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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 28, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 36
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Summer's end or endless possibilities?

I think it's in our nature to avoid saying "goodbye," to things that are irresistible. Take summer for instance — the weather, the vacations, the picnic and BBQ's, the outdoor blues festivals, yes, it's hard to say goodbye to these things. This is Labor Day weekend in the USA,  a holiday that has, since 1894, celebrated the working class who have added to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the USA. Labor Day also marks the unofficial last gasp of summer.
Even though we may have to say goodbye to summer or things that are irresistible, there is something to celebrate in change. Change forces us to rethink our possibilities. 
Birthdays of note: Aug 29 Dinah Washington (1924); Aug 30 Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934); Sept 3 Memphis Slim (1915), Freddie King (1934); Sept 4 Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905); Sept 5 Sunnyland Slim (1907), Deanna Bogart (1959); Sept 6 Jimmy Reed (1925)
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.
Correction in article of new ad sponsor IMP & Blenz's article last week: Ramona (Monie) Cox joined Wayne Blackwell of IMP and they then teamed up with Pete Unstead of The Blenz.
NEWS: The Blenz Indie Blues is now a 2 hour show.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:

Here's Howard Glazer and Eliza Neals on stage at East Ports Blues Festival on Lake Huron Michigan Aug 1, 2014 
Photo courtesy: Eliza Neals
*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 hereStart 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.
Voting continues for Blues Festival Guide E-Editor Nominated 2014 San Diego Music Awards "Best Blues"
We're excited that our Editor Michele Lundeen has been nominated once again for "Best Blues" by the San Diego Music Awards. Nicknamed the "Queen of Steam" for her passionate and energetic delivery, Michele has been performing in the San Diego, California area since 1998 after relocating from Reno, Nevada.
We're so proud of Michele and wishing her the best! This is her 11th nomination and we'd love to see her win!
Please cast your vote here. You can vote daily until September 16 (PDT).
Thanks,  Kaati BFG Publisher
CD & DVD Releases
Produced by Dave Gross for SwingNation/VizzTone, Mikey Junior’s Traveling South has a level of depth, maturity, restraint and musicality that reaches the soul through his impassioned vocals, bringing a whole new dimension to his already impressive catalog. Well-written originals and choice covers are brought to life with a vision that truly separates Mikey from his contemporaries.
Traveling South reveals a young blues artist at the top of his game, telling stories we can all relate to, while drawing us deep into the roots of blues music via his utter mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. Read more details here...
Click to play"Traveling South"
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne ::
Monster keyboardist and soulful singer Kenny Wayne’s latest album, Rollin’ With the Blues Boss, his second album for Stony Plain Records, was produced and recorded in Vancouver by Tom Lavin, leader of Canada’s legendary Powder Blues Band, and it features some of the city’s most creative backup players. It also features guest appearances on one track each from Stony Plain artist Eric Bibb and singer Diunna Greenleaf.
Resplendent in one of his many multi-hued French custom-tailored stage suits, Kenny Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues.
Click to play"Leavin' In The Morning" 
News Flash
California Beer Festival Coming to San Dimas
(San Dimas, CA) - The legendary California Beer Festival (CBF) is coming back to Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, California, September 6 from 12:30-5pm (Beer Sampling 1-4:30pm). The event will feature over 60 craft brews on tap, live entertainment, bocce ball and sliders.
Enjoy great craft beer and mouthwatering food throughout the day, including unique and delicious sliders. CBF is THE event of the year for any beer or food enthusiast. CBF's main goal is to shine a light on the craft beer movement and celebrate great beer.
This lakeside setting is the perfect place to spend a sunny, Saturday afternoon with great friends, live music, food and amazing craft beer.
King Biscuit Blues Festival in Historic Helena, Arkansas
(Helena, AR) - The 29th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival in historic Helena, Arkansas is drawing near! The renowned festival takes place October 8-11. The event kicks off with “Warm Up Wednesday” on October 8, giving fans an opportunity to experience a “behind-the-scenes” look at how the festival comes together. Food and beverage vendors will be open to the public. Festival wristbands (required to access the Main Stage area) and Blues Bucks will also be available for purchase. Beginning at 6 pm., it’s the Michael Burks Memorial Jam. The concert is free and open to the public.
Benefit for Big Bend Hospice in Honor of Pat Ramsey
(Tallahassee, FL) - A great day of music and community is coming in support of a great organization, in memory of a great musician and person, Pat Ramsey.
Pat’s wish was to give back and October 25 will mark the 6th year benefiting Big Bend Hospice in Pat's honor. The benefit will be held at the Bradfordville Blues Club, (7152 Moses Lane), Tallahassee, Florida.

