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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 10, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 41
Greetings from your Editor...
Egg or the hen...

Thanksgiving Day in Canada is October 14, 2013 and celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
Happy Thanksgiving to our blues friends in Canada.
October 11, 2013 is... (no, you didn't guess it), World Egg Day which celebrates and promotes the benefits of eggs!
So, now I was egged on to find lyrics. I discovered a work song called "Ham & Eggs" by Leadbelly: "Ham and eggs, pork and beans, Would have had more, boys, but the cook was so mean. Gonna ro-o-oll, roll in a hurry, hurry, hurry, To make it on the side of the road."
Then there's the Willie Dixon classic, "What Came First the Egg or The Hen," done by Koko Taylor: "Hey you may be a hater, you may be a lover. You can bet your life one destroys the other. I don't know how it all began. Which come first, the egg or the hen. Now tell me which come first, the egg or the hen?"
I then wrote this lil' ditty: "Oh, my life ain't over easy and my brain is often scrambled. My man is hard-boiled and sometimes tough to handle. He seems to be all wrapped up from what I can tell. Maybe I'll just to roll him gently and slowly break that hardened shell."
Blues Birthdays of Note: Oct 10 "Mississippi" Joe Callicott (1900), Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929), Sam Moore (1935), Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924), Son Thomas (1926), Kenny Neal (1957), Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906), Robert Ward (1938), Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903), Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926).
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.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 11th Annual BFG Magazine

Multi-award winning blues artist Zac Harmon displays a copy of the BFG at San Diego's Adam's Avenue Street Fair, Oct 2, 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 find order information here.
CD & DVD Releases
All Frequencies is the newest CD from Ottawa-based blues/roots rockers MonkeyJunk released on Stony Plain Records. Comprised of Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar), Tony D (lead guitar, background vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion, background vocals), MonkeyJunk plays a mix of swamp blues and funky roots rock ‘n’ roll. Produced by Steve Marriner and Ken Friesen (Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip), the new album includes nine original songs, plus a scorching version of the Bobby Charles classic, “Why Are People Like That?” For the uninitiated, the band takes its name from a chance remark by legendary bluesman Son House: “I’m talkin’ ‘bout the blues. I ain’t talkin’ about monkey junk.” 
Click to play "Right From Wrong"
Steve Howell & The Mighty Men :: YES, I BELIEVE I WILL
Initially inspired by Mississippi John Hurt, master Texas acoustic guitarist and singer Steve Howell performs a range of soulful music burning with an inner flame growing brighter with each listening, while revealing layers of expression often lost in high decibel electric blues.
His fourth release, Yes, I Believe I Will, finds him in the estimable company of his friends Chris Michaels (electric and acoustic guitars, bass), Dave Hoffpauir (drums) and Jason Weinheimer (keyboards) who once backed the late, renowned Jim Dickinson. A unique set of ten modern and prewar covers constitutes an extraordinary musical ramble. 
Click to play "I Had A Notion"
News Flash
Roadshow Revival Celebrates Fall In SoCal-Style With “Blues At The Beach” Nov 2
“Blues at the Beach,” sponsored by Players Casino, has confirmed a variety of different musical acts, including headliner and legendary blues guitarist Elvin Bishop, the award winning group The Mannish Boys with Sugaray Rayford and special guests and harmonica player and singer James Harman. Also gracing the stage will be the R&B Bombers, Guy Martin, the 44s and Shawn Jones. The November 2nd concert at Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, CA, will come equipped with entertainment for all, vendors providing food and other goodies for purchase and a kid-zone for the little ones.
Bridging the Blues: King Biscuit Events at Delta Blues Museum
The Delta Blues Museum Band released their latest CD "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. II" at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. The CD features blues artists Kenny Brown and Bill Abel as special guests. The CD is $10 and proceeds benefit the Museum's Arts & Education program.
The museums newest exhibit now on display is "1967 Mississippi Hill Country Blues" by George Mitchell which showcases black and white photographs that Mitchell captured in the hill country of Mississippi over thirteen days in the summer of 1967.
B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street Catches Fire
(WMC-TV) – An iconic club on Beale Street [Memphis. TN] is temporarily closed after fire destroyed the kitchen.
B.B. King's Blues Club caught fire shortly after 1 a.m. Monday [Oct 7]. Employees describe the kitchen as a mess that will have to be completely redone. "First day of the week and it's like we're out of work, and it's kind of depressing," said employee Tiffany Phillips. "We're gonna get our club back together."
Phillips says the kitchen was just remodeled earlier this year. But chef Seth Krasnove says the goal is simple: to keep people happy. "Stuff happens and we're gonna be back selling ribs and good food and good times and good music soon enough," he said.
Memphis Music right next door got some damage too. It is unclear when the club will open again. See news video and photos here
Thousands of music-lovers flock to Swanage’s rocking Blues and Roots Festival
Daily Echo - Swanage [Dorset, England] was rocking at the weekend as the 20th Swanage Blues and Roots Festival played out to thousands of music fans.
The three day party ranged from open mic sessions to buskers at Swanage Railway Station, and festival favourites such as Back Porch and Blue Touch.
Every March and October music lovers throng to the seaside town where more than 100 musicians perform at 60 events in 15 indoor venues from Friday lunchtime until Sunday evening.
424 Blues Café in MS to reopen 10/14
After more than a year of renovations and preparations, 424 Blues Café (424 Beacon St., Philadelphia, MS) is set to open Monday, Oct 14, with a Chicago-style menu and live music on the weekends.
The restaurant will open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch Monday through Saturday. Bands will perform live on stage on Fridays and Saturdays from around 9 p.m. to midnight. The opening weekend will feature the Jarekus Singleton Band from Jackson, MS. 
Blues Foundation News: October Membership Drive
People often ask "What do I get by joining the Foundation?" All members receive a membership card that allows YOU to vote for your favorite artists for the Blues Music Awards annually. Not to mention you get the personal satisfaction of supporting the programs of The Blues Foundation--supporting the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Hall of Fame, the International Blues Challenge and the Keeping the Blues Alive awards, to name a prominent few.Higher levels of support bring additional premiums PLUS additional entries in our Membership Drawing! See all the cool details here
Make Plans for Blues downunder 2014
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.
Pre-Book Now for JAN 2015 LRBC! 

