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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 6, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 6
Greetings from your Editor...
Horsing around...

Chinese New year 2014 (Jan 31 through the 15 day of the 1st Lunar month) is The Year of The Horse. Legend has is that Buddha announced those born in horse years are said to be cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Rembrandt, Aretha Franklin, Chopin and President Theodore Roosevelt are among those born in the year of the horse. A lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month.
Certainly these few mentioned are talented in their own right. Aretha fits our demographic most here. Among many others, she co-wrote "Think," somewhat of a feminist anthem and her seventh Top 10 hit in the US. "I ain't no psychiatrist, I ain't no doctor with degrees. It don't take too much high IQ's to see what you're doing to me."
Speaking of thinking and horses, Blind Lemon Jefferson once lamented, "Go get my black horse and saddle up my grey mare. I'm going off to my good girl, she's in the world somewhere..." (Black Horse Blues)
Here's a reassuring quote: "If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities." - Maya Angelou (The Heart of a Woman)
Birthdays of Note: Feb 6 Bob Marley (1945). Feb 7 Earl King (1934), King Curtis (1934), Feb 8 Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889), Floyd Dixon (1929), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928), Feb 9 Johnny Heartsman (1937), Feb 10 Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932), Feb 11 Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942), Feb 12 Pink Anderson (1900), Big John Wrencher (1923). Feb 14 Magic Sam (1937).
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 Advertising Opportunities

