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August 5, 2011 www.bluesfestivalguide.com Volume # 6  Issue # 30

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DELTA PAUL TUNKEL : : BLUESMEN
"Delta Paul Tunkel hails from Oklahoma City, OK.  Mostly self taught.  I have seen him perform 4 times now.  You just have to hear him and form your own opinion.  He is a professional street musician."
 
- Yvonne Varner
 
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CLASS AXE GUITARS CALABOGIE BLUES & RIBFEST ALLOWING RVS & POPUP TENTS AT FESTIVAL!
 
 
 
 
 
OTTAWA, Ont. (July 11, 2011) – It’s official, Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues & Ribfest is now Ontario’s only bluesfest to allow RVs and pop-up tents at their all weekend festival.  From August 12 to the 14th blues fans and ribbers can camp out and stay in the centre of the action all weekend.
 
Weekend tickets and weekend camping tickets are all available online at calabogieblues.com.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Blues in Schools and the Renfrew Health Services Village.
 
“This festival is just the beginning, it’s the first annual and we plan to be a part of summers in Calabogie for years to come.  We are proud to be able to stand out in the festival scene with our allowance of RVs and popup tents on site.  It’s going to be exciting!” said Ed Torres, C.E.O. of partner radio station, 101.9 DAWG FM.
 
The event will be complete with a beer garden, sponsored exclusively by Steamwhistle right by the main stage, a kids’ zone with face painting and rides, shopping, freebies and so much more.    
 
Lineup includes:  Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, Johnny Max Band, Al Tambay, Chris Antonik, Wild T and the Spirit, Guitar Explosion with Steve Strongman & Paul Deslauriers, Shameless Blues, Al Wood and the Woodsmen, Jesse Greene Band, MonkeyJunk, and headliner David Gogo!
 
 
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WWW.CALABOGIEBLUES.COM
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Ed Torres                     
101.9 DAWG FM              
613-730-1019                                   

CANDYE KANE'S PLAY OFF BROADWAY - SHE'S ON HER WAY!!!!!

FringeNYC: The Toughest Girl Alive!

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
(between Sullivan and Thompson Streets)
New York, NY  10012
Tel: (212) 505-3474
Visit Web Site
Map
$18.00 general.
$15 advance tickets available. Purchase tickets at www.FringeNYC.org or call (866) 468-7619.
 
Dates & Hours
Wed, Aug 17, 2011, 4:15 pm
Sat, Aug 20, 2011, 5 pm
Tues, Aug 23, 2011, 9:15 pm
Fri, Aug 26, 2011, 5:45 pm
Sat, Aug 27, 2011, 7:45 pm
 
Belting the Blues! The 99.9% true, stranger-than-fiction story of L.A gang member, unwed teen mom, plus-sized ex-pornstar, bi-sexual, multi-award winning blues phenomenon Candye Kane. Told in her own words and toe-tapping, roof raising music.
 
Produced by Javier Velasco and Candye Kane
Written by Javier Velasco, based on the writings of Candye Kane, music and lyrics by Candye Kane
Directed by Javier Velasco
 
The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will celebrate its 15th anniversary this summer. From August 12-28, the festival offers programming by 200 of the world's best emerging theater troupes and dance companies in 20 venues in Lower Manhattan. FringeNYC shows run 2 pm-midnight weekdays, and noon-midnight on weekends. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

BIG SKY BLUES FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP
The 2nd annual Big Sky Blues Festival is scheduled for August 6th and 7 th, 2011, and it has all of the makings to become another one of our annual major Blues Festivals in the Pacific NW region. Nestled in the mountains, on the Clark Fork River in Noxon, MT., just 2 hours N.E. of Spokane, this beautiful 60 acre site has unlimited parking, camping and RV space, as well as all of the outdoor and river related activities you could want at a summer festival.
 
 
Some of the regional bands scheduled for the 2nd annual Big Sky Blues Festival are, The Fat Tones, The Kenny James Miller Band, The Coyote Kings, The Nolan Garrett Trio, Big Mumbo Blues Band, The Mike Kelly Band, The Smokehouse Blues Band, RJ Knapp and the 21st Century Bluzmen, The Vaughn Jensen Band, The Randy Oxford Band and more. Pre purchase of tickets are $35 (on line  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/177940 or by phone, 1.800.838.3006; at the door, $40.
 
 
We invite you to join us August 6th and 7th at this very special location on earth. Sample this Blues Festival in its early years, as many of us did with established popular NW Blues festivals, when they were just getting started. You can look back 20 years from now and say "I attended and I even remember, the beginning of the Big Sky Blues Festival.”
 
 
Presented by BUZZ PRODUCTIONS.
www.BigSkyBluesFestival.Com and/or www.OxfordEntertainment.com

 
THE GAIA FESTIVAL ADDS NEW ARTISTS TO THE LINEUP!

