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Blues Festival Guide
June 5, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 23
Greetings from your Editor...
Greening the blue...

Today is the official day to celebrate "greening the blue..." earth that is!  World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme this year is to focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The official slogan for 2014 is 'Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level."
Our Video of The Week is John Mayall's "Nature's Disappearing." Sadly, this was released in 1970 and look at where we're at today! It's never too late to become proactive even if it's simply making sure you place your recyclables in the containers provided at festivals. If they don't have any, please reach out to the people behind the scenes. It takes a village... and we sure don't want to see any village disintegrate. Of course, have fun out there, but let's make it our mission to keep greening our big blue(s) world.
Share a festival you know of that incorporates "green" into their blues.
Birthdays of note coming up: June 8 Derek Trucks (1979), James Harman (1946); June 9 Johnny Ace (1929), Jackie Wilson (1934), Skip James (1902); June 10 Howlin' Wolf (1910); June 12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977); June 13 James Carr (1942).
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, the digital version is now LIVE!
The 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine is now digital

The Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine is now live online. If you didn't receive a free hard copy yet, please log on (also free) to and enjoy the magazine in its entirety. Click through page-by-page.

98 pages jam-packed with blues news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!

Check out Samantha Fish and Mike Zito on our cover engaged in some fun musical chemistry while sharing the stage at the 2013 Blues From The Top Music Festival. Over 85 Festivals are featured in the Festival Section with hundreds more in the Calendar. Read the entertaining and educational stories by blues aficionados including Bob Corritore, Nathan James, John “Blueshammer” Hammer, and Dorothy Moore, among others.

Advertiser supported, the GUIDE remains free…so please support our advertisers! You will find festival headliners and ticketing info; from artists you’ll learn of their latest CD releases, tour dates, merchandise, and booking info; also blues museums and cruises, and so much more.

The Blues Festival Guide magazine will come in handy year-round: plan your weekends and vacations. Refer to the Blues radio station listings, and Blues Societies listings will come in handy for you especially while traveling.
This year’s magazine is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15 & 16, 2014 in Jackson, MS.
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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Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine

Samantha Fish (top) and Mannish Boys Sugaray Rayford and Randy Chortkoff (bottom) check out their copy of the new Blues Festival Guide magazine at the 2014 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.
Photos: Mary Ann Haskell

Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:
*Enjoy the 12th annual magazine in digital format now! 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.
Start snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!
CD & DVD Releases
Al Basile, the singer, songwriter, cornetist and former member of Roomful of Blues, delivers a jolt of Bluff City soul on his new CD, Woke Up in Memphis, on Sweetspot (with distribution by City Hall Records).

Produced by Basile’s lifelong friend and musical collaborator Duke Robillard, who adds his trademark guitar sounds throughout, Woke Up in Memphis is also fueled by a dynamite horn section that includes Basile, current Roomful tenor sax player Rich Lataille and former member Doug James on baritone sax, along with Mark Teixeira on drums and percussion, Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on electric bass and special guest vocalist Sista Monica Parker.
Click to play
"I Woke Up In Memphis"
Giles Corey :: STONED SOUL
Giles Corey's Stoned Soul features a unique blend of roots music, rich in history yet contemporary and forward-looking. Giles credits include being in the bands of Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues and Otis Rush. Giles also played and recorded with Syl Johnson, Mississippi Heat and Buddy Miles among others. The talented singer/guitarist was a founding member of the funk/blues/rock and roll powerhouse Lubriphonic. When Lubriphonic stopped touring in 2011, the seed was planted for Stoned Soul, Giles' debut as leader.
Stoned Soul features the powerhouse lineup of longtime Buddy Guy keyboardist Marty Sammon, funky bassist Joewaun Scott and standout drummer Rick King. Read more CD and bio details here...
Click to play"Oh, Mademoiselle"
News Flash
Join Us for The Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival Next Weekend, June 13-14, 2014
LENOIR, N.C. – The Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival VI is giving you an opportunity to learn how to play the blues harmonica and blues violin/fiddle with two internationally acclaimed artists.
On Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Grammy nominee Phil Wiggins and Bob Kogut will be giving free workshops in downtown Lenoir, North Carolina, USA. Phil only plays with Hohner harmonicas, so the first 100 participants will receive one free. Or, you can bring your own to play. Kogut is a master violin maker for top international musicians – and he plays. He will be giving demonstrations. Bring your own violin and learn special tips and ways to increase the versatility of your instrument.
After the workshops, the street festival and shows will begin at 1 p.m.
Bentonia Blues Festival to be held at oldest, operating juke joint in Mississippi June 21, 2014
The Bentonia Blues Festival is heading back to Bentonia at the Blue Front Cafe – the oldest juke joint in the state of Mississippi that is still in operation. The 42nd Anniversary of the Bentonia Blues Festival is Saturday, June 21st in Bentonia, Mississippi. 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! Rain or shine! Music, food and fun all day!
Additional events held on the 19th and 20th at the Blue Front Café! 
18th Annual Blues on the Fox Festival 
RiverEdge Park in Aurora, Illinois, June 27-28, 2014
One of the most heralded blues festivals in the Midwest, Blues On The Fox, takes the stage to celebrate its 18th Season, and man, it’s going to be phenomenal. Friday, June 27, and Saturday the 28th, it’s smoking music, cold beers and beautiful scenery right on the Fox River. If you’ve never been to Blues on the Fox, then you need to experience it for yourself. If you have, then you know why you need to be there again. Six amazing blues acts in one incredible weekend, featuring Los Lonely Boys, Taj Mahal, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker, Tab Benoit and Samantha Fish.
Friday, June 27 the gates open at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28, the gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $20 per day.
12th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival July 11-12, 2014
Duck Hill, Mississippi - 12th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival set for July 11-12, 2014 featuring Willie Cobbs and Hi Rhythm, Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Val 'Vivacious V' McKnight and local artists, Little Willie Farmer, Danny Lancaster, Lewis Johnson and the No Name Band.

