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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 26, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 9
Special Announcements
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Here's Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O of Akron who represented Northeast Ohio Blues Association at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Photo courtesy: Tim Parsons
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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 sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS. 
CD & DVD Releases
Mississippi Heat :: WARNING SHOT
Warning Shot (Delmark Records) features sixteen songs (14 originals) from one of Chicago's most creative and original bands. Led by harp-master Pierre Lacocque, who contributed ten of the tunes here, Warning Shot, takes you from vintage Chicago and Delta blues to exciting jungle and Latin beats, swing-boogies, R&B ballads, and a Calypso tinged rhumba.
When you listen to this superb CD, you're not just hearing a band. You're hearing a family, one with a deep love, understanding, and respect for each other. That special guest Sax Gordon is so seamlessly incorporated into their signature sound speaks volumes. Read more details here... 
Click to play"Alley Cat Boogie"
Low Society, led by Mandy Lemons, is blazing new trails on the stomping grounds of blues and Americana music. Texas Blues, Memphis Rock 'N Soul and a healthy dose of New York attitude help define the sound and spirit of their latest album, You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down, on Icehouse Records. It's a diverse collection of original songs that inject new life into, while remaining firmly rooted in, the traditional music that they live and breathe. Among the albums guest appearances are two of Memphis' best known musicians, B.B. King and Lionel Hampton alumni Dr Herman Green on the saxophone and Lucero's Rick Steff on keys and accordion. The album was recorded at the historic Memphis landmark, American Recording Studio, and mastered by Stax legend, Larry Nix. Read more details here...
Click to play"Crammed & Jammed"
News Flash
Ventura County Blues Festival Celebrating Ten Years of Coming Together To Help Others
MOORPARK, CA - Excitement is building for Southern California’s longest-tenured Blues festival, the 10th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, taking place Saturday, April 25 on the grounds of beautiful Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd. in Moorpark, California. Gates open 10 am; music begins at 11 am and goes until 8 pm.
“The tenth year is truly a year of celebration of this charity event with repeat performers who supported our festival the very first year, in addition to multi-award-winning acts,” says festival founder/Ventura County Blues Society President, Michael John Basowski. “Also new this year: a Second Stage to insure a full day of continuous live music. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society along with community charities.”
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Announces Lineup for Memorial Weekend
SIMI VALLEY, CA - The 26th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will fill Memorial Day weekend with an outstanding lineup of Cajun, Zydeco, Creole, Blues and Roots music with simultaneous performances on two stages both Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th. Blues headliners include legends like Canned Heat, Yardbirds and 82 year old Leo “Bud” Welch and contemporary performers like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Candye Kane and Reverend Tall Tree. And the Cajun Zydeco stage is featuring Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, The Magnolia Sisters, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience and Ruben Paul Moreno. And that’s just the beginning.

For the first time in the history of the festival, one band will cross over from the Cajun-Zydeco stage and also play the Blues stage.
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 
Uptown Theatre Presents The Blues Brothers in Napa, CA on March 6
NAPA, CA - Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer present The Official Blues Brothers Revue. Coming to Uptown Theatre in Downtown Napa on Friday March 6th, this live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original 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’.”

Jake, Elwood and the band hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem. Upbeat and uplifting, The Official Blues Brothers Revue is fun for all ages. 
Willette Romious will be missed!
ALLIGATOR, MS - Valentine's Day, the blues world and Mississippi lost a great friend and tireless worker when Willette Romious passed away unexpectedly. Born a few miles south of Clarksdale in Alligator, Mississippi, Willette was introduced to blues at an early age in front of her parents' grocery store when her father frequently hired blues musicians to play outside his store. In recent years, she had helped the town of Alligator gain a Blues Trail Marker to commemorate its place in Mississippi blues history.
Willette became a friend of the Blues Festival Guide several years ago, helping to distribute magazines, working with BFG staff at their tables at International Blues Competition and Blues Music Awards, and generally spreading the word about blues musicians and events in Mississippi.
Blues Brother
With hard work and heart, a UI law alumnus builds a musical legacy that honors and preserves an American treasure.
Every note, every slide of the steel guitar, every mournful blow into the harmonica tells a story—not necessarily a sad one, but always a truth born from the highs and lows of living.
Inside the blues tent at a New Orleans music festival more than 20 years ago, Jay Sieleman stood bobbing his head to one of those truths when he noticed two guys in front of him wearing shirts that read Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
Intrigued, Sieleman paused his groove to ask, "What's this blues cruise?" ... Read the entire story here
Photo courtesy: Memphis Business Journal
Cruise News
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Blues Foundation News
Sweet Valentine’s Day Hart Fund Fundraiser Success
The HART Fund is the recent recipient of a $6000 donation raised at the recent Valentine’s Day fundraiser at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. Club owner Bob Corritore donated all proceeds from the door and additional funds were raised from the auction.
Performers included Andy T/Nick Nixon Band, Kim Wilson, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, The Destroyers. Sugar Ray Rayford and Adrianna Marie/LA Jones. Thanks go as well to Blues Foundation Board members Dr. Janice Johnston and Kathy Bolmer who were instrumental in making this event a huge (and fun) success.
Blues Society News
Memphis Blues Society Collecting Donations for Robert Belfour Family
Robert "Wolfman" Belfour passed away Wednesday morning February 25, 2015 at his home in Memphis, TN. The Blues world has lost one of the last old-school Mississippi hill country Bluesman.
Contributions are needed to assist the family with costs and fees for Robert's funeral. The Memphis Blues Society is collecting donations to help. The MBS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your support is greatly appreciated.
To make a secure online contribution, go to the Memphis Blues Society homepage. On the left side of the page (below the link to purchase MBS T-Shirts), click on the link "Robert Belfour Benefit." Thank you!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Feb 28-Mar 1 Radio Show:  JORMA KAUKONEN
Jorma Kaukonen started out finger picking in the nineteen sixties folk revival. Then he headed to San Francisco to help start psychedelic music with the quintessential acid rock band, Jefferson Airplane. Then he moved on to Hot Tuna, which played everything from roots rock to heavy metal to reggae to straight ahead blues. And now he has come full circle… a master acoustic musician.
New music from the magnificent Jorma Kaukonen. This week, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Coco Montoya :: LAST DIRTY DEAL
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Feb 26 Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943); Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948); Mar 3 John Primer (1945); Mar 4 Bobby Womack (1944); Willie Johnson (1923); Mar 5 J.B. Lenoir (1929), Peg Leg Howell (1888), Tommy Tucker (1933); Mar 6 Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893), Walter Trout (1951)
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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
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Saskatoon Blues Festival
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
Napa, California, USA
Blast Furnace Blues Festival
Mar-27-2015 - Mar-29-2015
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
Napa, California, USA
Blast Furnace Blues Festival
Mar-27-2015 - Mar-29-2015
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Juke Joint Festival and Related Events!
Apr-09-2015 - Apr-12-2015, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-10-2015 - Apr-12-2015
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
Apr-17-2015 - Apr-19-2015
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Ventura County Blues Festival, 10th Annual
Moorpark, California, USA
Simi Valley, California USA
About Us
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We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 12th annual in 2014), affiliated with the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
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