THIS WEEK WITH BUDDY AND HOPKINS
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TAJ MAHAL HIGHLIGHT OF CENTRUM BLUES FEST
 
Taj Mahal performs in Port Townsend. -- Photo by Charlie Bermant/Peninsula Daily News
 
 
 
PORT TOWNSEND — Centrum’s yearly Acoustic Blues Festival, always a special event for aspiring and accomplished blues musicians, was kicked into another realm this year with a whirlwind visit from Taj Mahal, the veteran singer of the blues world.
 
Mahal, 69, played a sold-out show Wednesday night in McCurdy Pavilion, leading a trio through an overview of his 40-year recording and performing career.
 
While the festival always gets a high-class headliner, Mahal’s appearance was an extra treat made even more unusual with a one-hour “workshop” where he sat onstage in the 200-seat Wheeler Theater in front of a few hundred people and chatted about music, life and philosophy as if he were sitting on the back porch.
 
Also featured is Chicago piano player Erwin Helfer, West Virginia songwriter Nat Reese, and lap-slide player Pura Fe.
 
Tickets range from $18 to $33, with 18 and younger admitted free.
 
For tickets and information, phone 800-746-1982 or visit www.centrum.org.

 
THE GAIA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW ARTISTS ADDED TO THE LINEUP!!!
 
LAYTONVILLE, CA. - MUSICIANS added to this year’s already stellar lineup include the highly anticipated Open Door project from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie and Idan Raichel, the legendary R&B singer Aaron Neville, the hard-driving base-fueled funksters Galactic, deep funk and blues sound of The Funky Meters, the magnetic fusions of rock ‘n’ roll and West African sounds of Toubab Krewe, rocking blues and psychedelic tunes from John Trudell & Bad Dog, and DJ Shaman’s Dream – Craig Kohland.
 
 
MUSICIANS already announced include the soulful harmonies of The Mighty Diamonds, reggae icons The Wailers, funky danceable reggae grooves with Clan Dyken, one of the brightest new bands on the west coast festival scene Delhi 2 Dublin, the ultra-funky Orgone, Grammy nominated singer Sister Carol, Toubab Krewe’s fusion of rock 'n' roll and West African music, award winning Afrobeat ensemble Albino, the captivating sounds of Zili Misik, legendary Cuban-born singer and percussionist Bobi Cespedes, tight vocal harmonies of MaMuse, North Bay Bohemian pick for “best world bandDgiin, folk/blues singer Melissa Crabtree, musical adventurer DJ Dragonfly, plus Baraka Moon, Joanne Rand, north coast theatrical group Human Nature, and ancient soul arts drumming with the Sons & Daughter of Orpheus.
 
 
The Gaia Festival will include a series of connected villages and stages throughout the grounds featuring a wide array of workshops and presentations on sustainable living, social & environmental activism, alternative energy, green building technology, permaculture, healing arts, and world-class theater: Earth & Sky Stage – main stage in the central music meadow, Arlo Stage – proscenium stage nestled amongst ancient oaks, The Longhouse – riverside music and workshop stage, The Roundhouse – solar powered village, Medicine Wheel Lodge hosted by the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium – center stage in the medicine wheel village, plus a KidZone. There will also be plenty of great food & crafts provided by local non-profits and artisans featuring some of the north coast’s finest organic and sustainable products. U.S. Pure Water will be providing free drinking water, filtered on-site. Please bring a refillable container and break the plastic bottle habit. Help move The GAIA Festival towards our goal of zero-waste.
 
 
COMPLETE ARTIST LINEUP, SPEAKERS, & WORKSHOP SCHEDULES NOW POSTED. Visit www.TheGaiaFestival.com for all of the latest updates. Five stages, Four directions, Three days, Too much fun, One love!
 
Ticket Information: Single day tickets available. Festival Friends Package - 4 whole festival passes, including camping, $700 w/ no service fee. A $92 savings. CAMPING UPDATE: One-day ticket holders may buy an overnight camping ticket at the gate only. Overnight camping tickets will be sold for $10.00 per person/per night.. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.TheGaiaFestival.com

MARIA MULDAUR BRINGS BLUES TO BIG BEAR
Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band will perform at Blues for the Zoo. / Courtesy Photo
 
BIG BEAR LAKE, CA. - Maria Muldaur began her career at the end of what was a golden age of Americana.
 
Muldaur, who turns 68 next month, sang in jam sessions with blues pioneers that were being rediscovered, and revivalists like Paul Butterfield. She performed in a jug band with Lovin' Spoonful leader John Sebastian and bluegrass fiddler David Grisman while her friend, Bob Dylan, was playing that old-timey music in in Greenwich Village.
 
