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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 17, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 42
Greetings from your Editor...
Blues cruisin' on Sweetest Day...

The South Florida Blues Society will host the Blues Cruise Pre-Party Thurs., Oct. 17, featuring and All-Star Guitar Lineup! The South Florida Blues Allstars: The Joey Gilmore Band, Albert Castiglia, Joel DaSilva, Josh Rowand and David Shelley at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hilton, 8p-1a, $10 cover cash bar. The Legendary Blues Cruise #21 then sets sail Friday from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, roundtrip to Key West (1st weekend of Fantasy Fest), New Orleans (until 2am!) and Progreso, Mexico (closest port to Mayan Ruins). Music, scenery, parties, friends, dessert buffets (LOL!). Geesh, do think they'll have a good time?! 
For the rest of us mortals, this third Saturday in October is cause to celebrate Sweetest Day if we'd like to do something extra nice for someone. Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee started this holiday in 1922. Kingston wanted to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins and under-privileged to show these people that they were not forgotten.
Now a gift of a box of chocolates or taffy chews is not to be confused with Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man Blues. However... "His stick candy don't melt away. It just gets better, so the ladies say." Well, hush ma mouth.
Lots of Blues Birthdays of Note this week: Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926) and Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923); Oct 19 William "Piano Red" Perryman (1911); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Bugs Henderson (1943) and Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer faithful editor); Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892), Boozoo Chavis (1930) and Carol Fran (1933); Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911), Willie Mabon (1925), Bill Wyman (1936) and Jimmy Dawkins (1936)
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

I caught the lovely writer Julie Jenkins and Kennan Shaw (bassist for Candye Kane) at the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival in Las Vegas as they were checking out, offering them some reading (and planning) material for the trip home. Julie and Kennan were volunteers at the DME Stage.      Photo: Michele Lundeen
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
Considered by many to be the father of modern blues piano, Roosevelt Sykes enjoyed a career that spanned some sixty years. In 1929, at age 23, he was one of the earliest blues pianists to record. In the following decades he went on to became a very prolific recording artist, a highly successful bandleader and later, a popular solo artist. He was a pioneering pianist responsible for the classic songs "44 Blues," "Driving Wheel," and "Night Time Is the Right Time."
The Original Honeydripper was recorded live in 1977 in the small basement blues club of the Blind Pig Café in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was recordings and performances such as this that led to the formation of Blind Pig Records. Originally released on LP, this re-issue, with improved sound quality, also contains two original outtakes, "St. James Infirmary" and "Don't Talk Me to Death," that have been marvelously resurrected.  Read all about it here
Click to play "Drivin' Wheel"
Snarky Dave & The Prickly Bluesmen :: BIG SNARK
Snarky Dave has been there and back…writing about his life experiences and putting them to modern blues riffs. As a creative word master and songwriter, Snarky Dave’s motto is “I won’t write a song without a worthwhile message.” After writing snarkcastic lyrics for years, he decided it was time to produce Big Snark. “I’m not a jukebox and I’m no Guitar Hero”, Snarky says. As his name states, this guy is a true Snarky a$$...but he comes by it honestly and his Snarkcasm is sprinkled throughout his work.  Read all about it here
Click to play "Caucasian Blues"
News Flash
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Extended Deadline is Approaching on November 4th
Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the songwriting competition to take note of,” and for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $25,000 in prizes. Renowned for having the most prestigious judges of any music competition in the world, ISC’s judging panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and influential music industry professionals. Judges for this year include: Tom Waits, Florida Georgia Line, Nas, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Bernie Taupin (Elton John Lyricist), Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic Records), and many more. For entry information and a complete list of judges, please visit:
Live filming of Original Legends of The Blues
Do not miss the live filming of the Original Legends of The Blues in concert on Friday, December 6, 2013, 8pm at the Englewood Event Center, Englewood, FL. Traditional Blues like you've never seen them before.
The Original Legends of The Blues is a super-group of musicians with over 200 years combined experience who have formed to bring back some of the great traditional blues tunes they were part of making. There will be a new twist on some old favorites as a CD is in process, as well as original, new material.
Riz Orkestra - From Symphonies to Roots Americana and Every note in Between
Lisa Morgan/Coachella Valley Weekly - I have often heard of artists referred to as a “savant,” a connoisseur or master, if you will, of their chosen field or art. I had never actually met one before. Riz Orkestra changed that. Eyes closed, the look of pure joy streaming from his face and feet keeping time to his original music masterfully played on his personally customized electric slide guitars, Riz transported himself and took the audience with him to a century old Mississippi front porch. He works the blues like a preacher works a prayer with songs like “No More Credit at the Liquor Store” and “Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me.”. Impressed as I was, I had only tapped into the surface of all that is Riz Orkestra. Humble and unpretentious as they come, it wasn’t until I sat down and interviewed this soulful individual, that I realized I was in the presence of a master.
Philippine band Bleu Rascals wins top prize at Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival Competition in Macao
Interaksyon Lifestyle - (Macao, October 14, 2013)—Philippine blues band trio Bleu Rascals brought pride to the country as the group won the grand prize at the Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival in Macao. The band bested 12 finalists from various countries. 
The band has established itself as among the busiest blues bands in the Philippines; the group has participated in other music festivals as well in places like Singapore and Jakarta. Interestingly, the band first impressed the local jazz and blues scene in 2011 when they were just teenagers. Read entire story here
Blues Images 2014 Calendar Keith A. Gordon - It's that time of year again and we're glad to say that the Blues Images 2014 calendar has arrived and is available from the Blues Images website or select retailers! For those readers unfamiliar with this calendar, each month features one of twelve gorgeous, unique pieces of historical art that were rescued from obscurity (and the dumpster) by blues aficionado and well-known record collector and seller John Tefteller.
Tips on Navigating Our Top Ranking Blues Festival Website
Our website, is THE top-ranking 'blues festivals' website (#1 on Google)
Watch this little video about how to navigate our very informative site. Forgive me as I stumble through it but you might find some info that will help you get your blues fix.  ~ Kaati
Blues Foundation News: October Membership Drive + IBC
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
Note: If you would like to be considered for the IBC "Best Self-Produced" competition, your 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. Deadline Nov 1.
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 is underway 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
Regional Int'l Blues Challenge Winners + Toronto Blues Women
Blues Lovers United of San Diego is proud to announce that The Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins Band will represent at the 2014 IBC in January. "Fuzzy" Rankins has been a staple on the San Diego scene since 1990. In 2007, he received a Grammy for his guitar work on Ike Turner’s Grammy award winning Best Traditional Blues recording, “Risin’ With the Blues.”
Results of the Indiana Blues Society's Blues Challenge, held at the world famous Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis, are Gary Applegate who will represent in the Solo/Duo category and Wayne Watson & Bluescake who will represent in the Band category. Zakk Knight received top honors in the IBS Best Self-Produced CD modern electric blues category with his album To: Mr. All Talk.

