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Blues Festival Guide
Date July 5, 2013
Volume 8/Issue 27

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Red, White & Blues..

This past week Canada and the USA celebrated their countries with fireworks, parades, barbeque's and hometown pride. Blues fests this celebration weekend include the Waterfront Festival in Portland, Oregon, ZOOFest in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenpirt, Iowa as well as the award winning Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada and the Thunder Bay Blues Festival in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Blues birthdays of note: Ron Thompson (July 5,1953), Pinetop Perkins (July 7, 1913), on July 8: Louis Jordan (1908), Johnnie Johnson (1924), Larry Garner (1952), on July 10: Little Charlie Baty (1953), Bruce Iglauer (1947 owner: Alligator Records), Mavis Staples (1939), Blind Boy Fuller (1907)
Celebrate your freedom to enjoy the blues!
Talk to ya next week!
Your ever-grateful editor,
Michele Lundeen
Remember, you can win some amazing things via our Facebook "Rewards Program like the fabulous Michael Burks painting, CD packages, T-Shirts and more.
If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues within the archives on our website.
CD & DVD Releases
Rory Block :: AVALON
Multi-award-winning blues singer/guitarist Rory Block fourth CD in her “Mentor Series” is Avalon on Stony Plain Records, a tribute to blues master Mississippi John Hurt. Previous Rory Block salutes have been to Rev. Gary Davis (I Belong to the Band), Mississippi Fred McDowell (Shake ‘em on Down) and Son House (Blues Walkin’ Like a Man).
Like the others before it, on Avalon Rory Block pays a loving reverence to another of the blues greats whose influences have made a major impact on her career path and music. Ten of the 11 tracks on the new CD are songs associated with Hurt’s repertoire; while the lone original tune – which leads off the album – “Everybody Loves John,” is Rory’s personal love letter to the iconic bluesman, name-checking a litany of songs that were a major part of his blues canon.
Many of Hurt’s best known and beloved songs are on Avalon, including “Candy Man,” “Frankie & Albert,” “Got the Blues Can’t be Satisfied,” “Richland Woman Blues,” “Spike Driver Blues,” “Stagolee,” “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor,” “Pay Day” and the title track, plus other tunes that demonstrate how diverse and significant his contributions were to blues history.
Click to play "Avalon"
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Grand Marquis :: BLUES AND TROUBLE
The swing era lasted a little more than 10 years, but the irresistible rhythmic appeal of the music influenced virtually all subsequent jazz, blues and popular music. A rousing revival in the late 90s spawned Grand Marquis in 1998 in Kansas City, the birthplace of swing. After five landmark albums of vital and timeless music they are hitting their stride with Blues And Trouble, the most exuberant and sheer danceable music of their glorious career seasoned with pungent blues.
12 originals and one cover feature the singular talents of Bryan Redmond (lead vocals, saxes) along with Chad Boydston (trumpet), Ryan Wurtz (guitar), Ben Ruth (upright bass, sousaphone) and Lisa McKenzie (drums, washboard). Tough-guy-poetry kicks off the set before heading to N’Awlins, then on to a minor key 8-bar blues, slinky funk rhythms, sultry 12-bar and the minor blues title track which casts an inky “noir” spell. Continuing is a riff-driven, limber swing, a stunning intro of vocal and guitar in free time which switches from energetic Dixieland to dynamic medium blues, a melancholy, cinematic mambo and a jaunty tribute to a swing dance hall. The Delta gets a visit with slide guitar on moody slow blues, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” swings and boogies followed by a classic Crescent City funeral march. Closing the set is a clever anthem for those following their passion in life.
The greatest music casts a spell, taking the listener on a unique journey for the mind and body. On Blues And Trouble, Grand Marquis conjures a whole world of sights and sounds.
Click to play "Bed of Nails"
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BFG Facebook Contests
Congrats to our Top Fans for June and this past Week!
Congratulations to, Kathy L. Rankin of Portland, Oregon who was chosen from our Top 25 Fans to win the awesome Custom Blues Festival Guide Scream Guitar! This customized electric from Scream Guitars is a playable electric guitar wrapped with the Blues Festival Guide logo. It features a solid body basswood...maple neck and rosewood fretted finger board, three single coil pickups and standard hardware. 
 One of our Top 25 Fans has a chance to win a "Five CD’s Package!" 
Latest CD Package winners: Congrats to Mark R. Stewart (6/29) from Gig Harbor, Washington and Julie Doyle (7/5) from Venice, Florida for winning a pack of CDs from various artists including: Tweed Funk, Jay Gordon Band, The Randy Oxford Band, Delta Wires, Mark Robinson, Kelly Richey, Cassie Taylor, Alan Wilson, Kirby Sewell, Bernie Mora, Tangent and more.
You too can win a set of 5 CD’s by Various Blues Artists by being one of our Top 25 Fans of the week! We will be selecting One Top Fan each week

