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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 19, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 38
Greetings from your Editor...
Power of the Blues...

We just returned from the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival in Las Vegas, NV where we were immersed in a huge batch of blues and roots and friends from far and wide. The camaraderie onstage and off was such a treat. It was uplifting to see so many familiar faces of friends we've met on the cruise and various festivals over the years, many whom might even be reading here! Great to see Amanda Gresham and Barbara Gresham-Hammerman of DME and their wonderful staff (and lineup); Michael Frank (Earwig Records and Honeyboy Edwards Fund); Jack Sullivan and Art Tipadli of Blues Music Magazine; Roger Naber and Geoff Alexander from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise; Matt Marshall of American Blues Scene; Bob Corritore (Rhythm Room) and more not to mention countless musicians.
It was also fun (for me anyway) to run into so many blues fans from the Omaha area! Omaha used to be the base for Terry O'Halloran, the producer of the festival and boy does he have some loyal followers himself! 
I met our BFG Facebook "Sin City" prize winner, John Shearer in the lobby. Surprise... he's from Omaha. We visited for a few about some of the highlights and also all the cool places to perform at in the Omaha area... thanks John, hope to tour there someday soon! :]  
Too many names to mention here but the rewards of all those smiling faces, arm wavers and butt shakers at this festival was a'plenty.
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
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Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 11th Annual BFG Magazine

We caught up with the multi-talented Carolyn Wonderland at the Sin City Soul & Blues Festival in Las Vegas, NV Sept. 17, 2013.
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
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.
CD & DVD Releases
Guy Davis :: JUBA DANCE
Blues and folk master Guy Davis has signed with M.C. Records to release his new recording Juba Dance which debuted in North America on September 10. The recording features Fabrizzio Poggi on harmonica and The Blind Boys of Alabama as special guests.
Weaving through the rhythms and musical narrations of this 13-track, stripped down acoustic recording are the American storytelling traditions that Guy Davis has pulled from since he came on the scene in 1978. Original Davis compositions played alongside choice covers of iconic pre-war blues figures Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev. Robert Wilkins, and Blind Willie McTell provide a seamless musical hand-off that is as familiar and undulating as their source in the southern countryside.
What in lesser hands could have descended into easy sentimentalism instead comes together under Davis' passionate musicianship into an original and soaring sonic journey. Juba Dance has feet planted in worlds both old and new; in blues, folk, and our country's singular, rich African American musical heritage, and it impresses with every step how vital to our understanding of American life these authentic musical forms still are today.
Click to play "My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble'"
Little Mike & The Tornadoes :: FORGIVE ME
Little Mike & The Tornadoes have toured almost non-stop across North America and Europe establishing themselves as true road-warriors. Forgive Me (ELROB Records), features that touring band of Troy Nahumko, Chris Brzezicki, and Cam Robb and special guests Sonny Rhodes, and Jim Mckaba.
Little Mike and the Tornadoes proudly describe themselves as a "working class band" that plays blues with a rock 'n' roll edge. "We all come from working class families and tough, working class neighborhoods," says Mike. "Working class people have always been our biggest supporters." Read more details here
Click to play "Forgive Me Baby"
News Flash
Blues & BBQ Fest in Ventura features hot guitarist Ana Popovic in her only CA appearance, plus Robben Ford, Carolyn Wonderland & more
(Ventura, Calif.) - California Beer Festival, one of the most anticipated two-day live music and craft beer events of the year in Southern California, returns to Mission Park, Main St. and Figueroa St. in Ventura, with its Craft Beer Heaven on Saturday, September 21; and Blues & BBQ Fest on Sunday, September 22, respectively.
The Blues & BBQ Fest lineup features three of today's best contemporary guitar players: Four-time Blues Music Awards nominee, Ana Popovic (in her only California area appearance); five-time Grammy nominee, Robben Ford; and Texas native Carolyn Wonderland, described as a cross between Janis Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  
Book inspired by author finding and returning B.B. King's stolen guitar - CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. — For many people, finding a sought-after item in a pawnshop is something that seldom, if ever, happens. But in 2009, when Fruitland, MO native Eric Dahl found an electric guitar in a Las Vegas pawnshop that had been stolen from blues legend B.B. King, it led to a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with his idol and the publishing of his book, "B.B. King's Lucille And The Loves Before Her," which chronicles the guitars King has played throughout his storied career. 
Good News for Ron Thompson thanks to fans/friends
Bad things sometimes have a GOOD ending! Two weeks ago Legendary Blues Musician Ron Thompson had his car stolen with ALL of his musical equipment in it.
BLUES NOW offered a reward for the return of his equipment. Ron's team of fans and friends put the word out with fliers and emails letting the SF Bay Area community know that his gear was stolen and there was a reward being offered.
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Sept 28
ZACHARY TODAY - It rained all day (5.5 inches) last year for the first Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, but the thousands who came from across the state had so much fun anyway at the festival, which was named the Best New Event of the year by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals. It was also named one of the Top 10 Must-See Festivals by the Louisiana Department of Tourism. 
Sin City Soul & Blues Fest proved decadent indeed
The highlights of the Sin City Soul & Blues Fest are many and of course subjective but I tell you, the overall level of talent there was to be commended. The staff did a tremendous job in pulling this festival off despite some unforeseen obstacles for them on the way. There were multiple stages in various parts of The Riviera Hotel/Casino including the pool stage, the huge main pavilion stage, the casino center stage and the top floor Delta Music Experience (DME) stage. All were teeming with stellar talent and some had impromptu special guests. The Casino Center Stage also played host to late-night pro-jams that not only featured combinations of the artists appearing at the festival but also artist attending the festival that were lucky enough to make it onstage to share their talents. too! We thank Terry O'Halloran and his fine crew including countless volunteers for pulling off a great event. We're rooting for a 2nd annual! Like John Nemeth says, "Terry O'Halloran rules!"
This great photo here of John Nemeth was captured by Mary Ann Haskell. We will be posting a photo album of our combined photos on our website and Facebook.
Blues Foundation IBC News: Prepare, Purchase, Promote
30th International Blues Challenge dates are January 21-25, 2014. You can book your hotel now via here. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday October 1 here. An IBC ticket will be $100 and the KBA luncheon will be $50. This year you can have the option of upgrading your IBC ticket to reserve a seat at the Finals Saturday in the front rows of the Orpheum.
The Blues Foundation will also be selling the 30th IBC tee-shirts, designed by the award-winning Jen Taylor at Vividpix & Design.
If you want to help promote the IBC on your website or newsletter, they would be much obliged. Help spread the word about the largest gathering of blues acts in the world. You can download ads here
The days before the Blues Festival in Colne
BURNLEY EXPRESS - The 24th Rhythm and Blues Festival was held here, in our ancient market town of bonnie Colne, just a few weeks ago.
Founded by “Mr Cool” Gary Hood in 1990 and organised now by “Miss Smooth” Alison Goode, once again big names are heading here, including one of my heroes, the 76-year-old Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings.
But, wait, today’s annual event could have had much earlier origins, for back in the spring of 1956 our local svengali Lew Askew mooted the idea of a summer “music jamboree” being held in the town. Read more 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!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Cassie Taylor

Cassie Taylor is the daughter of bluesman Otis Taylor, and earned her chops as a teenager playing bass for him. Now she is on her own with a terrific new CD, Out Of My Mind
Spend some time spent with Cassie Taylor and Elwood Blues. Coming up, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
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