Pat Ramsey was a well-known and loved person, musician and blues singer around the globe. Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.
Blues Society News
~ Central Delaware Blues Society Inaugural Festival Aug 31
~ Ventura County Blues Society Host weekly Jam
The Central Delaware Blues Society will host its inaugural music festival, the Roadhouse Blues Fest, Sunday, August 31 at Jonathan's Landing Golf Course, 1309 Ponderosa Dr., Magnolia, Delaware.
The Ventura County Blues Society and The Bombay Bar and Grill proudly present THE SESSION, a Weekly Blues Showcase and Jam session held every week at The Bombay Bar and Grill, 143 S. California St., Ventura, California.
Prebook #25 2015 Oct "Big Easy Fantasy" NOW!
Prebook #26 Jan 2016 "Eastern Caribbean" begins Sept 17


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. Need help?: Email 
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
Reservations & info: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
~ BMA Nomination Process Open ~ New Auction Item Here
~ HOF Donor Wall Deadline Aug 30
~ 2015 BMA CD Nomination Process Open: The three-step 36th Blues Music Awards nomination procedure is set forth here. Steps 2 and 3 are a little different this year as they have been altered to work with the new website. If you have released a CD since November 1, 2013, please enter it now. Read more
~ New auction item: The BF has another autographed LP this month to auction: Bad Company's Run With The Pack signed by lead singer Paul Rodgers. Paul signed this album specifically to raise funds for The Blues Foundation. Paul is donating proceeds from his latest release The Royal Sessions to the Stax Music Academy so in keeping with his generosity, we will assign all proceeds from this albums to our own Generation Blues youth music scholarship program. The winning bidder will get a great rock artifact and some young blues performer will get to go to camp next summer. Click HERE to bid NOW!

~ Blues Hall of Fame Donor Wall List Deadline Aug 30

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 30-31 Radio Show: JAREKUS SINGLETON

Jarekus Singleton was a top-ranked college basketball player, when an ankle injury took him out of the game. Luckily for us, he had a back up plan – blues music. Jarekus is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitar player. Needless to say, he's got game.
Rising blues star Jarekus Singleton. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
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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!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender contact 
Not all upcoming blues festivals
are listed here due to space.
For a complete list see our comprehensive website.
Aug-29-2014, West Point
Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Marquette, Michigan, USA
Friday - Saturday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-30-2014
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Laramie, Wyoming, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
West Helena, Arkansas, USA
Newton, Iowa, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-30-2014 - Aug-31-2014
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-30-2014 - Aug 31-2014
Westport, Connecticut USA
Long Beach, California, USA
Saturday - Monday
Aug-30-2014 - Sep-01-2014
Seattle, Washington, USA
Sunday - Thursday
Aug-31-2014 - Sep-04-2014
Marseille, France
Friday -Saturday
Sep-5-2014 - Sep-6- 2014
Virginia Beach, VA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-05-2014 - Sep-06-2014
Grafton, Wisconsin, USA
Friday - Monday
Sep-05-2014 - Sep-08-2014
 Monaghan, Ireland
Saturday - Sunday
Sep-06-2014 - Sep-07-2014
San Diego, California, USA
Sebastopol, California, USA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-13-2014
Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA 
Friday - Saturday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-13-2014
 Longview, Texas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-14-2014
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Sep-13-2014, East Hartland
Connecticut, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-19-2014 - Sep-21-2014
Cork, Cobh, Ireland
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Saturday -Sunday
Sep-20-2014 - Sep-21-2014
 Guerneville, California, USA
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
About Us
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