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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 24, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 43
Greetings from your Editor...
Blue voodoo...

Ah yes, my favorite holiday is just around the dark, secluded corner... Halloween. Celebrated in the "darker half" of the year, it's a time when we can dress up as crazy or scary as we like and act like someone or something else... an alter-ego maybe? It's a time for off-the-wall parties, creepy crawlies, make-believe and candy treats. One of my few memories of trick-or-treating as a young child was when I dressed up as a Scottish girl but then everyone would make me dance before they'd give me any candy (or an apple or a nickel). One year my mom made me dress up as a carrot!! What the heck do you do with that?? Umm, come to think of it, I hated carrots when I was a kid. That probably didn't help much.
Parties are starting... some tunes you might hear... "Now my door knob is rattling, my chair's turnin' round and round. I can hear strange voices and nobody can be found." (Tampa Red "Witchin' Hour Blues). "I got dust from a rattlesnake and a black spider bone..." (Koko Taylor "Voodoo Woman"). "I put a spell on you, because you're mine" (Screaming Jay Hawkins). " I believe, my baby got a black cat bone." (Albert Collins). "I'm gonna carve your pumpkin and light your world on fire."  (okay, I just made that one up).
Blues Birthdays of Note this week: Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911), Willie Mabon (1925); Bill Wyman (1936) and Jimmy Dawkins (1936); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931), Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909) and Clifford Antone (1949 Antone Records); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946) and Hadda Brooks (1916); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902), Ethel Waters (1896); Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898) and Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903).
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

We met drummer Guido Tries, Cindy Pike and guitarist Trevor Johnson of Las Vegas as they were enjoying a stellar show at the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival.      
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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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
Samantha Fish :: BLACK WIND HOWLIN’

