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June 29, 2012Listen Now!

Volume 7/Issue  26


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Blues Society News

Buddy and Hopkins

Festival Calendar

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Video of The Week

Record Label News

Elwood's BluesMobile

Roots Blues Airplay Charts   


Special Announcement!


Robby Z of The Shane Dwight Band shows his during their set at the Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival in Reno, NV, June 22, 2012. (Photo: Joe Martini)



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CD & DVD Releases

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials : JUMP START

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials Jump Start the Summer with their newest release.


The band released six Alligator albums between 1989 and 2008. With each one, the band's stature grew as their fan base continued to expand. With 2006's Rattleshake, Ed and company reached a whole new audience. Die-hard "Ed Head" Conan O'Brien brought the band before millions of television viewers on two separate occasions. Then, in June 2008, celebrating the release of Full Tilt, Ed hit the main stage at The Chicago Blues Festival, performing in front of 100,000 screaming fans, as he whipped the overflowing crowd into a blues-induced frenzy. The band won the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year in both 2007 and 2009 and also took home the Best Live Band Award in the 2011 Living Blues Critics' Poll. Blues Revue said, "Listen and hear how a great blues player can make a guitar weep...Lil' Ed is a blues master at the top of his game."


Now, with Jump Start, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials will continue bringing their seriously inspired and wildly fun Chicago blues to "Ed Heads" new and old, wherever they may be. After almost a quarter century together, Lil' Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have played thousands of gigs, logged tens of thousands of miles and have no plans to slow down anytime soon. According to Littleton, "The journey has been amazing. We melded right away and have kept growing." Garrett agrees, saying, "It's a perfect fit. And we keep getting better." Young adds, "We are way stronger now, and we're still having fun. My dreams have all come true."


"Long ago," recalls Lil' Ed, "Uncle J.B. told me, 'When you get the right guys in your band, you'll know.' When Mike and then Kelly joined up with me and Pookie, we just clicked. I knew. We are a family," says Lil' Ed, summing it all up. "And families stay together."


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 Little Feat : ROOSTER RAG

Easily one of the hardest working bands in show biz, today’s Little Feat is a six-member powerhouse that ably carries on the group’s tradition of deftly blending Rock, R&B and blues to create a jammin’ blend of Americana that has earned accolades from critics, fellow musicians and fans alike for over four decades.


Little Feat's new album, Rooster Rag features 10 brand new original songs including four co-writes with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter plus two blues classics, one from Mississippi John Hurt and one from Willie Dixon. The result is a compelling album of funkified Feat guaranteed to please longtime fans while at the same time attracting new ears and, shall we say…feats!


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News Flash



The 3rd annual Big Sky Blues Festival has just added David Raitt (Bonnie Raitt's brother) and his Baja Boogie Band, to the line-up. Also appearing will be The Randy Oxford Band, The Brooklyn Blues Project, Big Daddy & the Bluenotes, Franco Paletta & the Stingers, Yellow Dog & the Jubilation Singers, The Rafael Tranquilino Band, The Sara Brown Band, VIBE, Ravinwolf, Yabba Griffith and more.



The Big Sky all-star jam session hosted by Randy Oxford on Sunday evening will close out the Festival.


With unlimited space for Camping and RV and held on the River, in the mountains under the Big Montana Sky, The Big Sky Blues Festival is rapidly becoming a Festival circuit favorite in the Pacific NW region. Family friendly with lots of outdoor activities available.


Festival dates are August 4th and 5th, with a pre-festival kick off party on August 3rd at the Naughty Pine Saloon in near by Trout Creek, MT. There will also be a raffle going all weekend for a 3 day Sail Boat Cruise on the "San Juan Full Moon" for 2 adults, with Randy Oxford and Friends around the San Juan Islands off the Washington state coast.


Festival attendees who are staying at the festival site are welcome to come a day early and stay a day later to take in this beautiful vacation area.

Located just 2 hours NE of Spokane,WA in Noxon, MT.



Tickets and info at or call 406-827-4210 




One week left to enter for your chance to win an ocean-view cabin for 2 on Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #19 at! Winner announced July 4th.




