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Blues Festival Guide
June 26, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 26
Greetings from your Editor...
Blues shortens the degrees of separation...
It's a small world. How many times have you said that? I began to realize just how small when I truly became immersed in the world of blues long ago. As I discovered more and more artists that were bitten by the blues bug and learned the back history and actual roots of the genre, I also found a new family, a worldwide family.

How exciting the prospect was to know that so many around the globe were not only hypnotized by the blues like me but had our eyes and arms passionately opened wide. That knowing feeling of acceptance as a blues brother or sister is unrivaled.
So, have I told you lately that I love you?

And the world is getting smaller... those degrees of separation are becoming less. Social media certainly has a lot to do with it anymore. Why, I just foundout a few days ago, after years of running into him and sharing stages with him, that Little Charlie Baty and I went to the same high school at the same time. Had my mother not remarried and whisked me away... ah, who knows what the blues cards might have dealt.

Birthdays of note coming up: June 26 Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); June 28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915), Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892); July 1 Willie Dixon (1915), James Cotton (1935); July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893); July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913)

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.
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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. Log onto our website and enjoy all 98 pages 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 comes in handy year-round to plan weekends and vacations, find and listen to blues radio stations, and find regional Blues Society calenders while on the road.
Advertiser supported, the GUIDE remains free! Please support our advertisers! This year’s magazine is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014 in Jackson, MS.
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Our BFG Sales guru Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw and her husband Tom Yearnshaw caught up with Little Charlie Baty on a break, June 22, at Bluesday At Squaw, Squaw Valley California.
Photo: Tom Yearnshaw

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*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
The immortal power of primal blues resides in a select group making music with the most basic instrumentation and maximum emotional expression. Topping the list, singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Duncan has long been at his craft composing for blues and country artists. Nominated twice in the Blues Music Award category “Song of The Year” for his work with Curtis Salgado and recording two previous solo albums featuring musical guests including Delbert McClinton, Duncan has stayed busy for years in Tennessee. The release, Baptized By The Blues by Duncan Street, the hot new acoustic duo with Stan Street, cuts the fat while leaving the most succulent, meaty music to be consumed with zest. Read more details here...
Click to play
"Come To Mississippi"
Little Mike & The Tornadoes :: ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
All The Right Moves, released on Elrob Records in May, reunites Little Mike Markowitz, guitarist Tony O. Melio, bassist Brad Vickers and drummer Rob Piazza after a brief musical hiatus. The band has been playing together since forming in the late seventies. When you hear this recording your understand why they were band of choice when visiting blues luminaries came to New York City to perform. They honed their craft while touring with blues legends Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, and Jimmy Rogers. The also recorded on several records for the Blind Pig label between 1984 and 1990. Read more details here...
Click to play"Hard Hard Way" 
News Flash
Third Annual Wallace Blues Festival July 11-13, 2014
Wallace, ID - Again this July, you will want to be surrounded by mountains in the most fascinating small town in America, historic Wallace, Idaho, as you listen to blues artists perform on multiple stages. On Friday, July 11, they will close streets to traffic so that you may enjoy outdoor Blues at: The Red Light Garage (deck), the Cedar Street Stage (between Metals & Dayrock Bars), and The Fainting Goat, a new music venue. On Saturday, July 12, there will be Blues everywhere in town all day long, beginning on the Cedar Street Stage at 11AM.
(click poster to enlarge)
Prairie Dog Blues Fest 2 Days – 2 Stages – 12 Bands
July 25-26, 2014
Prairie du Chien, WI – The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! This year's July 25-26 festival features: Big N’ Tasty Blues, Howard & The White Boys, Big James & The Chicago Playboys, Samantha Fish, Ori Naftaly Band, 88 M.P.H., The Cashbox Kings, Jimmi & The Band of Souls, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Carolyn Wonderland, Anthony Gomes, and the Lionel Young Band.

Tickets and camping are available by calling 1-888-567-1567 or online.
Information on accommodations can be found here or call 800-732-1673. 

The Prairie Dog Blues Fest is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park, right on the Mississippi River... Read all about it here 
Tall City Blues Fest 2014, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, would like to invite you to Midland, TX
Midland, TX - More Blues than the West Texas sky, the Tall City Blues Fest 2014 features 17 performances!

FRI July 25 - Cimarex Energy Main Stage:
6-7 PM Rock Island Rollers (Des Moines, IA)
7:15-8:15 PM Annika Chambers (Houston, TX)
8:30-9:30 PM Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen (Nashville, TN)
9:45-10:45 PM Ghost Town Blues Band (Memphis, TN)
10:45 PM-12 AM Memphis Jam led by Ghost Town Blues Band

SAT, July 26 - Doubletree Indoor Jam Stage:
1-2 PM Johnny Long (Springfield MO)
2-3 PM The Blues Doctors, featuring Adam Gussow (Oxford, MS)
3-4 PM Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls (Chaumont, NY)
4-5 PM Ruben V (San Antonio, TX)
5-5:30 PM Jeska Bailey & the Platform Souls (San Angelo, TX)...

