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October 28, 2011 www.bluesfestivalguide.com Volume # 6  Issue # 43

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Julius Pittman & The Revival : : Live Tonight
This horn driven band delivers smokin' southern soul music for the 21st century.
 
Julius Pittman & The Revival features keyboardist/vocalist Julius Pittman, guitarists Randy Moss and Velpo Robertson, bassist Audie Stanley, drummer Chris McIntyre, tenor sax player John Stanley,tenor/baritone sax player Howard Smith and trumpeter/flugelhorn Dave Triplett. Julius and the band mix smoking originals with timeless classics to keep the crowd engaged and dancers on the floor. From uptown, horn propelled blues to funky downtown soul, mercy, mercy it don't get no betta!
 

Big Pete : : Choice Cuts
Big Pete's informal introduction to the U.S. market materialized in March 2010 with his appearance on The Mannish Boys' 5th anniversary release "Shake For Me."
 
Pete closed out the album in style paying tribute to his hero Lester Butler on the storming New Orleans romp "Way Down South".
 
Now Holland's best kept secret makes his official American solo album debut with an incredible all-star recording lineup featuring Kim Wilson, Paul Oscher, Al Blake, Johnny Dyer, Alex Schultz, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos, Rusty Zinn, Shawn Pittman, John Marx, Mojo Mark, Rob Rio, Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott.
 
"Choice Cuts" is guaranteed to be an instant classic not to be missed by anyone who considers themselves a true blues lover!
 


KENNY NEAL TO HEADLINE GAINESVILLE FLORIDA DOWNTOWN BLUES CONCERT
The North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS) is pleased to announce that Blues Award winner Kenny Neal will headline the Downtown Blues Concert in Gainesville, Florida on Friday, November 11.
Also on the bill will be Little Mike and the Tornadoes and Gainesville favorites Root Redemption.  Two members of Root Redemption, singer/guitarist Alan Yeatter and harmonica player Gus Olmos, will represent the region at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category.
The Downtown Blues Concert is a free show held annually at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza
(111 E. University Avenue) in downtown Gainesville to kick off the Downtown Festival and Art Show.
Louisiana native Kenny Neal has won two Blues Music Awards and was nominated for a Grammy, and is known for his soulful singing and excellent guitar and harmonica playing.  Little Mike and the Tornadoes have been called this generation’s closest thing to the original Chess Records sound. Little Mike has played with such blues heavyweights as Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, and Big Walter Jacobs.
The concert’s schedule will be:
7:00 – Root Redemption
8:00 – Little Mike and the Tornadoes
9:00 – Kenny Neal
 
The NCFBS is a not-for-profit organization organized to preserve, cultivate, nurture and promote the blues in the Gainesville area, and is funded in part by the Alachua County Tourist Development Tax.
 
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TERRY EVANS: ANTHOLOGY
His musical journey began in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, where he was born. He was in the church choir as a young person and used to sing tenor, baritone and bass. He jokes that he wasn't allowed to sing the "rough stuff" like rock and roll in those days and that he was only allowed to sing gospel. He'd have to "slip away" to sing secular songs.
 
In the sixties, Terry worked with an a cappella group called The Knights, touring throughout the South in clubs and juke joints. From there Terry was lured to the west coast where he first picked up the guitar, started writing music and soon became a prolific songwriter. Pops Staples as well as the late, great Louis Jordan (among others) have recorded his songs.
 
Long before Terry made his first recording fronting his own band, music fans were probably well acquainted with his amazing voice. For years, the soulful singer was one of Los Angeles' foremost session vocalists, receiving a gold record for his work on John Fogarty's "Eye of the Zombie" and recording with Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Pops Staples, and many other well respected artists.  Most recently Terry can be heard on Eric Clapton’s CD, “Clapton,” and Ry Cooder’s album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.”
 
In addition to his work with other artists, Terry recorded two albums with Bobby King, as well as ten of his own. Terry is one of the most dynamic soul and blues singers performing today, writing and singing about all aspects of human emotion, and creating a connection with his audience in the process.
 
Terry tours the U.S. and Europe music festivals regularly, with plenty of club dates in between.  Visit www.terryevansmusic.com for his latest itinerary.
 
Terry’s latest CD, “Anthology” is now available online or as a download at cdbaby.com/cd/terryevans.
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MUSICIANS BAND TOGETHER TO HELP ONE OF THEIR OWN
Helping out: A benefit concert will be held Oct. 30 at Turquoise Valley in Naco for Frank and Cindy Bloise. (Photo courtesy Train Wreck.)
 
SAN PEDRO VALLEY, AZ. - Several local bands are coming together in support of Frank Bloise, drummer of the popular blues band, Train Wreck out of Bisbee.
 
