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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 8, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 2
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Here's Michael Frank of Yellow Dog Records, hanging out at the King Biscuit Blues Festival
Photo courtesy Cheryl & Tom Yearnshaw
Start snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!

*Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or if you can find here:
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 in Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls :: SOUL BROTHERS
Soul Brothers (Catfood Records) features Blues Hall of Fame singer Otis Clay and Blues Music Award winning vocalist Johnny Rawls for what promises to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

Produced by Johnny Rawls and recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, Soul Brothers showcases the deep soul/blues veterans at their very best. They’re backed by the solid, in-the-pocket band, The Rays: Richy Puga (drums), Bob Trenchard (bass), Johnny McGhee (guitar), Dan Ferguson (keyboards), Andy Roman (sax), Mike Middleton (trumpet) Robert Claiborne (trombone), Nick Flood (sax) and The Iveys - Arlen, Jessica and Jillian - (background vocals). Also joining in the sessions was Southern California percussionist Jon Olazabal. Read more details here...
Click to play"Mama Didn't Raise No Fool"
The Knickerbocker All Stars :: OPEN MIC AT THE KNICK
Open Mic at the Knick on JP Cadillac Records, featured artists include Curtis Salgado, Sugar Ray Norcia, Dave Maxwell and many more incredible artists.

The Knickerbocker All Stars are a group of extremely talented blues musicians who have been in the business for decades. Members of the band have played with such notable performers as Freddie King, Robert Cray, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues as well as their own bands.

Sunday night at the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly, RI featured the Roomful of Blues in the 1970’s and early 80’s. It quickly became the hottest social event in the area. Read more details here...
Click to play"You Upset Me Baby"
Magnus Berg :: CUT ME LOOSE
The blues literally reaches across all boundaries. Adding to its seemingly mystic power to entrance musicians is the ongoing phenomenon of amazingly young aspirants. Sensational 18-year old Norwegian guitarist Magnus Berg began playing at seven, performed onstage at 12 and played Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago at 17. During his family’s yearly sojourns to the warmth of Florida, and as touring US artists would pass through Norway, Berg began to catch the eye of many in the blues community at a very young age. In late 2012, singer/songwriter Kirsten Thien was captivated by Berg’s guitar solo during his cameo appearance with Mike Zito in a Blues club in Florida. Read more details here
Click to play
"Cut Me Loose"
News Flash
9th Annual Clearwater Seafood & Blues Festival Set for February 21-22
CLEARWATER, FL - Now entering its 9th year, the Clearwater Seafood & Blues Festival Presented by Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, Feb. 21-22, 2015, will feature some of the finest blues musicians live in concert and Tampa Bay’s Finest Seafood delights. Presented in Coachman Park, this annual festival has become one of Clearwater’s most beloved signature events, and appeals to thousands of visitors during February each year.

Proudly sponsored by Fresh from Florida, Clearwater Sea Blues boasts fresh seafood from local vendors. Visitors and locals alike are sure to enjoy the savory seafood from restaurants in the Bay area such as Abe’s Place Tap & Grill and Bay Star Restaurant Group. You’ll want to dive into every bite.
Sunshine Music and Blues Festival coming Jan 17-18
ST. PETERSBURG & BOCA RATON, FL - The Sunshine Music and Blues Festival is coming back to Florida! On Saturday, January 17, they will be at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, then on Sunday January 18th, they move to the Mizner Park Ampitheater in Boca Raton. Tickets are General Admission-$49.50, Reserved Seats-$99.50 and you can enjoy the Sunshine Experience Package for $179.50. Join us as we welcome the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Los Lobos, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo), Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers. More details and schedule here
Official Blues Brothers Revue plus Jonny Lang coming to Napa’s Uptown Theater in March
NAPA, CA - The Official Blues Brothers Revue is coming Friday, March 6th 2015 to Uptown Theatre Napa. The Official Blues Brothers Revue, presented by Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer, combines the comedy and hits from the original Blues Brothers movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. Hear all of The Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’” by Jake, Elwood and the band who hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem in this upbeat and uplifting, concert performance that is fun for all ages Read entire article here
Blind Raccoon’s Roots & Blues Artist Showcase in Memphis to benefit HART Fund
MEMPHIS, TN - Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for their showcases happening during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. On January 21, 22 and 23, from 11:30am to 5pm, artists from Norway, Canada, California, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and New York, a smorgasbord of roots and blues talent, will grace the stage. We have two 2015 Blues Music Award nominees - Vaneese Thomas & Missy Andersen, one 2015 IBC participant – Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band - as well as several former IBC contestants performing over the three days. Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies.
National Women in Blues Showcase, Jan 23 at The Center For Southern Folklore In Memphis
MEMPHIS, TN - Swift Eyes Innovations and the National Women in Blues bring you the 2015 Women in Blues Showcase at the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis, Tennessee. On Friday, January 23rd, 2015 from Noon until (4pm or 5pm) Women in Blues artists take the stage for their showcase during the annual pilgrimage for the International Blues Challenge run by the Blues Foundation.
If it is anything like the last few years, the house will be packed and you will get to see and meet some of the finest women in blues. More than 18 female artists will take the stage and have you tapping your toes, and maybe shedding a joyful tear or two!
National Blues Museum to open in St. Louis
The National Blues Museum (St. Louis, Missouri) is scheduled to open to the public in late 2015, givng blues fans more good reasons to smile.
Backed by everyone from blues legend Buddy Guy to actor John Goodman, the $13.5 million complex will contain 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibition space, a 100-seat theater and a robust calendar of public programming.
The National Blue Museum,615 Washington Ave., St. Louis, Missouri (314-231-0400). 
Cruise News
~ LRBC #24 Jan 2015 Schedule & Send-Off Party
~ LRBC #25 Cabins AVAILABLE and ON SALE now!
Below is info about the January Send-off Party 
LRBC #25 Cabins AVAILABLE and ON SALE now!!
 See lineup for LRBC #25 here!
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
Artists prepare to compete at IBC in Memphis Jan 20-24
THUNDER BAY, ON- The Loose Cannon band with Arley Hughes, Samantha Chong, Gary Hare, Chris Saunders, Mike McFarlane and Carol Pominville and Solo/Duo act, Pair of Six's with James Boraski and Ed Drotar will be representing Canada's Thunder Bay Blues Society at the International Blues  Challenge. Sunday Wilde's CD, He Digs Me, has been chosen to represent in the 11th annual Best Self-Produced CD portion of the competition. 

