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Blues Festival Guide
July 16, 2015
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Get your own copy of the 2015 Blues Festival Guide (and back-issues, too). Have the magazine delivered right to your mailbox! Click the image at left to find out how easy it is to be able to hold your own copy in your hands and flip through the pages at your leisure.
Our magazine is jam-packed with feature stories, art and photography by top Blues aficionados plus our huge festival section with plenty of details to help you get your blues groove on and plan your festival itinerary.
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Here's Lil Ed Williams (lt) of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and his brother and the band's bassist, James "Pookie" Young, at The Palms Winters, California, June 24, 2015
Photo: Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw
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*Want your own hard copy? You can order via our websiteFind the digital version hereOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.

CD & DVD Releases
Royal Southern Brotherhood ::
Ruf Records recording group, Royal Southern Brotherhood are in top form on newest release, Don’t Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions The album was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios (est. 1960 - Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding) in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with Grammy award-winning producer Tom Hambridge and the band’s new guitar line up of Bart Walker and Tyronne Vaughan, as Cyril Neville leads the charge forward.

Don’t Look Back is a spiritual journey that only Cyril Neville can lead. The elite percussionist’s experiences combined with these talented, energetic players create a new sound that remains reverent to the blues traditions.
Find more details about this release
Click to play"Don't Look Back"
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Toots Lorraine & The Traffic :: MAKE IT EASY
Every blues fan knows you have listen to the “old” to find something “new.” It is a precious rarity when the opposite is true and such is the case with Toots Lorraine & The Traffic. The band delivers a focused blend of classic vibe that will drench your soul with the vintage sounds of West Coast Jump Blues and Swing as you board the train for destination “way back” where everything is, well… easy.

Make It Easy was recorded in the blues hub of California at the infamous Greaseland Studios, this record is a phenomenal follow-up to their debut release, Wrapped In Blues, and pays tribute to the ancestry of American Roots music. Find more details about this release

Click to play"Make It Easy" 
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News Flash
Magic City Blues July 30-Aug 2 in Billings, Montana
BILLINGS, MT - Tim Goodridge thought he would find a music festival to run while he looked for a real job. That was 14 years ago and since then, Magic City Blues has brought more than 150 music acts to Billings and brought people from throughout North America to Billings for what has grown to be a four-day festival with three venues.
Goodridge announced on Tuesday that Buddy Guy, John Fogerty and Lucinda Williams will headline this year's festival on a new weekend, July 30 through Aug. 2.
Tim and his wife, Pam, had just moved back to Montana after spending a few years living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia, when they came up with the idea of bringing more music to Billings. More details about the Magic City Blues fest
James Cotton & Booker T. headline San Diego Blues Festival, Sept. 26-27
SAN DIEGO, CA - Hall of Famers James Cotton and Booker T. Jones headline the fifth annual San Diego Blues Festival to held Sept. 26-27 on the downtown San Diego, California waterfront.
The event features two stages and 18 acts total, including Marcia Ball, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, John Mooney, The Paladins, Kim Wilson with Anson Funderburgh, Chris James & Patrick Rynn with special guest Henry Gray, Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers and Tomcat Courtney.
The festival is a fundraiser for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting its fight against hunger. Through its first four years, the festival has raised $350,000 and generated more than 18 tons of food donations. More details about the San Diego Blues Festival
4th Annual Baja Blues Fest, Aug 21 -23, Helping Kids with “The “Blues”
ROSARITO BEACH, MX – Over the last 3 years, the Baja Blues Fest has evolved into a major musical event attracting thousands of blues enthusiasts to the beautiful Pacific shoreline of Baja California. Our 4th Annual Baja Blues Fest will be celebrated on August 21-23 on the grounds of the world famous Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort in Rosarito Beach.
The Baja Blues Fest Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to Helping Kids with “The Blues.” We organize and promote events related to music, art and culture to raise public awareness to the needs of children in Baja. The charities we promote offer food, shelter, clothing, education and medical care.
Find more about the Baja Blues Fest
2015 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Cancelled Due to Financial Challenges
DAVENPORT, IA - For the first time in 30 years, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society will not hold a Blues Festival this year.
Because of financial challenges, the MVBS announced Wednesday that the annual fest, planned for Sept. 5-6 in Davenport's LeClaire Park, has been canceled.
“We are not able to proceed with a major event this year, so we will instead concentrate on continuing our existing programs, look to build funding and possibly hold a festival in 2016," MVBS President Steve Heston said Wednesday in a news release.
"We are saddened to have to make this decision; however, if we take this opportunity to regroup and are able to gain some financial support, we can come back next year with some world-class musicians playing the blues," he said. Read more here
John Mayall: A Portrait of the living Blues
PORTLAND, OR - Most often credited with the wider revelation of Eric Clapton, John Mayall’s impact on rock and roll is inestimable. A prolific singer, instrumentalist and bandleader, Mayall would team with Clapton to record 1966’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, a landmark album of standards and Mayall originals that would propel Clapton and his searing blues-rock stylism to stardom in England and abroad. Departing soon thereafter to form Cream with bassist and Bluesbreakers alumnus Jack Bruce, Clapton’s position – and others – would be filled by a remarkable succession of burgeoning talent, including guitarist Mick Taylor, who would later join the Rolling Stones, and the original Fleetwood Mac lineup of guitarist Peter Green, bassist John McVie, and drummer Mick Fleetwood. Find extensive interview with John Mayall here
Blues Society News
Minnesota Blues Society annual Member Appreciation Picnic/Food Drive July 19
ST. PAUL, MN - The Annual Minnesota Blues Society Member Appreciation Picnic/Food Drive will be held Sunday, July 19, 1-6pm at the Rosetown American Legion Post 542, 700 W. Cty Rd C, Roseville, Minnesota. Music by Big George Jackson Blues Band, and the Cajun stylings of Kathy Smithson. Please bring side dishes, munchies and desserts to go with the pulled pork/turkey sandwiches provided. Cash Bar: $2 beers on patio. Bottled water provided. We're collecting canned and dry goods for Keystone Community Services. Bring chair but no coolers allowed. Free for members, $5 donation for guests.
Cruise News
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Grenada and Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit.

LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015 Big Easy / Fantasy LRBC #25 Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.

NOTE: *Very SHORT Waitlist for LRBC #25 so chances of getting on the ship are highly likely!*
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Blues Foundation News
- Blues Music Awards Date May Change
- 2016 Blues Music Award Nominations Open

In our June newsletter, we said the 37th Blues Music Awards would be Thursday May 12, 2016. That may or may not be the date! The Blues Music Awards is always the Thursday after the Beale Street Music Festival. The Memphis in May organization has not officially set the date for next year’s festival. As soon as we know, we will update all our members. It will either be May 5 or May 12. 
The submission process is now open for artists and labels to register their releases for consideration for the 37th Blues Music Awards in 2016. The Blues Music Awards honor those professional artists and recordings that stand out within the eligibility period, which runs from November 1 through October 31 of each year. In addition to the awards for the past year’s top recordings, additional categories honor individual, actively touring artists for their overall excellence and accomplishment in that year. 
The nomination process is set out here. Artists and labels can register here. Read more about what's going on at The Blues Foundation
Elwood's BluesMobile
Longtime music critic Joel Selvin has a new book, called Here Comes The, the Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues. Bert Berns was little-known producer at Atlantic Records. He broke Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, and wrote hit songs like “Piece of My Heart,” "Here Comes the Night," and even “Twist and Shout.”
Atlantic Records during the golden age of rhythm and blues- next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
 Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials :: JUMP RIGHT IN
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
There's nearly a dozen or more Blues Festivals going on EVERY weekend! 
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
July 16 Denise LaSalle (1939); July 17 Peppermint Harris (1925); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929), Lonnie Mack (1941); July 19 Little Freddie King (1940); July 20 Carlos Santana (1947), Steve Freund (1952), Sleepy LaBeef (1935); July 21 Floyd McDaniel (1915-1995); July 22- George Clinton (1940); July 23 Tony Joe White (July 23, 1943)
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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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Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Jul-17-2015 - Jul-19-2015
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Animas River Blues & Brews Fest
Aztec, New Mexico, USA
Porretta Soul Festival
Jul-23-2015 - Jul-26-2015
Porretta Terme, Bologna, Italy
Calgary International Blues Festival
Jul-30-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Jul-30-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Billings, Montana, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-01-2015
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Mount Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Blues on the Chippewa
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
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 Big Sky Rhythm and Blues
Aug-01-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Noxon MT, Montana, USA
Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-06-2015 - Aug-09-2015, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Waukesha BluesFest
Aug-07-2015 - Aug-08-2015 Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-07-2015 - Aug-09-2015 Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-07-2015 - Aug-09-2015
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival
Aug-07-2015 - Aug-09-2015
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Cincy Blues Fest
Aug-07-2015 - Aug-08-2015
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival
Aug-14-2015 - Aug-15-2015
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-21-2015 - Aug-22-2015
Norwich, New York, USA
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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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