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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 5, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 49
Greetings from your Editor...
'Tis the Season...

Yes, we're deep into the Fall/Winter holiday season. Anymore, it seems to come swooping in like a tornado. But there's no denying the comfort of holiday food, get-togethers and... yes, music. The salvation of our lives... music. It's fun and even rewarding to dig out those holiday favorites tucked away for this special time of the year. It's also the time of year that we are especially moved to give the gifts of peace, compassion and brotherhood.
"Help the poor, won't you help poor me. Have a heart won't you listen to my plea. I need you so much. I need your care; Need all the loving you can spare. Help the poor, won't you help poor me.("Help The Poor" Larry Davis with The Memphis Horns)
"If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired and you feel like you wanna give up, just come to me and I'll set you free with unconditional love. Your life's been fast your time's been hard, it's time for you to slow down...just let me in, I wanna be your friend and help you lay your burdens down." ("Unconditional Love" Robin Rogers)
Got a favorite bluesy holiday song? Send it to
Blues Birthdays of Note: Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1899), "Little Richard" Penniman (1932), Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934), Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926), Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926), Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918), Lonesome Sundown (1928).
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 ran into guitarist and Portland Waterfront Blues Festival director Peter Dammann at a cool after-party following the 2013 Simi Cajun & Blues Festival.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
Email your fave photos plus caption & credit to:

You can enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on cover at right to check out the online digital version!
Want 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
Vincent Hayes :: THE GRIND
Vincent Hayes has been making waves in the roots and blues worlds ever since his 2010 debut release titled Reclamation earned him an him a 2011 Blues Music Award Nomination for Best New Artist. Though the “Vincent Hayes Project” moniker was shortened, Vincent comes out of the box swinging hard on his follow up disc, The Grind, released in August 2013 on North 61 Records.
The Grind was produced and engineered by Bill Chrysler, and current sound engineer for John Mayer. Mastering was performed by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering (Black Keys, “Brothers/El Camino”). The Grind features 10 brand new songs, including nine originals, and a smoky interpretation of the classic Marvin Gaye song “Inner City Blues.” Read more about it here
Click to play "Things That Get Me By"
Bob Eike :: happy little songs about futility and despair
Soul Stew Records is proud to share the creative song-writing talent and amazing performance of Bob Eike on his release, happy little songs about futility and despair. Bob grew up in Texas and is a self-taught guitar player. Throughout his youth, he had a passion for the Blues and Americana music. His musical talents gained him recognition by Guitar Player magazine, featuring him as “an undiscovered great.” He has performed in venues and at festivals throughout the country, including sharing the stage with such notable icons as B.B. King, Johnny Winter, John Hammond, Jr., Taj Mahal, Townes Van Zandt, John Lee Hooker, Lyle Lovett, Leo Kotke and Sonny Landreth.
Click to play "That's Just Not Right"
News Flash
Curtis Salgado, Blind Boys of Alabama & Maria Muldaur Headline 2014 Blast Furnace Blues 
Festival, set for Feb. 7-9, features 20 blues artists over three days
2013 Blues Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Curtis Salgado, multi-Grammy Award winners the Blind Boys of Alabama and Maria Muldaur & the Midnight Scramble headline three scorchin’ days of the blues during the Blast Furnace Blues Festival presented by Highmark Blue Shield Feb. 7-9, 2014 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Other performers who’ll take the stage include Grammy winners BeauSoleil; Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens; Candye Kane and Southern Hospitality, featuring lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire J.P. Soars and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright. On Feb. 7, Blast Furnace Blues will kick off with a night of local blues greats including the Sarah Ayers Band, James Supra Band, Dugan Thomas Band and the BC Combo. Read complete details here 
Tedeschi Trucks Band at Reno’s Grand Sierra Theatre on Friday, December 13
Grand Sierra Resort and Another Planet Presents are pleased to announce the Tedeshi Trucks Band will be performing at the Grand Sierra Theatre in Reno on Friday, December 13 at 8pm.
Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member collective that thrills audiences worldwide with its transcendent live performances and award-winning albums. Formed in 2010 by husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Tedeschi Trucks Band features two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass and a pair of drummers.
20th Tampa Bay Blues Festival
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to the sunny shores of Tampa Bay on April 11, 12, & 13, 2014. This festival will be our 20th year anniversary and we have a spectacular line up of blues talent – Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tommy Castro, James Hunter, Coco Montoya, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Shemekia Copeland and others round out three great days of "Blues by the Bay."
We have advance purchase discount VIP packages with front stage seating, free drinks and food and a large shade tent. The festival also features a Kick-Off Party on Thursday night and two After-Shows at the historic Palladium Theater on Friday and Saturday following the shows. Read complete details here
HO HO HOG! Blind Pig's Holiday CD Sale on Now
Give the gift of music for Christmas! With Blind Pig Record's special 5 CDs for only $50 holiday sale you can stock up on stocking stuffers for all your music loving friends and family. No matter what shade of music they're into, you'll find something for just about every musical taste in their catalog of the finest in American roots music. They've got old school, roadhouse rock, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, soulful R&B, extraordinary singers and more. Find details here
2013 Blues411 ‘Jimi’ Awards
Chef Jimi’s Blues411 is always striving to support artists and those related to the music we love and to keep it thriving. The 2013 Blues411 Jimi Awards, along with the cool commentary include: Best Live Recording - Acoustic Blues Release - Best Blues/Roots Release - Best Soul R&B Release - Best Debut Release - Female Vocalist - Male Vocalist - Electric Guitar Hero - Electric Guitar Herorine - Badass Bass - Radiating Them 88′s Piano/Keys Award - Harmonica Player Award - Drum Thumper Award - Instrumentalist Other - Best Traditional Release - Coolest Release Title - International Release of the Year - Rock/Blues Release of The Year - Best Contemporary Release - Blues Book of The Year - Song Of the Year - Album Of The Year - Festival of the Year - Outstanding Fan/Supporter of Blues411. Find the nominees and winners here
Gift of Music to Help the Finis Tasby 