On July 10, Bloise was hospitalized at University Medical Center with acute renal failure and was later diagnosed with bladder cancer. He underwent major surgery, was hospitalized for more than three weeks and has been going through a number of follow-up tests, scans and treatments since his hospitalization.
 
Through his entire career as a musician, Bloise has been self-employed and does not have health insurance.
 
On Oct. 30, five bands will be holding a five-hour benefit concert at Turquoise Valley Golf and RV Resort, 1794 W. Newell St. in Naco, Ariz, to help with the astronomical medical bills that Bloise has incurred. The groups are: Train Wreck; Partners with Bonnie Starr and Ted Bax; Dan Simonis and the West Texas Millionaires; Thunder Mountain Band; and RockUs, a classic rock group.
 
"I've been playing in this area since 1977 and I know most of the musicians around here through my work," Bloise said. "I've made a lot of really good friends through the different bands and now they're coming together for me. I deeply appreciate what everyone is doing to help."
 
Members of all five bands have nothing but words of praise and support for Bloise, as both a personal friend and a professional. Dan Simonis of the West Texas Millionaires had this to say about his friend: "Frank Bloise is the best guy to have sitting on the drums when you are performing. His playing is so steady and tasteful that I almost don't notice he's there. In other words, he always plays the right thing in the right spot. Truly one of the best and nicest guys I've ever known. I really hope everyone can come out for this benefit. The guy deserves it."
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THE 15TH ANNUAL MAPLE BLUES AWARDS NOMINEES
(October 27, 2011) Toronto, ON - The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 15th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists from across the country on January 16, 2012.
 
The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene. 
 
Leading the nominations is last year’s big winner, Ottawa's MonkeyJunk, with seven nominations, followed by Toronto’s Suzie Vinnick, who originally hails from Saskatoon, and Fathead each with four. Harry Manx & Kevin Breit also have four nominations. Hamilton’s Rita Chiarelli, who won the Blues With a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, has three nominations, as does Harrison Kennedy, another Hamilton native.
 
British Columbia blues artists are well represented with three nominations each for Jim Byrnes and Bill Johnson. New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen also has three nominations. Nominees for the Blues Booster of the Year Award will be announced at a later date. 
 
Hosted by internationally recognized blues performers Treasa Levasseur and Shakura S’Aida, The 2012 Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 16th, 2012.
 
Voting opens Friday, October 28 at midnight ADT & closes Saturday, December 10 at midnight PST. Blues fans can cast their votes online at  www.mapleblues.ca
 
The Toronto Blues Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. 
 
The 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees: 
 
Entertainer Of The Year
 
Jim Byrnes 
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne 
Matt Andersen 
MonkeyJunk 
Shakura S'Aida 
 
Electric Act Of The Year
 
Bill Johnson 
David Gogo 
Keith Hallett & Garrett Mason 
MonkeyJunk 
Rita Chiarelli
 
 
Acoustic Act Of The Year
 
Harrison Kennedy 
Harry Manx 
Matt Andersen 
Suzie Vinnick 
Tim Williams
 
 Male Vocalist Of The Year
 
Harrison Kennedy 
Jim Byrnes 
John Mays (Fathead) 
Matt Andersen 
Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)
 
Female Vocalist Of The Year
 
Rita Chiarelli 
Robin Bank$ 
Shakura S'Aida 
Suzie Vinnick 
Treasa Levasseur 
 
New Artist Or Group Of The Year
 
The 24th Street Wailers 
Douglas Watson R&B Revue 
Kat Danser 
Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce 
Tim Vaughn
 
Recording Of The Year
 
1. Me 'n' Mabel (SV) 
Suzie Vinnick 
Producer - Danny Greenspoon 
 
2. Music From The Big House (Mad Iris) 
Rita Chiarelli 
Producer - Rita Chiarelli
 
3. Still Blue (BJ) 
Bill Johnson 
Producers - Jody Baker & Bill Johnson
 
4. Strictly Whatever (Stony Plain) 
Harry Manx & Kevin Breit 
Producers - Harry Manx & Kevin Breit 
 
5. To Behold (Stony Plain) 
MonkeyJunk 
Producer - Steve Marriner & Ken Friesen 
 
Blues With A Feeling Award 
(Lifetime Achievement) 
 
Alec Fraser 
Danny Brooks 
Ellen McIlwaine 
Joe Murphy
 Ken Whiteley 
Michael Fonfara 
Paul James 
Stephen Barry 
Tom Lavin
 
B.B. King International Artist Of The Year
 
Bettye LaVette 
Duke Robillard 
Greg Allman 
JJ Grey & Mofro 
Tedeschi Trucks Band 
 