“I got to hear and hang out with people like Mississippi John Hurt and Muddy Waters, Bukka White, Skip James — all the early Delta blues artists,” Muldaur recalled in a recent phone interview with Desert Post Weekly. “They just seemed to be these mythical mystical characters singing to us from the beyond the mists of time.”
 
But Muldaur, best known for her 1974 pop hit, “Midnight at the Oasis,” says the blues and Americana scene is more vital now than ever.
 
She's co-headlining the Blues for the Zoo festival Saturday at Big Bear Lake with several young blues artists who now look to her as a pioneer.

BROTHER ACT STEELS UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE AT ERIE'S BLUES, JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Campbell Brothers -- from left, Phillip, Chuck and Darick -- will headline at the Blues & Jazz festival. CONTRIBUTED//ERIE TIMES-NEWS
 
By Dave Richards, Erie Times-News
ARTICLE LINK
 
Phil Campbell knows the power of the Campbell Brothers' sacred steel music, a stirring, joyful blend of righteous gospel and up-tempo blues played with rock-'n'-roll energy.
 
He's seen audiences continue dancing even when torrential rains hit. He's heard fellow artists, such as B.B. King, sing his band's praises. But perhaps the most visible proof arrived when the Campbell Brothers played a show in Africa.
 
"We were in Morocco, which is pretty much a Muslim country," Campbell said. "We're singing, 'What's His Name?' and the answer is 'Jesus.' We had the entire crowd singing that in a Muslim country. That was pretty astounding, that kind of reception."
 
To hear the Campbell Brothers is to become a believer. They bring church to the masses with fervent music that sweeps fans away. "I have every expectation of the Campbell Brothers blowing everybody completely out of the park," said John Vanco, the Blues & Jazz festival director.
 
Those new to the group may be puzzled at first.
 
"They're taken aback when they see the pedal steel or the lap steel guitars," Campbell said. "'They're thinking, 'What's this going to be, country or rockabilly? Where are they going with this?'
 
"When they hear gospel, they say, 'OK, it's gospel.' But the twist is, it still sounds like blues because of the roots. They're surprised, but the next reaction is, 'I feel really uplifted.' To us, that is our greatest reward."

CLASSIC BLUES VIDEO OF THE WEEK
August 5, 2011
 
 
Elizabeth Cotten grew up in North Carolina and taught herself to play her older brother's banjo and guitar by the time she was eight.
 
Cotten was able to save enough money to buy her own guitar at eleven years old but soon after began work as a maid and was married by fifteen.
 
Elizabeth didn't play for twenty five years before returning to music when working as a maid for the Seeger family as they inspired her to begin playing again.
 
Cotten became a part of the Blues revival of the 1960s and performed at all the major festivals, sharing the stage with Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker and others.
 
Her tune "Freight Train", which you'll hear today, has been covered by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Taj Mahal and many others.
 
 
 

JOHNNY WINTER PLAYS THE KIRCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL
 
CANADA: It’s a familiar problem for journalists who interview aging, road-weary rock giants and attempt to suss out whimsical anecdotes and cunning insights during 10 minute interviews with bad cell phone connections.
 
How do you get these guys, who have been interviewed to death, to say anything remotely quotable?
 
The answer, simply, is that you don’t.
 
But to say that Johnny Winter — acclaimed blues rock guitar hero who rose to fame during the Woodstock era and is a featured performer at this weekend’s TD Kitchener Blues Festival — is in any way difficult because he refuses to spill his guts would be unjust.
 
“I do most of my talking with my guitar,’’ laughs the genial Texas native, 67, whose tumultuous life has been well documented in the Winter-endorsed biography Raisin’ Cain. “I’ve never really talked a whole lot.’’
 
It’s fair to say that after 50 years in the spotlight, he’s not going to start now, though he’s not shy about addressing potentially sensitive subjects like:
 
   his romantic relationship with blues shouter Janis Joplin (“She wasn’t really happy . . . she drank an awful lot”)
 
   jamming with guitar God Jimi Hendrix (“he was very quiet . . . we didn’t really talk about much”)
 
   the then unprecedented $600,000 advance he received for his first album in ’69 (“I spent it on guitars and clothes”)
 
   his own addictions to heroin and booze (“I was in rehab for nine months.”)
 
“It’s not that easy being famous,’’ is the most he’ll concede during an interview noted for its succinctness and brevity.
 
The 11th annual Kitchener Blues Festival — The largest free blues festival in Canada — unfolds on stage across downtown Kitchener Thursday (Aug. 4) through Sunday.
 
In addition to Johnny Winter and brother Edgar — performing (separately) on Saturday (Aug. 6) — the festival will feature high profile blues legends Betty LaVette, John Mayall, Pat Travers, Jimmie Vaughan and dozens more.
 
Things kick off 7 p.m. Thursday at Victoria Park’s clock tower stage with the festival’s lone ticketed event, a concert by southern-fried blues-rocker Gregg Allman.
 
