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Blues Festival Guide

February 24, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  8


Special Announcements

News Flash

Blues Society News

The Blues Mobile

Festival Calendar

CD & DVD Releases

Record Label News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts      

About Us

Special Announcements

10th Anniversary Issue of the Annual Blues Festival Guide

This April, the 10th Anniversary Issue of the Annual Blues Festival Guide will once again feature a special section that has listings of radio stations and internet radio stations that feature blues; also television programming.




Plus you get a free website listing as well as a magazine mailed to you!


The purposes of this Blue Radio Page compilation are many:

• Record companies can send you product for airplay

• Bands can send demos

• Promoters can contact DJs about upcoming events

• Fans can tune in to your show


If you would like to be included in our radio listings, click on the link below, complete the order form as directed and submit payment: Click here 


Deadline for the submission of your order with payment is March 20, 2012.


Please contact us with any further questions at or 775-337-8626.


Thank you!


Your friends at The Blues Festival Guide




Attention International Blues Challenge Participants: 


Congrats on making it to the IBCs! ?we can help keep your momentum going! 


Reserve your ad space in the 2012 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE magazine and receive a %15 discount. 


THIS IS OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! This is a once-a-year opportunity you can't afford to miss!


No matter what message you're trying to market to the "Blues World," let us help! We are budget-friendly. 


This is the publication that blues fans seek out when they are making festival plans and looking for their favorite headliners all year long. It's a great way to showcase artist's information to promoters and fans. 


We distribute 100,000 copies free through blues societies, blues festivals, blues clubs and music stores. It hits the streets in April and is an annual print magazine with about 80-100 pages. 


Additionally, about 15,000 more blues fans read it online when it is in Digital Format ? yep, the magazine can be read in its entirely online bringing you worldwide exposure. 


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CD & DVD Releases

Suzanne & The Blues Church : The Cost Of Love













A real deal blues guitarist and vocalist, Suzanne will tell you she’s no stranger to the blues. Life for her started out as an abandoned biracial child in Seoul, Korea where she lived in an orphanage; barely escaping the harsh realities of being killed because of her mixed heritage.


At the tender age of five an American family adopted her into the United States. Suzanne began studying organ at the age of six and as fate would have it she was given her first music lessons and introduction to the organ by the great Jimmy Smith. Although her adoptive parents bought countless Jimmy Smith records to encourage her, she had great interest in the "other" Jimi which was constantly blasting by her older brothers.


Suzanne has shared the stage with various blues artists such as Keb Mo', Hubert Sumlin, Zac Harmon and Deacon Jones at various venues around the world.


She has just released her new Blues CD titled "The Cost of Love" where she showcases not only her vocals, but her rhythm and lead guitar playing as well along with her song writing skills.


Suzanne is The Continuing Legacy and The Next Generation of the Blues! 


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Volker Strifler : Let The Music Rise

The Volker Strifler Band (VSB), a popular Northern California based tour-de-force of musical talent, has become a rising musical phenomenon garnering local, regional and national recognition. VSB is fronted by their namesake and founder, Volker Strifler, whose remarkable talents as singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist extraordinaire are helping propel both him and the entire band toward world-wide recognition. It's not hard to understand why VSB is making such a splash. This band moves languorously from jazz and roots, to blues/rock and a funky calypso rhythm; with performances highlighted by their show stopping guitarist, a thundering rhythm section, white hot horns, and one funky, soulful keyboardist! 


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News Flash

The White House Sings The Blues



The Blues came to the White House in a BIG way last week. The show featured B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Hayes and many others. It will air on PBS stations this monday, don't miss it!  


When: The tribute, taped Tuesday in the East Room, airs Monday on PBS stations (check local listings).


Who: Hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson, the program includes performances by Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Booker T. Jones serves as music director and band leader.


A splashy arrival: King, 86, snazzily attired in a sparkling smoking jacket and black bow tie, is wheeled in to cheers and a standing ovation.


Bearing witness to hard times: The president kicks off the night by speaking to blues music’s humble beginnings. “No one goes through life without knowing joy and pain, triumph and sorrow,” he says. “(The blues) teaches us that when we find ourselves at a crossroads, we don’t shy away from our problems. We own them, we deal with them, we sing about them.”


