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Blues Festival Guide
July 10, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 28
Greetings from your Editor...
A Blues bandage could loosen a lonely bondage
Sometimes I run across some bizarre "holiday" listings. Some are just plain silly but others do have poignant meaning. For instance, July 11th is "Cheer Up The Lonely Day." Well, I imagine everyone reading this would have some ideas of how to do that. The obvious solution for us blues lovers would be to share some music. Music can take you to another place and yes, blues is a healer. If you know of someone lonely, try wrapping a soothing Blues bandage around them, even if means playing a song over the phone. A lonely person may also enjoy some face-time so bring music to them personally or take them to the music.
"I am ready, ready as anybody can be. I am ready for you and I hope you're ready for me." (Willie Dixon)
I'm not so certain one can be completely lonely when they have music! 
Birthdays of note: July 10 Mavis Staples (1939), Casey Bill Weldon (1909); July 11 Blind Lemon Jefferson (1897); July 15 Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam (1910), Millie Jackson (1944); July 16 Denise LaSalle (1939); July 17 Peppermint Harris (1925); July 18 Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1929), Lonnie Mack (1941).

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

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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Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Guitarist, singer, songwriter Mikey Capone (lt) along with musician
Kevin A. Herrera, who had just finished performing with Guitar Shorty, here at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, Simi Valley California.
Photo: Michele Lundeen 
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
Daunielle Hill :: DAUNIELLE
Daunielle was produced by multi-Grammy-winner Jim Gaines and recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas. This self-titled release is the Catfood Records debut of Memphis-based soul/blues singer Daunielle (pronounced “Dawn-Yell). Hill is backed on the album by the Catfood Records “house band,” The Rays, along with special guests Reba Russell and Tameka “BigBaby” Goodman on backing vocals.

Going into the studio for the first time as a solo artist, Daunielle was understandably a little nervous with anticipation, but quickly relaxed. “The sessions were amazing,” she exclaims. “The musicians and everyone in the studio were awesome and made me feel completely comfortable. It was a great experience for me and it couldn’t have turned out any better.”
Click to play"I Got A Voice"
Gaetano Letizia and The Underworld Blues Band :: 
B.B. King has famously said “The blues are a simple music. Anyone can play them. But would you want to hear anyone play them?” Singer, songwriter and guitarist Gaetano “Tom” Letizia from Cleveland is someone you most definitely want to hear play the blues. He takes the “simple” forms and re-imagines them with uncommon creativity, fusing funk, jazz and a streak of moral outrage into a fiery, unforgettable experience on his breakout release.
Gaetano Letizia and The Underworld Blues Band have conjured up Voodoo Doll and Other Blues Lessons. The twelve extraordinary originals are backed by Larry Keller (bass), Steve Renko (drums), Jake Tijerina (keyboards) and Bobby Huszar and Ro Brown (vocals).
Click to play"Kill My Conscience" 
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
7th Annual Blues on The Chippewa • Aug 1-3, 2014 • Memorial Park Bandshell • 2nd Ave East • Durand, WI 
(Durand, WI) - Blues on The Chippewa 
organization, is proud to announce the seventh annual Blues on the Chippewa music festival in downtown Durand, Wisconsin. Free live blues from Bernard Allison, Kelley Hunt, The Jimmy’s, Dave Arcari & Rhythm Posse, Davina & the Vagabonds, Alex Wilson and Jim Liban, Sue Orfield Band, Left Wing Bourbon, Mojo Lemon, Annie Mack Band, Armadillo Jump, with more acts to be announced!
The all- volunteer board /event organizers plan again to use the August event to spearhead a donation drive for Pepin County’s food pantry and the Brent Titus Music for Children program.
Win a VIP package for the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas, NV) - 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. To see the full lineup and which packages are still available, visit
Montana's Urban Music Festival - 13th Annual Magic City Blues Festival August 7-10, 2014
(Billings, MT) - 
Magic City Blues, held this year August 7-10, 2014, is a signature, annual event for the City of Billings and the State of Montana. Fans from all over the country return year after year to enjoy our world-class music, friendly city and special Montana flavor. Lineup includes Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Huey Lewis & The News, Jonny Lang, Matthew Curry, London Souls, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Gary Small & The Coyote’ Bros, Nikki Hill, Harper, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real Cornmeal, Dirty Power. Find more info here
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)
More info:
Prebook LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015 

Prebook now for the LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015. 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
Telluride & Colorado Blues Society Acoustic Competition
(Telluride, CO) - The Acoustic Blues Competition gets a makeover in 2014, as the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival partners with the Telluride Blues Society and the Colorado Blues Society to present the new and improved Telluride Blues Challenge. Following the previous guidelines of the Acoustic Blues Challenge, the new event seeks talented musicians who excel in the Blues genre. The competition is open to any solo and duo performer, acoustic and electric, who is not currently signed to a major record label or publishing deal.
The top six entries will be invited to play at the festival's Telluride Blues Challenge held during the ever popular Blues for Breakfast at Telluride's Elks Lodge on Saturday, September 13th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
(Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) - Cambridge-based Conor Gains Band recently won the 2014 Toronto Blues Society’s talent search contest, edging out competition from throughout Ontario and Quebec.
As winners, the band will be granted a showcase slot during the 2015 Toronto Blues Summit, a spot at the Aurora Winter Blues Festival, and rehearsal time at a Toronto studio. The band will also be given consideration to represent the Toronto Blues Society during the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Elwood's BluesMobile
July 12-13 Radio Show: BLUES BY THE NUMBERS

We do not think of the blues as a precise measuring system, but a great deal of addition and subtraction go into it. If you are shooting for a hundred, for instance, ninety-nine and a half just won’t do. You've got your 300 pounds of joy. And the time you can’t find your baby is generally three o’clock in the morning. Stick with us and we will crunch the numbers for you.
Blues by the numbers. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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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
Friday - Saturday
Jul-18-2014 - Jul-19-2014
Syracuse, New York, USA
Aztec, New Mexico, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-27-2014
Midland, Texas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-27-2014, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
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