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April 27, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  17


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CD & DVD Releases

Tweed Funk : Love Is













Wisconsin band Tweed Funk has been around for less than 18 months, but already the band has garnered national and international recognition with the 2011 release of their debut CD, “Bringin It”.  The band toured the Midwest and South in support of their debut release.  Tweed Funk received a 2012 WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year; competed in the 2012 International Blues Challenge; has been a Chicago Blues Guide Hot Pick of the Week (3 times); and the band’s debut CD spent 18 Weeks on the Roots Music Report Blues Internet Chart.


On April 26th, 2012 Tweed Funk released their sophomore CD, “Love Is”.  The CD consists of 7 original tracks and 3 covers.  World-renown guitarist Greg Koch was brought on-board to co-produce the CD and the addition of a horn section, B3 organ, and backing female singers on the CD has garnered some excellent early reviews:


“Tweed Funk has a big fat sound goin' on with the horns from cuts from their new CD, “Love Is”. Really dig Fine Wine and Pick Em Early, then they give you the blues with Gettin Home. Can't wait for the new CD, sounds like it will be a great mess of blues, fun and soul stirring, for all blues lovers.”


Ole Harv, 2012 KBA Recipient, Blues Revue Host, WVPE


“Tweed Funk’s “Love Is” a Powerhouse Punch of Funk, Soul, Blues - Tweed Funk is the sultry, smooth, killer funk band that’s been blowing up the blues world with sexy vocals, hot guitar and, of course, that low down funky bass. Their latest, “Love Is”, was produced by the powerful Greg Koch, and is a compelling display of the kind of exciting out-of-the-box style that Tweed Funk is known for.”


Matt Marshall, American Blues Scene 


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Dukesy & The Hazzards : Ain't Coming Back To You














Twisting their way through blues, funk and rock 'Dukesy and The Hazzards' feature the talents of Nick Brown (vocals/guitar), Dave Evans (bass/keys/vocals) and Adrian Violi (drums). With a firm respect for the traditional side of blues 'Dukesy' combine this with their love of groove and the freedom and improvisation of jazz and funk resulting in a tasty, modern blend for all to enjoy!


Coming together in 2009 (but having known each other for years) the boys released their debut EP - a 6 track combo of rollicking shuffles, solid groove and a little room to move (just to keep things a little relaxed!). Featuring 5 originals and a cleverly chosen cover ('You're A Mystery' by the legendary Aussie blues favourites The Bondi Cigars) 'Dukesy' have been enjoying airplay on many independent radio stations such as PBS, RRR, 3MDR and Bluesbeat across the country over the last year. On a wider scale Dukesy have shared the stage recently with the likes of Geoff Achison and Continental Robert Susz and were awarded the Blues Underground Network's 'Best Australian Album' of 2010 getting them even more exposure.


Individually the fellas have performed nationally and internationally in various settings (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Country, Latin, Covers, Originals, Theatre, Sessions etc). As a band they collectively call on this extensive live experience to put on a live show firmly rooted in the blues with a modern funky twist with past gigs including Echuca Winter Blues, Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival, The Rainbow Hotel, supports for Nat Col and The Kings and Geoff Achison....Now with their new album 'Ain't Coming Back To You' hot off the presses the boys are ready to show off their new material with 9 original tracks of tight grooves and bluesy stylings. Available now on iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon or even better...check em out live! 


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Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers : Little Big Men












Geoff Achison is an independent Australian musician who has forged his own path to a successful career that has won him fans all over the world.


Having taught himself to play in the isolation of rural Australia, he has developed a blues/funk style all his own that can be delicate one moment and explosive the next. Unaware of how the sounds he was hearing on his limited record collection were produced, he invented some of his own techniques - without the aid of pedals or gadgets. Just watching him wrench a myriad of sounds from his simple set-up can be something of a spectacle. 


He is also a very capable vocalist with a gritty, soulful quality to his voice. Inspired by the great Blues and R&B music of yesteryear, Geoff’s live set features an infectious mix of gutsy original tunes, improvised jams and dynamic new arrangements of blues & soul classics. 


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News Flash

Music Film Is Delayed by Fees for Songs


Wrecking Crew members at work in a Los Angeles studio. Denny Tedesco’s documentary about the musicians still faces a financial hurdle before it can be commercially released.

