Greetings From Your Editor...
May we offer you some blues...
"May" we offer you some blues? Well, of course, it's May and that's what we're here for and we expect you to take all you want and ask for more. Now that's a good puppy.
I feel like the phrase, "where did the month go," is starting to sound like a recording or just plain deja vu... like wow, I think I've been here before, man. But it's twue... time just keeps flying by so remember to reach out for that golden (or blue) ring and make the best of your time. Soaking up some blues sounds like a good way to do that.
This weekend find festivals in Massachusetts, Italy, Michagan, Louisiana, the UK, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Now that's a roadtrip! Tons of blues fans and national artists will also converge onto Memphis next week for the 34th Annual Blues Music Awards. The award ceremony is May 9, but festivities abound before and after across that part of the Delta. This is an amazing trip to take and one you should try and put on your bucket-list. Sending congratulations from your BFG family to all the amazing nominees.
Reminder: We have some super cool giveaways going on at our Facebook page under our "Get Rewards" link. Check it out and go for it!
Talk to ya next week!
Your ever-grateful editor...
Correction: I do throw a few mistakes in here and there just to see if you're paying attention. Please keep me on my toes... I always wanted to be a ballerina anyway.
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2013 Blues Festival Guide 11th Annual Magazine Cover
In case you missed it in last week's issue, here is the glorious 2013 cover of our 11th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. The art, done by primitive folk artist Lennie Jones, was chosen to honor the great Muddy Waters during this 100th year of his birth. The magazine started hitting the streets this week and will be digital soon.
Check with your local blues society or a festival to pickup your copy or can find order information here.
Knock Kneed Sally :: GIMME SOME BISCUIT
Knock Kneed Sally's third album, Gimme Some Biscuit, has been birthed and released May 3rd. Gimme Some Biscuit will showcase the bands' new song ideas and capture the raw energy that fans say they love about their live shows.
Butt Movin’ Entertainment from Knock Kneed Sally says their new CD Gimme Some Biscuit is "an ode to their love of breakfast." Stovepipe Perkins swears there are no double meanings: “I really wish I was clever enough to do something like that… hahahahaha, they say the same thing about our other song called 'Trash Day.'"
Knock Kneed Sally likes to have fun and play to a very high level while connecting with the audience. Stovepipe generally tells stories about girls breaking into his house, dancers setting themselves on fire and alcoholic neighbors: “Ya know, day-in-the-life stuff," laughs Stovepipe.
Gimme Some Biscuit by Knock Kneed Sally includes all original tunes that reflect people they've known and situations that they've been sometimes drawn into.
Knock Kneed Sally includes the talents of players you may already know from regional and nationally touring bands: Stovepipe Perkins, Jemmie Hill, Jerry Riccardi, Jake Koivisto and a special CD appearance by flautist, Jazzy Jazz.
Download title track “Gimme Some Biscuit,” a time stamp of where KKS is as a band and a chance to create something that will be relevant into the future. Find Knock Kneed Sally’s schedule here. Catch them at a festival or club near you.
"Gimme Some Biscuit"
The Cash Box Kings :: BLACK TOPPING
Black Toppin,' the second release for The Cash Box Kings' on Blind Pig Records, hits the streets May 12.
Considered the "Young Turks" of the Chicago blues scene, The Cash Box Kings are dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940’s and 50’s post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s but with a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience.
"How refreshing it is to hear some honest blues. The Cash Box Kings play with taste and feel and it was faith-restoring to know there are guys out there that still know and appreciate real blues." – Charlie Musselwhite
The Kings’ Blind Pig label debut, 2011’s Holler And Stomp, garnered critical acclaim as well as Blues Blast Award nominations for Band of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Traditional Blues CD.
On Black Toppin,' the Kings remain dedicated to carrying on the musical traditions of post-war 1950’s Chicago blues, plus stretch out and cover some of the other musical landscapes that blues music has traversed over the last 70 years. Their deep affinity for Delta and Louisiana swamp blues, jump blues and their own signature "blues-a-billy" is mixed with some of the musical styles of groups that were influenced by the blues like Velvet Underground and include a pair of originals redolent of the 70's era Rolling Stones.