The cruise is over 90% sold and will be sailing the exotic Southeastern Caribbean Oct. 27 ~ Nov. 3, 2012 from San Juan, P.R. to Dominica, Martinique, Barbados and St. Lucia.


Artists include: Taj Mahal Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Brooks Family Blues Dynasty (Lonnie, Ronnie & Wayne Baker Brooks), Buckwheat Zydeco, Bobby Rush Revue, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue (Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Deanna Bogart), North Mississippi All-Stars, Ruthie Foster Band, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, The Nighthawks, Ana Popovic, Trampled Under Foot, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shane Dwight and many more!


Reserve your cabin at (816) 753-7979 or





Pittsburgh Blues Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The 18th Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival, presented by People's Natural Gas, takes place July 20-22 at Hartwood Acres, a fabulous county park just outside Pittsburgh.


This year’s spectacular line-up features the “Kings of Boogie,” Canned Heat, the first lady of the blues, Mavis Staples, the legendary Bobby “Blue” Bland, 8th generation Creole, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Bernard Allison (son of the late great Luther Allison), Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, Anthony Gomes, Albert Cummings and Barbara Blue, plus great local bands. KidZone (with arts, crafts, healthy snacks), raffles (more than $10,000 worth of raffle prizes!), merchandise vendors, and plenty of food!
















Mavis Staples & Canned Heat




Admission on Friday is FREE with bag of groceries to donate to the Food Bank! Kids 12 and under always free – free parking too! Personal cooler donation fee: $10.00 (feeds a hungry kid for a week!). All proceeds help to feed hungry people in South Western Pennsylvania.



(Top and bottom photo credit: Jim Barnoff)

More info & tickets: or 412-460-BLUE. 






July 27 & 28, 2012  ~  2 DAYS  ~  2 STAGES  ~  12 BANDS 


The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississippi River, nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age... one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. 


This year's festival features: Shemekia Copeland, JJ Grey & Mofro, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Trampled Under Foot, Indigenous, Harper, The Steepwater Band, Tweed Funk, Gerome Durham & The All-Star Band, Matthew Curry & The Fury, Terry Quiett & Alex Wilson Band.













Shemekia Copeland ~ Rick Estrin & The Nightcats


Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear and good, friendly people all around! You’ll soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger! Blues and Roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast Jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill Country Blues, New Orleans horns and Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, Blues Rock – We’ve got it all!



The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! It is located on St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park right on the Mississippi River. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin founded in the late 1600's has a ton of history. Wisconsin's most toured historical site, The Villa Louis (a stunning, fully restored Victorian mansion), is located on the island next to the fest grounds. 


There are some hard choices to be made at The Prairie Dog! You can either get up out of your chair, stretch and walk a few yards to the beer tent or you can have one of these lovely ladies bring your drink to you! Decisions, decisions!



Camp right on site with your friends and meet new friends! Typical walk from your site to the gate of the festival is 200-300 yards. Food and drink as well as campfires, singing, playing music and telling stories is strongly encouraged. The festival is a one block walk off The Island and you are downtown surrounded by family owned pubs, restaurants and small retail stores. If staying in a motel is more your style, blues fest shuttles will get you to the fest in a 5 minute drive or less!  


Tickets and camping are available by calling 1-888-567-1567 or online at Information on accommodations can be found at or by calling 800-732-1673.

Visit our website for a chance to win free tickets to the Fest!





(Standard Speaker)    Alison Briggs didn't want a Woodstock-like concert in her family's backyard, when her husband, Richard, proposed the idea well more than a decade ago. Now, she sees the Briggs Farm Blues Festival as a legacy for her grandchildren - the 11th generation living on the working family farm which dates back to 1760.


Across the road and down the hill from the Briggs' 135-year-old farmhouse, a grassy farm field acts as a natural amphitheater for the legendary performers taking the main stage and introducing a new generation to the blues.


