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Blues Festival Guide
June 12, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 24
Greetings from your Editor...
I ain't superstitious... well, a little

Are you superstitious? Does Friday the 13th make you think about being a little extra careful? An element of magic and superstition is woven through much of the blues.... notably the infamous "mojo"... used sometimes to sway the affections of men or women. "I got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you." (Muddy Waters "Got My Mojo Working"). For some it may be time to whip out the John The Conqueror Root or a black cat bone. "I believe my good gal has found a black cat bone. I can leave Sunday morning, Monday morning I'm sitting back home." (Blind Lemon Jefferson "Broke and Hungry Blues").
I can't say that unforeseen consequences haven't crossed my mind, but l still "ain't superstitious" (like Howlin' Wolf) when a black cat crosses my trail, and I've never felt like I was "born under a bad sign," (like Albert King). In fact, years back, on another Friday the 13th, I rolled a truck 250 feet off a cliff while living in the Santa Cruz Mountains (California) and only cut my lip (and caught a bad case of poison oak scrambling up the side of that hill). My neighbor drove me to the nearest phone to make sure my son had a ride home from school before taking me down the hill to get x-rays. We then fortunately just missed being crushed by a cement truck that backed up too far off a driveway and crashed to the road where we had been parked just minutes before while using the phone. I personally think Friday the 13th is my lucky day.
June 15th is Father's Day. Celebrate your father, your papa, your ol' man, your daddy... heck, your sugar daddy!
Birthdays of note coming up: June 12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977); June 13 James Carr (1942); June 18 Sara Martin (1884); June 19 Jerry McCain (1930), Big Bill Morganfield (1956); June 20 Lazy Lester (1933)
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.
Digital magazine version is LIVE!
The 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine is now digital

The Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine is now live online. You can log on our website and enjoy the magazine in its entirety. 98 pages are jam-packed with blues news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!

Check out Samantha Fish and Mike Zito on our cover and over 85 Festivals featured in the Festival Section with hundreds more in the Calendar. Read entertaining and educational stories by blues aficionados.
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.
Advertiser supported, the GUIDE remains free… so please support our advertisers! 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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Longtime blues fan, photographer and artist, Arlic Dromgoole, shows off his BFG magazine at the Gator By The Bay Festival, May 2014, in San Diego, California.
Photos: Richard Farrell 
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
Ben Prestage :: LIVE AT WILL'S PUB
Ben Prestage has performed at some the world's largest Blues Festivals across the US, Canada, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has been nominated for a Blues Music Award, an Independent Music Award, and won a Songwriters' Showcase of America Award for most unique performer. His latest live double-album, Live at Will's Pub, features this award winning artist on vocals, guitar, dobro, lap-steel, banjo, fiddle and
harmonica. With over 20 songs ranging from Delta Blues, Juke Joint Blues, Americana, Fingerstyle guitar, and original songs, there is something for
every lover of American Roots music.
CD available at his website, CDBaby and
Click to play
"You Don't Know My Mind"
Bob Corritore :: TABOO
Bob Corritore steps up his game with Taboo, and all-instrumental platter, which best captures the seasoned wisdom of his ever-expanding harmonica prowess. The album highlights and explores the beauty of blues harmonica with a mostly original, brilliantly diverse repertoire, marked by a decidedly noteworthy cast of supporting musicians including Jimmie Vaughan, Junior Watson, Fred Kaplan, Doug James, Papa John DeFrancesco, Richard Innes and others. Chock-full of enticing grooves, captivating moods and charming melodies, Taboo is simply a joy to behold, a sentiment echoed by world-renowned harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite, who acknowledges that, "Not many people can do an all instrumental harp CD and keep it interesting all the way through. You've got a dandy CD here. A real treat." 
Click to play"Potato Stomp"
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.
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Announces 27 Acts on
2 Stages
2014 recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive [KBA] award for U.S. Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary July 3-5 in LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa, right next to the Mississippi River.
Featuring 27 acts on two stages, the festival includes BlueSKool for the kids (free admission for those 14 and under) and free workshops, with free admission on July 3 for fireworks. Advance tickets for July 4 and 5 are only $20, available online here. This year’s lineup includes George Thorogood, Tinsley Ellis, Savoy Brown, Deanna Bogart, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Nick Moss... Find entire lineup and more info here
First Annual Wildcat Wendell Bluesfest on Saturday, June 28, announces lineup
Wendell, Massachusetts is home to great family-friendly food and music! Deja Brew Café & Pub, located at 57 Locks Village Rd. (Wendell, MA), presents the first annual Wildcat Wendell Bluesfest from 5pm until late, to benefit the Friends of Wendell, a local charity that provides financial assistance to families in need. Wildcat O'Halloran has arranged a killer lineup of area blues stars, including Wally "Sweet Daddy" Greaney, Art Steele, the luscious Emily Duff of the Raft, Charlie Scott of the Reprobates, local favorites Dave Boatwright of the Equalites and Dangerboy, plus rising star Buddy McEarns… and a dual Harp Girl attack of Cait Squires and Sarah "Wildkitten" O'Halloran backed by the Wildcat's ace band!
Have a great time for a great cause. Suggested donation is $10. Get there early for dance lessons with Karen Traub (and the Cat).
See more here
Big Blues Bender
This year, in fabulous Las Vegas, 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. Packages include admission for 2 and hotel accommodation for 4 nights.
Martini Garden Debuts with Give a Little Love
Driven by a mission to bring peace, love and healing to the world one bluesy song at a time, Long Island, New York’s Martini Garden is described as “Stevie Wonder meets The Eagles” by Mary Flanagan of North Shore Sun, this seasoned five-piece act is riding high off the release of their debut LP, Give a Little Love in January 2013. Formed in 2007 by the husband and wife team of Jim (lead guitar) and Christine LoPiano (lead vocals), Martini Garden combines a swirling mix of blues, jazz, rock and folk to generate a catchy sound ideal for the clubs and halls of New York. 
Southern Maryland Blues Festival to help benefit two Southern Maryland Charities
Chesapeake Bay Events, Inc. (CBE) is pleased to announce that it has selected Safe Harbor, Inc. and Special Love, Inc. as its primary beneficiaries of the 2nd Annual Southern Maryland Blues Festival, to be held August 23- 24, 2014. 