Many of you know that the great Finis Tasby suffered a stroke and can no longer perform. Angie Jackson says, “Christmas is just a few weeks away! Why not give the gift of music? It is a gift that keeps on giving!
For every $25 Gift/Donation ($30 International), you can get your choice of Finis' most recently recorded CDs or a Supporting Finis Shirt (pictured below)! Send you order to : Finis Tasby Medical Fund, PO BOX 244, Fullerton, CA 92836 or via PayPal:
You can also reach Finis at the same email above with your messages! We are both very humbled and grateful for every one in our Blues Family!
“I don’t want no awards or celebrations when I’m dead and gone… give me mine now when I’m living!”
– Finis Tasby
Howl N Blues Winter Concert Party Series
The Howl N Blues Winter Concert Party Series, coming up this Sunday, December 8th, at The Platinum Room at Sherman Lanes (1531 W. Sherman Blvd.), Muskegon, Michigan, features one of Muskegon's favorite bluesmen, Mr. Larry McCray. These events benefit Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center.
“Howl N Blues” is a six concert, winter blues party series held the 2nd Sunday of each month, November 2013 through April 2014 that benefits PoundBuddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center. Please click on the link for all the details and share with your friends.
Blues Foundation News: Raise the Roof with SRV
KBA recipient Michael Maness is offering a print of his popular Stevie Ray Vaughan to 25 people who donate at least $100 to Raise the Roof! The print has been offered in past auctions and the winning bid has probably always been at least double that amount.
Help Michael help us raise $2500 for the Blues Hall of Fame. Donate here and in the "Referred by" line write Maness. A half dozen went immediately so don't procrastinate.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise 
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise is the world's only
fully chartered blues cruise, sailing twice annually.
Jan. 19~26, 2014 Eastern Caribbean:
SOLD OUT! Visit this link to join the Waitlist or call (816) 753-7979.
Oct. 4~11, 2014 Mexican Riviera:
Pre-Book now! Click for info and to place your Pre-Book Deposit of $250 per cabin. Artist Lineup and Cabin Pricing coming soon!
Jan. 18~25, 2015 Western Caribbean:
LRBC #24 Pre-Sail is SOLD OUT! Due to an overwhelming response we will no longer be accepting for the January 2015 Blues Cruise.
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
For reservations & info see: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Society IBC Fundraiser
Ventura Blues Society Holiday Toy Drive 
The JSJBS IBC fundraiser for the Jimmy Pritchard Band happens Sunday December 8th, 1-7 pm at JB McGinness (519 E. Basin Rd.), New Castle, Delaware.
The concert features the lower case blues band, Roger Girke, Johnny Never & Zep Harpo, Rocket 88, Alicia Maxwell & Kenny Jones and the Jimmy Pritchard Band. 
Tickets for this concert to help the Jimmy Pritchard Band get to Memphis are $20. There will be door prizes and raffles.
Ventura Blues Society Holiday Toy Drive presents the 3rd Annual Toy Drive, Saturday December 7th from 8-10:30pm at Yolies (138 West Main St.), Ventura, CA. All proceeds and toys go to the Children of Casa Pacifica. Casa Pacifica serves abused and neglected children and adolescents, and those with severe emotional, social, behavioral, and mental health challenges. 
The Minnesota Blues Society Holiday Party & Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, December 8th, 1-5 pm at Wilebski's Blues Saloon (1638 Ric St.), St. Paul, Minnesota.
Performing are the MBS's Road To Memphis Winners Annie Mack and Tampa Spatz. Please donate to the travel fund for the solo act and band representing at IBC in Memphis. Please also bring non-perishable items for the Local Food Shelf.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Monkey Junk

The Canadian power trio known as Monkey Junk are at it again. Their terrific new CD is called All Frequencies, and the band continues to expand their own musical boundaries and the boundaries of the blues. We should listen to that album, don’t you think?
New music from Monkey Junk. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
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