Headlining the 15th anniversary festival July 6 and 7 will be Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater on Friday night and Bernard Allison on Saturday night. Also featured on the main stage will be Moreland & Arbuckle, Rory Block, Linsey "Hoochie Man" Alexander and crowd-favorite, The Alexis P. Suter Band.


















Lonnie Shields   ~   Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater   ~   Alexis P. Suter


The Butterfield Blues Band, featuring original member Sam Lay and Jimmy Vivino of the Conan O'Brien Show, will take the main stage early Saturday evening celebrating the late Paul Butterfield, who died 25 years ago.


Paul's son, Gabriel, handpicked performers coming together in this tribute, which is the first in a series of shows beginning at the Briggs farm and ending in the Catskills of New York, where the Butterfield Blues Band took the stage in front of a half-a-million people at another music festival on Max Yasgur's farm in 1969. "Paul Butterfield created the first integrated band of the 1960s and when the first Butterfield album came out, they bridged the gap bringing white audiences to black music greatly changing the course," Gabriel Butterfield said in an email interview. "All the members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to this day still keep changing history."


He hopes a documentary on his father's life, part of which will be filmed at Briggs, will tell "a story that needs to be told about a musician who played a pinnacle role in music history, including the first electric band that backed Bob Dylan."


...On the Back Porch, the more-intimate, second stage at the festival, performers often chat with the audience, sharing blues-born tales of life on the road.


Lonnie Shields, no stranger to the Briggs festival, will perform on the Back Porch both Friday and Saturday nights as well as cooking up Mississippi Delta-style barbecue the way his family did in his native Arkansas. "The secret is love," Shields said of his family's slow-cooked meat and his own "Lick the Bone" barbecue sauce.


Pulled pork, baby-back ribs, smoked chicken wings, homemade cole slaw and roasted sweet corn are on the menu along with fresh, hot macaroni and cheese - a first this year, Richard Briggs said. But for those with a sweet tooth, desserts such as stacked-high strawberry shortcake and pecan pie will also be included ...


... The festival which attracts more than 4,000 people from around the world and has featured more than 170 regional, national and international blues artists since its inception that almost never materialized.


"In the beginning, he wined and dined me to let me know this was what he was asking," Alison Briggs recalls. "This is our backyard. It took some convincing ... But Richard had a vision." Fifteen years later, that vision has become a family business that the couple is passing onto the next generation of Briggs, their grandchildren. 


... "It is a legacy."


Rules: No pets, no kegs, no glass and no chainsaws (happened ... once, Briggs said.)


For more information or to order tickets, visit



Read full article here...







Here's an update on the progress of the new, live CD, "Live Blues Protected By Smith & Wilson", featuring longtime Muddy Waters band member and 2011 Grammy winner, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and Roger "Hurricane" Wilson from their live sold out theater performance in late 2009. 


The CD was recorded on one of the four duo tours Willie and I did between 2008 and late 2010. This show took place in a sold-out theater in Harrisburg, PA., capturing the magic and intimacy that acoustic Blues music offers. Willie was performing harmonica and vocals and I was enjoying being there playing guitar and singing with him.


Willie wanted this CD to happen, so I feel it is my duty to continue making this project a reality. His family has graciously stood behind it and allowed me to make it a reality. 


To date, with (less than) 26 days to go, we have pledges totaling $1310.00. We appreciate so much the backers that have stepped up to help with this project thus far. We still, however, have to raise another $4690.00 by 7PM on July 21, 2012 in order to complete the project. Anything you can donate, no matter how large or small, is appreciated. There are 6 levels of thank you gifts being offered that are a small token of my great appreciation for donations.


The funding request here is to get this project produced and distributed in order to keep alive the memory of the late Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, a true Blues Legend. Much of the work is complete, but the expenses are still mounting. Your donations will go toward mastering, manufacturing, artwork, advertising, and radio promotion. We would love to have your financial support, which will include the incentives listed herein, provided we reach our goal of $6000.00. If the goal is not met, your money will be returned.


We hope you will join us to pay tribute to a great Bluesman, the late Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and to keep his legacy and the Blues alive. We really need your help!


