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Blues Festival Guide
July 24, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 30
Greetings from your Editor...
Don't July to me...

Are you kidding? July is almost over? I guess the time does fly when you're having fun. Actually, I'd like to hear what kind of fun you are having. Demographics generally determine what events we attend and I know some of you are die-hards that never miss your favorite regional festival. That's terrific as your continuing attendance and loyalty helps keep them in existence. Some of you may even save your dough, put work on hold and head out on the road to experience various festivals... like deadheads of the blues. We are always interested in hearing your stories about memorable festival encounters.
August is slamming with festivals. Many festivals are produced by regional blues societies. If you're not a member of your local blues society please seek one out. Every little bit helps to keep what we love in motion so step up and don't you lie to me now.
We can't list every single festival in the weekly e-Guide since there are so many (and that's a good thing) so remember, if you don't see a particular festival here, check our website. We encourage promoters to post, so in the event you don't find what you're looking for on our website, please contact the promoter or post for them if you're so inclined. Being proactive helps all of our blues brothers and sisters.
Birthdays of note: July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942), Mick Jagger (1943); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Junior Kimbrough (1930), "Banjo" Ikey Robinson (1904); July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940), Otis Taylor (1948); July 31 Roy Milton (1907), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923); Aug 1 Robert Cray (1953). 

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.
2014 magazine digital version online!
The 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine is ALSO 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, Jackson, MS.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Blues fans enjoy their BFG at Paulie's NOLA Blues & Jazz Festival Worchester, Massachusetts June 2014
Photo: Diana Shonk
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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
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers :: EMERGENCY SITUATION
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, have long been regarded as one of the best and most entertaining blues bands around. The release of Emergency Situation marks a reunion between Blind Pig Records and Rod - in 2004 Blind Pig released the CD Keepin' It Real and the following year the label put out a high-definition full length concert video entitled Big Blues Party.
Combining some smoking original tracks with obscure gems from R&B masters like Lee Dorsey, Jimmie Rogers, James Wee Willie Wayne and Amos Milburn, Rod and the Flyers amply demonstrate on "Emergency Situation" why they have risen to their position in the top ranks of blues acts.  Read more details here...
Click to play"Neighbor, Neighbor"
Dixie Peach has risen again playing Southern blues-rock on their latest release Blues With Friends. Based in Ohio, Dixie Peach was formed in 1972 by slide guitarist extraordinaire, singer and songwriter Ira Stanley with Steve Williams (keyboards), Mike “Roscoe” Rousculp (bass), Tony Paulus (guitar, keyboards) and Jerry Barnhart (drums), they released one album (out of print) before breaking up in 1975. Reforming in 1998 and releasing Butta in 2002, they jam out better than ever, their spicy-as-barbecue sound featuring the original members save for drummer Steve Benson.
The band kicks like the proverbial mule on ten Stanley originals augmented by illustrious friends. Read more details here...
Click to play"Too Much Trouble" 
News Flash
Jackson, MS - Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, Aug 15-16 – Dorothy Moore, Boney James, Bobby Rush
 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.
Airplay Direct Honors Alligator Records President Bruce Iglauer with "Iconic Innovators" Award
Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer will receive the very first "Iconic Innovators" Award from AirPlay Direct. AirPlay Direct is among the leading secure digital file transfer systems for the music industry. AirPlay Direct president Michael Harnett explains that the award, new this year, "will be given to the AirPlay Direct member who best embraces the vision and opportunities that digital innovation in the music industry continues to create."
Harnett says Iglauer was the first person who came to mind for this new award. "Bruce’s professional career is a road map for success and accomplishment. He is a passionate, committed and relevant leader in the ever evolving independent global music community. Read more here
Owatonna's John Hammer now a Hall of Famer
(Owatonna People's Press) - Not that he’s down on his luck or anything, but John Hammer is devoted to connecting people to the music.
“I put my time toward charitable work and spreading the gospel of the blues,” he said.
He has the blues in his long-running publication, the Blue Monday Monthly. He also has the blues on his weekly radio show, “Hammered by the Blues,” on KRUE 1070. And over the weekend, he received one of the state’s highest blues honors.
The Minnesota Blues Society announced the induction of Hammer into its 2014 Hall of Fame. One of six annual nominees, he was recognized for his support of the music in publication and event promotion.
Recessionary times have left many of Bay Area's blues festivals with a bad case of the blues but Aki Kumar makes the blues his calling
(San Jose Mercury News) - Recessionary times have left many of Bay Area's blues festivals with a bad case of the blues. The first to fall was the most painful, as 2009's economic meltdown forced Tom Mazzolini to close the world famous San Francisco Blues Festival. The financial collapse of the Monterey Blues Festival in 2012 was another body blow. And now comes word that Ted Gehrke is putting the Metro Fountain Blues Festival on hiatus for the first time since 1981, meaning that Northern California has lost three of its most visible and long-running blues showcases in just five years.
But just when blues fans are thinking it's time to drink muddy water and sleep in a hollow log, along comes this weekend's Redwood City PAL Blues, Arts and BBQ Festival. Launched eight years ago to raise funds for the Redwood City Police Activities League, the event has become one of the best blues events in the region by tapping an impressive cross section of Bay Area blues talent.
Firefighters Blues Festival benefits burn victim camp and a safety camp
(North Liberty, IN) - The 16th Firefighters Blues Festival will be held July 26 noon-11pm in North Liberty, Indiana and will offer great fun, food, drinks and of course great music! The Crumstown Conservation Club provides a perfect family-friendly venue for the Festival so bring a chair, sit back, and enjoy the excellent surroundings. The event benefits Hoosier Burn Camp, a life-changing experience for young men and women who live with burn injuries. Also, the Survive Alive Camp where children can be taught how to safely exit their home if there's a fire.
Blues Society News
- Granite Blues Society's 12th Annual Barnful of Blues Festival to Raise Funds for Webster House
- Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society's Big Bend Blues Bash ’14
A Blues Festival with a twist this year! 
(New Boston, NH)  - The Granite State Blues Society announces the 12th annual Barnful of Blues Festival which will be held on Saturday August 2, 2014 with profits to benefit the Webster House of Manchester, NH.  This festival features local and national acts and will be held at the Hillsborough Youth Center fairgrounds on Rt. 13, New Boston, NH from noon to 8pm.
This year’s bands will include the Legendary James Montgomery Blues Band, Professor Harp, Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, The Skip Philbrick Blues Band, Sweet Willie D, The Installers and the Granite State Blues I.B.C. Memphis Blues Competition winners Blues Tonight Band. It promises to be a great show. (click image to enlarge)
Big Bend Blues Blues Bash ’14
(Pomeroy, OH) - The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society are excited to announce the lineup for the 14th Annual Big Bend Blues Bash July 25-26 in Pomeroy, Ohio.. Headlining this years festival will be Devon Allman, son of legendary Southern Rocker and co-founder of the Allman Brothers, Greg Allman. Also performing, the crowd pleasing Gas House Gorillas, acoustic Blues master Rip Lee Pryor (son of the late, great Snooky Pryor) and SIMO, a psychedelic Blues Rock Power trio featuring guitar prodigy J.D. Simo. 