Guitar Player Of The Year
 
David Gogo 
Garrett Mason 
Jack de Keyzer 
Kevin Breit 
Steve Strongman 
 
Harmonica Player Of The Year
 
Carlos del Junco 
David "Hurricane" Hoerl (The Twisters) 
David Rotundo 
Roly Platt 
Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) 
 
Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year
 
Curley Bridges 
David Vest 
John Lee Sanders 
Julian Fauth 
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
 
Horn Player Of The Year
 
Al Lerman (Fathead) 
Chris Murphy
 Chris Whiteley 
Pat Carey (Downchild) 
Neil Braithwaite (Blackburn) 
 
Drummer Of The Year
 
Al Cross (Jerome Godboo) 
Bucky Berger (Fathead) 
Geoff Arsenault (Morgan Davis) 
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk) 
Vince Maccarone (Johnny Max) 
 
Bassist Of The Year
 
Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)
Alec Fraser (Fraser/Daley) 
Gary Kendall (Downchild) 
Keith Picot (The Twisters) 
Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)
 
Songwriter Of The Year
 
Bill Johnson 
Diteodoro/Marriner/Sobb (MonkeyJunk) 
Harrison Kennedy
 Harry Manx 
Suzie Vinnick
 
 
For more information contact:
 
Sarah French 
Sarah French Publicity 
 
Jordan Safer 
Toronto Blues Society 
 

BLUES VIDEO OF THE WEEK - BOBBY PARKER
Bobby Parker was born in Louisiana in 1937 and raised in Los Angeles, California.
 
Bobby knew he wanted to perform on the guitar from a young age and in his teens and early twenties had already performed with Bo Diddley, Paul Williams, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
 
In the 1960s Parker made Washington D. C. his home and performed there locally and still does to this day while also touring internationally and sharing his music around the world.
 
Just a few of the musicians who cite Bobby as an influence include Carlos Santana, John Lennon and Jimmy Page.  In the words of Santana, "He's one of the few remaining guitarists on this planet who can pierce your heart and soothe your soul. He inspired me to play guitar."
 
 

R & B TEEZ FOR ALL OF YOUR BLUES T-SHIRT NEEDS
R & B Teez offers an exceptional product to fans of Blues, R & B, and Rock and Roll. Each R & B Teez t-shirt has an enlarged label (8 3/4 inch diameter) of an authentic 78 record screen printed on the front of the t-shirt.
 
We offer over seventy-five Blues, Rock and Roll, and Rockabilly artist titles. Virtually every major post-war blues artist is represented and several pre-war blues artists are available as well.
 
All shirts are available in sizes medium through 2X-large, some also available in small and 3X-large. Our t-shirt invetory is constantly being updated and stocked with new products, so if something is not available on our website please feel free to contact us and we will let you know when it may become available.
 
We take pride in the products we produce and do not cut any corners when creating our products. Every t-shirt goes through a rigurous quality assurance review to ensure that all labels are printed true to color and shape. Please do not hesistate to contact us if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase. All products are guaranteed to be satisfactory or you will receive a replacement or a refund, as you prefer.
 
Other products offered include sweatshirts, baseball caps, and mugs.
 
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Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?
 
 
 

TINARIWEN: SPREADING THE SAHARAN BLUES WHEREVER IT ROAMS
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, center, is one of the founding members of Tinariwen. (Marie Planeille / November 18, 2010)
 
SPONSORED BY W.C. HANDY MUSEUM AND HERITAGE TOURS, INC.
W.C. HANDY
138th Birthday Celebration
15th Anniversary Recognition
Honoring Authentic Beale Street Musicians
Presenting
"W.C. Handy Heritage Awards"
Over 100 Artists/Musicians have received a
W.C. Handy Heritage Award
Where: Holiday Inn-University of Memphis
3700 Central Ave.
When: Sunday, November 13, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.
 
Please forward check for reservations to:
W.C. Handy Museum Preservation Fund
280 Hernando Street
Memphis, TN 38126
(901) 527-3427
10-28

CYNDI LAUPER: THE BLUES ARE ONE OF HER TRUE COLORS
You know her pop songs, but Cyndi Lauper is returning to her roots: Roots music.
 
 
To those unfamiliar with her childhood and early music career, Cyndi Lauper’s foray into the blues might seem like another attempt by a veteran singer to rejuvenate a career by poaching other genres and eras.
 
Among others, the exercise worked for Rod Stewart, who has launched another career ransacking the Great American Songbook.
 
But Lauper’s latest album, “Memphis Blues,” released in June 2010, pays homage to music that takes her back to her childhood, she will tell you.
 
It comes, too, from her first live-music project: as the lead singer in a Janis Joplin cover band. “Blues” is also the latest in a series of projects that have put Lauper in the studio — as a singer, songwriter and producer — with well-known artists from other genres.
 
