoustic guitar came out of the African lute. It's no surprise that the Spanish, across the Mediterranean from Africa, eventually became masters of the flamenco classical-guitar genre. It is however, the then Negro in the Mississippi Delta of America, who completely revolutionised the sound of the guitar; stretching the sound texture of the instrument, both six-string and twelve-string, beyond conventional imagination. It was out of this Negro/African-American musical inventiveness on the guitar; created within the ‘new' musical genre of Country/Delta Blues as from the twenties that the now popular genres of music - Electric (Chicago) Blues, Rock n' Roll and ‘Soul' Jazz (all guitar-driven) - emerged.

CIGAR BOX GUITAR REVOLUTION: 'IT'S LIKE FOLK MUSIC TURNED INSIDE OUT'
March 11th 2011
 
A quarter-century ago, when cigar-box guitar enthusiast Pat MacDonald was half of the Austin, Texas, alternative pop-rock duo Timbuk3, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist’s moment in the pop spotlight came with the group’s breezy, wisecracking hit single “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.”
 
 
Now relocated to Wisconsin and rendering his name now as pat mAcdonald, the musician’s recent past, present and foreseeable musical future no longer revolves around a pair of Ray Bans, but around his beloved Lowebow cigar box guitar.
 
For mAcdonald and many others in the growing community of cigar box guitar players, makers and  listeners -- including the high-profile likes of Johnny Depp, Steve Miller, Jack White, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme -- this throwback to primal instruments akin to those once played by blues musicians in poor rural communities offers an irresistible sense of liberation. 
 
Guitar Center King of the Blues 2010 Finalist

 
 
SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT IN AUSTIN EXPLORES ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC
March 11th 2011
 
From blues to hip-hop, it's time for a history lesson when it comes to America's music. The Smithsonian Institution has got it covered.
 
The latest traveling Museum on Main Street exhibit is stopping by the Austin Public Library: "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music." In a partnership with the Mower County Historical Society and the Minnesota Humanities Center, the free exhibit kicks off this Saturday and runs through April 23, open during the library's regular business hours.
 
"It's always really exciting to get something that's been designed by the Smithsonian," Austin Public Library Director Ann Hokanson said. "They did a very good job of taking what could be just a huge subject and bringing it down to a scale that works in a small display."

AUCTION CEO SINGS THE BLUES FOR A GOOD CAUSE
 
March 11, 2011
 
In automotive circles, Steve Simon probably is best known as CEO of American Auto Auction Group, a Charleston, S.C., auction company with operations in Moncks Corner, S.C.; Jackson, Miss., and Carrollton, Texas.
 
On April 17, he ships out to Afghanistan to put on a blues concert for U.S. troops in the war zone.  Simon has been producing the Bluzapalooza concert tour to entertain members of the U.S. military for five years.  He says he has been a blues singer, musician and concert promoter for many years.
 
Though the concert is all about the music and having fun, some venues are dangerous. Simon says the tour often includes traveling by Black Hawk helicopter and wearing bulletproof vests. He says he came under rocket attack while performing in Iraq. At bases that don't have electricity, troops will be treated to "unplugged" concerts.
 
So why does he do it? It's simple, he says: "Their average age is 19 to 24 and most had never left home. We will be giving them a show that they will never forget and that will remind them of how much they are loved and prayed for by all of us."

 
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
2011 Blues Music Awards Nominees v.1.2
by Aigars Lapsa
 

 
OLD BLUES EYE: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S PERSPECTIVE
March 18TH 2011
 
The continuing saga of the quest to ask the perfect question of those who view the Blues as we hear the magic.  As we look at a magnanimous photo we think of the artist/s who are photographed.  I'm asking questions of the photographers who follow our beloved musical stream.
 
This week - Adrian Mendoza Photography from Modesto, Ca.
 
Q:   With so many concerts going on at any given time, how do you choose which ones to attend for maximum exposure for your photography?
 
A:   Most of my music photographs are result of a multi-year project I've been doing documenting 11th Street in Modesto, CA. There are several street festivals there throughout the year, including the Fat Tuesday where this photo was taken. In addition to the street festivals, music venues such as the Gallo Center for the Arts, Barkin' Dog Grill and Fat Cat Music House and Lounge provide a very wide variety of musical choices, including blues, jazz, rock, folk, classical, pop and soul/R&B.
 
Chris Cain at Tresetti's Fat Tuesday on 11th Street, Modesto 

ONTARIO EMBRACES PERFORMANCE INDUSTRY
March 8, 2011
 
OTTAWA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- The Major International Festivals and Events Network (MIFEN) has recognized the Ontario government’s commitment to the festivals and events industry. The honor was announced by the Minister Chan, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
 
MIFEN was founded in 2009 and is comprised of the top festivals and events in Ontario. These festivals and events are responsible for driving over $200 million in economic impact to the province each year. Members include the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, Rogers Cup, Oktoberfest, the Stratford Festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Caribana, and Sarnia Bayfest among others.
 