ACER (Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.) will host its Annual Grassroots Blues Festival in Duck Hill, Mississippi. The Grassroots Blues Festival is a celebration of our rich cultural heritage of blues music, and the artists who have demonstrated mastery of their artistic discipline and quality of work. Our goal is to educate and preserve this traditional art form of music for future generations to come. Read more here
Gloucester Blues Festival Lands 2014 Blues Music Award Winners 
Last month, the Blues Foundation announced the 35th annual Blues Music Awards featuring two bands that will appear on the Gloucester (MA) Blues Festival stage on Saturday, August 9th, 2014. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones collaborated on the Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year: Remembering Little Walter. This fantastic album featured the traditional blues music of Sugar Ray Norcia with Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel and James Harman.

The Pinetop Perkins Piano Player for 2014 is the great Victor Wainwright. Wainwright who will also be on the Gloucester stage.
Jackson, MS - Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, Aug 15-16 – Dorothy Moore, Boney James, Bobby Rush
Jackson, MS- The “City with Soul”
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.
Walter Trout recovering from successful liver transplant
From a June 4th Facebook post by Marie Trout, wife of Walter, with a post-surgery update:
Walter continues to do very well indeed. His new liver is functioning GREAT. Now dealing with the magnitude of re-training a body that has severe atrophy. He was wasting away for months before his transplant, and the re-building of his body is a gargantuan task. However, he is determined and focused. The goal being back on stage in a year's time!
The new album, chronicling his recent experience, came out in Europe a few days ago. It is about to come out in the UK and the USA (June 9th and 10th.) Here is a link to the good folks at Team Rock who are debuting the single from the new CD called Wastin' Away. Follow the link here and check out the new lyric video with pictures from the new book biography, and get a download of the single for free. Stay updated 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
Washington Blues Society 2014 Best of the Blues (BB) Awards Show June 29 at Kirkland Performance Center
The Washington Blues Society’s annual Best of the Blues Awards (“BB Awards”) returns to the Kirkland Performance Center on Sunday, June 29th to honor musicians and artists nominated by blues society members in 29 award categories. The 2014 BB Awards features performances by over 45 select nominees, and one musician will be inducted in the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame. In addition, this year’s awards show will induct a band in the Hall of Fame for the first time. 

The nominees once again represent the very best blues performers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Read more here
Blues Foundation News
Seeking Qualified Candidates / Temporary BF Office set up
The Blues Foundation is currently seeking qualified candidates for nomination to the Board of Directors. The nominating process opens on May 29, 2014 and ends at midnight on June 13, 2014. - See more here
The Blues Foundation has moved into our temporary office. We are almost all set up.  We have e-mail and internet service and local telephone service.  Long distance must not be far behind. We will not be changing our mailing address during this interim period and our phone numbers are the same. The demolition and repurposing of 421 South Main has begun. The Blues Hall of Fame will open in May 2015.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Jun 7-8 Radio Show: Charlie Musselwhite

Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite is on a roll. He and Ben Harper earned themselves a Grammy this year. And on the way to do a benefit for a music school in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Charlie wound up making a fire-breathing live record in a real live juke joint.
Charlie Musselwhite - recorded live! Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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Friday - Sunday
Jun-06-2014 - Jun-08-2014
Madeira Park, Garden Bay,
British Columbia, Canada
Friday - Saturday
Jun-06-2014 - Jun-07-2014
San Marcos, California, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-06-2014 - Jun-08-2014
Frankford, Ontario, Canada
Dover, Kent, United Kingdom
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Wednesday - Saturday
Jun-11-2014 - Jun-14-2014
Henderson, Kentucky, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jun-12-2014 - Jun-15-2014
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-13-2014 - Jun-14-2014
 Greeley, Colorado, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-13-2014 - Jun-15-2014
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-13-2014 - Jun-14-2014
Lenoir, North Carolina, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-14-2014 - Jun-15-2014, Isleton, California, USA
Houston, Texas USA
Canton, Connecticut, USA
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-21-2014
Alpena, Michigan, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-22-2014
Beaumont, Alberta, Canada
Friday - Saturday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-21-2014
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
About Us
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