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Blues Festival Guide
May 22, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 21
Greetings from your Editor...
A pause and cause to remember...

Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday during the month of May in the U.S.. This day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day observance, goes back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War.
Some beloved blues artists that passed away in the last year include Bobby "Blue" Bland, Ann Rabson, T-Model Ford, Morris "Magic Slim" Holt, Jimmy Dawkins, Alvin Lee, Bobby Parker, Chick Willis and Precious Bryant. We thank them for their precious gifts, too.
At least eight festivals are happening this weekend from California, to Nevada, to New Mexico, to Kansas, to Minnesota, to Louisiana to Mississippi and Alabama.
Birthdays of note this week: May 26 Mamie Smith (1883), May 27 Junior Parker (1932), May 28 T-Bone Walker (1910) and ...Kaati our dear 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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(lt-rt) Laura Chavez, Ronnie Earl and Candye Kane sharing the new Blues Festival Guide magazine at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN, May 8th!
Photo by: Mary Ann Haskell
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
Shane Dwight :: THIS HOUSE
This House is the newest release from Shane Dwight, a leader in West Coast roots and blues.Native Californian Shane Dwight relocated to Nashville in 2009 to further advance his musical career. Within six months of arriving on the scene he swiftly attained a solid reputation as a “guitar slinger” in his newly adopted hometown. Not one to completely abandon his roots, Dwight still chooses to divide his time between Nashville and his childhood ranch in Morgan Hill, California. Performing over 200 shows per year worldwide, Dwight has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including B.B. King, Etta James, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, the Doobie Brothers, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Johnny Winter. Read more here
Click to play
"This House"
Lil' Ronnie & The Bluebeats featuring Claudia Carawan ::
unfinished business
This aptly titled CD, unfinished business, has been a long time in the making. The BlueBeats were a very popular regional band in the 80's and early 90's. They just recently finished their 2nd CD that they started recording way back in 91'. The record features the incredible gospel tinged vocals of Claudia Carawan. The rest of the band is Jim Wark- guitar, Stu Grimes - drums, Mike Moore - bass, Eric Holt - keyboards and vocals and Ronnie Owens on harmonica and vocals. They had written all the songs and had recorded 8 tunes in 91' but sometimes things don't turnout as planned and life just gets in way. Well here it is 23 years later and they're finally got unfinished business finished. Read more here...
Click to play"Bring Your Fine Self Home"
News Flash
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
The 25th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 24th & 25th, 2014.
2014 promises to continue our tradition of bringing fans a full weekend of nonstop award-winning entertainment, more food choices than you can sample in two days, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained too.
The Cajun & Zydeco Stage will showcase continuous music each day featuring the best Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts. The Blues Stage will feature some of the most talented and renowned Blues & Roots acts in the world both Saturday and Sunday. Both stages feature lots of viewing space plus large dance floors.
In addition, this family friendly event has a giant kids area featuring bouncers, rock walls, specialty acts, crafts and talent shows. There are also food booths and many crafts and merchandise booths.
Tickets available now at:
Bentonia Blues Festival June 21
The Bentonia Blues Festival is heading back to Bentonia at the Blue Front Cafe! The 42nd Anniversary of the Bentonia Blues Festival is Saturday, June 21st in Bentonia, Mississippi. Admission is FREE!
This authentic country blues festival is once again bringing folks from all over the world to Bentonia, so don’t you miss it! LIVE Blues ALL day, June 21st starting at 9am, inside of the Blue Front Cafe! LIVE Blues on the outdoor stage starting at 4pm!
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. 
One Week 'till The Durango Blues Train ~ May 30-31, 2014
The Durango Blues Train is expanding to two weekends in 2014, May 30 and 31st and August 22 and 23rd. Presented by the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, this unique "moving experience" takes place aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango, Colorado for three unforgettable hours. Each evening features a stellar lineup of six live blues acts, to passengers traveling aboard the historic coal-fired, steam-powered train as it winds through the spectacular canyons of the Colorado San Juan National Forest... Read more here (+ click on poster to enlarge)
Delta Museum to participate in Blue Star Museums
The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce its participation in the Blue Star Museums program for 2014. It is a great way to give our support and say "thank you" to active duty military families. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across the country. They will offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Read all about this wonderful endeavor here
Omega Events hits another Homerun with 2014 Doheny Blues Fest
It’s hard to find fault when your destination is a beautiful park on a beach with 25 sizzling acts and the weather cooperates, too. With three stages of a variety of blues, rock and soul, there was something for everyone May 17-18 in Dana Point, California. There are huge video screens at the main stage so you can see what’s going on “bigtime” even from a far. The Sailor Jerry Stage is very large, too and the grassy audience-area slopes up to a picnic patio for a bit of an amphitheater view. The Backporch Stage is more intimate (yet always packed) and maybe more theatrical in that acts seem to possibly feel more loose there!
2 Year Old "Bluesman" Feels Your Pain - He woke up this morning … and again this afternoon following his nap.

Two-year-old Luca, from Barcelona, comes by the blues naturally. His dad is the leader of blues band "Tota Blues," and so Luca's grown up feeling the spirit, as can be seen from this clip.

With Luca's mom a singer, too, he's got quite the musical background. But the feeling he puts into his performance is something that can't be taught.

And Luca actually can stay in something approximating real pitch and time with his "singing." True, he's not speaking any recognizable language, but the blues transcend all language (and age), don't they?

Oh, and did we mention he also plays the harmonica?
Reunion Party THIS Weekend in Kansas City (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
Crossroads Blues Society Field of Blues Festival June 28
Crossroads Blues Society’s Field of Blues Festival will open its gates at 11 a.m. June 28 at Rockford Aviators Stadium in Love Park, Illinois (4503 Interstate Blvd). The all-day festival will be headlined by John Nemeth and will feature international artists, including an act from New Zealand.
All proceeds from the festival will support the Crossroads Blues in the Schools program.
Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For information: 779-537 4006
Blues Foundation News
35th Blues Music Award Photo Gallery
Here are some links to photos from the recent Blues Music Awards.
-Joe Dempsey’s four galleries:
Elwood's BluesMobile
May 24-25 Radio Show:
Blues Festivals from Around the World

 Summer is a time of wall-to-wall music festivals, even in places where there aren’t any walls. Like outdoors. Coming up on the Bluesmobile: Blues Festivals with a foreign accent. Including music from Gregg Allman, Eric Bibb, Kent Burnside, Coco Montoya, and more.
Blues festivals from around the world. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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Thursday - Sunday
May 23th -25th 2014
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th - 25th 2014
Simi Valley, California, 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
May 24, 2014
Aliceville, Alabama, USA
May 25,2014
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
May 30, 2014 - Jun 01, 2014 Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
May 31,2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Friday - Saturday
May-30-2014 - May-31-2014
Brighton, Colorado, USA
About Us
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