Station Managers or Blues Deejays (Internet Stations, TV Stations and Webcasts Welcome)
 RE: Blues Radio Page in the Blues Festival Guide Magazine
The Annual Blues Festival Guide will once again feature a special section that has listings of radio stations and internet radio stations that feature blues; also television programming.
Plus you get a free website listing and a magazine mailed to you!
The purposes of this Blue Radio Page compilation are many:
• Record companies can send you product for airplay
• Bands can send demos
• Promoters can contact DJs about upcoming events
• Fans can tune in to your show
If you would like to be included in our Blues Radio Page, click here
and complete the order form as directed and submit payment.
Deadline for submission of your order with payment is March 15, 2014. Please contact us with any further questions at or 775 337 8344. Thank you! Your Friends at The Blues Festival Guide
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Here's Tas Cru at the Orpheum Theater during IBC week in Memphis, TN. Tas received the 2014 Keeping The Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Education. Thanks Tas
Photo: Dennis Jones
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You can enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on cover at right for our online digital version!
Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society or look for one at a blues festival or find order information here.
CD & DVD Releases
 Bernie Pearl :: TAKE YOUR TIME
You’ll find traditions and departures on Take Your Time, the new CD by Bernie Pearl. This CD represents the life-long commitment of Los Angeles-born, Long Beach-based guitarist Bernie Pearl to the traditions of the blues guitar. His playing prompted one critic to comment, "Bernie's the best we have and probably the best pure blues guy period." But Take Your Time also represents some departures. One of them is Bernie’s inclusion of Jazz-Blues diva, Barbara Morrison on three vocal duets. The two met while working on an all African-American casting of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma in 1981. They soon discovered their mutual friendship with sax legend Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and had spoken often since about recording together. Read all about it here...
Click to play "Tough Times" 
Everybody's Waiting marks a milestone, seventh national release for Eric Jerardi. Produced and recorded by Grammy award winner David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Johnny Lang, Etta James) who said it best: "I've watched Eric grow over the years to be a serious contender who has truly established himself.” The Eric Jerardi Band along with Budweiser launched a five city CD release party in Ohio (Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo and Cleveland) to kick off the new CD, with a new video premiering as well.
The band will continue touring the rest of 2014 across the United States and is looking for a european tour to jump on. Everybody's Waiting has several bonafide hits and any lover of blues/rock will enjoy it. The band has produced an excellent blend of music and lyrics that have exceeded all expectations.
Click to play "Everybody's Waiting"
Annika Chambers :: MAKING MY MARK
Montrose Records announces the signing of Houston-based blues/soul singer Annika Chambers and release of her debut album, Making My Mark. On the new CD, Annika (pronounced “Ann-NEE-Ka”), is backed by an aggregation dubbed “The Houston All-Stars,” well-named because it boasts the talents of many Grammy winners and nominees. Heading that list is bassist Larry Fulcher, who co-produced Making My Mark along with Montrose Records owner/engineer Richard Cagle. Fulcher is a two-time Grammy winner for his work with Taj Mahal on the albums “Shoutin’ in Key” and “Senor Blues,” and has appeared on 10 of Taj’s albums. Read all about it here...
Click to play"Move
News Flash
Up-n-Coming Stars Vintage Trouble and Award-Winning Robert Cray Band at Clearwater’s Free Sea-Blues Festival
The City of Clearwater, Florida announces the 8th annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival and the artists scheduled for February 15 to 16, 2014 at Coachman Park. Having previously served up a number of acts on the brink of stardom, this year Clearwater displays its knack for exciting entertainment by choosing up-and-coming retro rock/blues band Vintage Trouble, currently featured in the national Honda commercial. Sharing the headlining slot is the five-time Grammy Award winning Robert Cray Band. Clearwater will bring together crowds of both young and old with a diligent selection of talent.
Orange County Blues Society's Benefit to "Raise the Roof” set for February 23rd
The benefit to Raise the Roof is a once in a lifetime Blues concert presented by the Orange County Blues Society at House of Blues Anaheim on February 23rd, 2014, from 3-7 PM. This event, in conjunction with The Blues Foundation, is part of a nationwide campaign to raise funds to build a Blues Music Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN. Headlining the show is the Laurie Morvan Band. After winning the Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2010 International Blues Challenge, the Laurie Morvan Band lit up the stage in their very own half-hour TV special, which continues to air Nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
Lancaster Roots and Blues ...A Festival of Music Feb 21-22
Join in on the most exciting festival in Lancaster, Feb 21-22. Lancaster Roots and Blues is a Festival of Music over two evenings at five great, indoor venues on nine stages in beautiful downtown Lancaster PA.
The event will feature a variety of blues, folk, jazz, bluegrass, funk & soul, zydeco, polka, a touch of rock and roots reggae. The roster of over 50 bands includes Grammy winning national acts as well as some of the best regional and local bands. Stock up on this year's hottest roots and blues merchandise. 10% of all sales of artists’ merchandise will go to Music for Everyone. Support the artists AND a great non-profit!
Buy tickets for one or both nights here. This is a 21 and over event.
Find more info at or 717-391-9722
Robert Randolph & Ana Popovic at Belly Up Tavern Feb 26
Robert Randolph & The Family Band along with Ana Popovic, will perform on Wed. February 26 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA (Cedros Ave). Doors at 7pm, show 8pm. Tickets are $28 adv / $30 day of / $49 reserved loft. Show is 21+.When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over —”joy,” “freedom,” “energy.” Which is no surprise, really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener’s mind when these twelve tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.
Buddy Guy, Michael McDonald & Irma Thomas Headline 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. 
Mahindra Blues Festival Feb 15-16 in India
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Zac Harmon, Soulmate, Doyle Bramhall III and Blackstratblues will spread blues love to India at the Mahindra Blues Festival. Tractor maker Mahindra ( hosts this soulful festival February 15-16 in the city of Mumbai, India. Travel the world and inspire love for the blues everywhere!”
Hop over the Pacific for Byron Bay Bluesfest – Easter 2014
What were your New Year’s resolutions this year? Travel more? See live music? Meet new people? Down Under Answer has the solution to mark them all off right now!
Australia’s premier blues and roots festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th birthday, April 17–21 and all the stops have been pulled out to throw a spectacular five-day party that you will never forget! With an incredibly lineup featuring some of the world’s biggest names in blues, roots, soul, gospel, R&B and rock giving more than 200 amazing performances across seven stages, do not miss this chance to experience the 25th anniversary Bluesfest.
#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 on Sale now!
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
Great Northern Blues Society's Cabin Fever Week
The Great Northern Blues Society announces "Cabin Fever Blues Week" Friday, February 28 – Saturday, March 8. The week will start off with a "Blues in the Schools" session at D.C. Everest High School on February 28. Paul Filipowicz will be visiting with students from various schools to expose them to the Blues as an art form and a uniquely American style of music. That evening, GNBS will sponsoring a performance by Filipowicz at Intermission Bar, one of GNBS' long-time sponsors, in downtown Wausau. Cabin Fever Blues Week concludes with the 15th Annual Blues Café at the Rothschild Pavilion on Saturday, March 8.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Donnie Walsh from Downchild

Downchild is the number one blues band in Canada, and has been for over forty years. Along the way, the band was a major inspiration for the Blues Brothers. And the group just keeps getting better. The band’s latest release is called Can Your Hear The Music?
We certainly hope you can, because we intend to listen to it. Donnie Walsh from Downchild... Next time in the BluesMobile

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Tim Williams ... "Walkin'Blues"
Click Here for video...   Tim Williams is the 30th IBC Blues Solo Winner
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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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
Clearwater, Florida USA
February 15th-16th 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
February 15th-16th 2014
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
February 21st-22nd, 2014
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
February 23rd 2014
Anaheim, California USA
Monday - Sunday
February 24th-March 2nd 2014
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada
Monday - Saturday
February 24th - March 1st 2014
Calgary, Alberta Canada
March 8th 2014
Phoenix, Arizona USA
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