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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 16, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 3
Greetings from your Editor...
Martin, Memphis and Maritime

This coming Saturday (Jan 19) the 22nd Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise sets sail out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to the Eastern Caribbean. The soldout, week-long cruise will be packed with 30+ amazing and varied blues acts on a high-seas adventure that cruisers and artists alike with never forget.
Today, Jan 16, the Coral Gables (Florida) BluesFest kicks off their week long festivities. This weekend also features the Sunshine Music & Blues Festival in Boca Raton (Jan 18) and St. Petersburg (Jan 19), Florida as well as the Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival (Jan 17-18) in Cherokee, Iowa.
Monday, Jan 21 is Martin Luther King, Jr, Day. See more this issue.
Jan 21-25 is the Blues Foundation's highly anticipated, annual International Blues Challenge... the largest battle of blues bands in the world. The Keeping The Blues Alive Awards Luncheon is also a highlight. See the special announcement below from BFG's Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw and in the Blues Foundation's News section this issue.
Blues Birthdays of Note: Jan 16 Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932), Robert Wilkins (1896), Jan 17 Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19 Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); Jan 20 Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888), Luther Tucker (1936); Jan 21 Snooks Eaglin (1936), Richie Havens (1941), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938 DJ extraodinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22 Hammie Nixon (1908), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897).
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.
Special Announcement
Attention IBC Bands! See You In Memphis at IBC
Congratulations IBC Participants for making it to Memphis! Cheryl (left) and Willette (right) and the Blues Festival Guide crew will see you at the IBC Registration at the New Daisy on 1-22-14. Registration is from 11:00A to 2:30P.
We will have a table and will be handing out party beads, candy and we will have raffle drawings.
Make sure you say hi and drop your card off for our drawing for a chance to win marketing materials on one of our 5 media products at Blues Festival Guide (e-Blast, banners and promos).
We're excited to see new faces and visit old friends and to have an opportunity to listen to the amazing talent up and down Beale Street.
"We're ready to party and we'll see you in Memphis"
Cheryl, Willette and BFG crew
(Send me an email if you're trying to reach me
while I'm in Memphis at cogblues@att.netThanks, Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw - Sales Manager, Blues Festival Guide)
See more IBC Week details in the Blues Foundation News section this issue.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the Annual BFG Magazine