“Tourism is a billion dollar business that supports over three hundred thousand jobs. Festivals and events play a key role in attracting visitors, supporting jobs, and generating economic activity while enhancing our quality of life in communities across Ontario," says Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture.
 
Over the past four years, the commitment from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism has risen to $20 million annually.
 
“This investment in our industry will keep us on a competitive playing field and allow us to continue to attract tens-of-thousands of tourists to Ontario,” concluded chair, MIFEN group, and Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan, according to the press release. 

BRICK CITY BLUES FESTIVAL
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COCO MONTOYA: CHATSWORTHS' BLUESMAN
                         
             He's a local music legend, and he happily calls Chatsworth home.
 
March 11th 2011
 
Coco Montoya calls Chatsworth "a great little town... it reminds me of an older time." The blues guitarist and former drummer has traveled the globe, but is glad to have an address in Chatsworth for more than 8 years. "I moved here from Woodland Hills, which has become too busy. I like this part of the Valley."
 
Touring as he does, everywhere from Japan, Australia, all over Europe and around the United States, Coco is looking forward to some local dates. "I will be playing at the Simi Valley Blues Festival on Saturday April 30, with my band.  I'll be bringing a couple of new things to the show, opening up with a few new songs."
 
No stranger to this event, it will be the bluesman's third appearance at the 6th Annual  2011 Simi Valley Blues Festival at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The charity event benefits Kiwanis Club community projects and the American Diabetes Association.  "Michael John, the director of the festival, pretty much talked me into it, which was really cool." Turns out Coco and Michael grew up together. "His brother Chucky Lee and I grew up in Mar Vista, and Michael and I got close."

HOUSE OF BLUES AT SHOWBOAT MOVES UP 'POLLSTAR' RANKINGS FOR 4TH STRAIGHT YEAR
March 9th, 2011
 
Since it emerged on the Atlantic City nightlife scene, the House of Blues at Showboat has been one of the East Coast’s premier live-music venues, boasting impressive worldwide ticket sales.
 
Buddy Guy
 
Part of the Caesars Entertainment chain, HOB at Showboat has played host to some of biggest names in the music industry, cracking Pollstar Magazine’s Top 100 worldwide venue list in 2007, moving up to No. 38 worldwide in 2008, and landing at No. 20 in 2010 with over 90,000 tickets sold. Additionally, the HOB at Showboat is the No. 1 most successful venue in the House of Blues portfolio, which includes 13 properties nationwide.
 
“We are very proud to be making our way up the Top 100 rankings and are eager to continue offering the hottest music acts at the House of Blues at Showboat,” said Joe Domenico, senior vice president and general manager for Showboat and Bally’s Atlantic City, in a media release. “Atlantic City has become one of the country’s top entertainment destinations, and the House of Blues is excited to keep the momentum going in 2011.”

HUEY LEWIS ON HOW FAME CAN DESTROY ART
March 9, 2011
 
Huey Lewis' songs were at the top of the charts when one evening he found himself at a party with jazz great Stan Getz.  Lewis approached him and asked if he would like to collaborate. Getz said yes.  "On the ride home, my dad said, 'If you don't take Stan Getz up on that I will never talk to you again.'"
 
As a fellow music lover, I was heartsick for Lewis when he told me how hard he worked on his project with Getz. The result was the 1988 Huey Lewis and the News album, "Small World." The album peaked at No. 11 and "only" went platinum. (That means it sold over one million copies.)
 
 
Rolling Stone magazine said it was the worst album made that year.
"The irony is that, artistically, it is really one of the best things we've ever done. That was when I realized that you can grow in this business, but only to a point."  To say that it stung Lewis is an understatement. 
 
In another interview, fellow musician Bruce Hornsby told me that his pal Lewis is quite a skilled blues performer, so much so that Hornsby offered publicly, on the record, to help Lewis record a blues album.
 
On tour, he promotes blues artists, like Paul Thorn. But he hasn't taken Hornsby up on his offer yet. Could it be that Lewis is worried that the world won't accept such a performance from him? "We got hurt by the MTV phenomenon," Lewis said. "We were seen and continue to be seen in many circles as a pop band."


RUF RECORDS SIGNS BLUES GUITARIST LIGHTNIN’ MALCOLM AND WILL RELEASE HIS LABEL DEBUT CD, RENEGADE, ON APRIL 12
                                  
 
 
ATLANTA , GA – Ruf Records announces the signing of blues guitarist Lightnin’ Malcolm and the April 12 U.S. release date for his label debut CD, Renegade. Ruf Records is distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation. Malcolm will celebrate the release of Renegade with shows on April 16 and 17 at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale , Mississippi , the iconic blues city where the new album was recorded.
 
Renegade also marks Lightnin’ Malcolm’s debut solo release. Since 2006, Malcolm has performed with Cedric Burnside, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums and touring all over the world. Together, Malcolm and Burnside crafted a sound reminiscent of such minimalist rock duos as The Black Keys or The White Stripes, while still retaining a sound uniquely their own that was both contemporary and traditional.
 
