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|Pete Karnes :: BAR ROOM BLUES|
|Blues Hall of Fame harmonica master Pete Karnes played with many of the legends like Big Walter Horton, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Robert Lockwood, J.B. Hutto, Lightnin' Slim – you can hear the authenticity in his voice and playing. Portland’s own “Boogie Man” says he still ready to “boogie ‘til you drop!” He's a blues harp master, committed to Chicago blues, and Bar Room Blues is true to the blues, featuring his singing and playing harp from the heart. This live CD was recorded at the historic White Eagle Saloon.|
Charlie Musselwhite says… “Pete Karnes has a new CD out and it is long overdue. Back in the day there was a tremendous blues scene in Portland. ... Find more details about this release
|Anni Piper :: MORE GUITARS THAN FRIENDS|
|Award-winning bassist-vocalist Anni Piper’s new album, More Guitars Than Friends, is a ten-song disc with a lively potpourri of sounds, and the first to be released on Piper's own Sugar Daddy Records imprint. "All the original songs on the album were written since I moved to the US about a year ago," states the Australian expatriate now residing c. More Guitars Than Friends was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Solar Studio (using exclusively solar power) in Orlando, Florida. |
The track “Wonder Woman” was a 2015 UK Songwriting Contest Top 5 Song Finalist. “It’s where the bass guitar gets a chance to shine in this jump-blues, break-up song," explains Piper. "I play the role of the heroine as I lament, 'I'm a wonder woman, I wonder what I saw in you." ... Find more details about this release
|Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns April 8, 9, & 10, 2016|
|ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg, Florida, April 8, 9, & 10, 2016. Artists include Aaron Neville, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Tommy Castro, Curtis Salgado, Danielle Nicole, Victor Wainwright, and more.|
The festival VIP package is one of the best in America. VIP clients enjoy front stage seating in comfortable chairs, 2 waterfront shade tents, free wine, beer, soda, water, complimentary lunch by local restaurants, dinner by Outback Steakhouse, air conditioned restrooms, and more.
The festival is staged on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay, with tropical scenery and beautiful water views. Many food and merchandise vendors also participate. It’s a fabulous three days of Blues by the Bay!
...Find more about the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
|Celebrating the Blues with the 1st Bruce, Blues & BBQ Festival April 2|
|BRUCE, MS - Blues, barbeque and good times are on the menu this Saturday April 2 in Bruce, Mississippi as the Bruce Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Arts Council and Cannon Motors host the inaugural “Backwoods Music Festival.”|
The first annual festival will celebrate the Blues and local musician Leo “Bud” Welch. The event will kickoff Saturday afternoon with a barbeque meal in the Bruce Museum.
Barbeque plates will be available starting at 4:30 p.m. The museum will also host a “Meet and Greet” with Welch and live music by “Sounds of Tyme.” There will also be autograph and photo opportunities with Welch.
Festivities will shift to the Bruce Theater at 7pm where Janae Winter and Linda Ann Ward, Vinnie “C,” and South of Memphis will all briefly perform prior to Welch taking the stage to share his unique Blues sound.
...Find out more about the Bruce "Backwoods Music Festival"
|Michael Charles brings blues from down under|
|INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The blues is a universal form of music. Yes, the genre has roots in the United States, but songs about joy and sorrow can be understood in all parts of the world. Such is the case with Australian Michael Charles, who will bring his sounds to the Slippery Noodle (372 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN) Inn on March 31.|
Over 30 years on the global road, the music of Michael Charles has the heart and history of those who influenced him as a lad (Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, he says) with the grit and power that will satisfy those on a night out at your local live music watering hole. ...Find more about how Charles got inspired
|Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, 76 yr old Blues Guitarist|
|A group called Great Big Story recently posted a documentary dedicated to 76-year-old blues guitarist Beverly "Guitar" Watkins.|
"She may have played with James Brown, B.B. King and Otis Redding back in the day, but Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins of the Music Maker Relief Foundation has a style and legacy all her own," writes Great Big Story. "At 76, she's still the queen of blues guitar."
Watkins, who has had a long and continuous musical career, got her start in the late Fifties playing with Piano Red in the Atlanta area. Although she was well known for years within the blues community, like many roots musicians, she found it difficult to crack the airwaves or get noticed by the masses—until the advent of the Internet.
