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Blues Festival Guide
July 23, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 30
Feb 18, 2016
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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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We caught Ron Hacker at his farewell show with his band the Hacksaws during Squaw Valley’s Bluesdays June 30, 2015 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Ron, a San Francisco Bay Area staple since the 70's, is relocating to New Orleans.
Photo: Tom 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
Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen :: LOVE & LIFE
Psychedelic blues innovators Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen will release their sixth album, Love & Life, on July 31st via the Dolly Sez Woof label. This psych/blues masterpiece includes a duet with Mighty Sam McClain.
An exhilarating musical experience, Love & Life is a culmination of Drozdowski’s eclectic and adventurous musical career, fusing psych, blues, and garage rock histories in an exceptionally forward-looking, sonically audacious collection. A protégé of R.L. Burnside, Drozdowski sat in with the legendary bluesman multiple times before his passing and expands on his vision here. The album's eleven new tracks find the bandleader at his most electrifying, as scorched, layered guitars drip with distortion underneath his open-throated voice. Legendary soul singer Mighty Sam McClain and Grammy-nominated organist/Bobby Rush bandleader Paul Brown make guest appearances ... Find more details about Love & Life
Click to play"Beggin' Jesus"
Artist Site
The Nighthawks :: BACK PORCH PARTY
The Nighthawks, America’s seminal roots music band, throw a Back Porch Party on their new EllerSoul Records CD, and everyone’s invited. Following up the critical success of their 2014 label debut CD, 444, the Washington, DC-based quartet of Mark Wenner (harmonica/vocals), Paul Bell (guitar/vocals), Johnny Castle (bass/vocals) and Mark Stutso (drums/vocals) once again show that they can deliver powerful, moving music in a stripped down acoustic setting.

Recorded live and acoustic at Montrose Studio in Richmond, Virginia, the Blues Music Award-winning Nighthawks showcase an even-dozen set list of songs that run the gamut of roots music, touching all bases with excursions into blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, roadhouse country and rhythm and blues, all the while demonstrating that you don’t have to plug in to get electrified! 
Find more details about Back Porch Party
Click to play"Rock This House" 
Artist Site
News Flash
Ziggy Marley and Trombone Shorty Co-Headline July 30 in Lake Tahoe
LAKE TAHOE, NV - PR Entertainment and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe present Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue & Ziggy Marley, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and reggae giant, Ziggy Marley returns to Tahoe, along with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop band, for a co-headlining performance that promises to heat up the BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe outdoor arena in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Doors 6:30pm, show 7:30pm (ends at 11:00 PM). All Ages. Tickets are $40 general admission, $75 VIP admission. GA is standing room only. Blankets allowed. Limited seating and shade tents available on a first come first serve basis. More details about this event
A big blues Saturday at Daytona Blues Festival, October 9-11
DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Saturday at the Daytona Blues Festival continues to bring the best of the blues to Jackie Robinson Ball Park, downtown Daytona Beach, Florida at the nicest time of the year. Sonny Landreth, Nikki Hill and Jarekus Singleton follow three IBC winners, making Saturday, October 10, a blues fan's dream.
Sonny Landreth was born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, and his music incorporates the best of those two musical worlds. Over more than 40 years, he has released 12 albums, and toured the world many times, both as a solo act, and with such headliners as Eric Clapton, John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett and Joe Satriani. A major reason for his far reaching success is his unique slide guitar technique. More details about the Daytona Blues Festival
Cape Fear Blue Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary July 24-26
WILMINGTON, NC - The Cape Fear Blue Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary July 24-26. Highlights include Friday's annual Blues Cruise on the Henrietta III with Randy McQuay, The Rusted Rails and Elliott & the Untouchables then an after-party at the Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Ave.) with The Rickey Godfrey Band; a Saturday afternoon acoustic workshop with Tad Walters, and outdoor concert with New York blues-rocker Dave Fields, Nelson & The Rock-a-Fellas and Rose Lucas under a tent at Fifth Avenue followed by an after-party at the Nail with the Marcus King Band; and Sunday's all-day blues jam under the tent at the Rusty Nail. Read more Cape Fear Blues Fest details
Stomping the Blues July 24 at New York’s Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
NEW YORK, NY - Friday night, July 24 in the Damrosch Park Bandshell at the Lincoln Center, comes “The Blues Project Revisited.” Toshi Reagon and her band, BIGLovely join forces with Dorrance Dance, a Bessie-winning company known for opening new vistas in tap. This delightful production brings together the tap dancers Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.
The combination of some of the greatest tap dancers in the world with live music that exploits all sides of the blues, from slow-smoked to full-out rocking, should make for a fine summer evening. And this performance has a little something extra: songs by Ms. Reagon not included when the show played at the Joyce Theater this past spring. Find more details about the event 
Music Therapy Class Expands for Soldiers
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A program that helps injured soldiers by teaching them music has just expanded beyond Fort Campbell. Music bursting from a darkly lit room on Music Row, Southern blues was playing loud, then taken down soft and smooth. No one could resist the urge to tap along. For the band playing, it wasn't their usual venue of playing behind the purple brick and paint-brushed windows of Tootsie's downtown. Away from stage lights, the audience was all soldiers, veterans and active duty.
"This is my service dog, Scout," said Adam Zigelhofer, speaking from the audience. "He's my service dog for a traumatic brain injury, now Parkinson's and post-traumatic stress disorder..." Read more and find link to organization
Blues Society News
- White Rock Blues Society Blues Challenge & BBQ July 26   
- Canberra Blues Society with Mini-Fest Aug 1
WHITE ROCK, B.C., CA - Blues and barbecue is a winning combination for the White Rock Blues Society, which brings its sixth annual Blues Challenge to family-friendly waterfront park Semiahmoo Park, Sunday, July 26 in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Throughout the day, some 7 bands and 6 solo-duo acts will vie to represent White Rock at this year's International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, while 'Memphis Mike' will cook up appropriately Southern-style barbecue for hungry listeners. In a musical sense, dessert will be the headline act, a full set by Chicago blues legend, Jimmy D. Lane.
Find more details here