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
has just added Mike Finnigan to the Lineup
The legendary Mike Finnigan has just been added to festival and will be joining The Mannish Boys Revue along side band members Finis Tasby, Sugaray Rayford, Kirk Feltcher, Frank Goldwasser, Randy Chortkoff, Willie J. Campbell, Jimi Bott, and special guest Curtis Salgado, Otis Grand, Kevin Selfe, Peter Dammann & Audrey Turner.
Mike Finnigan started playing professionally in 1964 while at Kansas University. He worked all over the country with his band (The Serfs) until moving to California in 1970. He has toured and/or recorded with a vast array of artists, including Jimi Hendrix, The Manhattan Transfer, Maria Muldaur, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Taj Mahal, Crosby Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, Keb Mo, and many, many others. He also continues to work and record with the Phantom Blues Band.
The 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th & 26th, 2013. 2013 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 Cajun & Zydeco Stage will showcase continuous music each day featuring the best Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts.
The Blues Stage will feature some of the most talented and renowned Blues & Roots acts in the world 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 here
Scream Guitars can be Customized with your Logo or Art
The Perfect Gift or Award for any Celebration
Scream Guitars are playable guitars and basses that are wrapped, engraved or hand-painted with artwork of your choosing, including logos, photos, paintings, tattoo reproductions … and any other graphic you might imagine or desire.
Envision a custom, electric guitar with the entire face portraying - in vivid color - your company logo, a photo of your band, the colors and emblem of your favorite sports team, your tattoo, or a collectible piece of original art. Scream Guitars provides you with that custom designed instrument, at a price below those of other handmade and individually designed guitars.
Our customers include bands, record labels, bars and restaurants, corporations that use them for employee awards and client gifts, retail stores, sports teams, rock band fan groups and many more. Scream Guitars offers its own stock designs, as well as custom designs of your choosing.
Delta Blues Museum National Medal Party - Wednesday, May 8
Please come out and celebrate the Delta Blues Museum's National Medal Honor with the Nighthawks, Wednesday May 8, from 6-8 pm at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St NE, (between N 14th St & N Linden Ct), Washington, DC (202-388-7625)
Last week we were pleased to announce that the Delta Blues Museum is one of ten recipients of this year's National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The National Medal will be presented to Museum Director Shelley Ritter at a celebration in Washington, D.C., on May 8.
For more details about this prestigious award click here and here. For more information on the Delta Blues Museum's events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site.
Welcome Blues Super Group… New York Blues Project
The NEW YORK BLUES PROJECT aka NYBP is: Jon Montgomery, Clint Bahr, Billy Ficca, Fingers DelRey, Steve Bondy and Jeff 'Houndog' Schiller. NYBP... six New York City legends... each having an industry track record that is nonpareil. Members of NYBP have collaborated with: Johnny Winter; The Doors; Peter Banks; Flash; Kiss; Foreigner; Bootsy Collins; Bill Laswell; and Todd Rundgren. A comprehensive listing of the many luminaries with which members of NYBP have worked would exceed the press release's permissible wordcount. The website at www.NYBLUESPROJECT.com contains a comprehensive listing of their many credits.
NYBP's sound is as unique as are the talents of the members of the group. The sound is classified best as Metropolitan Blues or Urban-City-Scape Blues. Its roots include: jazz; jump; swing and the multitude of categories that have come to define the contemporary blues genre.
NYBP has stunned audiences wherever they have played. Whether performing at the Montreal Blues Festival, aka Festiblues, or benefits to raise monies for the less fortunate amongst us, or legendary venues in New York City, audiences agree that they are a “blues super group.” But, Mud Williams, who is the son of the legendary Muddy Waters, put it best when he said, "The New York Blues Project... a great band... that's why I love the blues."
Since the initial penning of this press release, the legendary Uptown Horns (Phunque.com) has chosen to join forces with the New York Blues Project. Their musicianship can only enhance the super-group status of the New York Blues Project.
Lords and Ladies of the Blues world, please join with BUSTLE TRUNK MGMT in welcoming the New York Blues Project, featuring the Uptown Horns, to the wonderful world of the Blues.