( the 1960s many of the hits coming out of Los Angeles under the names of the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas and the Papas, the Monkees and other top pop acts were actually recorded by an elite but largely anonymous corps of studio musicians nicknamed the Wrecking Crew. To gain them some belated public recognition Denny Tedesco, a son of one of the most prolific of those session players, spent more than 15 years making a documentary about the ensemble.


But there’s just one problem, and it has held up commercial release of “The Wrecking Crew” since 2008, when the documentary made its debut at the South by Southwest film festival. The film includes dozens of snippets from songs the Wrecking Crew played on, but the record companies that own the recordings want so much money from Mr. Tedesco, whose total budget was less than $1 million, that he has turned to a fund-raising campaign, including an event scheduled for New York in mid-June, to meet their demands.


“There are 132 music cues in this film, and you’ll know 99.9 percent of them,” Mr. Tedesco, 51, said. “But when I asked one record company for a quote, they said it was going to cost $2.5 million.”


He has managed to bargain the labels down, but, he added, “I’ve still got about 25 songs left to pay off and need to raise $175,000 before I start to see the light.”


Mr. Tedesco’s plight underlies the difficulties that the makers of music documentaries increasingly face. As the recording industry has seen its sales tumble by more than half since 2000, labels are intent on squeezing every bit of profit out of songs in their catalogs. Licensing that music to films — whether big Hollywood productions or modestly budgeted documentaries — is an attractive source of revenue.


“It’s harder now, because the music industry needs those licensing fees,” said Eddie Schmidt, who has just finished a three-year term as president of the International Documentary Association. “If you’re making a film about a singer-songwriter, that person might have some influence over what gets licensed. But here the people who are your subjects aren’t necessarily the names on the records, so you have to go to third parties and say, ‘What’s your price?’ “


The Wrecking Crew consisted of 20 or so musicians, the guitarist Tommy Tedesco among them, and played in one configuration or another on thousands of records, including Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” and Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.” Their first major successes came in 1962, providing the “wall of sound” for Phil Spector singles like “He’s a Rebel.” As the ’60s progressed, they played on hits by the Byrds, the Fifth Dimension, Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Rivers and the Carpenters. 


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“…a North Mississippi Blues Harp Homecoming – May 19th & 20th 2012”


When and Where:  Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, 2012 at Foxfire Ranch, a horse farm 50 miles south of Memphis in Waterford, Mississippi.  (Plus a BBQ and open jam session in Oxford on Friday, May 18 that’s open to the public)



What:  a two-day intensive workshop for blues harmonica players & students (of all levels) and their friends in a music-festival-like atmosphere, featuring lectures, workshops, jam sessions, and evening concerts with some of the finest blues-harp masters in the world and two living legends of Mississippi blues guitar.  Onsite and offsite camping!  Plenty of home-cooked soul food available.  Registrants will have a chance to jam with Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues band from Chicago, Dr. Feelgood Potts' Memphis blues band, AND the Howl-N-Madd Perry band from North Mississippi!



Who:  a world-class lineup of teacher/performers representing the best in traditional and contemporary blues harmonica including Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Mitch Kashmar, Phil Wiggins, Adam Gussow, Dr. Robert “Feel Good” Potts, PT Gazell, Jimi Lee, Brandon Bailey & Todd Parrott with Deak Harp hosting our Friday night jam session.

Hours:  9:30 AM - 12 midnight Saturday; 9:30 AM - 12 midnight Sunday, plus, on Friday, "blues, brews, and BBQ" meet-up at The Shak BBQ joint just outside Oxford, MS, featuring the juke-joint duo, Adam Gussow and Shine Turner (4 - 7:30 PM), and the now-famous Hill Country Harmonica jam at Rooster's Blues House on the Square in Oxford, hosted by Deak Harp and his band (9 PM - 1 AM)



Cost:  $175 per player.  $50 for a non-playing spouse, partner, or friend.  Kids 12 and under free when accompanied by a full-priced registrant! 


For all the details go to or call 516-232-0596






The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival



The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival is unique!  Outside of being one of the premier festivals in the country, it is the only festival, blues or otherwise, of its size that donates 100% of the net proceeds to charity.  Not only are the proceeds donated, but there are no salaries paid to any of our staff. 