Black Wind Howlin’ is the new CD from blues-rock guitarist/singer Samantha Fish and follow-up to her 2012 Blues Music Award-winning label debut, Runaway. Produced by Mike Zito, who did the same honors on her last album, Black Wind Howlin’ was recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, and features Samantha’s blazing guitar and vocals backed by Mike Zito on guitar and vocals, plus his fellow Royal Southern Brotherhood members Yonrico Scott on drums/percussion and Charlie Wooton on bass. Special guests include Paul Thorn on vocals, Johnny Sansone on harmonica and Bo Thomas on fiddle. Read all about it here
Click to play "Miles To Go"
Jim Allchin :: Q.E.D.
The evolution of the extraordinary singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim Allchin has been an unlikely combination of events. Born dirt poor in the middle of an orange grove in central Florida, he picked produce, drove tractor and began playing guitar as a youngster. He gigged throughout the South before going to college, resulting in a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a job with Microsoft in 1990.
In 2007 Allchin left Microsoft to pursue his passion to play music full time. He released Overclocked in 2011 displaying instrumental virtuosity in blues-rock, heavy rock and jazz. Q.E.D. reveals growth in every facet of his sonic art with 13 original compositions exploring the human condition through his unique insights.
Click to play "Stop and Go"
News Flash
HO-HO-HO - Blue Note Tours is having a Holiday Special
Now until Dec. 23, 2013, Blue Note Tours, LLC are offering $200 off!
Now, only $1495 for our ten day tours into Blues country from April 4, 2014- Oct 21, 2014.
Northbound and Southbound trips offered:
• Chicago
• St Louis
• Memphis
• Mississippi (Clarksdale, Greenville, Cleveland, Indianola, Greenville. Vicksburg)
• New Orleans
• Fee includes luxury bus, all hotels, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, museums, juke joints and Blues clubs.
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:
Columbia’s 19th Annual Blues Festival Nov 9th
Word of Mouth Productions is pleased to announce our lineup of performers for Columbia’s 19th Annual Blues Festival as WOMP presents a day of free live music in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (H Near Five Points 2300 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29205), noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
This year’s concert will include a tribute to the legendary Frank Smoak, along with unforgettable performances by these spectacular regional and national acts: Danielle Howle, Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, Mill Billy Blues, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Tommy Malone and the long-awaited return of festival favorite Sonny Landreth.
2013 Blues Blast Awards Oct 31st
Winners of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards will be honored at an award ceremony at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago (700 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL) on October 31st, 2013. Numerous blues artists will be in attendance. Advance tickets are $35 plus $5 handling per order here. Advance tickets will be held at "Will Call." Photo ID IS required to pick up tickets. Find the list of the 20+ artists performing here.
Since 2008, the online magazine, Blues Blast Magazine, has been hosting the Blues Blast Music Awards to honor contemporary blues artists and their recordings. Indie artists as well as artists signed with major labels are considered
16th Annual Blues Audience Readers Poll
While times and money are tight, our Blues Audience readers and subscribers are active club-going music lovers. Choosing winners is never easy considering the vast amount of talent we have here in New England, but they took the time to cast their votes by mail and email to show their support for the N.E. blues bands, clubs, and festivals they have enjoyed over the year.
14th Blues & Boogie Piano Summit Nov 9
The Fourteenth Blues & Boogie Piano Summit will be held Saturday, Nov 9th, 2013 at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. 6th St., Newport, KY, 859-431-2201)
This event will feature: Mr. Boogie Woogie (Netherlands), Daryl Davis (Silver Spring, MD), Arthur Migliazza (Seattle, WA), Ricky Nye (Cincinnati, OH), With: George Bedard (Guitar), Chris Douglas (Upright Bass), Paul Ellis (drums)
Showtime is 9pm showtime with doors at 8pm. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance and available here or call Southgate House Revival at 859-431-2201
Arts and the Affordable Care Act Forum Nov 18
Monday, November 18, 3pm-6pm, a forum, presented by Life is Art and the Arts & Business Council, will outline the possibilities and penalties, opportunities and threats faced by artists and arts groups about the new health care law.
The forum will be held at HistoryMiami (101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130). Tickets are only $10. Please Pre-Register online here
Artists and many nonprofit arts groups in Miami-Dade are woefully unaware of the details concerning the Affordable Care Act. The new law brings big changes and opportunities for independent artists and organizations, but with it also comes potential dangers and penalties.
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
Windy City Blues Society offering Blues Blast discount to members
The Blues Blast Awards will be held Oct 31 at Buddy Guy's Legends. Windy City Blues Society (WCBS) members will get a $5 discount for this special show. Normal price: $35/ticket plus $5/handling per order. Advance discount for WCBS members: $30/ticket plus $3/handling per order. Order here. (No discounts at the door).
Advanced ticket holders who arrive early will be separated into a different line before the doors open and given a wristband so they can bypass the ticket counter when the doors open at 5pm.
Click here to see the huge lineup of bands scheduled to appear at the awards show.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Bobbing for the Blues...

Wonder where Halloween would be without those little orange candy corns? And why don’t we have them the rest of the year? Luckily we have Sugar Pie DeSanto, John Mayall, John Fogerty, Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley and more. Makes for a happy Halloween.
Elwood is bobbing for the blues. Just in time for Halloween, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
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Festival Calendar
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October 18th-25th 2013
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
October 26th 2013
Stroud, United Kingdom
October 26, 2013
Monmouth, Illinois USA
October 26th 2013
Sarasota, Florida USA
November 1st-2nd 2013
Boulder, Colorado USA
November 1st-2nd 2013
9900 Frederikshavn, Raadhus Alle 98 Denmark
November 2nd 2013
College Park, Maryland USA
November 2nd 2013
Ventura, California USA
November 8th-10th 2013
Bridgetown, South of Perth Australia 
November 8th-10th 2013
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
South West Wales
 November 9th 2013
 Newport, Kentucky USA
November 9th 2013
Haringe, West-Vlaandere Belgium
November 9th 2013
Green Oaks, Illinois USA
November 9th 2013
Columbia, South Carolina USA
November 9th-17th 2013
Lucerne, Switzerland
November 15th-16th 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 16th-17th 2013
Palatka, Florida USA
November 17th 2013
San Francisco, California USA
November 21st-23rd 2013
Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil
November 23rd 2013
Cape Coral, Florida 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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