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Albert Castiglia shows off his Blues Festival Guide magazine on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
Photo: Kaati
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
Mark T. Small :: SMOKIN' BLUES
Guitarist Mark T. Small announces a January 28, 2014 release date for his fourth CD, Smokin’ Blues, on the Lead Foot Music label imprint. The even-dozen tracks on Smokin’ Blues solidify the Massachusetts-based Small’s place as an emerging master of the guitar, ranging from Delta blues and Chicago styles, to the intricate flatpicking schooled from his early days in “Newgrass” bands. The 12 songs on the Smokin' Blues reflect music originally performed by such early blues legends as Blind Boy Fuller, Tampa Red, Charley Patton and Reverend Gary Davis to post-war icons John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James and even a Stax/Memphis soul vibe with the inclusion of a Rufus Thomas tune.
Click to play"My Daddy Was A Jockey"
Sheba The Mississippi Queen :: BUTTER ON MY ROLLS
The music from Sheba The Mississippi Queen's CD, Butter On My Rolls, takes you back to the times of sawdust on the floor, where you bump and grind all night long. Sheba was born Martha Booker with twin sister Mary Booker in Sunflower, Mississippi. Sheba learned to sing the blues while her sister followed her father's footsteps singing gospel music. The cotton fields and the church are where Sheba started singing. Sheba's family were sharecroppers barely making a living in Mississippi. When Sheba was 12 years old her mother left for Florida in search of better economic opportunities, later returning to get Sheba and her brothers and sisters. 
Drawing from her life experience from hurt and pain, Sheba wrote all the songs on Butter On My Rolls.
Click to play "Butter On My Rolls"
News Flash
Learn to Play the Blues at Blast Furnace Blues This February
With a lineup that features the Blind Boys of Alabama, Curtis Salgado, BeauSoleil, Maria Muldaur & the Midnight Scramble, Candye Kane, Southern Hospitality and more, the Blast Furnaces Blues Festival is all about celebrating the blues. But, if you want to go behind the music and discover the elements that put the heart, soul and sound into it all, then you’ll want to be part of the new Blues Performance Workshops on Feb. 8.
Perfect for professional and student musicians, as well as fans of the blues, these hands-on workshops are taught by nationally- and regionally-renowned blues artists and masters. ...
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. with Gaye Adegbalola
Monday, Jan 21 is time to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the great Martin Luther King, Jr, pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
To some, it’s a day of service. To others, it’s about remembrance. And to many, it’s about education.
Among the many, many events going on to honor King, in Fredericksburg, VA, the one and only Gaye Adegbalola will be speaking Jan 18 on "My Unusual Journey with Dr. King," with songs, at the Statewide Student Diversity Conference at Fredericksburg Academy (10800 Academy Dr.). On Jan 19 Gaye will appear at the Celebration to Honor the Life of Dr Martin Luther King, at James Monroe High School from 3-5pm in Fredericksburg. The event will feature music, dance, spoken Word and reflections.
Of note, as part of Black History Month, Feb 10-13 Gaye will be on tour for the U.S. State Department in the Eastern European country of Montenegro appearing with artist Roddy Barnes.
Lenora Montoya needs your help
Lenora Montoya, the beautiful wife of Coco Montoya, needs our help. She has a heart condition known as Mitral Valve Regurgitation. In other words a broken valve or tear with blood flowing back into the Atrium causing her heart to be enlarged. Her condition unfortunately requires immediate surgery. Please take a moment to DONATE and share the link to your social media so your friends can get involved too.
Here is a special Facebook page that you can share and follow updates.
There is a very special benefit appearance by Coco Montoya at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22nd where Coco and his band will perform a prior to BB King. Check the Facebook page for updates.
We wish Lenora and Coco and family all the very best at this difficult time.
Remembering Little Walter Concert Video featured
Remembering Little Walter, the live tribute to harp virtuoso and innovator Little Walter Jacobs, has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy as "Best Blues Album." The CD features five of the finest harmonica players on the current blues scene - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, and James Harman. Blind Pig Records has just released the latest video from that memorable evening - Mark Hummel's chromatic performance of Walter's "Blue Light." Mark is accompanied by Little Charlie Baty on guitar, Nathan James on guitar, June Core on drums and RW Grigsby on upright bass. The video is our "Video of The Week" in this issue.
Blues Foundation News: It's IBC Week Jan 21-25
The Blues Foundation has done an excellent job of giving us six days of music which includes competition, jams, performances and showcases. In addition, there is a Silent Auction at the future site of Blues Hall Of Fame, Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase "Raise The Roof" fundraiser, Tas Cru Jam to benefit Generation Blues, Health Fair, Affiliated Blues Society Mixer, and various music performances up and down Beale Street starting early in the day Wed- Friday. The Keeping The Blues Alive Awards is on Friday. Don't forget to stop by Ugly Juanita's to purchase your favorite participants CD's and also Blues Foundation merchandise. Make sure to check out all the awesome details by clicking the link below.
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Great Lineup 
+ Remaining Cabins are on Sale Now... go for it!
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 Mexican Riviera • Oct. 4~11, 2014 
Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas & Mazatlan
Open Cabin Sales started Thursday, December 26 @ 11am CST!
Visit for cabin pricing & details and great lineup!
Very Important: In order to select a stateroom for the #23 Mexican Riviera cruise you will need to have your user name and password. This will allow you to access our reservation system. If you have forgotten your user name/password, click to reset. Unsure or need help creating an account?
Please email 
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
IBC here they come...
The Reno Blues Society is holding a fundraiser from 8 pm -12 a.m. Saturday Jan18 at Sidelines (1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks, NV), for local groups, the Rick Hammond Band and duo South Saturn Delta (Jason King and Tommy Stilles), who are going to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. There will be door prizes, drawings, food and other ways to contribute. Suggested donation is $5. Details: Contact RBS president Bill Nagel at or Bruce Seidel at 775-720-1343. _________________________________________________________

Jake Kulak and the LowDown will be representing the Connecticut Blues Society at the 30th IBC Youth Showcase Jan. 24 in Memphis, TN. Jake Kulak, 14, a local blues guitarist from Glastonbury, has only played guitar for three years but his soulful guitar solos have already earned him scholarships from both the Blues Foundation "Generation Blues" program and the Honeyboy Edwards Fund for the Blues. He also honed his skills this past summer at The Pinetop Perkins Master Class in Guitar in Clarksdale, MS that culminated in an appearance at the Ground Zero Blues Club. Jake will be joined onstage by Matthew Puffer, of Westfield, Mass., on drums and Anthony Dailey of Longmeadow, Mass. on bass.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Jimi Hendrix

From the seemingly bottomless pool that is the Jimi Hendrix archive comes Miami Pop Festival. It features the Jimi Hendrix Experience, live, re-mastered, in a performance never before released. Fans are saying it is the best live recording of the Experience yet. You can hear for yourself.
Never before heard Jimi Hendrix, recorded live. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
Click Here
Video of The Week
Mark Hummel Tribute to Little Walter... "Blue Light"
Click Here for video...
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Boca Raton, Florida USA
Sunday, January 19, 2014
St. Petersburg, Florida USA
January 16th-26th 2014
Coral Gables, Florida USA
January 19th-26th 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Friday - Saturday
January 17th - 18th, 2014
Cherokee, Iowa USA
Friday - Saturday
January 24th - February 1st 2014
Ferndale, Michigan USA
 February 1st 2014
 Mt. Martha, Victoria Australia
February 7th-8th 2014
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania USA
February 7th-9th 2014
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania USA
February 8th, 2014
Des Moines, Iowa USA
February 13th-16th 2014
Boquete, Chiriqui Panama
February 15th-16th 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
February 15th-16th 2014
Clearwater, Florida USA
Monday - Sunday
February 24th-March 2nd 2014
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada
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