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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 11, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 37
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Greetings from your E-Editor...
Blues Hugs from the Heart

This Saturday, September 13 is "Defy Superstition Day." Many people have a list of superstitions. The number 13 tops the list, then, gawd forbid, Friday the 13th. Some are wary of black cats (not to mention black cat bones) or walking under a ladder, or stepping on a sidewalk crack, and the list goes on. Many hotels don't have a 13th floor or a room #13. However, I have heard about a place in Baltimore called the 13th Floor that defies the superstition notion with incredible views, food, drink, music (including blues) and a cool atmosphere. Go ahead and try and use September 13th as a celebration to rid yourself of superstitions that have been haunting you. 
Before I wrap this week, I'd like to ask you to please bow your head in silence for a few moments today to honor those we lost on September 11, 2001. Blues hugs from the heart are definitely in order.
Birthdays of note: Sept 11 Barbeque Bob (1902); Sept 12 Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900), Gus Cannon (1885); Sept 13 Charles Brown (1922); Sept 15 Silas Hogan (1911), Snooky Pryor (1921); Sept 16 B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931), Billy Boy Arnold (1935)
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.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:

Here's guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer
Mike Zito, who is on our 2014 cover, checking out a copy of the BFG with cover photographer Marilyn Stringer.
*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.
Blues Festival Guide E-Editor Nominated 2014 San Diego Music Awards "Best Blues"... Voting ends Sep 15
We're excited that our Editor Michele Lundeen has been nominated once again for "Best Blues" by the San Diego Music Awards. 
We're so proud of Michele and wishing her the best! This is her 11th nomination and we'd love to see her win! You can cast your vote for her here, and daily if you like, until September 15 (PDT).

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.
Thanks,  Kaati BFG Publisher ...
CD & DVD Releases
Bad Brad & The Fat Cats :: TAKE A WALK WITH ME
Take A Walk With Me, Bad Brad & The Fat Cats' second release, offers a modern take on a traditional sound. This album delves deeper into the bands' dedication to the blues. The album is not only filled with powerful blues and roots music, but it also includes some very special guests that compliment the raw energy of the band.
Take A Walk With Me represents the musicians' flawless taste and solid understanding of the blues. You will find blues and other forms of American music stemming from Chicago blues, New Orleans Zydeco, and west coast surf music. Take a Walk With Me demonstrates a respect for the tradition of the music while expanding in a way that is fun and energetic. This CD will take you for a ride.
Click to play"Take A Walk With Me"
Suit Ty Thurrsty :: PEOPLE IN THE STREET
As eclectic and original as their name, singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom “The Suit” Forst, singer/ bassist Tyree “Ty” Pope and singer/percussionist Pedro “Bigg Thurrsty” Johnson come busting out of the Northeast with a heady mix of rock, blues, funk, soul and hip hop. They proudly and powerfully proclaim their love and mastery of a range of musical styles often combined with cutting social commentary on their knockout, new release, People In The Street.
Eleven original numbers also feature Mike Forst (keyboards), Kim Burgle (trumpet), James P. Mullen (sax) and Gez Forst, Zayahna Johnson and Gary Youell (backing vocals). Read more details here ...
Click to play" Darkest Before Dawn" 
News Flash
Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival with Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty, and Many More! Sep 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.
There’s a message in the music, listen!
(Niagara Falls, NY) - You’ve got to give it to Toby Rotella; he’s “The Man” behind what has rapidly become one of the biggest, most highly respected, successful blues festivals on the East Coast, and he did it right here in beautiful, scenic and increasingly vibrant Niagara Falls, USA. [the Niagara Falls Blues Festival is Sept 11-14, 2014]

No new kid on the block, Toby’s been around the barn more than a few times.
Once the proud proprietor of the famed Imperial Garage, which he practically built by himself from the ruins of an old, 1920s-era car dealership, he nearly singlehandedly converted the Third Street venue into the most popular blues house in Western New York and Ontario during the not-so roaring 1980s.
10th Blues Anniversary at Monroe's Cellar Bar in Worcester
(Worcester, UK) - Monroe's Cellar Bar, one of Worcester, UK's premier underground bars, will celebrate it's 10th "blues" anniversary on Tuesday, September 16. Entry is free for all blues lovers. Start time will be 9pm max.
The blues nights at the 43 Foregate Street venue sprang from open mic sessions starting back in July-August 2004. Organizer and host Bob Jones has lined up performers for the blues anniversary including Stripped Down Blues, Black Cat Bone, Babajack, John Denton and Colin Warren, The Players, Dave Bristow, Harvey Wyatt, and Rod Jones. 

