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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 5, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 6
Special Announcements
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Nico Wayne Toussaint’s Mighty Quartet during the IBC's in Memphis, TN

Photo: Tim Parsons
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't find, order via our website.

You can also find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine on our website. 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
Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson ::
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters), on Severn Records, is a very special CD from Mud Morganfield, son of the legendary bluesman, and Kim Wilson, singer/harmonica player of the iconic roots group, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, saluting the classic blues music of Mud’s father in the 100th anniversary year of his birth.
The genesis for this recording project was simple, according to Severn president David Earl. “I couldn’t ignore all the requests,” he said. “After we released Mud Morganfield’s Son of the 7th Son album and The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ On the Verge disc, the phone was ringing off the hook and the inbox was flooded with emails. The topic was always the same: ‘You have to get Mud and Kim to do an album together!'
Click to play"Gone To Main Street"
Canadian guitar slinger/singer JW-Jones’ Belmont Boulevard on Blind Pig Records was produced in Nashville by Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge, who’s helmed projects for Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, and Susan Tedeschi. JW chose Hambridge to produce because “This CD is all about getting out of my comfort zone musically and lyrically, working with a big producer and creating a high-energy experience that matches our live show, and I knew Tom was the man to make that happen.”

For the songs on the album, Jones decided to delve deep into his personal life and tell some of his stories that he’d never revealed before. He co-wrote many of the songs with Hambridge, a noted songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by... Read more details here...
Click to play"Never Worth It"
News Flash
Big Blues Bender… More Then Just A Festival!
LAS VEGAS. NV - We’re proud to announce the return of the Big Blues Bender to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world! Four days and nights of amazing music with your hotel room just an elevator ride away.

Featuring Buddy Guy • Robert Randolph & the Family Band • Bobby Rush • Walter Trout* • Tab Benoit* • Tommy Castro & the Painkillers* • Joe Louis Walker • Curtis Salgado • Janiva Magness • Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials* • Mike Zito & the Wheel* • Samantha Fish* • Devon Allman* • Original Legends of the Blues* • Quinn Sullivan • Southern Hospitality with Victor Wainwright, JP Soars, & Damon Fowler* • The Lee Boys • Bob Corritore & Lil’ Ed • Candye Kane* ...
Click here to find entire schedule and more info 
Seafood Delights at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
CLEARWATER, FL – The Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival presented by Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes will be swimming in tasty seafood from various local restaurants. This two-day Seafood & Blues Festival will consist of local seafood restaurants and prestigious Blues musicians on February 21st – 22nd at Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida.

You may be coming to the Sea-Blues Festival for the music, but you’ll stay for the food! The Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival will be hosting many local seafood restaurants for attendees to indulge in. Beverages (beer, wine, water and soft drinks) will also be available for purchase. Included among the restaurants featured at the Sea-Blues Festival is Abe’s Place Tap & Grill, Authentic Empanadas... Read more details and lineup here 
Tampa Bay Blues Festival St. Petersburg, Florida
April 10, 11, & 12, 2015
TAMPA BAY, FL - Take Your Spring Blues Vacation in Florida!
Plan to join us on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay, Florida, for the 2015 Tampa Bay Blues Festival. This three day blues music event on April 10, 11, & 12, features Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Tab Benoit, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Carolyn Wonderland, Southern Hospitality, John Nemeth, and others. A total of 22 great blues shows!

You will really love our VIP experience which includes admission, front stage seating, two large shade tents on the bay, gourmet foods from our on-site chefs and local restaurants, and complimentary, unlimited beer, wine, spring water, and soda.
Find more info and schedule here
Blues Fest plans for Waters, Dixon tributes
CHICAGO, IL (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago blues legends Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon will be honored with what’s billed as a “special centennial celebration” at the 32nd annual Chicago Blues Festival in June in Grant Park.

The festivities will unfold on June 14, with Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues kicking off the music at 5:30 p.m. at the Petrillo Music Shell.
A Willie Dixon homage will start at 6:30 p.m. featuring Branch, Dixon family members, Sugar Blue, John Watkins and others.

A Muddy Waters tribute will start at 8:15 p.m. and will spotlight Bob Margolin, Mud Morganfield, Big Bill Morganfield, John Primer, Rick Kreher, Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, E.G. McDaniel, Paul Oscher, Jerry Portnoy and Barrelhouse Chuck.
The Chicago Blues Festival will run June 12-14 in Grant Park; the complete schedule will be released in the spring.
See here for more information
Cruise News
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See lineup for LRBC #25 HERE!
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More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
Generation Blues Applications Due March 15
The Blues Foundation’s Generation Blues scholarship program is now accepting applications for young performers under the age of 21 to receive financial assistance to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs this summer. The deadline for submitting applications is a bit earlier this year–in our hands on or before March 15. If you know of a young performer who may be interested, hip them to this great opportunity to learn and hang with other young people who dig playing the blues.

For complete information visit here...
Elwood's BluesMobile
Feb 7-8 Radio Show: BLUES OLD & NEW, FAR & WIDE

Every week, Elwood points the BluesMobile down the road to bring you the finest in blues, both old and new. From California to New York, Florida to Toronto, Mississippi to Chicago, across the ocean, and back again. The sound is cranked up. Passenger side is empty.

Hop on in, and take a ride. Right here, in the BluesMobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Otis Clay feat. Lil' P-Nut:
"Trying to Live My Life Without You"
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Feb 5 Al Kooper (1944); Feb 6 Bob Marley (1945); Feb 7 Earl King (1934); King Curtis (1934); Feb 8 Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1899), Floyd Dixon (1929); Feb 9 Johnny Heartsman (1937); Feb 10 Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932), Feb 11 Josh White (1914); Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Phillip Walker (1937), Otis Clay (1942); Feb 12 Pinkney "Pink" Anderson (1900), Big John Wrencher (1923); Feb 14 Samuel "Magic Sam" Maghett (1937)
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Buddy and Hopkins
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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
are paid "Featured" ads
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday
Feb-4-2015 - Feb-8-2015
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
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
Napa, California, USA
Blues Blast '15
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
17th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest
Mar-12-2015 - Mar-15-2015, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Music Festival
Milwaukee, Oregon, USA
River City Blues Festival
Mar-20-2015 - Mar-21-2015, Marietta, Ohio, USA
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