Renegade is high energy, north Mississippi “hill country” blues fused with modern elements of funk, reggae, soul and rock. It features 13 new original songs, all written and produced by Lightnin’ Malcolm. The new album is a guitar and drums duo recording, and joining Malcolm on drums is Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of blues legend Junior Kimbrough. Cameron’s creative energy, versatile playing, combined with his natural family talent, creates a perfect fit for Malcolm’s hypnotic grooves. Renegade also features a horn section on a few tracks comprised of Jim Spake, David McKnight and Nahshon Benford. Malcolm befriended the horn section while on tour with Lucero. “I’ve always wanted to work with horns on my own music,” says Malcolm. “The horn section brings a whole new swag to the hill country sound.”
 
Atlanta-based vocalist Nadirah Shakoor (Jimmy Buffet) guests on backing vocals on the track, “Precious Jewel;” and Birmingham-based rapper J Grubbz does his thing on the song titled “ North Mississippi .”
 
“The songs on this album are definitely the result of years livin’ the renegade lifestyle,” says Malcolm. “The renegade cuts against the grain, doin’ things his own way and on his own terms. You are what you’ve done and the legacy you leave behind is the life you live everyday. It’s all about the music and the only way to play is to live it. Many of these songs fuse the blues I learned from my Elders with new ideas and sounds that are around us. To me, the blues is the root of everything, the rhythm and true stories of life. I’m writin’, playin’ and singin’ as close to the root element as I can; and when you put this electricity into it, it comes out modern.”
 
Lightnin’ Malcolm began his journey playing the blues in his native rural southeast Missouri , but it wasn’t until he settled in north Mississippi that he had a musical epiphany and was drawn to the hill country blues first made famous by Fred McDowell and later R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill. He also became a well-known session musician, playing with Hubert Sumlin, Jason Ricci  and Prince, among others. He recently finished touring as a member of the “Blues at the Crossroads Tour” saluting the centennial of Robert Johnson's birth.
 
Lightnin’ Malcolm is managed by ROCKMAN Management (704.343.0977 / www.rockmanmgmt.com) and booked by Intrepid Artists International  (704.358.4777. / www.intrepidartists.com).  For more information on the artist, visit  www.rufrecords.de

 


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BLUES SOCIETY TO OFFER MARKETING WORKSHOP
March 11, 2011
 
                 
 
The Cincy Blues Society has given a lot to local and regional Blues fans with its annual festivals and other musical events. And the organization has given back to the community with its Blues in the Schools program. But what about the people who actually play the Blues? Adding to opportunities like the annual Band Challenge, this April, the Blues Society is offering a direct line of assistance to performers in the area with a workshop focused on better self-marketing and promotion.
 
The “Your Band’s Marketing Sucks” workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. (with a “meet-and-greet happy hour” afterwards at 7 p.m.) at Know Theatre (1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine).
 
A panel of experts will be on hand for the workshop (including experienced PR and marketing people and Blues Society staff and member musicians) and topics covered include everything from putting together effective press kits and Web sites to merchandise, branding and getting the most out of social media. Participants will be given materials to take home relating to the subjects covered in the workshop, including templates for press kits and press releases.


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JIMMY VAUGHAN TURNS 60:
    
 
Jimmie Vaughan turns 60 this week. Elwood heads to Texas to celebrate: Texas blues old and new, with Jimmie, brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, T. Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, and up and comers Tyler Bryant, Seth Walker, and Johnny Moeller. This week’s blues breaker is juke joint funk from Colorado bluesman, John-Alex Mason. And on the website, a chance for you to win Stone Rollin', the latest CD from smooth soul man Raphael Saadiq.
 
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2011 Texas Bluesfest-Corpus Christi
Sunday, March 20
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
www.TexasBluesfest.com
International "Blues & Arts Fiesta"
Saturday, March 26
San Felipe, Baja Norte, U.S.
www.bluesandarts.com
Giving Hunger The Blues
Sunday, March 27 
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
www.givinghungertheblues.org
Parker Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27
Parker, Arizona, U.S.
www.outbackbluesband.com
Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10
Moulton, Alabama, U.S.
Festival Link
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Friday-Sunday, April 15-17
Lake Wales, Florida, U.S.
www.triplecanopyranch.com
Juke Joint Festival & Related Events
Friday-Sunday, April 15-17
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
www.jukejointfestival.com
Sea & Sand Festival
Saturday, April 16 
Folly Beach, SC, U.S.
www.follybeachseaandsand.com
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I
Sunday, April 17
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
www.cathead.biz/livemusic.html
Nudes, Blues and BBQ
Friday-Sunday, April 15-17
LUTZ, FL, U.S.
nudesbluesandbbq.vpweb.com
Bob Sykes Bbq and Blues Festival
Saturday, April 30
Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.
www.bobsykes.com
Michael John's 2011 Simi Valley Blues Festival
Saturday, April 30
Simi Valley, California, U.S.
www.simiblues.org
10th Annual Gator by the Bay
Friday-Sunday, May 6-8, 2010
San Diego, CA, U.S.
www.gatorbythebay.com
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