Monroe's Cellar Bar was built within an over 300 year-old network of underground cellars and is situated a short distance from the main train station on Foregate Street.
Thousands Attend Bentonia Blues Festival
(Bentonia, MS) - The 2014 Bentonia Blues Festival was a blast, as always! Thousands of blues fans made their way to the free festival in downtown Bentonia, home of the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint still in operation in Mississippi. Normally a one-day event, the festival was extended to include two related events at the Blue Front Cafe, extending the dates of the festival to June 19, 20, and 21. Fans from many states and countries enjoyed a full day of live music on June 21 from local, regional, and national artists.
Blues Society News
Lake Cumberland Blues Society presents the 1st Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival – Saturday, September 13
(Somerset, KY) - Somerset’s very first “Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival” will be held at the Judicial Center Plaza in downtown Somerset, Kentucky on Saturday, September 13, from 2pm –10pm, with BBQ and live music by Shaun Murphy, Lightnin’ Rod and the Thunderbolts, TERABLU (pictured here) and the Thursday Kinda’ Blue Band.
The Lake Cumberland Blues Society, in conjunction with the City of Somerset and the Carnegie Community Arts Center, will provide an exciting day of activities for children and adults. The Festival will be free to the public, with the blues bands starting at 2pm.

The headliner for the festival is the award-winning Shaun Murphy of Nashville, Tennessee, voted as Best Female Blues Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year (2013) by Bluesblast Music Awards.
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 
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More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
~ KBA Submissions Due September 26
~ BMA CD Nomination Process

~ KBA Nominations Due September 26:  Affiliated organizations, past KBA recipients and members of The Blues Foundation’s Board of Directors are eligible to submit nominations. If you know a deserving person, seek out one of those who is authorized to nominate and help them make the submission.  Submit 6 copies of your printed nomination and documentation supporting your nominations to The Blues Foundation’s offices before September 26, 2014. - See more here.
~ 2015 BMA CD Nomination Process: The three-step 36th Blues Music Awards nomination procedure is set forth here. If you have released a CD since November 1, 2013, please enter it now. Read more
Elwood's BluesMobile
Sept 13-14 Radio Show: BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL

Alright! Everybody out of the pool! It’s time to go back to school.
But don’t worry. my school is Old School... Otis Redding, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, the Stray Cats, and more.
This is Elwood. a back to school special. 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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Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
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Not all upcoming blues festivals
are listed here due to space.
For a complete list see our comprehensive website.
Thursday - Sunday
Sep-11-2014 - Sep-14-2014
Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-13-2014
 Longview, Texas, USA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-13-2014
Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA 
Richmond, Illinois, 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
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Murphysboro, Illinois, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Sep-20-2014 - Sep-21-2014, Denton, Texas, USA
Saturday -Sunday
Sep-20-2014 - Sep-21-2014
 Guerneville, California, USA
Wednesday - Sunday
Sep-24-2014 - Sep-28-2014
Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
Thursday - Tuesday
Sep-25-2014 - Sep-30-2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-27-2014
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Oct-12-2014
 Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-28-2014
 Columbia, Missouri, USA
Sep-27-2014, Big Bear Lake California, USA
Thursday - Saturday
Oct-02-2014 - Oct-04-2014
 Camden, South Carolina, USA
Thursday - Friday
Oct-02-2014 - Oct-03-2014
Rock Hill & York, South Carolina, USA
Friday - Sunday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-05-2014
 Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Saturday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-04-2014
 Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Saturday - Saturday
Oct-04-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, California, USA
Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA
Wednesday - Saturday
Oct-08-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Oct-10-2014 - Oct-12-2014
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Friday - Saturday
Oct-10-2014 - Oct-11-2014, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Friday - Sunday
Oct-17-2014 - Oct-19-2014
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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