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Blues Festival Guide
 Sept 5, 2013   Vol 8/Issue 36
Greetings from your Editor...
 Good mornin' lil' schoolgirl...

Well, it's back to school for the majority of those that are enrolled somewhere. Even if you or your kids are not, it's also a time to be more cautious out on the road when kids are out on the streets before and after school en masse.
This could be a time to dig in a bit and learn more about some facets of the blues that moves you. There's a plethora of sources out there brimming with tidbits to full-on back stories of the far-reaching roots and the what might be the future of the blues. It is truly amazing how blues has impacted the world around us on many levels. Sept 6 is "Fight Procrastination Day"so might as well dive in.
Lots of birthdays of note: Sept 5 Sunnyland Slim (1907), Sept 6 Jimmy Reed (1925), Sept 7 Little Milton Campbell (1934) and Latimore (1939), Sept 8 Harmonica Fats (1927) and Guitar Shorty (1939), Sept 9 Otis Redding (1941) and Inez Fox (1942), Sept 10 Roy Brown (1925), Sept 11 Barbeque Bob (1902), Sept 12 Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900) and Gus Cannon (1883?), Sept 12 Maria Muldaur (1943), Sept 13 Charles Brown (1922).
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
CD & DVD Releases
Sugaray Rayford :: DANGEROUS
Texas-born Sugaray Rayford may be a new name to blues and music fans outside of his current Southern California base, but he's got the blues as deep and wide as his commanding, gospel-drenched voice.
His new Delta Groove release, Dangerous, represents a cross section of classic and contemporary, originals and seldom-heard covers, all representing the truth at the core of Sugaray's blues soul. From the Son House classic "Preaching Blues" and post-war gems from Junior Parker, Gatemouth Brown and Pee Wee Crayton, to well-honed originals like Sugaray's own "Stuck for a Buck," "Need a Little More Time" and "I Might Do Somethin' Crazy" …it's all killer, no filler.
Click to play "I'm Dangerous'"
The test by fire for any blues musician is before an audience, holding nothing back while reaching to produce a cathartic experience. When the performance is recorded, however, it must hold up to repeated listenings. Los Angeles singer, songwriter and guitar dynamo Phil Gates more than withstands the scrutiny with his devastating live set before a riveted crowd in Southern California.
On his eighth release, Live At The Hermosa Saloon, the Chicago-born artist delivers an 11-song set of tough and tender originals spiced with two cool covers backed by the heavy grooving Ron Battle (bass), Keith Williams (drums) and Morris Beeks (keyboards).
Click to play "'Addicted To The Blues"
BFG Facebook Contests
Latest Top Facebook Fan Wins CDs
Facebook Fan Alice Smith won a Five CD Package 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.
Our Facebook "Rewards" program has now ended. 
New, fun stuff on the horizon... 
Show us your BFG
Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

Here's one of our BFG reps, Mary Ann Haskell, with veteran festival producer Michael Cloeren at his Pennsylvania Blues Festival in the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton, PA in late July. Cloeren is also a KBA Recipient for Promoter of the Poconos Blues Festival.
Email your fave photos along with caption - credit to
You can enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on cover at right 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
Sept 7th Blues fete to help feed San Diego 
UTSanDiego/George Varga - Time simultaneously flies and stands still when it comes to the blues. But who would expect anything less from this internationally embraced American music, the vital foundation for rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop and more? Timely and timeless, historic and very much of the moment, the blues chronicles everyday life with earthy eloquence and no-nonsense spunk. It celebrates good times, laments the bad times, and helps lift listeners when they’re down by capturing the resiliency of the human spirit.
And then there’s the third annual San Diego Blues Festival, which takes place Saturday at downtown’s Embarcadero Marina Park North. It features a fetching mix of legends (Blues Hall of Famers Jody Williams, 78; Billy Boy Arnold, 77; and Charlie Musselwhite, 69), newcomers (Nikki Hill, 28, pictured here) and under-sung veterans (Lucky Peterson, 48). Their vibrant music should transform the bayside park into this weekend’s largest and most rousing outdoor party.
But this party has a serious goal: to raise funds and supplies for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which serves 325,000 people monthly. That’s why admission to Saturday’s all-ages event is $15 and two cans of food. 
Sin City Soul and Blues Revival Limited Special Offers
Sin City Soul and Blues Revival is happening at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV; 40 Bands, two indoor stages and one at The Pool. Las Vegas Sept. 15-17. Right now they’re offering Half-Price Ticket Packages and Ticket-Only Packages are now available for a limited time! 40 Bands on 2 Indoor Stages and One at The Pool, all just an elevator ride from your suite! Grab your great time at www.SinCitySoulandBluesrevival.comRead all about it and see lineup here
Ron Thompson's car stolen with all his equipment
San Francisco/Oakland, CA Bay Area blues legend, Ron Thompson, has had his car stolen from the Hayward/Castro Valley (CA) area with all his equipment inside including: Amps, Guitars, Keyboard and misc cords and hardware. This is as URGENT request that everyone pass the word to pawn shops, guitar shops, music stores, to anyone, everyone, everywhere. 
The car is a 1989-1990 Toyota Camry, blue with black bumpers.
1 Gibson hollow body electric guitar with his name inlayed on the neck
1 Fender Strat Electric with checkerboard pattern
1 Fender Lap steel guitar (yellowish is color)
1 Rogue Chrome Resonator hollow body electric
1 Mandolin
1 Peavey Amp (Small)
1 Fender Amp (small)
Thanks to Don Heflin at the Central Valley Blues Society for alerting us. You can find some photos of the equipment here:
Contact Jackie McCort at 510-693-8277 ( or Ron at 209-456-7508.