NARRABUNDAH, ACT, AU - The Canberra Blues Society will celebrate International Blues Music Day on Saturday August 1st with their first ever mini-festival! There will be non-stop music from 11 local and interstate acts on two stages from 2-11.30 pm at the Harmonie German Club (49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, ACT, Australia). There will also be a hot rod display from Canberra’s Hot Rod Association, a Blues Art & Photography exhibition with prints for sale, and a record sale of a private collector’s collection of mint and used LP records from the 1920s to 1980s; all in great condition. Tickets are
only $15 for CBS Members and $20 for general admittance.
Cruise News
Pre-Book now for LRBC #27
SHORT Waitlist for LRBC #25 + Join Waitist for #26 
Prebook for LRBC #27 and place your fully-refundable $500 per cabin Prebook Deposit! LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean | Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016 San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica,
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!*
LRBC #26 Jan 17-24, 2016 Eastern Caribbean LRBC #26 Eastern Caribbean. Fort Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI & Bahamas Private Island
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Blues Foundation News
- Blues Music Awards Date May Change
- 2016 Blues Music Award Nominations Open

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. It will either be May 5 or May 12. 
Artists and labels can submit their releases for consideration for the 37th Blues Music Awards in 2016 who honor those professional artists and recordings that stand out within the eligibility period, which runs from November 1 through October 31 of each year. Additional categories also 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
JULY 25-26 Radio Show:  NEW OLD SCHOOL
It's been said the Blues is the roots; the rest is the fruits. And all sorts of people come back to dig up those roots. On the next Bluesmobile, Elwood will showcase new old school music, from Def Leppard’s guitar player Phil Collen, and from the Kentucky Headhunters, as well as Tom Jones, Cyndi Lauper, and even the Spin Doctors.
Back to the blues. 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
Tidbits & Birthdays
There's nearly a dozen or more Blues Festivals going on EVERY weekend! 
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
July 23 Tony Joe White (1943); July 26 Mick Jagger (1943);
July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Junior Kimbrough (1930); July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940), Otis Taylor (1948);
July 31 Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923) 
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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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Porretta Soul Festival
Jul-23-2015 - Jul-26-2015
Porretta Terme, Bologna, Italy
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Jul-24-2015 - Jul-26-2015
Wilmington, North Carolina USA
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
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/Ziggy Marley
Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 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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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
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
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