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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 9, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 41
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Is it getting hot in here or is that you? 
Oh my gosh, I just read that October is "Sarcastic Month." Wow, either someone who can't take a jab or someone who likes to tease made that one up. This particular week is also "Fire Prevention Week," thanks to Mrs. O'Leary and her touchy cow on a fateful October 8th night in Chicago, 1871. Moral of the story, milk the cow in the daylight! (oh, was that sarcastic?). Seriously, fire prevention is nothing to joke about. This is a good week to practice a fire drill, especially when things are getting too hot to handle or you intend to warm yourself by the devil's fire (oh, there I go again). 
"I don't want to be a party of one. Tonight I want your fire to keep me warm" Soul of John Black "Fire Blues"
"I was burned once in 1944, but woman I ain't gonna let that happen no more. I'm a burnt child, and I'm afraid of fire." Sonny Terry "Burnt Child"
Do have a wonderful week. Clarksdale, Mississippi and Helena, Arkansas are burning it up with tons of blues-to-do's now through the weekend, as reported by BFG sales director Cheryl and her hubby Tom, who are there. Festivals will also be smokin' in Daytona, Florida and Louisville, Kentucky. Come on baby light my fire!
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939), Oct 10 "Mississippi" Joe Callicott (1900), Cyril Neville (1948); Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929), Sam Moore (1935), Barbara Blue; Oct 13 Dorothy Moore (1946); Oct 14 Son Thomas (1926), Kenny Neal (1957), Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906), Robert Ward (1938), Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903), Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926) and Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923) 
Your ever-grateful editor,
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Award winning harpman, singer, songwriter, entertainer Rick Estrin hangs for a few with us backstage after his performance at the San Diego Blues Festival.
Photo: Al Gardner
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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
Deanna Bogart :: JUST A WISH AWAY
Deanna Bogart, the award-winning, multi-instrumentalist known for her vast musical range, broadens her horizons even more on Just A Wish Away.
Her newest Blind Pig Records release finds Deanna collaborating with a new cast of superlative musicians in territory that is at once unfamiliar and intriguing, intimate and provocative. She invites us on her own personal and musical transitional journey that's taken her in a single year from the Chesapeake Bay to Nashville, and from the high desert of Southern California to deep in the Louisiana bayou, where this CD was recorded.
On Just A Wish Away… this immeasurably talented pianist, saxophonist, singer, composer, and bandleader immerses us in her genre-free musical palette with the added colors of trombones, pedal steels and the rhythms of New Orleans
Click to play"If It's Gonna Be Like This"
Dave Specter :: MESSAGE IN BLUE
"Dave Specter's 10th album, Message in Blue, is a soulful and compelling blend of Specter's original instrumentals along with powerful blues/R&B vocals. Soul legend Otis Clay makes his Delmark debut as special guest on three songs including a re-make of the classic "Got To Find A Way" with Willie Henderson and the Chicago Horns, The Falcons' "I Found A Love" (complete with Specter nod to Robert Ward playing through a Magnatone amplifier) and a tribute to the late Bobby "Blue" Bland, "This Time I'm Gone For Good". Brother John Kattke is on keyboards and vocals while harp ace Bob Corritore guests on two Specter originals...."
Click to play"Chicago Style"
News Flash
29th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival Oct 8-11
(Helena, AR) - The 29th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival kicks off on Wednesday October 8 from 6-10 pm with the (free) Michael Burks Memorial Jam, paying tribute to the Arkansas guitarist who died all too young just a couple years ago.

The festival starts in full force on Thursday already at 9 a.m., and at 11:30 am features Mr. Sipp, whose slot at King Biscuit was one of his prizes for winning the International Blues Challenge last year. He's followed by artists including Sun rockabilly veteran Sonny Burgess, Chicago-based blues harmonica master Billy Branch, the dynamic Guitar Shorty from Los Angeles, and finishing things off, Roy Rogers with special guest Sonny Landreth. 
Annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration - Oct 12
(Clarksdale, MS) - The Annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming will be held October 12 at the Hopson Commissary & Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, Mississippi from 3-7pm.