*Be One of Our Top 25 Fans for the Month of July for a chance to win the "Arkansas Rumble" painting! 
"Arkansas Rumble" is roots artist Lennie Jones' tribute to the late wonderful guitarist Michael Burks...It measures 22" X 28", acrylic on canvas. Original, never reproduced. Lennie can furnish a National Registry Certificate of Authenticity.
"Michael was such a gifted intense humble master Blues musician whom I greatly admired on every level. I had met and painted the "Iron Man" several times and did this painting the week he passed away. Photo is of the last time I saw Michael....Bluesed & Blessed, Lennie"
One of our Top 25 Fans of the month of July that will win the painting will be announced on Aug 1st, 2013. 
NEW Top Fan Reward ...Bluezzee-Tee!
Be sure to JOIN Our Rewards Program for your chance to WIN this Bluezzee-Tee! (see graphic at rt).
One of Top 25 Fans will be chosen on Aug 1, 2013.
Go to our Facebook Page "Like" us and click the Rewards button.
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Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

(L-R) San Diego Blues Fest producer Michael Kinsman, singer/editor Michele Lundeen and promoter John Reilly at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival in Simi Valley, CA, May 25, 2013.
Email your fave photos with caption and credit to

You can also enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on the cover at left to check out the online digital version!
If you'd like a hard copy to have and to hold, check with your local blues society or look for one at a blues festival or... you can find order information here.
News Flash
Albert Cummings Wins our Theme Song Contest 

On behalf of the BFG Staff we're proud to announce that Albert Cummings is the winner of the Blues Festival Guide Theme Song Contest! We're thrilled that his poignant song, "The Blues Makes Me Feel So Good," will be playing when fans and industry folks are checking out the 2013 BFG Digital Magazine for the next four months. Our digital magazine is linked from our top ranking blues website Congratulations Albert!
Albert messaged us and shared, "Tommy Shannon (SRV) and I wrote this song. People love this song and there are a ton of live videos of the crowds yelling, 'Blues Makes me feel so good,' back to me on festival stages. I hope someday it becomes an anthem for spreading the message that blues is a good thing!"
Cummings grew up on a farm in Massachusetts and learned guitar from his father but turned to banjo at age 12. This country boy discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan in high school and couldn't believe his ears. While in college in 1987 he had the chance to see SRV live and returned to the guitar with a new resolve. However, not until he was 27 did Albert finally decide to go for it.
An intense period of wood shedding resulted in Albert sharing a bill with Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section. So taken with Albert’s fire and passion were bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that they volunteered to play on and produce his debut recording. In 2003 the aptly-titled, From the Heart (Under the Radar), delivers the awesome power of a Nor’easter and the soul of a natural born artist.
A year later Double Trouble joined Cummings again as he signed with Blind Pig Records to create True to Yourself, with legendary producer Jim Gaines. This album features our new theme song!
In 2006 came the blockbuster Working Man, Cummings and his sixth and latest album, No Regrets, debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and France iTunes blues charts and No. 5 on Billboard blues charts.
Tall City Blues Fest Announces 2013 Line-Up for July 26–27

Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Riley Geological Consultants, announces its line-up for the 2013 Festival. The Festival will be held in downtown Midland's Centennial Plaza on July 26-27 and brings award-winning Blues performers to West Texas.
The Friday night headliner is (top lt) Chris Duarte (Atlanta, GA) followed by a finale performance from JT Coldfire (Austin, Texas). Saturday night (top ctr) Zac Harmon (Jackson, MS) will headline with a special guest performance by, Mississippi Blues Child, Castro Coleman, then followed by a finale performance from (top rt) Nick Moss (Chicago, IL). Friday night opening act will be Laurie Morvan Band (Long Beach, CA) and Saturday’s opening act will be Shakura S'Aida (Toronto, CA). 
Friday, July 26, gates open at 5pm, and the first performer will take the Cimarex Energy Main Stage at 5:30pm. Saturday, gates open at 1 PM with the first performer taking the Riley Geological Main Stage at 2pm. Saturday, a third stage, the Ford Community Jam Stage, will host 15-minute Community Jam sessions alternating between the Main Stage performances, making Saturday a triple-stage format.
Purchase tickets online here. Friday Passes $15; Saturday Passes $25; Weekend Passes $30. $20 Weekend Passes available at gate for students with valid student ID.
Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Riley Geological Consultants, hosts its line-up across two Main Stages, and also offers an outdoor Community Jam, educational workshops, an art auction and memorabilia raffle, food vendors and a midnight spectator jam.
22nd Pennsylvania Blues Festival July 26-28