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Prebook LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015 NOW!

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 deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days after the announcement is made or until you select your cabin. Need help creating and account or accessing the reservation system? Email and/or visit this page on the website
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 CD Nominations Open/HOF Donor Wall Deadline

~ 2015 BMA CD Nomination Process Open: The three-step nomination procedure for the 2015 Blues Music Awards is now open.  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 List Deadline Sept 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. Names are to set to be “in stone” by September 1, 2014 … Read more...
Elwood's BluesMobile

Longtime music critic Joel Selvin has a new book, “HERE COMES THE NIGHT: the Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues.” Bert Berns was responsible for breaking Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, and writing hit songs like “Piece of My Heart,” “Twist and Shout,” and “I Want Candy.” It’s a great story, full of great music.
Bert Berns and the golden age of rhythm and blues. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan:: DON'T YOU LIE TO ME
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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If you host or know of a Blues Festival & don't see here or in our online listings...
 Please get us the info or POST 
Friday - Thursday
Jul-11-2014 - Aug-07-2014
Vallemaggia, Ticino, Switzerland
Friday - Sunday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-27-2014
Midland, Texas, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-26-2014
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Friday - Saturday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-26-2014
Pomeroy, Ohio, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-27-2014, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-27-2014
Palmerton, Pennsylvania, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-25-2014 - Jul-27-2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Angels Camp, California, USA
North Liberty, Indiana, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Jul-26-2014 - Jul-27-2014
Monterey, California, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jul-31-2014 - Aug-03-2014
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jul-31-2014 - Aug-03-2014, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Friday - Saturday
Aug-01-2014 - Aug-02-2014, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-01-2014 - Aug-03-2014, Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-01-2014 - Aug-03-2014
Noxon, Montana, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-01-2014 - Aug-03-2014
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-01-2014 - Aug-03-2014
Bellingham, Washington, USA
New Boston, New Hampshire, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Aug-07-2014 - Aug-10-2014
Billings, Montana, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Aug-07-2014 - Aug-10-2014
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Aug-08-2014 - Aug-10-2014
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-08-2014 - Aug-10-2014, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Friday - Saturday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-16-2014
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Saturday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-16-2014, Norwich, New York, USA
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