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Blues Festival Guide
April 21, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 16
Feb 18, 2016
May 5
May 26
Jul 7
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Specials BFG Announcements
Promoters! Post Your 2016 Festival Dates 
Festival promoters can post their 2016 festival dates on our
top-ranking blues festival website. You don't need your line-up,
just dates and venue. Easy and free. Find out how easy!
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Principal organization members of the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award recipient Notodden Blues Festival in Notodden, Norway brandish their prized copies of the Blues Festival Guide at The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame grand opening on Friday May 8, 2015 coinciding with the 36th annual Blues Music Awards.
Photo courtesy: Donovan Allen ©
 *NOTE! The NEW 14th annual edition will be hit the streets very soon! When you get yours, start snapping photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2016 Guide! *EMAIL photo plus caption & credit. 
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website right away!
Our 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.Find the digital version here
CD & DVD Releases
It Won’t Stop Raining (Vision Wall Records) features three-time Grammy Nominee Shaun Murphy. Her 7th CD and is produced by TC Davis and recorded at Colemine Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, along with Randy Coleman as engineer and mixer. It Won’t Stop Raining is a collection of some of her good friends and band mates writing contributions and a few classics thrown in for good measure. Her touring band recorded all tracks on this CD, and makes it as close to a live sound as it can get, without actually being a live record. Tom DelRossi on drums, John Marcus (22 years with Tim McGraw) Kenne Cramer (Dr. Hook) and Shaun Starski (Jason Ricci, Otis Taylor) on guitar, Larry Van Loon and (Andy T & Nick Nixon) John Wallum on keys.  ... Find more details about this release
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Artist site
Otis Clay's Last Song :: MISSISSIPPI POOR BOY
In 2014, Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls recorded their award-winning, critically acclaimed Soul Brothers album at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas. During the sessions, Otis recorded an a capella version of what he said was one of his favorite Gospel songs, “Mississippi Poor Boy,” more or less as a demo. It was a song the Canton Spirituals had recorded years ago. "We were going to record the song later for a solo album which never was made due to Clay’s untimely death in January of this year," says Bob Trenchard.
When Johnny Rawls, bassist Bob Trenchard and guitarist Johnny McGee were working on demos for an upcoming LTD album, it was decided to find the song on the Soul Brothers drive and try to finish it.  
... Find more details about this single
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News Flash
11th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival: New Location, All-Day Headlining Acts, All-Star BB Chung King Tribute Jam
CAMARILLO, CA - An exciting, new location; all-day headlining acts; festival-closing All-Star Jam dedicated to the memory of the late BB Chung King; and enlarged food and craft vendor area – all promise to make the 11th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival the best festival ever presented by the Ventura County Blues Society. The date is Saturday, April 30, outdoors at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., in Camarillo. Gates open 10:00 am, music starts at 11:00 am.
Tickets $30. (Pre-Sale), $40 (Day of Show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. Tickets $125. (online only). Festival proceeds benefit Food Share and other Ventura County area charities (please bring a food item to donate). Info: (805) 501-7122.  This year’s lineup features....
...Find lineup and more about the Ventura County Blues Festival
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest April 22-May 1
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Jazz Fest will be held April 22-May 1 at the Fair Grounds Race Course, centrally located at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, 10 minutes from the French Quarter. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm. Find full schedules via their website for each day.
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The Gala is an evening of music, food and fun that directly supports the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free music instruction program that reaches more than 85 students each week. This year’s Gala features the legendary band, The O’Jays. Call 504-558-6107 for info..
Find more info about the gala and the Jazz & Heritage Fest
Ghost of The Blues …a rollicking Blues Musical in Memphis May 6
MEMPHIS, TN - Ghost of The Blues will be appearing in Memphis at The Orpheum Theatre on Friday May 6th, 2016, the day after the BMA’s.

All of our blues society members and blues lovers who wish to attend the show, are encouraged to use the promo code “BMA” to receive a $10.00 discount on each ticket purchased.

In addition to your discount a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Blues Foundation General Fund, earmarked to assist their worthy causes to keep the blues alive!

Ghost of The Blues is a rollicking blues musical celebrating the music we all love and the legends who made it famous.

The show stars three BMA winners in Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of Muddy Waters, ... Find more about the Ghost of The Blues
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Setzer, Aaron Neville & Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Headline the Doheny Blues Festival, May 21-22
 DANA POINT, CA – Celebrating 19 years of Blues on the Beach, the Doheny Blues Festival is proud to present an incredible lineup of talent for its annual weekend of music, slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 21st & 22nd. The nationally recognized festival will be headlined by Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, New Orleans icon Aaron Neville, and blues-rock guitar prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, performing on three stages at the beachfront venue of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. Tickets on sale now.
Doheny State Beach, a 62-acre California State Park, has been home to the Doheny Blues Festival for nineteen consecutive years. Attendees can enjoy this inviting festival layout with breathtaking harbor views, highlighted by three stages of alternating music.
...Find more about the Doheny Blues Festival
19th Annual Freedom Creek Festival, June 4 in Alabama
ALICEVILLE, AL - The Rural Members Association is proud to announce the 19th Annual Freedom Creek Blues Festival founded by the late, great Willie King. This year’s festival is to be held near downtown Aliceville, in "Cookieman's" place at 1438 Wilder Circle, Aliceville AL rain or shine!

