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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 7, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 32
Greetings from your Editor...
Go ahead, admit you're happy...

Did you know that August was "Admit You're Happy" month? Sound silly? Well, maybe it's not so silly because isn't that the pinnacle we strive for? So flaunt your "happy" and it might even be contagious. Gettin' happy is better than gettin' the flu or something. You have to admit you're happier when you don't have that, right?
August 13 is also "Left Hander's Day. I think we lefties can attest to the fact that we're living in a right-hand world. But, dangit, they can't fool us because most lefties are ambidextrous! There are plenty of left-handed blues guitarists as well and you can catch a ride with them in Elwood's Bluesmobile this weekend. That makes me happy!
Birthdays of note: Aug 7 Magic Slim (aka Morris Holt) (1937); Aug 8 Joe Tex (1933), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920); Aug 10 Ronnie Spector (1945), Leo Fender (1908); Aug 12 Percy Mayfield (1920), Roy Gaines (1934); Aug 13 Jimmy McCracklin (1921), Son Seals (1942); Aug 14 Larry Graham (1946)

Your ever-happy 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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We caught up with some Doobie Brothers bandmates backstage July 22 at Humphrey's By The Bay in San Diego, California. Top is John McFee (guitar/strings/vocals) and below is Tony Pia (drums) with your editor, Michele Lundeen.
Photos: Rod Smith
*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!
Find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine on our website and enjoy 98 pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!
Our 2014 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
John Mayall :: A SPECIAL LIFE
A Special Life, the first studio album in five years for the legendary “Godfather of British Blues” John Mayall, is on Forty Below Records and distributed by Sony/RED. The new album was recorded at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood and produced by Mayall, with co-production, engineering and mixing by Eric Corne. A Special Life also boasts original cover art and design created by John Mayall.
The aptly-titled A Special Life serves as further testament to John Mayall’s boundless talent, vitality and ever-dynamic personality. Along with his accomplished band, he goes back to his roots on the new album with an eclectic mix of songs centered in the blues, but with diversions into rock and Americana.
Click to play"A Special Life"
Frank DuMont :: LET ME BE FRANK
"Detroit Frank DuMont, He's a good person, he's good with that guitar, He's played behind a lot of good people, He's played behind me, Detroit Frank is nothin but the best, later for the rest" John Lee Hooker (The Boogie Man).
About the CD: “From "Cross Road Blues" to "I'll Be There" (!), it's all genius! Of the eleven tracks on this collection recorded in 1991 and 2011-12, three are Robert Johnson songs and another three were by 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Freddie King. My conclusion - if I can be frank about Frank - is that Detroit Frank DuMont is the greatest interpreter of these two rather disparate blues greats from two separate eras that I have ever heard.
Click to play"Blues For Buddy" 
News Flash
Tony Mart Presents Blues & Rock Free CDRA Music Summer Concerts at Atlantic City, New Jersey
(Atlantic City, NJ) – Tony Mart presents the free and open to the public Mardi Gras AC CRDA Summer Concerts series featuring three New Orleans rhythm & blues and roots-rock concerts on Mondays, 7pm, at Kennedy Plaza on the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey. This lineup includes Tab Benoit August 18, and Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Grammy winning Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, August 25. On September 8 it’s world renowned guitarist singer/songwriter, Coco Montoya, plus special guest Johnny Sansone and his band. 
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 in Jackson, Mississippi 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.
The 24th annual Rentiesville Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival is coming soon Aug 29-31, 2014
(Rentiesville, OK) - Headlining this year is Guitar Shorty, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Big Mike Griffin, Wanda Watson, Roger "Hurricane" Wilson plus many more acts. The Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival runs three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and out with 35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, a Kid’s Village and bar-b-que. We call it the “world's largest back yard party” and it is a fun time that attracts some 3,500 people to the historic rural Black Township of Rentiesville, Oklahoma. It actually takes place at 701 D.C. Minner St. on the grounds of one of the few remaining juke joints outside of Mississippi, right in Rentiesville, Oklahoma - The only one we know of with it's own blues festival.
Gary Clark Jr. and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to Headline Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, Sept 20 & 21
(Guerneville, CA) - Omega Events is proud to announce details of the 38th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival at Johnson’s Beach & Resort in Guerneville, CA on September 20 & 21, 2014. Headlining the festival this year will be performers Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Boney James & Larry Graham & Graham Central Station along with Goapele, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ana Popovic, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Beso Negro, Davina & The Vagabonds, and Mitch Woods.

For the last 38 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community. Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the beach of the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries.
2014 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, Events & Exhibits at Delta Blues Museum Clarksdale, MS Aug 7-10
(Clarksdale, MS) - August 8-9-10: Delta Blues Museum Celebrates The 2014 Sunflower Festival honoring the legacy of Big Jack Johnson with performances from the Delta Blues Museum Band, Latimore, Super Chikan, Jimbo Mathus and Kenny Brown on the Museum Main Stage ("Melville Tillis Stage"), 1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Details
Special Museum hours Thurs-Sat open until 6PM; Sun 1pm – 5pm
Current Exhibits At Delta Blues Museum:
~ "27 Years Of The Sunflower Blues & Gospel Festival" - Festival memorabilia and memories
~ "In The Belly Of The Blues" - Photography exhibit by Terry Abrahamson
~ "Gone But Not Forgotten" - New photography exhibit by Delta native Billy Johnson.
Blues Society News
Grand River Blues Society Blues Camp & Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) Summer Blues Camp
(Kitchener, ON) - The Seventh Annual Grand River Blues Camp is running August 5 to August 8; the week leading up to the Kitchener Blues Festival. The 2014 Camp is held at Courtland Public School, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The most exciting feature of Grand River Blues Camp is the Grand River Blues Camp Showcase. This culminating performance by Blues Campers will be Friday afternoon, August 8, on stage at the 2014 Kitchener Blues Festival – an amazing opportunity to participate in the Festival and to perform for friends and family.

(San Diego, CA)BLUSD has been holding it's Summer Blues Camp for kids ages 11-17, Aug 4-8 at Madison High School in San Diego, California. Campers from beginners to experienced are learning about the roots of the blues and a variety of blues songs with vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keys with the guidance of pro-instructors. They will perform in concert at Madison's Performing Arts Auditorium complete with pro-sound and lights on Friday Aug 8 at 6pm. Some highlights will be solo performances and a huge percussion breakdown. 
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 9-10 Radio Show: SALUTE TO LEFTIES

We do not believe in passive aggressive, left-handed compliments around here, unless, of course, you mean paying compliments to left-handed people. It is about time we paid tribute to the left-handed blues superstars - Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Otis Rush, and many more.
A salute to lefties! Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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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
Thursday - Saturday
Aug-21-2014 - Aug-23-2014
Morgantown, Indiana, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Aug-21-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Tris-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico

Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
East Tawas, Michigan, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Nanaimo, Canada
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-23-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Barstow, Maryland, USA
York, Pennsylvania, USA
Saint Marys, Ohio, USA
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