The outdoor festival is expected to draw 150,000 people over its four day run.
 
For a complete schedule, click on www.kitchenerbluesfestival.com

KING BISCUIT BLUES FEST CELEBRATES 26 YEARS

The music is the undeniable mainstay of the venerable event, but the festival could not have survived over a quarter century without one major factor – sponsors. The sponsors who support the King Biscuit Blues Festival are one of the primary reasons for the longevity of the festival, especially for the areas that are still completely free to the public.

 
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INTERNATIONAL RELEASE SET FOR “GRITTY” NEW DUKE ROBILLARD CD
One of the most versatile and accomplished guitarists playing today, Duke Robillard has always been fascinated by the roots of American popular music — and he’s tackled everything from blues to the classic American songbook to jazz guitar duets, rock-influenced trios, small and big band swing recordings.  
On September 20 Robillard released his 18th record On Stony Plain, the Edmonton-based roots music label.  Low Down and Tore Up is described as an affirmation of his grittier blues roots and early influences. 
The new CD is, once again, a tour de force — this time Robillard is taking hard-rockin’ songs from the forties and fifties, and refitting them with screaming tenor sax solos, gut-bucket vocals and guitar solos that shake the walls.
A powerful video for one of the songs, “What’s Wrong,” is now available on YouTube and is being distributed to television stations with arts or video programming:



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BUDDY GUY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE:
      
 
 
Buddy Guy turns 75 on July 30th.  Elwood offers a birthday tribute.  Mr. Guy talks with Elwood about his legendary life in the blues.  Buddy Guy also hips us to a young blues prodigy, Quinn Sullivan.  And there is a new soulful CD from Michael Grimm, the 2010 America’s Got Talent winner.  In the giveaway department, Demetria Taylor, daughter of Chicago legend, Eddie Taylor, has released her debut CD, Bad Girl.  Five winners will take away a copy.   And one lucky picker can win a unique custom-made Jorma Kaukonen Model Martin Acoustic Guitar.  Register to win here.
 
 
 
For a list of stations where you can find House of Blues Radio
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 House of Blues Streaming Audio Here
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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VISIT THE BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE WEBSITE FOR ALL THE FESTIVALS
Over 500 festivals are listed on the website www.BluesFestivalGuide.com
Calgary International Blues Festival
Monday-Sunday, August 1-7
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
link
Great Woods Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday, August 4-7
Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada
link
Kitchener Blues Festival
Thursday-Sunday, August 4-7
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
link
The 24th International Notodden Blues Festival
Thursday-Sunday, August 4-7
Notodden, Telemark, Norway
link
Backyard Blues Bash
Friday-Saturday, August 5-6 
Goldendale, Washington, U.S.
link
Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest
Friday-Saturday, August 5-6
Canal Winchester, OH, U.S.
link
Cork and Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, August 5-6
Buena Vista, Virginia, U.S.
link
Northern California Blues Festival
 
Friday-Saturday, August 5-6
Auburn, CA, U.S.
link
Willamette Valley Blues & Brews Festival
Friday-Saturday, August 5-6
Springfield, Oregon, U.S.
link
AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, August 5-7
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
link
Blue Wing Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 
Upper Lake, California, U.S.
link
16th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Friday-Sunday, August 5-7
Mammoth Lakes, California, U.S.
link
Riverfront Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, August 5-7
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
link
22nd Annual Yellow Pine Harmonica Contest & Festival
Friday-Sunday, August 5- 7
Yellow Pine, ID, U.S.
link
Barnful Of Blues
Saturday, August 6
New Boston, N.H, U.S.
link
Blues & Bikes in the Foothills
Saturday, August 6 
Loma Rica, CA, U.S.
link
7th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Saturday, August 6
Salmon, Idaho, U.S.
link
Blues For The Zoo
 
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Big Bear Lake, CA, U.S.
link
Bluesmore
Saturday, August 6
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
link
BlueStar Blues Festival
Saturday, August 6
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
link
Daisy Blues Festival
Saturday, August 6
Woodbine, Maryland, U.S.
link
DamBluesFest & Pub Crawl
Saturday, August 6
Damariscotta, Maine, U.S.
link
Lebanon Blues festival
Saturday, August 6
Lebanon, Ohio, U.S.
link
Stompin' on the Quomps
Saturday, August 6
Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom
link
Big Sky Blues Festival
 
Saturday-Sunday, August 6-7
Noxon, Montana, U.S.
link
Donnacona Blues Festival
Tuesday-Sunday, August 9-14
Donnacona, Canada
link
Magic City Blues
Thursday-Sunday, August 11-14
Billings, Montana, U.S.
link
The Cowpie Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, August 12-13
Alaska, Michigan, U.S. 
link
Navasota Blues Fest
Friday-Saturday, August 12-13
Navasota, Texas, U.S.
link
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