First up: To everyone’s delight, Obama introduces “the King of the Blues.” The crowd claps along as B.B. King launches into Let the Good Times Roll, supported by an all-star ensemble. “Mr. President, I’ve been praying for you for two years … I just want you to keep your job,” he announces by way of introducing The Thrill Is Gone.


Lots of love: Trombone Shorty and recent Grammy winner (for best pop instrumental album) Jones treat the crowd to St. James Infirmary. Guy and Beck follow with Let Me Love You Baby. “And I know they mean it!” says Henson.


Mick makes an entrance: When it’s Jagger’s turn, he dances his way into the room, flailing his hands and pointing his fingers. The Obamas (and the first lady’s mother, Marian Robinson) appear amused as they stand and clap along as Jagger enthusiastically sings I Can’t Turn You Loose. “It’s a great honor to be here,” says a winded Jagger, sporting a bright-red shirt and matching sneakers. “Doing a show for the blues, something I fell in love with when I was about 12.” He goes on to duet with Beck on Commit A Crime.


“Mecca of blues”: Afterward, Jagger reminisces about his first trip to Chicago in 1964, which he called the “mecca of blues recording … We met all of our favorites, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry.” As Brits wanting to sing the blues, “They must have thought we were from Mars or something. But they were very kind and gave us lots of tips. Most aren’t with us anymore, but one was B.B. King.” He finishes his set with Miss You.


Nod of approval: Obama nods his head and sings along as Clark rocks out Catfish Blueson his guitar.


Remembering Etta: Tedeschi, Trucks and Haynes sing Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind. The fiery singer, who died last month, “could do it all, could make your heart melt with a ballad like At Last,” Henson says. “She will missed … but she will never be forgotten.”


The White House Blues All-Stars: Jagger returns to the stage with Guy, Beck and Clark — an ensemble Henson dubs “the White House Blues All-Stars” — for late blues great Eddie Boyd’s Five Long Years.


The big finish:Sweet Home Chicago salutes the Obamas’ hometown. As the song wraps up, the president thanks the crowd, but Guy won’t let him off the hook that easily. Obama gamely takes the mike, crooning, “Come on, baby don’t you want to go … sweet home Chicago.”


President Obama Welcomes Guests


Video montage of the evening




Barack Obama Sings -- Sweet Home Chicago




Michelle Obama talks with students 







Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival








For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up". Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.





Shawn Pittman is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musical virtuoso with a rich history, including touring as rhythm guitarist for Susan Tedeschi in '99 and appearing on television with her on the Conan O'Brian Show, as well as releasing his 10th album, "Edge of the World", last year on Delta Groove. Living Blues Magazine describe his music as "Some of the most fearless, free-form blues in recent memory, performed with blind abandon and an off-the-cuff late-night jam kind of spirit."



The 23rd Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26th & 27th, 2012. 2012 promises to continue our tradition of bringing fans a full weekend of nonstop award-winning entertainment, more food choices than you can sample in two days, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained too.


The The Cajun & Zydeco Stage will feature 9 hours of continuous music each day.† Featured will be international and award winning Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts.


The Blues Stage will feature the 7th Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue in addition to world class Blues & Roots acts both Saturday and Sunday. 


Both stages feature lots of viewing space plus large dance floors. In addition, this family friendly event has a giant kids area featuring bouncers, rock walls, specialty acts, crafts and talent shows.† There are also food booths and many crafts and merchandise booths.


Tickets available now at:




Apollo Concert To Honor Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin




Friday night at the Apollo Theater, rock 'n' roll greats like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and others will get together to celebrate the legacy of blues legend and innovator Hubert Sumlin. And if you don't know his name, as NY1's Arts reporter Stephanie Simon has found, you probably know his sound.


The blues influenced every rock 'n' roll band that came later and, of course, so did the blues players. Guitarist Hubert Sumlin had a signature style that was so smooth that it earned him a coveted spot with blues legend Howlin’ Wolf and influenced generations of musicians to come.


Drummer Steve Jordan, a Bronx native, says Sumlin's passing in December was a huge loss for the music world, but he is thrilled to be playing a Sumlin tribute concert at the Apollo Theater.


“It’s great that he's getting credit whenever and whatever time it takes place," says Jordan. "I mean, Van Gogh didn't get the credit he deserved when he was alive. It’s that kind of thing."


