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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 2, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 40
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Planning, empowering, preventing, exploring...
According to some sources, the first week of October is "Get Organized Week"... that would be "GO" for short. Often times, when I'm faced with piles of papers that have been stashed away for one reason or another, the word "run" comes to mind! But, yes, getting organized is a good thing for most of us. It helps us release ourselves of clutter or find that elusive lost treasure and also helps us make plans, whether for tomorrow or for a festival adventure next year.
Billy Branch celebrates a birthday this Friday, October 3. Billy was one of the very first artists to develop a Blues In The School program 36 years ago. Our kudos go out to him for formulating a creative, empowering blues music curriculum for not only school kids but also adults. 
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — Remembering those we've lost and stepping up to help find a cure. We lost the wonderful Ann Rabson the beginning of last year to breast cancer. We're featuring one of Ann's live videos this week. Ladies, please get checked regularly.
Our good friend and BFG sales manager Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw and her husband Tom have headed out on the road from Nevada to catch some blues festivals, events and exhibitions across the country and meet up with as many fine blues-type folks as possible. They are not only knowledgeable blues fanatics but they are both a crackup, too! We look forward to hearing about their travel updates and antics soon.
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Billy Branch (1951), Keb' Mo' (1951), Deborah Coleman (1956); Oct 4 Duke Robillard (1948), Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5 Roy Book Binder (1943), Rick Estrin (1949); Oct 6 Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (great friend and BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8 Andy “T” Talamantez; Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939), Oct 10 "Mississippi" Joe Callicott (1900), Cyril Neville (1948) 
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.
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Val and Mike Delaney of Delaney Guitars checking out their copies of the BFG at Darwin's Burgers & Blues in Marietta, Georgia. Our 2014 cover photo feature two of their custom guitars played by Samantha Fish and Mike Zito.
Photo: Jan Shearin
*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
Markey Blue :: HEY HEY
Hey Hey, it's Markey Blue! Coming out of the gate at #1 on the Blues Debut Chart, Markey Blue's Hey Hey is also riding high on the Roots Music Album and Singles charts. Original songs and fresh grooves, with some help from Grammy-winning Stax legend Steve Cropper and former Allman Brother Jack Pearson, have gained co-leaders Markey and Ric Latina international recognition.
Barely a year after meeting, they’re taking the Roots/Soul/Blues scene by storm. Their song “Baby I'm Cryin'” will soon debut in an independent movie, and DownBeat magazine will review the CD in its December issue.
Click to play"Feeling Blue"
Long John Baldry, The Best of the Stony Plain Years, includes tracks from the Stony Plains Record vaults, as well as rare and previously-unreleased material. British blues pioneer Long John Baldry (1941-2005) recorded for Stony Plain from 1991 up until his death. He started performing acoustic blues in London in the late 1950s and worked with fellow leaders of the British blues vanguard Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies in the early ‘60s.
Baldry was an inspiration to The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. He mentored Rod Stewart and Elton John, who both produced and recorded on some of Baldry’s early classic albums, Everything Stops for Tea and It Ain’t Easy.
Click to play"I'm Shakin'"
News Flash
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.
Blues & Brews helps music program in Paradise Oct 4
(Paradise, CA) - Lovers of swinging drums, low-down bass, honking guitars and from-the-gut singing will have to look no further than the Blues and Brews festival this weekend.
Held at the Paradise Community Park [Paradise, California], the event raises money for local student music programs.
Hosted by the Exchange Club of Paradise, the event is now in its 13th year and is a popular destination for music lovers of all ages.
Exchange Club member Alan White said the money makes a real, noticeable difference.
"The biggest thing is equipment repair, they have no money to do that," White said.
8th Annual Evening of Art & Blues October 4
(Tuscaloosa, AL) - The 8th Annual Evening of Art and Blues will be held on October 4 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion from 7-10 pm. The night will feature live blues music, live and silent auction of art and gifts, hors d’ouevres and a cash bar This benefit for Alabama Blues Project is their signature event that helps support their many programs.
Live performances include their very own Advanced Band, Simple Interest and the Infinite Monkey Typing Pool (featuring Mark Hughes Cobb, Soapy Jones, Dusty Fields and Jerrell Bowden.) 
2014 Blues Blast Music Award Ceremony Oct 23
(Champaign, Illinois) – The 2014 Blues Blast Awards will be held Thursday October 23, 2014, 6pm, at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois. The awards honor contemporary Blues artists and their recordings. Artists with major labels as well as indie artists are eligible to even submit to nominators and be considered. This process enables a wide array of artists and labels not often recognized by other award series.

Categories such as Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band and the Rising Star Award are based on nominators observations of performances of touring artists over the past year. No record labels, agents, artist managers or publicists who represent possible nominees are involved in the nomination process. Read more here
Cruise News
Prebooking for both #25 Oct 2015 "Big Easy Fantasy" 
and #26 Jan 2016 "Eastern Caribbean" NOW!
Reservations & info: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
Need help?: Email
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
MN Blues Society Blues Hall of Fame Show Oct 5
Minnesota Blues Society's Blues Hall of Fame Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
{St. Paul, Mn} - Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 Wilebski's Blues Saloon (1638 Rice St.) in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Doors noon, Music: 1:00, Ceremony: 2:00
2014 inductees:
- Blues Performer: Jimi "Prime Time" Smith
- Blues Legend: Big John Dickerson
- Blues Legacy: Joseph E. "Jo Jo" Williams
- Blues Sideman: Jeremy Johnson
- Supportive of the Blues (Non-performer): John "Blueshammer" Hammer
- Blues Art, Literature, Media: Marc Norberg, "Black, White, and Blues" (photography)
- Blues Recording" Joe Juliano, "Hot Cup of Joe Juliano"
- Blues Song: Curtis Obeda, "Crying to Do"
Suggested Donation : $10. More info:
Blues Foundation News
` IBC Tickets on Sale plus book your Room
~ Get CD in for 2015 BMA CD Nomination Consideration
~ IBC tickets are now available in The Blues Store. You will find 3 ticket options there: (1) the pass that will get you into all IBC blues music events beginning with the International Showcase on Tuesday night and continuing through the Saturday finals; (2) Friday's KBA luncheon ticket (3) guaranteed seat upgrade at the Orpheum Theatre for the finals on Saturday.
Downtown Memphis hotels–close to the Beale Street action–generally sell out for IBC.  Book now.  For a list of suggested hotels, visit the IBC pages 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. 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Oct 4-5 Radio Show: JOHNNY WINTER
The legendary guitar player Johnny Winter passed in July. He left behind an amazing legacy of music. He also left behind one final album - Step Back - re-visiting the music of his youth. And he brings along a mighty array of guest artists to play along. Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa – all playing with Johnny Winter.
We say goodbye to the great Johnny Winter. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Ann Rabson :: "Your Red Wagon"
Buddy and Hopkins
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!
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Not all upcoming blues festivals
are listed here due to space nor links due to increasing spam.
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website.
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests
are paid ads
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
20th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert
Arlington, Texas, 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
Avignon Blues Festival 2014
Wednesday - Saturday
Oct-15-2014 - Oct-18-2014
 Avignon, PACA/Vaucluse, France
Bukka White Blues Festivala
Friday - Saturday
Oct-17-2014 - Oct-18-2014, Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival 
Friday - Sunday
Oct-17-2014 - Oct-19-2014
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
2104 Blues Blast Music Awards
Champaign, Illinois, USA
Dark Season Blues
Thursday - Sunday
Oct-23-2014 - Oct-26-2014, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
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