34th Annual Blues Music Awards May 9 in Memphis, TN
The annual Blues Music Awards, the Grammys of the blues world, will honor the best in the industry May 9 at the Cook County Convention Center in Memphis, TN. There are also a number of ancillary activities on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Check out the schedule here.
Here's some general information for the 34th BMA's:
Wednesday, May 8th 1p-5p: Ticket Will Call and Merchandise Sales - Outside Grand Lobby, Cook Convention Center
NOTE: The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Charter Members' Dinner will be held the night Wednesday, May 8. Contact The Blues Foundation about becoming a Charter Member in order to attend this star-studded event. For more information, contact Jay Sieleman at (901) 527-2583 xt 12 or email@example.com
Thursday, May 9th 1a-2p: Blues Music Award Merchandise Sales - Outside Grand Lobby, Cook Convention Center
10a-8p Ticket Will Call - Outside Grand Lobby, Cook Convention Center
Dress code: There is no dress code, but people do dress up. A few are in formal wear because they want to be. Most women will wear a cocktail dress and most men will wear a jacket, if not a suit. Look sharp and festive!
The Blues Music Awards will be broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville. The next best thing to being there. They will be broadcast on public television later in the year.
Southwest Musical Arts Foundation will release a CD to benefit Kid Ramos. It will be called The Kid Ramos/Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions and will have an initial limited run of 1000 copies of which 100% of CD sales go to Kid Ramos. This CD will be culled from 4 recording sessions Kid and Bob did in the mid to late 1990s with Henry Gray, Nappy Brown, Big Pete Pearson, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, and Chico Chism. Most of this collection has been previously released on multiple CDs but this is the first time that the sessions will be presented in one package with this focus. The selections will showcase a simply beautiful body of work.
It will be released mid to late October and more details are forthcoming. Special thanks to Kathy Bolmer, Delta Groove Productions, Bluebeat Music, Tempest Recording, and Sonorous Mastering for their parts in making this happen. CDs will be available through The Blues Foundation's Hart Fund, Bluebeat Music and at various benefits with all proceeds going to Kid Ramos. Purchase in the Blues Foundation Blues Store.
Join us Downunder to Celebrate
Byron Bay Bluesfest’s 25th Anniversary in 2014
Now is the perfect time to plan for the 25th annual Bluesfest in 2014, Bluesfest is Australia’s multi-award winning and international renowned blues and roots festival.
Taking place over the Easter Long Weekend at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, Bluesfest is an amazing opportunity to experience some of the world’s top musical masters in one of the world’s most picturesque settings. Some of the biggest names in music appear on the seven tent stages.
When guests are not enjoying the massive names in music at Bluesfest, Byron Bay is a place of outstanding natural beauty waiting to be explored. Long an escape destination for Australians this small, relaxed, chic seaside town with glorious beaches provides an ideal location to wind down after a long weekend of music festival indulgence!
For more information about packages to the event, contact Down Under Answers. 800-889-1464
*The Blues Festival Guide is going to Byron Bay Blues Fest in 2014… Please come with us! Call Linda/Down Under Answers to find out about special group rates for our blues family.
LRBC #21 & #22 Soldout ~ Join Waitlist
Oct. 18~25, 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan on Holland America ms Maasdam. Fort Lauderdale to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, MX.
SOLD OUT ~ JOIN WAITLIST!
LRBC #22 Eastern Caribbean, January 19~26, 2014
LRBC #22, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Maarten, St. Thomas/St. John & Turks & Caicos on the Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV, is SOLDOUT ~ JOIN WAITLIST STARTING
Here's the link. You will be required to sign into your online account. Details on how to create your account are below.
By joining, you will be placed on the waitlist in order of the date and time that your request was received. If a cabin does become available (most likely Deluxe Verandah Outside ranging from $2450-2600 per person Double Occupancy plus $230 per person port/ship fees and gratuities to be billed onboard) we will notify you of availability. We DO require a Credit Card to be placed on the waitlist. Your card will not be charged until you have secured a cabin.
If you experience problems signing up for the waitlist online, you may also call our office at 816-753-7979. BUT... you will be able to secure a higher spot on the list by using the online system as the phone lines become very busy so it becomes difficult to get through right away. Thank you in advance for your patience!