Safe Harbor, located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, provides help to battered women and children in need of essential services during an extremely difficult period in their life. It further helps those families to become self-sufficient by providing counseling and training.
Special Love, Inc. operates a summer camp in Leonardtown, MD for the siblings of children who have cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Read more 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 Foundation News
Last Chance for Nominees! / Got Name on HOF Donor Wall? 
Nominations close June 13 for BF Board of Directors
The Blues Foundation is currently seeking qualified candidates for nomination to the Board of Directors. The nominating process opened on May 29, 2014 and ends at midnight on June 13, 2014. - See more here
Blues Hall of Fame Donor Wall Listing Deadline June 30
June 30 will be the last day to make a pledge or donation that will get your name on the List of Donors in the Blues Hall of Fame. If you are planning to give, now is the time since the names are to set to be “in stone” by July 1. If you have been thinking about having your name on the Donor Wall, now is the time to make your donation of $1000 or more. Read more here
Elwood's BluesMobile
Jun 14-15 Radio Show: Father's Day

To celebrate Father’s Day, we hear from multiple generations of blues players. Muddy Waters, and his sons Big Bill and Mud Morganfield. John Lee Hooker along with John Lee Junior and Zakiya Hooker. Along with other blues daughters Cassie Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, and Tasha Taylor.

Blues for Father’s Day. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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Wednesday - Saturday
Jun-11-2014 - Jun-14-2014
Henderson, Kentucky, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jun-12-2014 - Jun-15-2014
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-13-2014 - Jun-15-2014
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-13-2014 - Jun-14-2014
 Greeley, Colorado, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-13-2014 - Jun-14-2014
Lenoir, North Carolina, USA
Houston, Texas USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-14-2014 - Jun-15-2014, Isleton, California, USA
Canton, Connecticut, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Jun-14-2014 - Jun-15-2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-21-2014
Alpena, Michigan, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-21-2014
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-22-2014
Beaumont, Alberta, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-22-2014
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Jun-21-2014 - Jun-22-2014
Long Beach, California, USA
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-28-2014
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Driffield, East Yorkshire
United Kingdom
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