This year’s festival features: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jonny Lang, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, JJ Grey and Mofro, Ruthie Foster, Shemekia Copeland, Philipp Fankhauser, Delta Guitar Slingers with Michael Burks, Lurrie and Bernard Allison, Janiva Magness, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Michael Williams Band, Honey Island Swamp Band, Albert Cummings and The Chesapeake Bay Blues Band with Patty Reese, Tom Principato, Gaye Adegbalola, Ron Holloway and Tommy Lepson.  Most of the performers are either Grammy or Blues Award winning.



As if this lineup wasn’t enough, the festival also features delicious food from local vendors, beer and wine, a large crafter village and plenty for the kids to do including moon bounces, a playground, face painting and a large sandy beach all on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay.



Charities that will benefit from the festivals attendees are: Special Love, Inc., which puts on a camp for kids with cancer, Camp Face, which is a summer camp for kids with facial anomalies, We Care and Friends. which helps the less fortunate of Annapolis and End Hunger in Calvert County. which provides not only food to those in need but the opportunity to become self-sufficient.


The festival is held at the beautiful Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland on May 19th and 20th 2012.  Tickets and information are available at


It’s a great event with great music, food, scenery and people all for a great cause.  



Clinton Council Refuses Banner Request For Blues Fest Benefiting Nonprofits In Nearby Town



( CLINTON,NJ -- A request to hang a banner advertising the Bourbon Street Blues Fest in nearby Lebanon Township was denied unanimously Tuesday night after some Clinton Town Council members said that it doesn't directly benefit the town.


The annual event is set for May 19 in Lebanon Township, they said, and the request to hang a banner over East Main Street was accompanied by a list of nonprofits that will benefit from the music festival, including the township's fire company and groups that support local education, youth sports and the needy.


Councilwoman Maria Valenta pointed out that Clinton's students attend Voorhees High School and groups there will benefit from the festival.


Councilwoman Laurie Insel replied that council would "want proof" of any such donations. She also opined that "a lot of people" who live in nearby municipalities "feel this is their town center."


Town Attorney Dick Cushing was directed to draft some changes to the ordinance governing the banners. He suggested limiting availability to nonprofit organizations and wording to the name of an organization, the location of an event and its date.


He said that council will decide whether to allow only in-town events or organizations access. In the past council has approved banners for events that are neither, but who may have a number of members that are town residents, such as churches outside the town's boundaries.


Last night council did approve a banner for Unity Bank's June 24 car show. It will take place in town and benefit Arc of Hunterdon, Family Promise and Interfaith Hospitality Network.

The town's volunteer firemen take a break from Monday evening meetings to hang approved banners, receiving a $25 donation from event organizers for the service. 




House Of Blues Eyeing Nashville Location


( The medical mart that’s planned for the current Nashville Convention Center site could be getting new competition for reuse of that building.


One buzz in Nashville’s real estate circles is the House of Blues, which is owned by concert promoter Live Nation, has an interest in a music and restaurant venue there.


“We’re constantly looking at great cities with great music around the country for new venues and Nashville is one of those cities,” said a spokesman for House of Blues Entertainment who declined to confirm any specific interest in the Nashville Convention Center site.


That convention center at Lower Broadway would become vacant by this time next year after the new Music City Center convention hall opens.


Real estate brokers see possibilities for multiple uses for the Nashville Convention Center site. The mart developer, meanwhile, continues its effort to secure enough leases before work can begin to add eight floors atop that building for year-round showrooms for manufacturers of medical products, technology and distributors, as well as trade shows and conferences 



Cotee River Seafood & Blues Festival



New Port Richey, Fl -- The Cotee River Seafood & Blues Festival is a weekend long event  in Sims Park on the banks of the Cotee River produced by the Greater New Port Richey Main Street organization. FESTIVAL HOURS:  Friday 4/27 4p-10p, Saturday 4/28 10a-10p, Sunday 10a-5p


The setting only serves to enhance the combination of seafood and music in the park. The event will offer a wide variety of quality seafood including made to order sushi, fresh seafood as well as the newest fad in fast food the Food Trucks

There is also a boat show planned including kayak and fly fishing demonstrations other outdoor sporting activities for the entire family.