See www.BluesCruise.com or (816) 753-7979 for reservations & info
You HAVE to experience this at least once in your lifetime!
Connect with New Blues Festival Guide QR Code
This is our new QR code. You will see it on the front cover of the 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazine!
Your blues friends may want to “borrow” your copy of your Blues Festival Guide magazine that is chock full of great info, but now you can offer to let them scan the code with their smartphone. This will bring them to our Mobile Website with a link to the Digital Version of the magazine, and they can read it there!
How does it work?
Download a free QR bar code scanner App (there are dozens of them), then scan the QR code and you will land on our new landing page for mobile devices.
What will you find there?
~ Link to read the 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazine in Digital Format
~ Link to sign up for and read our free weekly, electronic newsletter called Blues e-Guide (our editor is the Queen of Steam herself, Michele Lundeen!)
~ Link to list of dozens of blues festivals in date order.
~ Link to contact us
Our new mobile web page is easy to navigate on your smart phone… giving you access to blues festivals at your fingertips.
Ontario's Sault Blues Society 2nd Annual Sault Blues Festival June 8
Sault Blues Society President, Jim Traveson, proudly announces that the second Annual Sault Blues Festival is scheduled for Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.
Award-winning (including multiple Juno Awards) blues group, Fathead, will perform on Friday June 7th at the Pub at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites. Opening local band is Five Below Zero starting at 8:30 pm.
Saturday June 8th features a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian blues as the Allstar Blues Revue takes the stage at the Water Tower Pub at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites featuring Chuck Jackson and Gary Kendall (from Downchild Blues Band), Teddy Leonard and Bucky Berger (from the award-winning blues band, Fathead) and the fabulous blues diva, Miss Robin Banks. Opening band is The Dirty River Blues Band.
Limited tickets for each show cost $25 ($20 for Blues Society members).
If you represent a Blues Society and/or have a very special announcement for a not-for-profit event coming up, send your brief news or Press Release (200 words or less) and logo with "Blues Society News" in subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raise The Roof: Campaign for Blues Hall of Fame
YOU can make the Blues Hall of Fame a reality. Your support matters!
Attention Blues Fans: Be a Part of Blues History
For the 16 months, The Blues Foundation has asked blues fans to help Raise the Roof! Many of you have responded generously. As a result, the Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame has secured pledges and donations of over $1.55 million dollars. By September, the final plans and drawings will be ready and construction can begin. But construction will begin only if those blues fans who have not yet pledged do so in the next five months.
Be a part of blues history. Do what you can. Help us complete this dream now. Let us have a Grand Opening with B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland with cutting the ribbon!
1. Make a multi-year pledge or donation online
2. Or Mail check to: The Blues Foundation 421 So. Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464.
3. Or Make a one-time donation by calling 901.527.2583.
For detailed information call or e-mail Jay Sieleman, President & CEO, The Blues Foundation: 901.527.2583 ext. 12 or email@example.com
No effort is too small or unappreciated If not us, who? If not now, when?
NOTE: BFG is working with the Blues Foundation to help spread the good word.
Here's how you can also help:
- Add Blues Hall of Fame logo to your website
- Add BHF banner ad to your website - Include BHF ad in your Program
- MC announcements from stage - Pass out brochures at events
Contact me for details: Best, Kaati / BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE
775 337 8626 or kaati@BluesFestivalGuide.com
Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists
Post Your Festivals ~ Post Your Blues Gigs
- FESTIVAL PROMOTERS... Post your 2013 festival information on the Blues Festival Guide website. It's FREE and the sooner you put the info on our website the sooner fans will see it and be able to plan their Blues Festival adventures.
- ARTISTS & PROMOTERS... you can post gigs for free, too! Go to www.BluesFestivalGuide.com, click on SUBMIT GIG/CONCERT and fill in blanks. It will appear in our Gig/Concert calendar within 24 hours
(who could make the proverbial phonebook sound amazing!)
The Best Ride on the Radio
This is the mission of the Bluesmobile. To bring you the latest and greatest, the best and the brightest, the unjustly ignored and the deserving of fame, the tuneful, the rocking, the blistering, the sweet. To bring you the Blues.
Join Elwood every week for the best ride on the radio. The BluesMobile.
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