Blue Mountain Ski Area announces the return of the Pennsylvania Blues Festival July 26-28, 2013, "Celebrating 22 years of Blues in the Poconos," the festival will be held at Blue Mountain Ski Area's Valley Lodge (1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, PA).
Enjoy 3 Days of Blues on 2 stages featuring 15 national and international Bands. There's a limited amount of VIP Ticket packages so look into it now. There's indoor night Jams Friday and Saturday - Lift Rides, Food & Specialty Vendors and more.
Friday's Jam runs 8pm-12am in the Adventure Center. Doors 7pm, cover $7 plus optional Jam Buffett $7. Saturday gates open at noon and the show kicks off on the Main Stage at 1 pm with John Primer Band followed by Bonerama, Sista Monica, Robert Randolph & The Slide Brothers and the Robert Randolph & The Family Band. Guy Davis opens the Tent Stage at 2 pm followed by a "Meet & Greet" artist interview and autograph session, then John Primer, Guy Davis and Bonerama. Saturday Night's Jam is hosted by Johnny Rawls with the Dave Keller Band from 9:30pm-1:3am.
Sunday’s gates open at 11am with the Alexis P. Suter Gospel Show on the Main Stage followed by Johnny Rawls, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Ruthie Foster and The Bobby Rush Revue. On the Tent Stage at 12:30pm it's Warner Williams & Jay Summerour, Electro-Fi Records Canadian Showcase with Harrison Kennedy, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whitely, Bobby Rush (solo/acoustic)' Warner Williams & Jay Summerour and Alexis P. Suter.
The festival features on-site camping. New this year are 10-15 suburban camping tents available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Camping and VIP check-in starts Friday, July 26th at 12pm and check-out is Monday, July 29th at 12pm
Find much more information here...
Newport Blues & BBQ Festival coming July 20
It's time to get down and dirty on Saturday, July 20th at the Newport Blues & BBQ Festival, an amped-up celebration of blues, beer, and barbeque. The one-day, 10-hour festival promises musical powerhouses and a BBQ Alley brimming with smoky goodness.
This years line-up kicks off at 12:30 pm and includes James Cotton Blues Band, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Matt “Guitar” Murphy with Rick Russell & the Cadillac Horns, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and Quinn Sullivan. Wow! Pair that with savory offerings and cold brews and you’ve got the recipe for a quality dose of southern hospitality right here in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
Advance tickets are $45 advance (through July 19th) or $55 Day-Of Event. Tickets on sale NOW! Kids under 12 free with an adult. Upgrade your admission ticket with a "BBQ Alley" pass available for $30. This pass includes a choice of four different tastings of BBQ specialities from a variety of the area’s best smokers and grillers within our dedicated BBQ Alley section.
While you soak in the sun and sounds of our Blues masters, check out a variety of pit-masters who will be dishing out some of the best savory barbeque in the area.
Matt “Guitar” Murphy performed with legends Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Etta James and more. In 1978 Murphy joined The Blues Brothers band and can be seen in the films The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000. This year at the Blues & BBQ Festival, the famous Blues Mobile, from the movies, will be on display for all to view. Come check it out.
More festival info here...
Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation donates big checks to big causes - What would you do if you generated a lot of money because you threw the biggest party of the year in Bonita Springs? It you were the Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation, you would throw another party to give it all away.
On June 12, the blues foundation presented the largest checks in its seven-year history to three local charities. Music for Minors, the Bonita Springs Assistance Office and the Golisano Children’s Hospital music therapy program received a check for $7,000 each.
“I hope you brought a big wallet,” said Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation president Kevin Barry as he presented the checks.
Read full story here...
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 to go on Sale July 8
Pre-booking starts July 8th at 11am CDT for LRBC #23 Mexican Riviera October 4~11, 2014! Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center (San Pedro, CA) roundtrip to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan on the Norwegian Cruise Line Sun.
A $250 per cabin deposit holds your spot in line to book a stateroom.Line-up and cabin selection dates will be announced as early as November.
Coming up: Oct. 18~25, 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan on Holland America ms Maasdam. Fort Lauderdale to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, MX.
LRBC #22 Eastern Caribbean, January 19~26, 2014 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
See or (816) 753-7979 for reservations & info
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
"The Blues Makes Me Feel So Good"   Albert Cummings

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Elwood's BluesMobile
Blues Festivals!
This week Elwood Blues takes a spin around Canada and the U.S. to find a blues festival near you. On his journey, he plays music from Mavis Staples (rt), the Slide Brothers, the great Bobby Rush, Tinsley Ellis, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and more!
The wonderful world of blues festivals. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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July 4th-6th 2013
Lincoln, Nebraska USA
Waterfront Blues Festival
July 4th-7th 2013
Portland, Oregon USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
July 4th-6th 2013
Davenport, Iowa USA
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
July 5th-7th 2013
Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
Festival de Blues de Mijas
July 5th-7th 2013
Mijas, Malaga Spain
Tremblant International Blues Festival
July 5th-14th 2013
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Canada
Blues on the Meadow
July 6th 2013
Aldermaston, United Kingdom
20th Annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival
July 11th-13th 2013
Kalamazoo, Michagan USA
Big Rib BBQ & Blues Festival
July 11th-14th 2013
 Rochester. New York USA
16th Annual Briggs Farm
Blues Festival
July 12th-13th 2013
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania USA
Vallemaggia Magic Blues
July 12th-August 9th 2013
Maggia, Ticino Switzerland
Lighthouse Blues Festival
July 12th-13th 2013
Kincardine, Ontario Canada
Smokin' Blues Fest 3
July 12th-13th 2013 
Aylesford, Nova Scotia Canada
Annual Grassroots Blues Festival
July 12th-13th 2013
Duck Hill, Mississippi USA
Bluesfest International
July 12th-14th 2013
Windsor, Ontario Canada
Playing with Fire Concert Series 10th Anniversary
July 12th-13th 2013
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
July 13th-14th 2013
Hayward, California USA
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