“My earliest introduction to the blues was through my mother,” she said recently in a phone interview with The Star. “She played lots of Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. I remember doing laundry and we’d dance wildly around the living room, me and my sister and brother. That’s why, for me, the blues have always been uplifting.”
 
“Memphis Blues” celebrates more than just Lauper’s affection for the blues. It also celebrates the city that played such a prominent role in the birth and evolution of rock ’n’ roll and other styles of music.
 
10-28

A NIGHT OF BLUES: FESTIVAL BRINGS WORLD-REKNOWNED TALENT TO DENMARK
DENMARK - The Dane Theater in Denmark was reverberating with the rhythms of the blues Saturday evening as an enthusiastic crowd swayed with the music.
 
The 2011 Julius Daniels Memorial Blues Festival, sponsored by the Historic Society of Bamberg County, brought an exceptional array of musical talent to town, including the "Empress of the Blues" Sandra Hall, Roy Roberts and The King Bees.
 
Guests were greeted at the door of the historic Dane Theater by Arnold Pierce, who ushered them into the spacious, renovated hall. Window, lobby and stage decorations reflected the blues era and were a collaborative effort of volunteers, including Denmark-Olar High School art students. Seating included sponsored tables at the stage and comfortable seating throughout the venue.
 
The King Bees took the stage with their rocking renditions of blues. Members of the group, Rob "Hound Dog" Baskerville, Penny "Queen Bee Zamagni" and drummer Martin Henderson had the audience moving in no time. Their obvious pleasure in performing and exceptional talent energized the crowd and had toes tapping and heads bobbing to the beat.
10-28

AMELIA ISLAND BLUES FESTIVAL BENEFITS BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER NASSAU
Amelia Island Blues Festival committee members presented Baptist Medical Center Nassau with a check in the amount of $5000.00.  From left to right are Police Chief Jim Hurley, Baptist Nassau President Jim Mayo, incoming Baptist Nassau President Stephen Lee, Detective Marty Scott, Baptist Nassau Auxiliary Corps President Stephanie Manwell, RockTenn representative Tom Keenan, Mike Zaffaroni (Fast Signs), AIBF President Jeff Malone (Hampton Inn at the Beach), Susan Hurley (Amelia Hotel at the Beach), and Johan (Han) Ramakers (Search Amelia).
 
The Amelia Island Blues Festival, a huge success in just its first year, will now officially become a regular island ritual.  The AIBF Committee recently voted to begin preparations for a second annual event next year and also voted to lengthen the event.  The three day music festival will again be held at Main Beach and is scheduled for September 14, 15 and 16, 2012.
 
“It is wonderful that we can have a community event where we can enjoy such a high level of musical talent, while also enjoying our great beach resource, and still benefit our local hospital, Baptist Medical Center Nassau,” said Jeff Malone, President of the AIBF board.  On October 5th the AIBF Committee presented outgoing hospital President Jim Mayo with a check in the amount of $5000.00.   Baptist Medical Center Nassau was the designated beneficiary of the Amelia Island Blues Festival, along with their commitment to Blues in Schools. 
 
10-28


SOUTHER CALIFORNIA BLUES SOCIETY PRESENTS: DIVAS

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WOMEN OF BLUES GUITAR:
       
 
This week, Elwood clears the empties from the back seat to make room for the Women of Guitar, a tribute to some female string benders who have made their mark in the blues.  Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be heard, with special segments devoted to Ana Popovich, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Rory Block.  Plus, some Koko Taylor, Freddie King, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.  This week’s blues breaker is from Austin’s own Carolyn Wonderland, a soulful Texas blues legend.
 
 
More on our radio and video streams can be found here.
 
For a list of stations where you can find House of Blues Radio
 
 
 

 
 
 
 



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BBQ Blues Festival
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Torquay Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 4-6
Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom
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16th Annual Blues'n Bar-B-Que
Saturday, November 5 
Homosassa, Florida, U.S. 
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4th annual Pee Dee Blues Bash
Saturday, November 5
Florence, SC, U.S.
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21st Annual Sarasota Bluesfest
Saturday, November 5
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
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LUCERNE BLUES FESTIVAL
Saturday-Sunday, November 5-13
Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Bear Creek Music Festival
Friday-Monday, November 11-13
Live Oak, FL, U.S.
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Blues at Bridgetown
Friday-Sunday, November 11-13
Bridgetown, WA, Australia
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St. Johns River Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 11-14
Downtown Palatka, Florida, U.S.
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Tenby Blues Festival
Friday-Monday, November 11-13
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
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Blaublues Festival Haringe
Saturday, November 12
Haringe (Poperinge), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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Southwest Florida Blues Festival
Saturday, November 19
Cape Coral, Florida, U.S.
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Moinho da Estação Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, November 24-26
Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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New Years Eve Gala
Saturday, December 31
American Canyon, California, U.S.
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