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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 18, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 38
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Nourishing the roots ...

We often hear about various blues music programs for kids that aim to educate and possibly help pave the way for the next generation of the blues. There is a successful, vital network of Blues in The Schools programs and blues camps around the world that nourish eager youngsters. These efforts have proven to be rewarding for both young music lovers and budding artists. 
But what about those on the other side of the "age coin?" — The elder bluesmen and women that have spent a lifetime of sharing their music ...those that lost their "stages," are destitute, or in poor health. This is where a heartfelt and worthwhile organization called Music Maker Relief Foundation has stepped in and stepped up to nourish the roots of Southern American Music. Just reading their mission statement makes my heart swell with empathy, hope and pride.
During the weekend of October 3-4 the Music Maker Relief Foundation will celebrate their 20th Anniversary in North Carolina. Over 50 "well-seasoned" artists will perform their music from the heart. You can find details in this week's issue on how to win tickets to an amazing homecoming celebration. Go ahead and revel in a joyful noise.
Birthdays of note coming up: Sept 23 Roy Buchanan (1939), Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1905), Mighty Joe Young (1927); Sept 24 Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924), Chick Willis (1934); Sept 25 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept 28 Koko Taylor (1928), Ben E. King (1938); Sept 30 Z.Z. Hill (1935)
Your ever-grateful editor,
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Here's singer Diunna Greenleaf with her copy of the BFG during the 2014 Blues Music Award week in Memphis, Tennessee.
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
*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.
CD & DVD Releases
The Holmes Brothers :: BROTHERHOOD
Brotherhood, the Holmes Brothers most recent release on Alligator Records, is a wealth of authentic, joyous blues, funk, R&B and soul, dominated by eight new Holmes Brothers originals. Also featured are sparkling remakes of songs by Ike Turner, William Bell & Booker T. Jones and Ted Hawkins, plus the band’s unparalleled version of "Amazing Grace."
Brotherhood was produced by Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle, Marc Cohn), Chris Bruce (Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Seal) and Hector Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie). It is another stellar chapter in The Holmes Brothers’ storied and still-evolving history. It’s also their most bluesy album to date, filled with roadhouse wisdom, late-night doo wop, a proto rock ‘n’ roll punch, soulful R&B and closing with an amazing dose of Sunday morning spirit. Read more details here...
Click to play"Passing Through"
Steve Freund – Gloria Hardiman :: SET ME FREE
Delmark released a buried treasure from the 80’s from Chicago label, Razor Records. Set Me Free is a rare collector’s item LP that features the standout vocals of Gloria Hardiman, killer guitar work from Steve Freund and stellar keys from Ken Saydak, all of their debut recordings. This never-before-on-CD recording features outstanding support from an all-star Chicago band, including living legend bassist, Bob Stroger, as well as the ever reliable bassist Harlan Terson, swingin’ sax from Sam Burckhardt, and the late, great Sunnyland Slim performing on three cuts. At the time, the results were so satisfying that they formed a band called The Blueprints and Stroger, Freund and Burckhardt were also Sunnyland’s longtime, popular last working band. Read more details here ...
Click to play"You Got Me (Where You Want Me)" 
News Flash
This weekend! World's Best Blues & Beer Meet in Ventura:
Two-Day California Beer Festival Sept 20-21
(Ventura, CA) – All roads lead to Ventura as the world's best blues music and craft beer meet at the 6th Annual California Beer Festival, Mission Park, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Saturday, September 20 for the Craft Beer Heaven (12:30 pm -5 pm) and Sunday, September 21 for the Blues & BBQ Festival
(11 am-6 pm).
It’s Ventura County Beer Week, September 14-21, featuring nightly Craft beer-themed activities at selected venues throughout Ventura. The California Beer Festival is now a yearly post-Labor Day event that draws several thousand people during each of it's two distinctly different days - Saturday primarily for craft beer enthusiasts; Sunday for blues lovers of all ages permitted (children 12 and under, free).
Daytona Blues Festival Coming October 10-12
(Daytona Beach, FL) - The Fifth Annual Daytona Blues Festival returns to historic Jackie Robinson Ball Park, Downtown Daytona Beach, on October 10, 11-12, 2014. This year's exciting line up combines the best rising blues stars with the greatest established talent. With music starting at 1:00 pm daily and running until 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday, 8:30 pm Sunday, this is a weekend so packed full of world class blues it can't be missed.
Friday starts with IBC solo runner-up Lucious Spiller, with his blazing guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined blues style, and his boundless energy. Read more details and see photos here
Enter to Win a pair of tickets to Music Maker Relief Foundation's 20th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend
(Carrboro & Durham, NC) - We're giving away a pair of tickets to Music Maker Relief Foundation's 20th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend October 3-4, 2014, Carrboro & Durham, North Carolina.

