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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 13, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 7
Greetings from your Editor...
Blues Hearts...

The day of romance, or lack of it, is upon us. I've read that the roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. It's hard to avoid February 14 whether you're attached or single. Heck, any day is a good day for flowers and chocolates but this day you might want to make a point to step up. If you find yourself solitary, you could always buy a bag of "conversation hearts" and end each one of the sayings with "in bed" before popping in your mouth... ya know, like you do with fortune cookies! You know, don't you? Well if not, you should. Alas, Feb 15 is "Single Awareness Day!" Really, I think one could figure that out the day before! The 18th is National Battery Day." Who thinks of this stuff (no, I'm not going there.)
"Ruler of my heart... robber of my soul, oh where can you be, I wait patiently." (Irma Thomas)
February is also Heart Awareness Month. Blues songs I found right off were about broken hearts but there's got to be ones about pounding hearts, right?
Have a great week... celebrate your love for the blues by recalling your favorite blues love song.
Birthdays of Note: Feb 14 Magic Sam (1937), Maceo Parker (1943), Feb 15 James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901), Feb 16 Bill Doggett (1916) Feb 16 Bill Doggett (1916), Feb 17 Lou Ann Barton (1954), Noble "Thin Man" Watts (1926), Feb 18 Irma Thomas (1941), Feb 19 Sam Myers (1936), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Feb 20 Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898).
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
Time to Order Your Print Ad in 12th Annual
Time to order your print ad in the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine.
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Thousands more will read it in Digital Format.
Affordable, effective. Use this link below to order your ad
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Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the Annual BFG Magazine

Here's Dorothy Moore during IBC week in Memphis, TN. Dorothy is a 2014 Blues Music Award (BMA) nominee for Soul Female Blues Artist of the Year. In the background is her manager, Marcia Weaver, who accepted the 2014 Keeping The Blues Alive Award (KBA) for "Manager" during the KBA luncheon.
Photo: Willette Romious
Email your fave photos plus caption & credit to:

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
Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson :: FORTUNE COOKIE
Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson... she's baaack with Fortune Cookie. Michelle Willson is a force of nature -- an emotional ball of talent that inspires you with her original songs and takes you on a journey through what she calls the lost music of vintage soul/R&B legends like Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. A writer in the respected once put it this way: "Her singing is like a strong cup of Joe -- it beelines to the gut and jolts the system.”
 Known to blues lovers internationally as "Evil Gal," Michelle is acknowledged by aficionados of Jazz and Blues as a passionate and gifted performer, bandleader and songwriter. Willson has had a remarkable career. Read all about it here...
Click to play "Nobody Loves You Like Me" 
Eddie Cotton :: HERE I COME
Contemporary Mississippi blues musician Eddie Cotton, Jr. has combined university training with service in his father’s church and a love of the blues to produce commanding music of fiery intensity and power. Following his spectacular 2000 debut Live at the Alamo Theater and Extra in 2002, Here I Come shows the triple threat singer, songwriter and guitarist breaking out and up to establish serious credibility as a major new star demanding and deserving to be heard.
Cotton performs 10 uniquely original tracks backed by Myron Bennett (bass), Samuel Scott, Jr. (drums) and guest artists Grady Champion (harmonica), Carlos Russell (harmonica) and Sam Brady (organ). Read all about it here...
Click to play"My Boo
News Flash
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
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. 
Blues In The Schools Honors Black History Month
Homer Tribune - For the past 36 years, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman (lt) has taught Blues in the Schools programs to more than half a million students in more than 500 schools. He’s visited learning establishments from elementary to college level, in 30 states and 10 foreign nations. “All popular music has its roots in the blues,” Hawkeye said. “From rock to pop — and even to country music.” Lesson plans apply blues music to fields of study including African American studies, English, art, math, science, American history and music. The goal of the program is to teach students the history and importance of the music. Read story here
Detroit's WCSX fires longtime blues host Mark Pasman
The Detroit News - Mark Pasman hosted 'Motor City Blues Project' for 26 1/2 years. Detroit loses another veteran radio personality, as Pasman, longtime host of WCSX-FM (94.7)’s “Motor City Blues Project” was fired last week by the station. The show, with its “Anything blue will do” tagline, aired from 7 pm to midnight Sundays. Because Pasman is a musician as well, it was a reliable way to find out what was happening in Detroit’s blues scene and virtually the only outlet for local blues releases to be played. Pasman says he was informed of the move in a “three-minute” phone call. He asked to do one last show in order to thank musicians and listeners, but was turned down.
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 to access our reservation system. If you forgot your user name/password Just click to reset. Unsure or need help? 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 Foundation News
Blues Hall of Fame Inductees and Ceremony
During the first 34 years of the Blues Hall of Fame balloting, only one saxophonist, Louis Jordan, was elected. The Year of the Saxophonist has come, however, in 2014, as three sax men, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, blow their way into the Blues Hall. Two other performers -- Mississippi hill country patriarch R.L. Burnside and the intense and inimitable Robert Pete Williams, will also be inducted May 7. Among the other individuals recognized by The Blues Foundation for their behind-the-scenes contributions are: Click here to findout more
Blues Society News
Blues Lovers United of San Diego Hosts Youth Jam 
BLUSD sponsors a monthly Youth Blues Jam at the Gaslamp Speakeasy in downtown San Diego, (708 4th Ave at 4th & G) from 2 pm–5 pm. Dates inked in so far are Feb 15, Mar 22, April 19 and May 24. The jam is hosted by talented 17 year old guitarist/singer, Leilani Kilgore. Although this is a bar it is a family friendly venue on a Saturday afternoon with food and beverages available or you can bring your own snacks and refreshments. Metered parking is available on the streets nearby or validate for three hours at Horton Plaza. P.A. and drums are provided (but bring your own sticks!) Jammers up to age 22 are invited. With your support we can keep this unique youth blues music opportunity happening. More info
Elwood's BluesMobile
Tommy Castro

San Jose’s own gift to the blues, Tommy Castro brings grit, fire, fun, and soul to his music. Along with a hard won core of fans, the blues community has showered him with Blues Music Awards. Well we like Tommy Castro, too. And he has a new album out. Tommy Castro’s new release is called The Devil You Know. 
Next time in the BluesMobile

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Magic Sam ... "All Your Love & Lookin' Good"
Click Here for video...   Happy Birthday Feb 14
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 15th-16th 2014
Clearwater, Florida USA
February 15th-16th 2014
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
February 15th-16th 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
February 21st-22nd, 2014
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
February 22nd 2014
Winter Garden, Florida 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
March 8th 2014
Des Moines, Iowa USA
March 14th-15th 2014
Marietta, Ohio USA
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