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Blues Festival Guide
May 15, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 20
Greetings from your Editor...
Discover blues treasures...

May 18th is International Museum Day, a reminder that we should visit, appreciate, and support museums... maybe even volunteer or donate.
You can discover many blues-specific museums along the Mississippi Blues Trail such as The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS, the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, MS, the Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland, MS, the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum in Memphis, TN, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, AR and more. Several feature workshops and kids programs. Other museums are in the works and may need your help like the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN and The National Blues Museum project in St. Louis, MO. Search and you shall find and discover a wealth of blues history. 
In fact, it's also "Rat Pack" week and if you like to save stuff, you may even find something spectacular in your "collections" to donate to a museum!
I'm located in Southern California and heading off to the Doheny Blues Festival this weekend in Dana Point, CA to collect some great vibes. Hope to see you! 
Birthdays of note this week: May 17 Taj Mahal (1942), May 18 Big Joe Turner (1911), May 19 Jimmy Thackery (1953), May 21 Dave Specter (1963), May 26 Mamie Smith (1883), May 27 Junior Parker (1932), May 28 T-Bone Walker (1910) and ...Kaati our BFG publisher.
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.
Extra, Extra, read all about it!
Get your copy of the 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine

100,000 copies of the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine are currently being shipped and will be distributed for free throughout U.S. and Canada to mainly Blues Societies and Blues festivals. You can also order here.
We are proud to have the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival as our 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine sponsor and again, congratulations to our cover photographer, Marilyn Stringer.
If you missed getting an ad in the magazine we do offer several
other media products. CALL us for more info at 775 337 8344
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Jason Elmore and John 'blueshammer' Hammer at Ol Skoolz in Sioux Falls, SD
May 3rd sharing the new Blues Festival Guide magazine!
Photo by: Spike Stephan
Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:
*Enjoy the 12th annual magazine in digital format soon! Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or you can find our magazine order info here.
Then start snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!!
CD & DVD Releases
Michissippi Mick is Mick Kolassa, a lifelong musician and hardcore blues fan who is also on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation and an active participant in the Memphis Blues scene. Born in Michigan, Mick has lived in Mississippi for over 20 years.
This album is a labor of love; 100% of the gross proceeds will go to the Blues Foundation, split between two very important programs: the HART Fund and Generation Blues.

Mick has recorded a blend of original songs and added in a few surprise covers. With songs ranging from the rock-solid electric blues of “Blowtorch Love” to the jug-band style reworking of WC Handy’s classic “Beale Street Blues,” this album gives the listener a taste of many styles of the blues.
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"New Beale Street Blues"
DVD released by Shout Factory
A never-before-released concert featuring rare performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Preston, Sam Moore, Bo Diddley and Dr. John, to name a few, is out now on DVD from Shout! Factory. A Celebration of Blues and Soul was filmed in 1989 in celebration of the presidential inauguration and features some of the finest musicians in top form in over two hours of history-in-the-making performances. It’s a must-see for fans of Blues and Soul! The DVD includes a booklet featuring two new essays on the historical significance and creation of the event by Richard Harrington and Peter Guralnick and 24 unforgettable performances! Find it here on Amazon
News Flash
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Performers Spotlight: JOHN MAYALL