Music Maker Relief Foundation's 20th Anniversary celebration will culminate with a Homecoming Weekend October 3-4 and we’re giving away a pair of tickets! October 3, William Ferris, PhD will moderate a panel discussion preceding the opening of the We are the Music Makers! exhibit and a Music Maker Blues Revue performance featuring Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Cool John Ferguson, Captain Luke and more at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Find more details here.
Reno’s Can’d Aid Blues and Brews Fest Sept 20
(Reno, NV) - Two charities, one event, lots of beer! Attend CAN’d Aid Saturday, September 20, at The Freight House District (250 Evans Ave, Reno, Nevada), and drink beer to raise money for the Reno Rebuild Project and the Reno Blues Society.
CAN’d Aid will partner with two local charities, Reno Rebuild Project & Reno Blues Society, to maximize the impact of the fundraiser. Gear up for an evening of cold brews and hot blues supporting three great causes. Oskar Blues Brewery will serve Colorado craft beer and five live Blues acts will perform.
Taj Mahal Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award From Americana Music Association
(Nashville, TN) - Taj Mahal accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award [September 17] from the Americana Music Association at the ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Keb' Mo' presented the award. In his speech, Taj Mahal said, "This is one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could happen in life." He then performed "Statesboro Blues" with an all-star band that included Ry Cooder (with whom he played in the Rising Sons), Don Was, and Buddy Miller.
He also reflected, "It's a real honor to receive a lifetime achievement award from the AMAs and to be in such esteemed company.
Cruise News
Prebook #25 2015 Oct "Big Easy Fantasy" NOW!
Prebook now for #26 Jan 2016 "Eastern Caribbean" 

Prebook 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. 
ALSO! Prebooking now open for LRBC 26 to the Eastern Caribbean which sails Jan 17-24, 2016
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 Society News
Regional Blues Challenges Underway + a 1st Anniversary
(Denver, CO)
The Mile High Blues Society presents the 2nd Band Preliminary Round of the Denver Blues Challenge, Sunday, September 21, at Ziggie's Live Music (4923 W. 38th Ave, Denver, Colorado) 2 pm.
Winner advances to the 2015 International Blues Challenge competition in Memphis, January 20-24. Click here for more details.
(London, Ontario) 
The Great Lakes Blues Society (GLBS) will conduct its 5th Annual Blues Artist Competition each Sunday in September at 3pm at the Eastside Bar and Grill (750 Hamilton Rd.) in London, Ontario. The Bands will compete in Round 2 – September 21 and Solo/Duo –September 28.

The winner of the competition will represent the GLBS at the 31st International Blues Challenge (IBC).

(Huntington, WV)
Congratulations to the Huntington Blues Society in Huntington, West Virginia who celebrated their 1st Anniversary September 17. Click here for more info about the Blues Society and how you can get involved.
Blues Foundation News
~ Only 1 Week left for 2015 KBA Nominations
~ 2015 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
Video of The Week
Dr. G.B. Burt :: It Hurts Me Too"
"What Can A Man Do But Sing The Blues"
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Festival Calendar
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Cobh Blues Festival
Friday - Sunday
Sep-19-2014 - Sep-21-2014
Cork, Cobh, Ireland
Hound Dog Blues Festival
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival/37th Annual
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Murphysboro's 14th Riverside Blues Festival
Saturday Sep-20-2014
Murphysboro, Illinois, USA
Denton Blues Festival/16th Annual
Saturday - Sunday
Sep-20-2014 - Sep-21-2014, Denton, Texas, USA
Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Saturday -Sunday
Sep-20-2014 - Sep-21-2014
Guerneville, California, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday
Sep-24-2014 - Sep-28-2014
Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
Las Vegas Big Blues Bender
Thursday - Tuesday
Sep-25-2014 - Sep-30-2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jammin in JC
Friday - Saturday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-27-2014
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Bridging the Blues
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Oct-12-2014
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Roots N Blues N BBQ
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-28-2014
Columbia, Missouri, USA
Blues For The Zoo
Big Bear Lake, California, USA
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival
Thursday - Saturday
Oct-02-2014 - Oct-04-2014
Camden, South Carolina, USA
Blues & Jazz Festival
Thursday - Friday
Oct-02-2014 - Oct-03-2014
Rock Hill & York, South Carolina, USA
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Friday - Sunday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-05-2014
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Friday - Saturday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-04-2014
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23
Saturday - Saturday
Oct-04-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, California, USA
Paoli Blues Fest
Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Wednesday - Saturday
Oct-08-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Daytona Blues Festival
Friday - Sunday
Oct-10-2014 - Oct-12-2014
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Friday - Saturday
Oct-10-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival 
Friday - Sunday
Oct-17-2014 - Oct-19-2014
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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