Sumlin died last year of heart failure, and like so many artists that paved the way for rock ‘n’ roll, he left this world virtually penniless. This concert, originally intended to be a birthday celebration, is now a memorial event.


Proceeds will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America, which helps blues and jazz musicians in need. Guitar greats like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, who knew and played with Sumlin, will perform in his honor, along with Jordan, who says he is still in awe of Sumlin's playing.


"His style of playing is always something that I loved," says Jordan. "Of all the guitar players that I know, he made it look the easiest."


So whether you know Hubert Sumlin from his days playing with Howlin’ Wolf, or you recognize the guitar lick from “Smoke Stack Lightening” from a recent Viagra commercial, or if you just know those he’s influenced, it's time to say "Hail, Hail, Hubert!" 

Howlin’ For Hubert: A Celebration Of The Musical Legacy Of Hubert Sumlin

The Apollo Theater

Friday, February 24

Benefiting the Jazz Foundation of America

Regularly priced tickets are sold out but $1,000 tickets are still available.



Tampa Bay Blues Festival

A perfect cure for the winter blues!  Come to sunny shores of Tampa Bay this April for the spectacular  Tampa Bay Blues Festival.  Winner of the 2011 KBA award for Best American Blues Festival, this event celebrates 18 years of showcasing the world’s best blues music.  The festival is scheduled for April 13, 14, & 15, at Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg, Florida.


Friday’s artists are The Alexis P. Suter Band; Johnny Rawls; Delta Groove Harp Blast featuring Mitch Kashmar, Al Blake, & Big Pete; Roomful of Blues; and Los Lonely Boys.



On Saturday, enjoy Albert Castiglia, Toni Lynn Washington, The Mannish Boys, James Cotton Band with Darrell Nulisch, Tower of Power, and Jimmie Vaughan. 


Sunday features Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Jimmy Thackery, Trampled Under Foot, Charles Bradley, and Delbert McClinton.



Enjoy views of Tampa Bay, palm trees, and warm breezes as you listen to 16 world class blues artists.  In the evenings, check out the festival After Shows at the Palladium theater with The Alexis P. Suter Band, Johnny Rawls, and the Delta Groove Harp Blast featuring Mitch Kashmar, Al Blake, & Big Pete (Friday) and Albert Castiglia, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, and Trampled Under Foot (Saturday).


You will also enjoy the great restaurants, museums, and nightclubs on the waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg.  The magnificent gulf beaches are just a short drive away. 


For more information and to buy tickets online, see   For serious blues fans, the festival offers one of the best VIP packages around with complimentary food, beer, drinks, and front stage seating.  Join us for three fabulous days of Blues by the Bay!





Video of the Week

Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers-White House Blues


Recorded on September 20, 1926 in New York City. Poole sings and plays the banjo with Posey Rorer on fiddle and Ron Harvey on guitar on this tune about the McKinley assasination. Poole and his Ramblers were one of the most popular old-time string bands during the late twenties. Poole has proven to be enormously influential with his 3-finger banjo playing, which developed later into the famous Earl Scruggs bluegrass-style. Poole was quite the hell-raiser, dying at the age of 39 in 1931; it appears he was invited to appear in a film and Poole's resulting celebration led to a fatal drunken binge.




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Blues Legend Johnson Could Get Highway Honor




JACKSON, MISS. — The Mississippi House has voted to name part of Interstate 55 for blues great Robert Johnson, whose most famous song is about a crossroads.


House Bill 166 would designate a 13-mile stretch in Copiah County as the Robert L. Johnson Memorial Highway. Johnson was born in the county in 1911.


Legend says Johnson gained extraordinary guitar skills by selling his soul to the devil at a crossroads. Some versions name that corner as U.S. highways 49 and 61 in the Mississippi Delta, some 200 miles north of Copiah County.

Despite a short life, Johnson influenced later musicians such as Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.


The House passed the bill Thursday after some lawmakers jokingly ensured it wasn't named for a living colleague, Democratic state Rep. Robert Johnson of Natchez.







Record Label News

Rip Cat Records

Rip Cat Records announces the signing of two iconic Southern California-based music artists, The Blasters and K.K. Martin.