...Find more about Beverly "Guitar" Watkins
|Uncle Blues Music Fund for Kids|
|GUELPH, ON, CANADA - The Uncle Blues Music Fund will be held at Hanlon Creek Cafe (225 Hanlon Creek Blvd - Unit 6, Guelph, Ontario) Saturday, April 30, 2016. The Uncle Blues Music Fund features 12 youth bands performing to raise money for the Uncle Blues Music Fund which purchases instruments and music lessons for children who cannot afford them.|
Doors open at 6:30pm, and the event should get underway around 7pm. The Uncle Blues Music Fund line-up includes 12 youth bands. Advance tickets will be available on Ticketscene until Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:59 PM unless the event sells out earlier. An all-ages event. Uncle Blues… giving the gift of music. ... Find more about this event
|Now here's a Chance for a Cabin for Two on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #27|
|It’s not every day you get an opportunity to spend 7 Days and 7 Nights of Blues Heaven with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, John Hammond, Tommy Castro, Ana Popovic, Kenny Neal, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls, Trampled Under Foot, Lil' Ed, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Chubby Carrier, Diunna Greenleaf, Albert Castiglia, Rudy Rotta, Selwyn Birchwood, Nick Moss, Eden Brent, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Super Chikan, Quinn Sullivan, and many, many more!|
Enter here for your chance to sail! No purchase necessary! Please limit one entry per person. Entries will end August 14, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be announced August 15, 2016.
Cabins are on sale now. Call 816-753-7979 or visit here.
|- Outlaw Blues Society Spring Show April 3|
- Charlotte Blues Society Sunday Blues Bash May 1
|WICHITA, KS - The Outlaw Blues Society Spring Show featuring Sir Clayton Crawford and the Back-ups will be held April 3rd at 2pm at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum (204 S. Main St., Wichita, Kansas).|
Museum admission will be charged.
There is a Guitar Exhibit at the Museum as well.
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte Blues Society Sunday Blues Bash will feature Roots & Dore Sunday May 1, 2016 at the Double Door (1218 Charlottetowne Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina).. Riyen Roots and Kenny Dore hail from NC, have toured Europe several times, are preparing to tour Africa. They will play the Queen City following performances in New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Also joining them will be international touring artist The Dubber! Free admssion to all members with current card, only $5 for non-members.
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|Have you made plans for the 2016 Blues Music Awards?|
|MEMPHIS, TN – The Blues Foundation annual Blues Music Awards will be presented at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Purchase tables and single seats ...Book your room at the Sheraton Hotel!|
The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to honor this rich cultural tradition by recognizing the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording.
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|LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016|
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Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. Buddy Guy (3 shows), Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Johnny Rawls, John Hammond, Tommy Castro & LRBR, Kenny Neal, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Roomful Of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Tinsley Ellis, Chubby Carrier & many more!
LRBC #28 January 22-29, 2017 Eastern Caribbean Bands Announced SOON! Join Mail List for Announcement & Cabin Availability. Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam
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|April 2-3, 2016 Radio Show: Wee Willie Walker|
Wee Willie Walker was a soul and gospel singer back in the heyday of soul music. He never really caught fire the way some others did. But forty years later he met a couple of fans - the front man and guitar player from the Nightcats. They said, hey, do you want to come to California and make a soul record with us? He said, sure. So… they did.
The one-man soul revival of Wee Willie Walker. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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~ Birthdays of note through next week:
Mar 31 Big Maceo Merriweather (1905), Lowell Fulson (1921); April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897), Alberta Hunter (1895), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927); April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939); April 4 Muddy Waters (1913); April 5 Larry McCray (1960); April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918), Warren Haynes (1960); April 7 Billie Holiday (1915); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895); April 10 John Brim (1922), Rosco Gordon (1928), Shemekia Copeland (1979)
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|Listening Room Festival|
Mar-28-2016 - Apr-03-2016
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
St. John Blues Blowout
St. John U.S. Virgin Islands
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2016 - Apr-10-2016
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-09-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Blues By the Sea, 12th Annual
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Juke Joint Festival
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Apr-14-2016 - Apr-17-2016 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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| New Orleans Jazz|
& Heritage Fest
Apr-22-2016 - May-01-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Apr-29-2016 - Apr-30-2016
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
May-07-2016 - May-08-2016
Kansas City, MO, Kansas, USA
Topanga Blues Festival
Los Angeles, California, USA
New England Blues Summit
May-13-2016 - May-15-2016
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Stomp The Blues Out of Homlessness Festival
Springfield, Missouri, USA
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