This internationally acclaimed festival will take place on Saturday June 4, opening at 11am. Music starts at 11:30pm with great traditional gospel followed by non-stop blues. The family friendly festival attracts local and international crowds and is renowned for its down-home atmosphere, great music and delicious southern food.

This year's festival features a wide range of regional blues artists, featuring outstanding roots bluesman Mudcat plus a host of blues talent, including local blues veterans
...Find more about the Freedom Creek Festival
Blues Society News
“We Won't Forget Blues Review” Benefit Concert June 12
LONG BEACH, CA - A Benefit Concert to Aid the Wounded Warrior Project, the “We Won’t Forget Blues Review” is a gathering of Blues Artists to do what they love to do, play the blues. This event is hosted by the Orange County Blues Society at the Gaslamp (6251 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach), an all ages concert and event venue located on the border of Orange County and L.A. County. The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday June 12, 2016. Appearing are Bernie Pearl, The Chase Walker Band, Johnny Oskam, New Blues Revolution, Papa J & Richard, and Shari Puorto.
The Orange County Blues Society is proud to host an event benefiting an organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. ...Find more about this concert

Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
Blues Foundation News
Memphis will be jumping in just a few weeks!
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 ...If you haven't done it, book your room at the Sheraton Hotel
There will be a ton of things to see and hear while in the area during BMA week not to mention the star-studded awards ceremony!
Click here for  just a bit of the tentative Schedule of Events ...
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Henry Butler is a legendary New Orleans musician, pianist and vocalist...but that really doesn't begin to tell the whole story.  He is an artist, teacher, photographer and so much more.  Henry works in many different musical genres and makes them all sound like Henry Butler.  I first met Henry in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival a number of years ago.  Since then our paths have crossed a number of times including last November when he played Toronto with the Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9 Band.  This interview took place hours before his performance at Koerner Hall that night.  (Music:  "Leaving" by Steve Strongman.  Special thanks to Henry Butler, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan)."
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page

Legendary R&B Cruise News
Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct 29-Nov 5, 2016... Act now!

or call (816) 753-7979
LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, 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 & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Los Lobos, John Hammond, Tommy Castro & LRBR, Kenny Neal, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Roomful Of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Tinsley Ellis, Johnny Rawls, Lil' Ed, Super Chikan, Albert Castiglia, Rudy Rotta Band, Edent Brent, Chubby Carrier, Victor Wainwright, Lee Oskar, Nick Moss & many more!
LRBC #28 Eastern Caribbean, Jan. 22-29, 2017
SOLD OUT. Join Waitlist!
Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland Aerica’s new ms Koningsdam. Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas, The Lowrider Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tommy Castro & The LRBC w/ Billy Branch, Ron Thompson & Tasha Taylor, Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, Walter Trout, Terrance Simien, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Muddy On The Waters w/ The Nighthawks, Mud Morganfield & Bob Margolin, Curtis Salgado, California Honeydrops, Danielle Nicole Band, Jarekus Singleton & many more!
NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979 to join. Visit
Info: WEBSITE or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
"Trying To Live My Life Without You" - Otis Clay & Lil' P-Nut
live in the studio from documentary "Take Me To The River"
Elwood's BluesMobile
April 23-24, 2016 Radio Show: Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen is a big guy with a big voice. In a world grown increasingly hungry for authenticity, he actually is the real deal. His music goes through a variety of styles, but is always direct, honest, and heartfelt. Each release gets better, and earns him more enthusiastic listeners. And here comes a new one!
New music from Matt Andersen. Next time in the BluesMobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
April 21-Clara Ward (1924); April 22-George "Harmonica" Smith (1924), Bullmoose Jackson (1919); April 23-Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894); April 25-Albert King (1923); April 26- Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886), Johnny" Shines-(1915), J. B. Hutto (1926); April 27-Ann Peebles (1947); April 29-Big Jay McNeely (1927), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941); April 30-Rev, Gary Davis (1896), Mabel Scott (1915), Frankie Lee Sims (1917), Jimmy Lee Robinson (1931) 
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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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 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
Ventura County Blues Festival
Camarillo, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-05-2016 - May-08-2016
San Diego, California, 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
For all festival links
please go to our website
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2016
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-21-2016 - May-22-2016
Dana Point, California, USA
Little Walter Music Festival
May-27-2016 - May-28-2016
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
 Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, 21st Annual
May-27-2016 - May-29-2016
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
B.B. King Museum's
Homecoming Festival
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
Simi Valley Cajun &
Blues Music Festival
May-28-2016 - May-29-2016
Simi Valley, California, USA
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc.
Jun-03-2016 - Jun-04-2016
Longview, Texas, USA
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