The Blues Festival will feature local bands, national recording artists and student musicians. The music begins Friday with a happy hour concert from 4-8 featuring Thunderbolt Blues Band and Time Bandits. Headlining Friday night is Kathy Jo and Bluezification sponsored by Oldies 106.3.


Saturday’s entertainment will begin at 1p with the Fresh Catch – 3 bands chosen by popular vote through a talent search sponsored by Cocktail’s. Early evening features the amazing guitar sounds of John Leavell (formerly of Uriah Heep), followed by RJ Howson and Josh Lamkin. The night’s headliner is recording artist and local favorite Sean Chambers. Sean will continue to play at an after-party beginning at 11p at Cocktails.


Sunday will feature student musicians from Music Matters’ Rock School performing both vocal and instrumental blues and jazz all day.


Other highlights of the weekend include The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee, an arts & crafts show, car show, a photo contest, face painting and bounce houses for the little ones.

Greater New Port Richey Main Street is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit. The mission of Main Street is to encourage and assist private and public entities in the revitalization and beautification of the downtown.


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Second Annual Fiji International Jazz And Blues Festival Set For May 10-13, 2012



( Port Denarau, Fiji, will again be the site of an International Jazz and Blues Festival for four days in mid-May — May 10-13, 2012. Last year, an estimated 2,000 people came through the port for the festival.


Musicians from around the world will again travel to Fiji with a line-up that includes stars of the jazz and blues worlds from Australia, New Zealand, England, and the United States, as well as some of Fiji’s own incredibly talented local bands.

Headliner will be Kevin Borich, well-known in Australia, who has opened for ACDC. He was twice invited onstage to jam with Santana and has also shared the stage with Bo Didley, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Living Colour, and Joe Walsh. He has also performed with Elton John, Status Quo, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, and topped the Australian Rock Music Awards twice as Best Guitarist.


Scheduled performers include international Kiwi guitar sensation Billy TK Jnr;  Paul Ubana Jones, who has shared the bill with Bob Dylan, B.B King, Norah Jones, Patti Smith, Taj Mahal, and Keb Moʼ; Lenora Helm, an accomplished classic traditional Jazz vocal musician and composer from the U.S., and numerous others.


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Brick City Blues Festival May 12!!!!! / Ocala, Florida





17th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues 




Celebrating 17 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

The Eldorado’s Summer Kick-Off Event Set for June 22-23


RENO, Nev. (April 18, 2012) – The unofficial kick off to summer, the 17th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival is set for Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23. The event is equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and music festival with two stages featuring non-stop rock and blues.


Nothing says summer like barbecue and the Eldorado has the perfect compliment to the festival's variety of microbrews…grilled chicken, ribs, sausage and more fresh from the outdoor charbroil grill. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving everything from American favorites to tacos and Korean barbecue.


A selection of the Eldorado's own Brew Brothers' custom microbrews will be on tap along with more than 40 microbreweries from around the world. Beer lovers will appreciate the flat rate tasting fee instead of using tokens to sample brews. The new $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings during the festival tasting times of 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Plus they’ll have a say in which brew is crowned the winner. Instead of a professional judging panel, the winner will be determined based on a “People’s Choice” award this year.



Two stages with non-stop free entertainment round out the event. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Canned Heat and the US Air Force Band “Mobility” are set to headline the 17th annual BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. Additionally, attendees can see winner of two coveted Blues Music Awards, Charlie Musselwhite; singer-songwriter, Edwin McCain; American roots music artist, Shane Dwight; Reno favorites the Blues Monsters and the Jason King Band; soulful South Bay guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello Jr.; and Rockin Down the Highway.


There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 17th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 22 from noon to 8 p.m. (beer tasting from 2 to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (beer tasting from noon to 6 p.m.). Visit for more information or call 888-808-7720 to book your stay.



Candye Kane – The Toughest Girl Alive






Candye Kane – The Toughest Girl Alive – has licked pancreatic cancer once before. Now, the cancer is back and the blues singer needs our help.


Candye’s embarked on an ambitious series of medical procedures to attack her cancer. Her insurance won’t cover some of those costs and she’ll need living expenses since she won’t be able to perform as often in the weeks ahead.