KINCARDINE, ON, CA - The Sterling Blues Band, guitarist Aug Polowick, singer Kim Sterling, bassist John Gardiner and Tom Trembley, drummer, are heading to Memphis to represent the Bruce County Blues Society who is based in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL - The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will host a fundraiser on Saturday January 10 at Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St. Champaign, Illinois, to help send its solo/duo competition winners, Monica Morris and Josie Lowder, to the International Blues Challenge.
COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Blues Alliance needs to raise more money for their Blues Challenge Winners and are inviting you come out on January 10th to the Roadhouse 66 (480 E. Wilson Bridge, Worthington, Ohio) and have some fun with The Good, The Bad & The Blues and Li'l Red and the Rooster!
They award the winners of their Challenge with prize money to help pay their way to Memphis and it's an expensive trip overall. They're asking for $10 donations at the door, and 100% of any proceeds will go directly to the musicians. Doors 7:30 pm, music starts 8pm.
NOTE: 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
31st Annual International Blues Challenge Jan 21-24

MEMPHIS, TN - Make plans to experience the 31st annual Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge (IBC's) held January 21-24, 2015, whether it's to support you local representing act or just be in the massive throngs of some of the very top, worldwide, unknown blues talent.
The Keeping The Blues Alive awards luncheon happens January 23, 2015 and it's a wonderful experience, too.
The annual Blues Music Awards and the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame grand opening will follow in May.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Jan 10-11 Radio Show: BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS

Big Head Todd and the Monsters had a monster hit rock and roll album back in the day, Sister Sweetly, a classic. Since then, they have consolidated their fan base, and concentrated on mastering the blues. Black Beehive is their latest release.
Big Head Todd rides shotgun with Elwood. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Jan 8 Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at the legendary Fillmore); Jan 9 Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10 Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11 Slim Harpo (1924). Katie Webster (1936), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12 Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941); Jan 14 Allen Toussaint (1938), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15 Earl Hooker (1929), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929), Queen Ida (1929)
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.
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 festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam.
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website.
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests
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Sandy Beaches Cruise XXI
Saturday - Saturday
Jan-10-2015 - Jan-17-2015, Miami, FL to Antigua & St.Croix on the Norwegian Pearl, Bahamas
Sunshine Music And Blues Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #24
Saturday - Saturday
Jan-17-2015 - Jan-24-2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Roatan/Honduras, Costa Maya/Mexico, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Fest/21st Annual
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday
Feb-4-2015 - Feb-8-2015
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Winter Blues
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
Lapeer, Michigan, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Friday - Sunday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-08-2015
 Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville
Pennsylvania, USA
Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival
Saturday - Sunday
Feb-14-2015 - Feb-15-2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Tuesday - Saturday
Feb-17-2015 - Feb-21-2015
Miami, Key West, Nassau/Bahamas, Bahamas
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Sunday - Sunday
Feb-21-2015 - Feb-22-2015
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Saskatoon Blues Festival
Monday - Sunday
Feb-23-2015 - Mar-01-2015
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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