Please help! Time is of the essence.
Jammin’ Away the Blues suicide prevention and awareness benefit
Jammin’ Away the Blues, a suicide prevention and awareness benefit, will be held Thurs, Oct 3rd from 6-9:30pm at Buddy Guy’s Legends (700 S. Wabash) Chicago, IL.
The 4th annual concert is hosted by Mental Health America of Illinois offers great music by Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band and John Primer, plus raffle prizes, drink specials and more. Tickets adv $40, door $45, VIP $75.
More info at
George Thorogood and Buddy Guy Guitar Winner!
Doreen Somner is the raffle winner of the awesome guitar autographed by George Thorogood and Buddy Guy.The guitar was raffled to help raise funds for the Blues Foundation's "Raise The Roof" project. Doreen went to their show in Modesto, CA on Aug. 22. In addition, fans at shows in Baltimore and Saratoga chipped in a buck a ticket in cooperation with the promoters.
Thanks to Blues Foundation Board of Director member Mike Donahue for setting all of this up. All proceeds go to Raise the Roof! to build the Blues Hall of Fame. They are currently over 70% of the way now and they sure want to keep the momentum going.
Find the Blues Foundation here
Les Paul Foundation Seeking Commemorative Postage Stamp
The Les Paul Foundation submitted formal paperwork to request a U.S. postage stamp to commemorate Les Paul's 100th birthday, which would have been June 9, 2015.
Les Paul... virtuoso guitarist, quintessential storyteller, inventor (solid body electric guitar, 8-track tape recorder), recording artist (Les Paul and Mary Ford, etc.) and innovator.
Join the effort to convince the postal service that this needs to happen for Les!
Sign the electronic petition to show your support here.
Now's the time to make plans for Blues downunder
The Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia's premier blues and roots festival. Join the Blues Festival Guide for a trip of a lifetime in 2014. We have exclusive information on discounted air/hotel packages.
No time like the present... Book the Oct 2014 LRBCruise Now!
Booking is underway 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.
See or (816) 753-7979 for reservations & info
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
~ Grafton Blues Assoc: Paramount Blues Festival Sept 6-7
~ Natchel' Blues Network: Blues At The Beach Sept 6-7
~ OC Blues Society: Real Blues Festival of Orange County 4 Sept 8
The Paramount Blues Festival, presented by the Grafton Blues Association, will be held Sept 6-7 at Lime Kiln Park, Grafton, WI. Our friend John "Blueshammer"Hammer will be the MC. The lineup includes: Joe Filisko, Maple Road & Tweed Funk, Michael Ammons & The Waterstreet Hotshots, Jonny Tbird & the Mps, Blind Dog Hopkins, Donnie Pick & the Road Band, Charles Walker Band, The Co-Dependents, The Blues Disciples, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners, Leroy Airmaster, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys, Jim Liban Combo, Janiva Magness, John Nemeth.
Blues at the Beach Festival will be held September 6-7 at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach, VA, featuring two days of concerts on an outdoor stage. Local, regional, and nationally-recognized Blues acts share the stage for a riveting and heartfelt tribute to the sights, sounds, and soul of the American experience. Local & National headliners have brought their intensity and knockout live performances to Virginia Beach. Performers who are talented writers, singers, and guitar players have appeared at the festival and enthralled Blues enthusiasts of all ages. Instrumental workshops led by Natchel’ Blues Network personnel and festival performers plus a Blues Dance Workshop are offered free to attendees. Rain or shine! 
Real Blues Festival Of Orange County 4: So Cal's #1 Grassroots Blues Music Fest will be held Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Malone's in Santa Ana, CA.
Soulful guitarist-vocalist PEACH; Blues harp ace, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers and rockin' blues guitarist-vocalist Alastair Greene head up the eclectic Real Blues Festival of Orange County 4. Presented by the Orange County Blues Society, it's the only true grass-roots music festival presently in the Southern California area. Tickets and additional information at:
Elwood's BluesMobile
School daze...
You might not like it, but it’s good for you. Besides… school provides you with a place to meet people your own age, go out with them, and make friends. Not to mention school dances, oh, and since when is it wrong to learn something? Since never!
Elwood Blues is going back to school. Next time, in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Nikki Hill "Keep Your Hands Off My Man"
Buddy and Hopkins
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September 5th-7th 2013
Nashville, Indiana USA
September 5th-6th 2013
Springfield, Missouri USA
September 6th-8th 2013
Monaghan Town, Ireland
September 6th-7th 2013 
Grafton, Wisconsin USA
September 6th-7th 2013
Norfolk, Virginia USA
September 6th-7th 2013
Newark, United Kingdom
September 7th 2013
San Diego, California USA
September 7th 2013
Colden, New York USA
September 7th 2013
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania USA
September 7th-8th 2013
Prince Frederick, Maryland USA
September 7th 2013
Durham, North Carolina USA
September 8th 2013
West Orange, New Jersey USA
September 8th 2013
Santa Ana, California USA
September 13th-15th 2013
Wasaga Beach, Ontario Canada
September 13th-14th 2013
Leavenworth,Washington USA
September 13th-15th 2013
Bisbee, Arizona USA
September 13th-15th 2013
Telluride, Colorado USA
September 14th, 2013
Bakersfield, California USA
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