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Video Of The Week

Candye Kane performs "Superhero"




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Record Label News

M.C. Records Signs Debbie Davies



Northport NY - M.C. Records is proud to announce the signing of Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Debbie Davies. Her debut for the label, After The Fall will be released world-wide on July 17. Asked about the signing Debbie said, I am so proud to have signed a deal with M.C. Records! I'm thrilled to be in such good company along side Kim Wilson, Odetta, Cyril Neville, and many more!

In her amazing career Debbie has received 10 nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. Debbie has recorded and performed with such blues luminaries as John Mayall, Albert Collins, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal,  Ike Turner, James Cotton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Charlie Musselwhite.



After The Fall (MC-0069) is Debbie Davies' 11th solo recording and is an all-original affair with Debbie writing or co-writing six of the 11 songs. In 2010, Debbie lost her dear friend, blues musician Robin Rogers and later that year Debbie broke her arm. As she began to heal, she started writing and putting many of her experiences and feelings into songs. The result is 2012's, 

After The Fall.


I don't often give endorsements or references, but once in a rare while I hear a musician of such talent that I want people to know. I believe my reputation backs up my ability to recognize exceptional blues guitarists. Such a one is

Debbie Davies. Hear her now. - JOHN MAYALL

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Blues Society News


The Ventura County (Calif) Blues Society has tapped bluesman Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog to host their weekly "BluesJam" series at The Tavern in Ventura, launching Wednesday, May 2 and happening every Wednesday thereafter.  The Ventura County Blues Society's Sunday Blues Matinee Concert Series kicks off Sunday, July 8 with Chris Cain, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog, and Kelly's Lot, at the High Street Arts Center, in Moorpark, Calif. 









          Johnny Rawls • From Mississippi



Friday April 27th              

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

1414 N 8th St.  


 Admission $5.00 Non-members

            $5.00 Members


Since his critically acclaimed breakout album, No Boundaries, Johnny has recorded Red Cadillac (2008) and Ace of Spades ( 2009) on the Catfood Records label as well as Heart and Soul (2006), nominated for BMA Soul Album of the Year, on his own Deep South Soul label. Red Cadillac was nominated for Soul Album of the Year and Johnny was nominated for Male Soul Artist of the Year at the 2009 Blues Music Awards. Red Cadillac reached #1 on the blues radio airplay charts and stayed in the top 20 for three months. It was the Living Blues Critics' Choice as Southern Soul Album of the Year. Ace of Spades has essentially the same songwriting team and same backing musicians, including the Rays, as Red Cadillac. The title song, Ace of Spades, is a tribute to his mentor, O.V. Wright


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The Blues Mobile

The Boulder Roots & Blues Summit


This week's episode features music from Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo', as well as Anders Osborne, Hope Waits, Treasa Levasseur and more.





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Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival, 6th Annual


April 25th-28th 2012

Florence, So. Carolina, USA

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Festival International de Louisiane


April 25th-29th 2012

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

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BBQ & Blues Festival


April 27th-28th 2012

Barnesville, Georgia, USA

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Friday, April 27th -

Sunday, May 6th 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Roots and Blues Weekend


April 27th-29th 2012

Trumansburg, New York, USA

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The Honolulu Blues Festival


April 27th-29th 2012

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Double Decker Festival


April 27th-28th 2012

Oxford, Mississippi, USA

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Lynch Street Festival


April 27th-28th 2012

W. Jackson, Mississippi, USA

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Michael John's Simi Valley Blues Festival


April 28th 2012

Simi Valley, California, USA

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EUROPAfest jazz, blues, pop & classic 2012


May 4th-19th 2012

Bucharest, Romania

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Juneau Jazz and Classics


May 4th-19th 2012

Juneau, Alaska, USA

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Beale Street Music Festival


May 4th-6th 2012

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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River To The Rails


May 4th-5th 2012

Greenwood, Mississippi, USA

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Rivertown Music & Arts Festival


May 5th 2012

Conway, So. Carolina, USA

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White Lake Blues Festival, 5th Annual


May 5th 2012

Whitehall, Michigan, USA

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Topanga Blues Festival


May 6th 2012

Topanga Canyon, California, USA

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