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Blues Festival Guide
July 3, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 27
Greetings from your Editor...
Free to dig the blues...
This Friday in the USA we celebrate the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day. It's considered America's birthday and there will be a whole lot of partying going on including mass fireworks! It's a major day for family and friends, food and music! I do think that a part of our independence and freedom in general was created by musical artists who have not only uplifted our spirits with pride, but have also spoken out against injustices and garnered strength and solidarity in listeners.
Exercise your freedom to catch your blues at numerous places around the country as most everyone has live music on the 4th of July! Blues festivals happening this weekend? I've heard that the 27th Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival (July 3-6) in Portland, Oregon is one not to be missed. The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (July 3-5) in Davenport, Iowa has been going on for 30 years and was awarded the 2014 Keeping The Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Festival. This fest is brought to us by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. In Topeka, Kansas, it's the 5th annual Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival (July 4) brought to us by the Topeka Blues Society and it's free, thanks to their generous sponsors! There's also the 21st Thunder Bay Blues Festival (July 4-6) in Ontario, Canada and the 2013 KBA International Festival recipient, the Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 4-13) in Quebec, Canada.
Feel free to dig the blues! Have fun out there and be safe, too! Happy Birthday America!
Birthdays of note: July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893); July 4 Champion Jack Dupree (1910); July 5 Smiley Lewis (1913); July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913); July 8 Louis Jordan (1908), Johnnie Johnson (1924); July 10 Casey Bill Weldon (1909); July 11 Blind Lemon Jefferson (1897)

Your ever-grateful editor,
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Digital magazine version is LIVE!
The 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine is now digital

Find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine online. Log onto our website and enjoy 98 pages jam-packed with blues news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS! Our 2014 editions is sponsored by
the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014 in Jackson, MS.
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The Bayou Brothers with special guests Madame LeRoux and Peter Oliver, Gator By The Bay guru (center), after their performance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, Simi Valley California.
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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.
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CD & DVD Releases
Dave Fields :: ALL IN
Dave Fields new CD, All In, will electrify you with its rockin’ blues soul. Never before has the fire and intensity of Dave’s guitar been captured in a recording like it has on this new CD! All In features 11 songs produced by Dave: 9 originals an, a funky live version of Led Zep’s “Black Dog” and a burning rendition of the timeless classic “Crossroad.”

All In was recorded mostly live in the studio. It features many of the same musicians on Dave’s first three CD’s, Time’s A Wastin’, All Wound Up and  Detonation: Andy Huenerberg (bass), Kenny Soule (drums), Vladimir Barsky (keys), Dave Moore (drums) and some new comers: Tony Tino (bass) and special guest, BMA nominee, Dave Keyes (piano). Read more details here...
Click to play
"Changes In My Life"
Jarekus Singleton :: REFUSE TO LOSE
Refuse To Lose is the Alligator Records label debut from Clinton, Mississippi's award-winning guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Jarekus Singleton. At just 29 years old, Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton's cutting-edge sound -- equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions -- is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. Read more details here...
Click to play"I Refuse To Lose" 
News Flash
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 
Big Rib Fest July 10-13, 2014
Four big days with over 20 smokin’ hot bands
and Ribmasters from across the USA
Rochester, NY - From July 10-July 13, 2014, Highland Park in Rochester, NY hosts Big Rib, a four day BBQ festival featuring a smokin’ hot lineup of 21 bands over 4 days. The 2014 lineup includes Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the Playing For Change Band, Shemekia Copeland, Kelley Hunt, The James Hunter Six, Willie Nile, Glen David Andrews, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Slam Allen, Joe Beard & The Blues Union and many more. Admission is free each day from 11:30am-3pm and just 10 dollars after 3:00pm.Kids 12 and under are always free. Info here
Mark Nomad new CD garnering fine reviews
A Real Fine Day, the latest album by Mark Nomad on Blue Star records, is garnering fine reviews.
Boston's Metronome magazine states: "Mark's newest CD offering, A Real Fine Day, highlights his emotive vocal skills, guitar mastery and diverse songwriting abilities."
Blues Music Magazine says "...a new and exciting Nomad recording that satisfies his multi-faceted musical tastes... mellow acoustic slide...funk meets 60's soul...two instrumentals... 'No Place To Go' has Wolf's swagger...listen to this record and it surely is a real fine day."
Win a VIP package for the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas
This year in fabulous Las Vegas is a marathon Blues event that can only be known as the Big Blues Bender. It will take place September 25th to 29th at the world-renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino on the strip. It’s truly an exclusive Blues spectacular.
Want to win a VIP package? We’re giving away a Wang Dang Doodle VIP package through our Facebook page. To enter visit our Facebook page or click here.
To see the full lineup and which packages are still available, visit .
"A Tribute To Walter" Tour July 31-Aug 30
Excitement is building for "A Tribute To Walter," the upcoming Walter Trout Band Tour fronted by guitarist Danny Bryant with special guest, Jon Trout (Walter's son) on guitar. The two-month, U.S.-Canadian tour kicks off July 31 in Hermosa Beach, Calif. (see complete itinerary here) and is an appreciative return for Trout's band while they await the return of their enigmatic leader as he recovers from a recent liver transplant.
Danny Bryant, acclaimed U.K. guitarist-vocalist and Walter Trout protégé, will be fronting the WTB in place of Trout. Jon Trout, Walter's 21-year-old son, will be accompanying the band on guitar for the entire tour.
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 began June 24. 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
BMA Nominations Open / HOF Donor Wall List
2015 BMA CD Nomination Process Opens
The three-step nomination procedure for the 2015 Blues Music Awards is now open. Step 1 is still the same–send us your CD when it becomes available. Steps 2 and 3 are a little different this year as they have been altered to work with the new website. If you have already released a CD since November 1, 2013, please begin the process now. This applies to artists and record labels. Managers... Read more
Blues Hall of Fame Donor Wall Listing Deadline September 1
August 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 September 1.
If you have been thinking about having your name on the Donor Wall, now is the time to make your donation of $1000… Read more...
Blues Society News
Linn County Blues Society determined to carry on 20-year tradition of Bluesmore Festival
The Gazette/Cedar Rapids, Iowa - No more Bluesmore at Brucemore
Bluesmore is no more, but the Linn County Blues Society is determined to carry on the 20-year tradition of staging a major blues blowout in the Corridor.
Next year, hopefully. Just not this year. The all-volunteer organization needs time to secure paid and in-kind sponsorships to cover costs for showcasing two national acts, a local act and the Back Porch educational stage that have become hallmarks of the event that has lured thousands of music fans to the front lawn of Brucemore mansion. Read more here
Elwood's BluesMobile
July 5-6 Radio Show: BOBBY RUSH

R&B legend Bobby Rush joins Elwood Blues to talk about his favorite blues festivals, some of them near you. You will hear a lot of Bobby’s music, and a lot of the folks hitting the road this summer. Break out your sunscreen and join the fun.
Bobby Rush and blues festivals. What more could you want? Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Marvin & Nona Gaye :: STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Happy 4th of July everyone!  Click Here for video...    
Buddy and Hopkins
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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
Friday - Sunday
Jul-11-2014 - Jul-13-2014
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Friday - Thursday
Jul-11-2014 - Aug-07-2014
Vallemaggia, Ticino, Switzerland
Saturday - Sunday
Jul-12-2014 - Jul-13-2014
Hayward, California, USA
Thursday - Saturday
Jul-17-2014 - Jul-19-2014
Oxford, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-18-2014 - Jul-20-2014
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jul-18-2014 - Jul-19-2014
Elkins, West Virginia, USA
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