There is a jam packed line-up so far on three stages including Bob Margolin, Super Chikan, Cedric Burnside, Lightnin' Malcolm, Jonn del Toro Richardson, Bob Stroger, Sweet Betty, Tom Holland, Jimmi Mayes, Kenny Brown, Clay Swafford, Rip Lee Pryor, Stephen “Blues Dude” Duncan, Kingfish Ingram and Marcus "Mookie" Cartwright… with more TBA.
Pinetop Perkins was one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen. He began playing blues around 1927 and is widely regarded as one of the best blues pianists. He passed away March 21, 2011 at the age of 97. 
Sandy Beaches Cruise Jan 10-17, 2015
(Miami Beach, FL) - Delbert McClinton & Friends Sandy Beaches Cruise takes to the high seas January 10-17, 2015 on the Norwegian Pearl for its 21st sailing! They’ve gathered together some of your favorite Sandy Beaches Cruise artists to join you as you sail from Miami to Antigua to St. Croix, creating a lifetime of memorable musical moments.
For those who have sailed on Sandy Beaches Cruise before, you know that perfect strangers can become lifelong friends when you’re jamming out at midnight together. The love of good music and a laid back atmosphere are the key ingredients to this party!
Raleigh Jazz & Blues Concert Series starts Oct 30
(Raleigh, NC) - The nine month long Raleigh Jazz & Blues Concert Series kicks off Thursday, October 30th with the "real deal" blues man himself, Austin "Walkin' Cane." Austin has become a fan favorite of the Simply Jazz and Blues Festival here in southern WV and he has made many friends here in the hills. Check out this gifted guitarist and singer who will take you to the Delta with some "damn fine blues."

Tickets are $12 in advance/ $15 at the door and may be purchased through the Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre at 403 Neville St. in Beckley, WV. For information call 304-763-7059 or 304-222-2536
Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom: First Week
Highway 61 Blues Fest, Greenville, MS 
We made it to the festival [after a late start driving from Nevada and having to find refuge from a huge storm in Arkansas] and wanted to share a bit of info on a few of the amazing artists performing in Mississippi so far.
Jimmy " Duck" Holmes was one of the highlights of the Highway 61 Blues Fest in Greenville, MS, Oct. 4, 2014, part of the Bridging the Blues. This is definitely a music filled weekend- two festivals - Mighty Mississippi Music Festival & the Highway 61 Blues Festival, Greenville, MS....
Cruise News
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More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Regional Winners that will represent in Memphis IBC are starting to be announced...
The Great Lakes Blues Society announce the winners of that will represent at the International Blues Challenge in January, 2015. They are Kat Fight Keys, featuring Chuckee Zehr and Gail Selkirk and the Michael Schatte Band.
The Atlanta Blues Society winners of their regional blues challenge are the JPBLUES Band who will represent the society in Memphis at IBC.
If you're a blues society of a winner of your regional blues challenge please drop us a note at 
so we can share the good news with our readers!!
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
The Music Maker Relief Foundation is a swell non-profit that brings food, cash, and gigs to struggling musicians. Supporters include Taj Mahal, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and many others. Now there is a CD and picture book out, showcasing some of these amazing players, most of whom you have probably never heard of. But I guarantee, some of them you will never forget.
We give a listen to the Music Makers. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Cyrill Neville :: "Working Man"
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests
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Bridging the Blues
Sep-26-2014 - Oct-12-2014
Greenville, Mississippi - Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee 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
Canal Bank Shuffle
Thursday - Saturday
Oct-16-2014 - Oct-18-2014
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Bukka White Blues Festival
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
Bluesfestival in Eslov
Friday - Saturday
Oct-24-2014 - Oct-25-2014
Eslov, Skane, Sweden
Ostersunds Bluesfestival
Oct-25-2014, Ostersund
Jamtlands lan, Sweden
Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival
Friday - Monday
Oct-31-2014 - Nov-03-2014
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
15th Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit
Friday - Saturday
Nov-07-2014 - Nov-08-2014
Newport, Kentucky, USA
College Park Blues Festival/7th Annual
College Park, Maryland, USA
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Blaublues Festival Haringe
Haringe (Poperinge),
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Venice Blues Festival
Venice, Florida, USA
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