This is not just another CD, but an actual piece of Blues music history.

Thank You, Roger "Hurricane" Wilson


To get the full story and see donor gift levels, visit Wilson's fundraising site.






 (From Blues Blast Magazine)  In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best of 2012 Blues music in eight categories. The complete list of nominees is listed below and is also available at our website complete with links to all the artist websites at:


Voting to determine the winners begins July 1, 2012 and continues until August 31st, 2012 on our website at Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE and you are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website.


The 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine is the fastest growing FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with over 22,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 80 countries.


Our partner, public radio station WGLT FM in Normal, IL has set up a web page where you can play selected songs of the 2012 nominees. To hear samples of these great Blues artists on WGLT’s 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards Artist Listening site visit:


When you get there, click on one of the nominees links to listen. A complete list of the 2012 Blues Blast Music Award nominees follows:


2012 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees

Contemporary Blues Album

•  Eugene Hideway Bridges - Rock And A Hard Place

•  Toronzo Cannon - Leaving Mood

•  Janiva Magness - Stronger For It

•  Billy Thompson - A Better Man

•  Johnny Sansone - Lord Is Waiting the Devil Is Too

•  Joe Louis Walker - Hellfire


Traditional Blues Album

•  Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues - Blues Revival

•  The Cash Box Kings- Holler & Stomp

•  Chicago Blues: A Living History – (Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell with

   Ronnie Baker Brooks, Magic Slim, James Cotton, Buddy Guy) - The (R)evolution Continues

•  Big James & The Chicago Playboys - The Big Pay Back

•  Mud Morganfield - Son Of The Seventh Son

•  Bernie Pearl – Sittin on Right Side Of The Blues

•  Sugar Ray & The Bluetones - Evening


Song Of The Year

•  “Holler And Stomp” - Joe Noseck (Holler & Stomp -The Cash Box Kings)

•  “Thank You for Giving Me the Blues” - Grady Champion, Zac Harmon & Chris Troy (Dreamin' - Grady Champion)

•  “Blinded By The Darkness” - Matthew Curry (If I Don't Got You - Matthew Curry & The Fury)

•  “That's How A Woman Loves A Man” - EG Kight (Lip Service - EG Kight)

•  “I Won't Cry” - Janiva Magness & Dave Darling (Stronger For It - Janiva Magness)

•  “Back to the Blues” - Hadden Sayers (Hard Dollar - Hadden Sayers)


New Artist Debut Release

•  Ivan Appelrouth - Blues & Instrumental

•  Matthew Curry & The Fury - If I Don't Got You

•  Mary Bridget Davies - Wanna Feel Somethin'

•  Sena Ehrhardt Band - Leave The Lights On

•  Big Pete - Choice Cuts

•  Andy Poxon Band - Red Roots


Male Blues Artist

•  Lurrie Bell

•  Tab Benoit

•  Bob Corritore

•  John Primer

•  Bobby Rush

•  Johnny Sansone

•  Joe Louis Walker


Female Blues Artist

•  Shemekia Copeland

•  Ruthie Foster

•  Diunna Greenleaf

•  EG Kight

•  Janiva Magness

•  Ana Popovic


Blues Band of The Year

•  The Cash Box Kings

•  Big James & The Chicago Playboys

•  Kilborn Alley

•  Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

•  Sugar Ray & The Bluetones

•  Trampled Under Foot


Sean Costello Rising Star Award

•  Toronzo Cannon

•  Matthew Curry & The Fury

•  Mary Bridget Davies

•  Sena Ehrhardt

•  Mud Morganfield

•  Victor Wainwright







Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the songwriting competition to take note of,” and for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $25,000 in prizes. Renowned for having the most prestigious judges of any music competition in the world, ISC’s judging panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and influential music industry professionals. Judges for this year include: Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Mayall, James Cotton, Bruce Iglauer (President, Alligator Records) and many more. For entry information and a complete list of judges, please visit: 




Video of The Week

Victor Wainwright : National Anthem

(2011 Springing the Blues Festival)



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Blues Society News

Blues Society News


(Wilmington, N.C).

Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches have become known for a dynamic blues scene that features weekly jams, live performances, an active blues society, and two signature blues festivals.


On July 27-29, blues fans will satisfy their soulful music cravings during the Cape Fear Blues Society’s 17thAnnual Cape Fear Blues Festival with an impressive lineup of touring blues artists, noted regional performers, and talented local blues musicians. Wilmington’s premier music venues, the Soapbox Laundro Lounge and the Rusty Nail Saloon, will host the 2012 Cape Fear Blues Festival with regional acts hailing from Richmond, Virginia and Columbia, South Carolina. Top local blues artists will also perform in a variety of blues genres.


The three-day all-blues celebration features events with live concerts, a blues workshop, an all-day blues jam, and the ever-popular Blues Cruise aboard the Henrietta III riverboat.


For more details about the Cape Fear Blues Festival, including tickets, times and locations, visit the festival website at or call 910-350-8822.

More info here


Record Label News


(News from Betsie at Blind Racoon)



We are delighted to announce that Nugene (Records) artists have gained no less than eight nominations in this year's British Blues Awards.












Click here to see all the nominees and vote.



Buddy and Hopkins

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

Elwood's BluesMobile

Dan Aykroyd

It is hard to believe, but the amazingly youthful Dan Aykroyd turns sixty on July first. Elwood thought it would be a neat trick to interview him on the show, play some of his favorite music, learn about his musical roots, and of course, hear a healthy dose of the Blues Brothers.


Dan Aykroyd is Elwood's guest. Join him, won't you? He doesn't want to feel like he's talking to himself…next time, in the Bluesmobile.








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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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Deep Blues Festival

Friday - Sunday

June 29th - July 1st 2012

Bayport, Minnesota USA

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Canned Heat


Friday, June 29th 2012

Gardnerville, NV USA

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Hayward Russell City

Blues Festival


July 7th-8th 2012

Hayward, California USA

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Bostons on the Beach

Red, White & Blues Festival

 Friday - Wednesday

 June 29th - July 4th 2012

Delray Beach, Florida USA

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Blues From The Top 10th Annual Outdoor Blues Festival

 Friday - Sunday

June 29th - July 1st 2012

Grand County, Colorado USA

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North Mississippi

Hill Country Picnic


June 29th-June 30th 2012 

Waterford, Missisippi USA

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Montreux Jazz Festival

Friday - Saturday

June 29th - July 14th 2012

Montreux, Montreux Switzerland

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 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

Friday - Sunday

June 29th - July 1st 2012 

Davenport, Iowa USA

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Bear Creek Blues Fest

Saturday, June 30th 2012

Slater, Missouri USA

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Irvine Lake 15th Annual

Blues Festival

Saturday - Sunday

 June 30th - July 1st 2012

Silverado, California USA

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Sand Lake Blues Fest


June 29th-June 30th 2012 

National City, Michigan USA

Darwin Blues Festival

Saturday, June 30th 2012

Parap, Northern Territory


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Cognac Blues Festival


July 3rd- July 8th 2012

Cognac, Cognac France

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Safeway Waterfront

Blues Festival


July 4th-8th 2012

Portland, Oregon USA

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Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

Topeka, Kansas USA

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Royal Bank Bluesfest


July 4th-15th 2012

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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Briggs Farm Blues Festival


July 6th-7th 2012 

Nescopeck, Pennsylvania USA

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Vallemaggia Magic Blues

Friday - Friday

July 6th - August 3rd 2012

Vallemaggia, Maggia, Switzerland

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Thunder Bay Blues Festival


July 6th-8th 2012

Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

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Tremblant International

Blues Festival


July 6th-15th 2012

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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Kalamazoo Blues Festival


July 12th-14th 2012

Kalamazoo, Michigan irUSA

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16th Annual

Black Potatoe Music Festival


July 12th-15th 2012

Clinton, New Jersey USA

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7th Annual

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Roanoke, Virginia USA

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Big Rib BBQ & Blues Festival


July 12th-15th 2012

Rochester, New York USA

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