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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 30, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 44
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Howlin' for ya baby

It's Halloween on Friday although some of you may have been celebrating since last weekend (okay, maybe your entire life, but that's different). Most everyone loves an excuse to throw a wang, dang, doodle-themed gig and some of us can hardly wait to don a disguise, usually an alter-ego. My mom made me dress up as a carrot one year! A hand-me-down carrot no less! For cryin' outloud, what was she thinking? I mean, we may not have had money for a costume that year but I would have rather donned a large paper bag and went as a sack lunch!
I bet we can all recall some crazy get-ups and times over the years. Spooky, mysterious and fun music has also been a part of Halloween festivities. It's a time to conjure up magic potions ... maybe mojos and goofer dust... "I believe my good gal has found my black cat bone. I can leave Sunday morning. Monday morning I'm sitting back at home." (Blind Lemon Jefferson "Broke and Hungry Blues"). "I ain't superstitious, but a black cat just crossed my path." (I Ain't Superstitious" Willie Dixon). Was Willie still thinking about that poor cat when he wrote, "I got a black cat bone, I got a mojo too. I got a John The Conqueror, I'm gonna mess with you." (I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man"). Whatever you do this Halloween, I hope it's fun and full of the good kind of howlin' at midnight!
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902), Ethel Waters (1896); Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898); Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903); Nov 2 Mark Wenner (1948); Nov 3 Mable John (1930); Sonny Rhodes (1940); Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940); Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952); Nov 6 Rory Block (1949); Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vann” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1925), Susan Tedeschi (1970)
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Multi-award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, Ruthie Foster, here with her drummer Samantha Banks, enjoy their BFG aboard the Oct Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Ruthie is celebrating her latest release, Promise of a Brand New Day.
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Our 2014 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Generation Blues Experience :: PRIVATE ANGEL
The phenomenon of exceedingly young blues guitarists has reached its logical conclusion. The Generation Blues Experience was co-founded by dedicated 12-year old singer and guitar virtuoso Ray Goren in 2012 in South Central L.A. together with veteran blues septuagenarian, Sammy Lee, and octogenarian, Jamie Powell. A true product of his “generation,” Goren learned from YouTube videos of the legends and was playing blues guitar in gigs before the age of 10. But together with Powell and Lee the band busted age and musical barriers, resulting in a landmark recording of blues power.
Private Angel’s seven originals and one cover...
Click to play
"Little Mama"
The release of JP Soars’ third solo CD, Full Moon Night In Memphis, promises to best illustrate his broad range of styles and tastes. Beginning with the release of the critically acclaimed 2008 CD Back of My Mind, JP Soars has channeled uncommon influences into a signature sound. After winning the International Blues Competition and the Albert King award for most promising guitarist, Soars channeled the excitement into the 2011 release of More Bees With Honey. All three CD’s received airplay on XM Radio and More Bees With Honey was played regularly on Little Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage program. Read more details here...
Click to play"Full Moon Night In Memphis"
News Flash
27th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps Nov 26
Rip Cat Records presents the 27th annual Battle of the Blues Harps, Wednesday November 26th (Thanksgiving Eve) 6pm-11pm on the Queen Mary (1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach CA). Acts so far include The Kim Wilson Band, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Lil’ A and the All-Nighters, Winner of the Road to the Battle of the Blues Harps. More to come!

Tickets are $25 general, $50 Loge seating and $60 VIP seating. Order by phone: (800) 987-4920. Orders by mail: Rip Cat Records, 9322 Candlewood Dr., Huntington Beach CA 92646

Click here to find Queen Mary room reservation discounts.
9th Annual Cycle Blues & Boogie in Spain Nov 7-29
November wears black music in L'Hospitalet with the ninth edition of the series, Blues & Boogie. The festival runs from November 7 through Saturday 29 and includes a total of 15 performances, exhibitions, lectures and presentation of monographs of blues. The event is sponsored by the Centre Cultural Collblanc and The Blues Society of Torrassa, Barcelona (Spain).
This year the international presence in the festival is larger with very prominent names like Slam Allen, American guitarist and great blues singer, who, in recent years has been the right hand of blues legend, James Cotton. It will be the band’s first visit to Spain.
Read more here
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Raises the Bar in short time
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival was born in 2012 after Mayor Charles Mizell, who was working to reclaim and enhance Cassidy Park as part of an overall transformation of the economically struggling city, added the component of culture to the purview of the city's Parks and Recreation Committee.
The park had already hosted several small music events, and the time was right for growth. Acting on a realization of the genre's deep local roots, Committee Member Malinda White assembled a team to create a premiere celebration of the Blues in Bogalusa, and Mizell quickly upgraded the main stage and vowed to help ensure success.
Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom: Week 4
Our sales director Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw and her blues lovin' husband Tom continue their journey through the Delta.
BOGALUSA, LA - "The Blues brings the community together in Bogalusa, LA"
We left Mississippi and headed South to Louisiana and arrived in Bogalusa, LA to meet with Malinda White, Executive Chair and Marcelle Hanneman, Promotions Board Member for the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival. We were curious about this festival since it had only been around for a couple of years (since 2012) and we had heard many positive comments about this festival.
Cruise News
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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
'Virtue & Vice' By Hornbuckle Wins Mile High Blues Society's 'Best Self-Produced Blues CD'
Virtue & Vice, the critically-acclaimed album by Denver-based group Hornbuckle, has won "Best Self-Produced CD" as voted on by the Mile High Blues Society in Denver, CO. The CD will now qualify for the International competition judged by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. Hornbuckle, known as "Denver's First Family of the Blues," is fronted by guitarist-vocalist Michael Hornbuckle and brother, Brian Hornbuckle (bass-vocals).
If you're a blues society or 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
Blues Foundation head Sieleman to step down in 2015
MEMPHIS, TN - (by Bob Mehr) Blues Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Sieleman is leaving the Memphis-based organization.
The news was announced Tuesday afternoon [Oct 28] in a news release. Sieleman, who has been at the top of the influential blues music organization since 2003, plans to step down in September of 2015. He will leave as the longest-serving executive in the foundation’s four-decade history.
Sieleman helped usher in a new period of growth, visibility and profitability for the foundation during his tenure. Over the past decade, Sieleman has dramatically expanded the annual International Blues Challenge and Blues Music Awards, strengthened relations with various member chapters and societies throughout the U.S. and abroad, and has overseen the development of a permanent Blues Music Hall of Fame, which is slated to open downtown in May. Read story here
Elwood's BluesMobile
Nov 1-2 Radio Show: GRADY CHAMPION

Harmonica master Grady Champion is the youngest of 28 children, born in the country, raised in the country, and now returned to his native Mississippi. Grady grew up on hip-hop but fell in love with the blues. And his latest album is coming out on the refurbished classic blues label, Malaco. It is called Bootleg Whiskey.
Old school blues with new school Grady Champion. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Beck and Beth Hart - "Sweet Home Chicago" (2012)
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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Not all upcoming blues festivalsare 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
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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
2014 Blues for Food The Lake House Bluesfest
Spring Hill, Florida, USA
Rheinberger Bluesparty 2014
Rheinberg, Nortrhine-Westfalalia, Germany
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival - Brazil
Nov-20-2014 - Nov-22-2014
Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Sullivan County Blues and Music Festival
Friday - Saturday
Nov-28-2014 - Nov-29-2014
Rock Hill, New York, USA
Jakarta Blues Festival
Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Bradenton Blues Festival
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Napa, California, USA
Red White & Blue
New Year's Eve 2014
Dec-31-2014 - Jan-01-2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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