The Riverfront Blues Festival Aug. 1-3, 2014
Wilmington, DE - Twenty-One bands on two stages over look the Tubman-Garret Riverfront park for three days - It can only be the Riverfront Blues Festival on the Wilmington Riverfront August 1-3, 2014. Next, add in the best in down home food vendors, wine, and ice cold beer, and you now have the recipe for complete summer fun. Purchase a single or three day pass for the festival, and enjoy all that blues music and the wonderful city of Wilmington, Delaware has to offer! (click on image to enlarge)
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Jackson, MS - Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, Aug 15-16 – Dorothy Moore, Boney James, Bobby Rush
Jackson, MS - 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.
Sean Carney’s Blues For A Cure June 28, 2014
Cadiz, OH - Saturday, June 28, starting at 4 pm. Hess Energy presents the Third Annual Sean Carney’s Blues For A Cure 2014 – Harrison County. The free public concert will be held at Sally Buffalo Park, Wallace Lodge Stage, 100 College Way, Cadiz, OH 43907. Any proceeds benefit Harrison Community Hospital Foundation Cancer Awareness and Education Fund and American Cancer Society Harrison County Relay Teams.
Featuring three International Blues Challenge “Albert King” guitarist award winners, Sean Carney, Jonn “Del Toro” Richardson and JP Soars, along with local rising star Billy The Kid, who along with his band, The Regulators, placed third in this year’s IBC competition in Memphis, TN. Also joining in will be legendary Spanish guitarist Tonky de la Peña and Blues goddess Gina Sicilia.
This event is BYOB. Food will be catered and water, soda and sports drinks will be available for purchase. Please bring your lawn chairs, sun tents and blankets. (click image to enlarge)
National Endowment for the Arts honors The Holmes Brothers band 
The National Endowment for the Arts is honoring nine new recipients of the National Heritage Fellowships. Included in those nine are The Holmes Brothers band.
The arts agency says the honorees announced Wednesday, June 25 were chosen for their artistic excellence and their efforts to conserve American culture. They will be honored at awards ceremonies in Washington later this year.
Long Beach festival takes you to the Bayou
Yes, it's Southern California but it works. I had the opportunity to attend the 28th annual Long Beach Bayou Festival on June 22. The event runs 2-days and offers a wide range of Cajun, Zydeco and Blues artists. The festive and family-friendly vibe adds to the charm of this event which feels like you're in a part of the Louisiana Bayou during a celebration. They have big dance floors at each stage and also fun dance instruction in-between bands. In the afternoon a New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band kicked off a lively Mardi Gras-style foot parade lead by the King and Queen through the park which is made up in part to look like a bejeweled oak grove with fresh moss. Read and see more photos here...
LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015 Prebook begins June 24 at 11AM CDT

LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015 Prebook begins June 24 @ 11AM CDT.Go Bluesin’ with 20 plus bands and 1800 of your closest music friends from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans, LA, and Cozumel, MX on the Holland America ms Westerdam.
$250 deposit per cabin holds your space in line to book a stateroom once the artist lineup and pricing details have been announced. You will receive the announcement likely in November with instructions on how and when to reserve your cabin. Your $250 deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days after the announcement is made or until you select your cabin.
Visit the website or call (816) 753-7979.
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
Got Name on HOF Donor Wall? June 30th Deadline!

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
Blues Society News
Crossroads Blues Society's Field of Blues Festival June 28
Love's Park, IL - The Second Annual Field of Blues Festival will be held June 28 at Rockford Aviators Stadium on Love's Park, Illinois. Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award-winning John Nemeth and four other great national and regional blues acts, $10 advanced tickets are still available.
The event is sponsored by Crossroads Blues Society who are raising funds for their Blues in the Schools music programs. Bring a chair and sit on the field or pick out a seat in the stands and have a great time listening to the blues from noon until 9:30 p.m.
Elwood's BluesMobile
June 28-29 Radio Show: JANIVA MAGNESS

The always-bold blues singer Janiva Magness gets even bolder. Her new release is called Original. With more original songs. And on her own record label. She is a woman on a mission.
Janiva Magness rides with Elwood, next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
The Holmes Brothers :: SOLDIER OF LOVE
Click Here for video...    (photo comp by Harvey Tillis Photography)
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
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Thursday - Sunday
Jun-26-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jun-26-2014 - Jun-28-2014
Torrita di Siena, Tuscay, Italy
Friday - Saturday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-28-2014
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Driffield, East Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Friday - Sunday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
Friday - Sunday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Mystic, Connecticut, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jul-03-2014 - Jul-06-2014
Portland, Oregon, USA
Thursday- Saturday
Jul-03-2014 - Jul-05-2014
 Davenport, Iowa, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-04-2014 - Jul-06-2014
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-04-2014 - Jul-13-2014
Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Wednesday - Sunday
Jul-09-2014 - Jul-13-2014
Sierre, Valais, Switzerland
Thursday - Saturday
Jul-10-2014 - Jul-12-2014
 Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jul-11-2014 - Jul-12-2014
 Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-11-2014 - Jul-13-2014
Wallace, Idaho, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jul-11-2014 - Jul-12-2014
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
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