The Blasters formed in Downey, California back in 1979 and, along with X, Black Flag, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others, have been an integral part of the SoCal underground/indie-rock scene since their formation. Led by brothers Phil and Dave Alvin, the group originally signed to much-loved indie label Slash Records in 1981 and were known as much for their grueling touring schedule as their unique country-punk sound. 


The Blasters were featured in the popular 1984 film Streets Of Fire and placed two songs in the sound track, "One Bad Stud" and "Blue Shadows." The Blasters are currently in the studio recording a new album for Rip Cat.


K.K. Martin was a founding member, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for 80's-era band A La Carte. The group gained considerable renown as one of the most in-demand groups on the then-vibrant Sunset Strip music scene.


Martin has performed with a Who's-Who in the music business including Eric Burdon, Booker T, Rick Derringer, Johnny Winters, Blondie, and currently, Lester Chambers of famed R&B/Soul group The Chambers Brothers. K.K. was a recipient of "Outstanding Blues Artist" at the 9th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards in 1999.


In the last decade, Louisiana native Martin has reconnected with his Blues roots. He toured with Lester Chambers of the 60's Chambers Brothers fame, recording a project with Lester called "Blues for Sale." Martin has continued to play extensively throughout L.A. and Orange County as a solo act as well as with the band Roadside Revelers. His latest CD is "Naked Blues Vol. II," which will be re-released by Rip Cat.


Orange County-based Rip Cat Records is one of the quickest-growing independent labels in Southern California, with a solid artist roster that includes guitarist Barry Levenson; The 44's, vocalist Lisa Cee; Johnny Mastro and Mamma's Boys; Whiteboy James & The Blues Express; John Marx; Little Barry G; The Mighty Mojo Prophets; and Gino Mateo.


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Blues Society News

The Phoenix Blues Society


The Phoenix Blues Society is proud to announce that its 21st Annual Blues Blast Festival will be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at the Margaret T. Hance Park located at 200 East Moreland in Phoenix.


Appearing at Blues Blast will be: 


 *Sugar Ray and the Bluetones


 * The Sugar Thieves


* Big Daddy D & the Dynamites


* George Bowman the Baddboyz Blues Band featuring Lucius Parr


*Common Ground Blues Band


*Dave Riley and Bob Corritore


The gates will open at 10:00 A.M. for Blues Blast and the Festival will run from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.  The website for Blues Blast is and all ticketing for the event is being facilitated by Eventbrite at

For further information, please feel free to contact Phoenix Blues Society President, Kyle Deibler, at or on his cell at 602.770.5936.



 RiverCity Blues Society 


RiverCity Blues Society and Goodfella's presents:

The 4th Friday for blues series.

Starting this month, we will host a blues show on the 4th Friday of the month which will showcase Central Illinois great blues talents. This month will be Bill Porter on Friday February 24th, see flyer for details or check the website.

Hope to see you all there to support this new series of great blues shows.


Bill Porter • From Central Illinois 


February 24th 


Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

1414 N 8th St.  


 Admission $5.00 Non-members

            $3.00 Members  


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Buddy and Hopkins

Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?

The Blues Mobile

February 25-26: Joe Louis Walker





 For a list of stations where you can find House of Blues Radio


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Roots Blues Airplay Charts




Festival Calendar

To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!



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22nd Annual 


Blues Bash


February 10-21

Charleston, SC, U.S.

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Big Easy Blues Festival


February 11th 2012

New Orleans, LA

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Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball


February 18th 2012

Wakefield, RI U.S.

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23 Annual Riverwalk

Blues & Music Festival


February 18-19

Fort Lauderdale,

Florida, U.S.

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Knology Sea-Blues Festival


February 18th-19th 


Florida, U.S.

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Annual Blues BQ


February 18th 

Orlando, Florida

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Winter Blues Festival 


February 20th-25th

Petoskey, Michigan

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Phuket International Blues Rock Festival


February 24th-25th

Phuket, Thailand

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Boquete Jazz

& Blues Festival


March 1-4


Chiriqui, Panama

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April 5-9

Byron Bay,

New South Wales,


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Cairns Blues


Saturday, May 12

Cairns, Queensland,


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River & Brews

Blues Fest


June 8-9

Red River,

New Mexico, U.S.

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Saturday, June 30


Northern Territory,


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Saturday, Jul 7


Massachusetts, U.S.

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