Pre-booking starts Wednesday, September 25th at 11am CDT for LRBC #24 Western Caribbean JAN 18-25, 2015, heading for Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) roundtrip to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico on the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam.
A $250 per cabin deposit holds your spot in line to book a stateroom. Line-up and cabin selection dates will be announced in 2014.
- NEW PRE-BOOK GROUPINGS ANNOUNCED - Click here for all the details!
Booking is also 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
Detroit Blues Society Jam ~ 
If you have never been to a Detroit Blues Society Meeting and Jam, do yourself a favor and check out the event at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bachelors One, 1967 Cass Lake Road in Keego Harbor [MI].
This month’s host band is Erich Goebel and the Flying Crowbars. The monthly events are short on meeting and long on jams. 
The Windy City Blues Society is still accepting applications for 2013 Solo/Duo Acts for the International Blues Challenge. Deadline is Thursday, Oct. 17.
They are also entering a self-produced CD in the IBC from a local area band. If you would like to be considered for this competition, youe CD must released between Nov 1, 2012 and Oct 31, 2013. Review the Blues Foundation rules before submitting a CD for consideration. NOTE: CDs must be submitted by a blues society affiliate of the Blues Foundation; you cannot enter on your own.
The Phoenix Blues Society 2013 Blues Showdown winners are Paul Cruize Blues Crew Band who won in the band category and Juke Joint who won in the solo/duo category. These two bands will represent at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, [Jan 21-25]. Thirteen Arizona bands competed over two weekends at the Rhythm Room. The winners will be having performance fundraisers to pay their to way to Memphis.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Trampled Under Foot

From Kansas City, comes Trampled Under Foot, a trio of siblings - Danielle, Kris and Nick, on bass, drums, and guitar.
Winners of the International Blues Challenge, Trampled Under Foot’s new CD is called Badlands. 
Family blues with Trampled Under Foot. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
Video of The Week
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October 11th-13th 2013
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October 17th-20th 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana USA
October 18th-25th 2013
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October 18th-19th 2013
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October 18th 201
New Brunswick, New Jersey USA
October 19th 2013
Salisbury, North Carolina USA
October 19th-20th 2013
Herts, Bushey United Kingdom
October 26th 2013
Stroud, United Kingdom
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November 2nd 2013
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Ventura, California USA
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