The 25th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 24th & 25th, 2014.
This week’s artist spotlight is on The legendary John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has featured some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, and Coco Montoya. Today, John can safely say he's never been happier with his four piece band and long career.
Pop Ferguson Blues Festival brings in top performers in June
LENOIR, N.C. – The Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival VI will be held on June 13-14 in downtown Lenoir, North Carolina. Headliner acts are Grammy nominee Phil Wiggins, John Dee Holman and Pop Ferguson. On Friday, June 13, performances will be held around town. The street festival will be held on Saturday, June 14.
The festival is named after Pop Ferguson who was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress and the Folkways Museum of the Smithsonian Institute six years ago. In 2015, he will be formally recognized during the opening of the new African-American museum in Washington, D.C.His son, Clyde, founded the Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival six years ago and plays bass guitar with his dad. 
Big Blues Bender packages are selling quickly
This year, in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, is a marathon blues event that can only be known as the Big Blues Bender. Taking place September 25th to 29th at the world-renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino on the strip, it’s truly an exclusive blues spectacular.
Featuring legendary artists such as B.B. King, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Ana Popovic, Charlie Musselwhite and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, the Bender will showcase over 30 artists that will be performing on multiple stages over 4 days (click on poster to enlarge). Recently added to the stellar lineup is none other than the bold and brassy Candye Kane. 
Jackson, MS - Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, Aug 15-16 – Dorothy Moore, Boney James, Bobby Rush
 The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival is set for its second year to celebrate its culture and rich musical heritage. This premier two-day music festival will be held August 15-16, 2014 and offers a stellar music mix and line up with over 30 Artists, including Ziggy Marley, FANTASiA, Bell Biv Devoe, Boney James, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Dorothy Moore, Estelle and Chrisette Michele, guaranteeing a good Jackson, Mississippi time. There are 5 stages, including 3 indoor, air-conditioned venues, transformed into Juke Joints - “Find your Soul!” The Soul of the festival rests on the rustic grounds of the perfect backdrop of history and culture that lends itself to the music.
Tall City Blues Fest 2014
In addition to hosting 17 performances on 3 stages, Tall City Blues Fest 2014, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa also announced its plans to host a Gospel Brunch on Sunday led by Mr. Castro Coleman, winner of the 2014 International Blues Challenge.
Coleman, who performs on stage as Mr. Sipp, will also perform his award-winning set on one of the Fest’s main stages right before Fest headliner Ana Popovic on Saturday night.
“It's been a real thrill to become part of the world of Blues and invited to perform our award-winning set at Tall City Blues Fest... 
“Goodtime” Charlie shares blues for over a quarter century
"Goodtime Charlie's Got the Blues" has been on the air in central Pennsylvania since 1989. Charlie is on WZXR 99.3fm Williamsport, PA, commercial FM radio Sundays from 9am-11am, and then travels 40 miles to do his second live show on WQSU 88.9fm, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA from 12 noon until 2pm. Charlie has devoted his Sundays to airing the blues non-stop for 26 years. Both shows are streamed so there are no geographical limitations for those who wish to listen.
The Blues Stalker Monte Adkison Interviews Mick Kolassa
Like yours truly, Mick Kolassa has focused his passion into a project that helps others. Known affectionately by his moniker “Michississippi Mick” due to having split his residency between Michigan and Mississippi respectively, Mick is a talented musician, songwriter as well as a current board member of the Blues Foundation. His recent philanthropic project involves assembling an exceptionally talented group of musicians and recording a CD of which 100% of the gross sales benefit two Blues Foundation programs, the HART fund and Generation Blues. This is a true winning proposition—I encourage you to do what I did, buy several copies of this disc that is a great listen and give as gifts to your blues-loving friends.
Reunion Party Weekend 35 Years in the Making (May 23-25)
The hottest ticket in the Blues, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, which sails on the high seas twice a year, is hosting their Annual Cruiser Reunion shows for 3 nights this year (May 23-24-25).
Based in Kansas City, the LRBC is the brainchild of Roger Naber, (former co-owner of the Grand Emporium live music venue) who is also celebrating 35 years as a music promoter in tandem with the music on stage. With the next two sold-out, upcoming LRBC's, Kansas City music fans will have an opportunity to see six varied internationally famous acts at the well known and respected Knuckleheads honky-tonk venue.
Performing over the 3 day Memorial Day weekend soiree, May 23, 24 & 25, will be Blues Hall of Famer... Read complete details here
#24 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise SOLDOUT!
Join Waitlist... More cruises announced!
The October 2014 LRBC #23 AND also the January 2015 LRBC #24 are SOLD OUT! The cabin Wait List for LRBC #24 started Monday, April 7th, so please signup asap if you are wishing to sail.
A new contract for LRBC #25 has been signed with Holland America to sail Oct 24-31, 2015 aboard the ms Westerdam! The ship will sail from Ft. Lauderdale thru Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale) to New Orleans, LA, and then over to Cozumel. This itinerary was extremely popular last year and this cruise promises to be even more exciting aboard the Westerdam.
Pre-booking for LRBC #25 begins June 24th at 11am CDT so please mark your calendars if you plan to go Bluesin' with 20 plus bands and 1800 of your closest music friends.
Pre-booking for January 2016 will begin sometime in September.
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
Austin Blues Society ~ Las Vegas Blues Society ~
The 2014 Heart of Texas Blues Challenge (HOTBC) is scheduled for July at the Brass House in Austin, TX. HOTBC winners advance to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) held in January 2015 in Memphis, TN.
Entry form deadline is midnight, Saturday, May 31st, 2014. Find entry form and rules here. Please be sure to read over the rules for participation to determine if your band qualifies for the competition.
The Las Vegas Blues Society has recently launched their new website with some new elements. Also, if you would like to stay up to date on Las Vegas Blues Society Events you can fill out your information on their website and join their newsletter! 
Blues Foundation News
Blues Music Awards Winners
The Blues Foundation presented the 35th Blues Music Awards Thursday night, May 8 in Memphis. The event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Three awards went to Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and their band, while a Little Walter tribute featuring five top harmonica players received two awards, including album of the year. First time winners included Gary Clark Jr., Doug MacLeod, John Németh, Shawn Holt & the Teardrops, Trampled Under Foot and their female bassist Danielle Schnebelen.
Congratulations to all the winners (list found here)
Elwood's BluesMobile
May 17-18 Radio Show: JOHN MAYALL

John Mayall is legendary for giving a lot of famous British musicians
their start. Mayall just turned eighty and has released a terrific new album called A Special Life. Join me for some of that, plus the Stones, Fleetwood Mac, and Cream… bands, John Mayall helped along the way.
The great John Mayall. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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Springfield, Missouri USA
Friday - Sunday
May 16th - May 18th 2014 Stourbridge, West Midlands
United Kingdom
May 17th 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 17th - May 18th 2014
Dana Point, California, USA
May 17th 2014
Oroville, Washington, USA
Thursday - Sunday
May 23th -25th 2014
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th - 25th 2014
Sedan, Kansas, USA
May 24th 2014
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th- May-25th 2014
Aptos, California, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th - 25th 2014
Simi Valley, California, USA
Aliceville, Alabama, USA
May-25-2014, Indianola , Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
May-30-2014 - Jun-01-2014, Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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