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Blues Festival Guide
July 31, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 31
Greetings from your Editor...
Summertime and the bluesin' is easy

Summertime is chock full of blues festival choices and August alone has dozens to choose from across the USA, Canada and Europe. Some of those are sponsored by regional blues societies run by volunteers and we thank them for their tenacity!
Blues is a healer and while it's hot out there, blues can also be so cool. Get your summertime blues fix by soaking up some live music which will not only satisfy your soul but will also help support the arts by keeping players working. If you can't get out there then consider purchasing some of the fine recorded offerings by the plethora of blues artists waiting to share their passions with you. You know you've got to have some, na, na, na! It's summertime... it's blues... it's easy!
Birthdays of note: July 31 Roy Milton (1907), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923); Aug 1 Robert Cray (1953); Aug 2 Big Walter Price (1917), Mark Naftalin (1944); Aug 3 Mercy Dee Walton (1915); Aug 4 Louis Armstrong (1901); Aug 6 Willie Lee Brown (1900); Aug 7 Magic Slim (aka Morris Holt) (1937).

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.
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Homemade Jamz Blues Band (lt-rt) Ryan Perry (21), Taya Perry (15) and Kyle Perry (19), at Bluesdays At Squaw Valley, California July 22.
Photo: Tom Yearnshaw
*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
Vaneese Thomas :: BLUES FOR MY FATHER
Being born into a legendary musical family is a mixed blessing with the pressure of following in giant footsteps. However, singer and songwriter Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Rufus and younger sibling of Carla, has no worries. soul courses through her veins, mixing with extraordinary talent in a breathtaking synthesis of limitless musical expression. Her fifth release, Blues For My Father, a mix of blues and R&B, should be the breakthrough she has earned and deserves.
Ten original tracks written by Thomas and two covers feature...
Click to play"Wrap Your Arms Around Me"
James Armstrong :: GUITAR ANGELS
Guitar Angels is the latest album from contemporary blues singer/guitarist James Armstrong, follow-up to his acclaimed label debut, Blues at the Border.

“This new CD bears the stamp of James Armstrong throughout, along with the assistance of his good friend, Michael Ross, as producer,” says Catfood Records head Bob Trenchard. “Various musicians were used in the making of the album and it was recorded at three different studios, but the common thread is James Armstrong’s unique talent on every song. He is a true original in his songwriting, guitar playing and vocals.”

The nine original songs on Guitar Angels are bolstered by the inclusion of two stellar covers:... Read more details here ...
Click to play"Grandma's Got A New Friend" 
News Flash
Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues & Ribfest on August 15-17 at Calabogie Peaks Resort
(Calabogie, Ontario) - It’s the 4th year of the Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues & Ribfest, and organizers are announcing David Wilcox, Jimmie Vaughan & the Kelly Richey Band as headliners this year, August 15-16-17 at Calabogie Peaks Resort, in Calabogie, Ontario.

Hitting the Calabogie stage on Friday evening is The 24th Street Wailers followed by Anthony Gomes. Headlining Friday is the one and only David Wilcox. After more than 20 years in the business, gold and platinum albums and worldwide fame, organizers are thrilled to have David Wilcox play the Calabogie blues stage on August 15.
19th Annual Mount Baker R&B Festival
August 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2014
(Bellingham WA) - The 19th Annual Mount Baker R&B Festival August 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2014 will be held at Deming Log Show Fairgrounds (3295 Cedarville Rd, Bellingham Washington). The festival is the recipient of one of the nation’s highest awards, the 2013 Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award for “Blues Festival of The Year.”

The Mount Baker R&B Festival has, from the beginning been dedicated to “Keepin’ the Blues Alive”. Hundreds of talented bands have graced our stage, none more important the other in terms of honoring America’s heritage musical legacy. By incorporating, roots, rock, pure blues and even a touch of rockabilly & jazz, the blues is represented. Hence, an amazing vibe!
2014 Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Inductees from Tulsa
Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK) - The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is filling up on the Tulsa Sound as the 2014 inductees were announced Tuesday at Cain’s Ballroom. The new inductees include many of the rock and blues musicians from Tulsa who helped bring that sound to a national audience, including the iconic JJ Cale. Other inductees are Elvin Bishop, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell and Lowell Fulson.
The announcement was made Tuesday, about a year after the death of Cale and the same day of the release of a Cale tribute album produced by Eric Clapton that features performances from several Tulsa musicians, including Keltner.
To welcome the new inductees into the Hall of Fame, the museum will host the induction ceremony on Nov. 1 at Cain’s Ballroom. Tickets start at $30 and go on sale to the public Aug. 15. More information is at
Brazilian harpman Filipe Gaeta... The Blues Goes Beyond
Blues GR"I'm afraid people call the blues only the musical aspect, forgetting all the other aspects of the culture of blues, bringing an increase in a the spectacularization or even a folklorization (in a pejorative sense) of the blues." 
Photo by Edson Luiz Pereira Pereira
Filipe Gaeta was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He graduated in Law and received master degree in Music from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He began his studies on harmonica in 2013. He taught harmonica classes at Cavallieri Music School from 2006 to 2011 and at Pro Music School in 2011 and 2012. He is currently developing an authorial work at the Brazilian band Chuva a Granel (Rain In Bulk), which through an experimental sound with influences of blues and Brazilian music, created a language of its own.
Blues Society News
Cincy Blues Society presents 22nd festival Aug 1-2
(Cincinnati, OH) - The 22nd edition of the Cincy Blues Fest, produced by the Cincy Blues Society, features four stages of local, regional and national blues acts performing Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 along the Cincinnati, Ohio riverfront downtown at Sawyer Point. Headlining is Guy Forsyth.

Admission to the Cincy Blues Fest is $15 on Friday and $15 Saturday, with two-day passes for $20 sold at the gate on Friday. Children 13-18 are $5 each day, children under 12 are free. Tickets are now available here.
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
Aug 2-3 Radio Show: JAMES BROWN

There’s a new movie hitting the theaters this summer – a big screen, big sound, biography of the great James Brown. It is called Get On Up, and stars the very talented Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in the movie 42. Chadwick will join Elwood in the Blu Mo and listen back to some of the legendary music from James Brown himself.
Get On Up! Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Homemade Jamz Blues Band :: SO MANY TEARS
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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Friday - Thursday
Jul-11-2014 - Aug-07-2014
Vallemaggia, Ticino, Switzerland
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, Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
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
Friday - Sunday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-16-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Panama City Beach, Florida, USA
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