For the second consecutive year, Sarnia [Ontario] blues band, Lit'l Chicago, is heading to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. Lit'l Chicago won the Great Lakes Blues Society's Road to Memphis Blues Challenge, held at London, Ontario's Eastside Bar and Grill last Sunday. 
The featured vocalists for the 27th annual Toronto Blues Society Women's Blues Revue at Massey Hall on Saturday November 30 are Rachelle Van Zanten, Layla Zoe, Kim Richardson, Betty Richardson, Roxanne Potvin, Selena Evangeline and Dawn Tyler Watson. Tickets are on sale now! Get them through the Massey Hall box office or 416-872-4255
Elwood's BluesMobile
Cyrill Neville

The youngest of the Neville Brothers is Cyril. And when the book is written on the history of New Orleans funk, his name will be shining on that title page. Cyril Neville joins Elwood Blues to spin his new record, Magic Honey and talk about New Orleans soul - past, present, and future.
Cyril Neville. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
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October 18th-19th 2013
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October 19th 2013
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October 19th-20th 2013
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October 26th 2013
Stroud, United Kingdom
October 26, 2013
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October 26th 2013
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November 1st-2nd 2013
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November 2nd 2013
Ventura, California USA
November 2nd 2013
College Park, Maryland USA
Friday-SundayNovember 8th-10th 2013Tenby, Pembrokeshire
South West Wales
November 8th-10th 2013
Bridgetown, South of Perth Australia 
November 9th 2013
Haringe, West-Vlaandere Belgium
November 9th 2013
Columbia, South Carolina USA
November 9th-17th 2013
Lucerne, Switzerland
November 9th 2013
Green Oaks, Illinois USA
November 9th 2013
Newport, Kentucky USA
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We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 11th annual in 2013), affiliated with the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 28,500 weekly subscribers.
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