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|It's Here! The 14th Annual Blues Festival Guide|
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Enjoy our feature stories (listed below and via link below) …And of course, hundreds of festivals.
2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards – Festival Recipients
Every year, the Blues Foundation presents Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards to both an international and a U.S. blues festival, in recognition of their significant contributions to the blues community. This year, honors went to the Cahors Blues Festival and the Chenango Blues Festival.
Oakland’s Walk of Fame Pay Tribute to its 7th Street History
The Music They Played on 7th Street Oakland Walk of Fame pays tribute to the great musicians, club owners, record companies and related independent business that put 7th Street, Oakland, CA, on the map as a top entertainment destination.
Find more about the cool stories in the new Blues Festival Guide magazine
Team BFG in Memphis for BMA's & HOF Grand Opening
Members of the Blues Festival Guide team will be in Memphis during for the Blues Music Awards and all the doings surrounding this special wee. They have lots on their agenda but are hoping to be able to say "hello" to you!
Look for (from Lt-Rt) Kaati (publisher) Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw (sales director), Tom Andrews (sales rep). and Belinda Holloway-Harker (BFG rep).
Have yourselves a blues ball in Memphis!
Promoters! Post Your 2016 Festival Dates
Festival promoters can post their 2016 festival dates on our
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|Your final poses with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine|
Top Lt) The Mighty Org
, Memphis IBC Finalist, in Houston before a solo club performance. Photo Donovan Allen©
Top Rt) The BFG makes it to Egypt! Members of the Baja Blues Festival
board visited Cairo. Here's Board member Terri Smith's mother, Mary Johnson, showing off her BFG in front of the pyramids.
Lt) Blues Festival Guide makes it to San Felipe, MX and is being enjoyed by our Distribution Manager's (Heather Penrod-Rudd) water aerobics class. Photo by Heather Penrod-Rudd
*NOTE! The NEW 14th annual edition is being shipped. 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 now!
|We asked for it… you Delivered!|
|Soooo.... here are the last of the 13th annual Blues Festival Guide print magazine “Show Your Blues Festival Guide (BFG)” photos.” We ask all year for folks to send in photos with the magazine and somehow we got a bunch all at once this past week! We thought we’d share as much as possible as we bid adieu to the 13th annual issue.|
(Here's a sample)
From BFG Sales rep Tom Andrews:
1) Harmonica ace Johnny Sansone (Lt) with BFG sales rep Tom Andrews (Rt). Photo by Willi Cox
2) Bayou Bone Man at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival!
3) Deak Harp (Lt) and drummer Lee Williams (Rt)
Find the other final submissions and complete captions here. Thanks y'all!
|Tweed Funk :: COME TOGETHER|
|On April 29, 2016 Tweed Funk will release their 4th album, Come Together, which consists of 10 new original songs. The band made a concerted effort with the new album to focus on writing quality songs as opposed to writing to a formula. Early reviewers are calling this the best Tweed Funk album to date and it is drawing comparisons to late 60s soul icons as well as current artists on Daptone Records.|
“But Come Together — incredibly — is its best offering yet. The inspirational and autobiographical ‘Sweet Music’ is on par with Daptone Records soul darlings Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tweed Funk’s new album and direction is a result of their new line-up including veteran Milwaukee touring and session drummer Dave Schoepke as well as multiple Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award winning saxophonist Andrew Spadafora. Additionally, Eric Madunic, who joined the band in 2012...
... Find more details about this release
"Light Up The Night"
|Markey Blue :: THE BLUES ARE KNOCKIN’|
|With their new release, The Blues are Knockin’, Markey Blue takes us on a gratifying trip through several different styles of Blues. After signing a TV publishing deal, the duo was approached to compose several blues-styled songs to be pitched for specific television shows. Within the four days they were given to write, record, mix, master and send out each song, a good part of The Blues are Knockin’ was born. The album explores Delta, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, Rock and Soul Blues. The creativity and craftsmanship of this duo shines through-out this entire musical journey.|
The Blues are Knockin’ has something to offer even the most discriminating blues pallet. From the swampy Delta slide work of Ric Latina on “I’ll Wait for You,” to the traditional Kansas City slow blues of “Worries,”...
... Find more details about this release
"The Blues Is Knockin'"
|Tommy McCoy :: 25 YEAR RETROSPECT|
|Tommy McCoy 25 year Retrospect is a 2 CD Blues Anthology from EARWIG Music Co featuring a choice collection from Tommy's 7 domestic CD releases and 4 European imports. There are 3 new cuts in the package as well as his top ten hit, "The King is Gone," a moving tribute to the late great B.B. King. The album has received worldwide airplay and charting on the Blues Roots chart, the Blues/Rock charts and the International Blues chart.|
The song was recorded last year in Athens, Greece, while Tommy was there on tour with Theodore Alexiou. Also, prevalent guests on Tommy's 25 year Retrospect include Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band fame, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble reknown, as well as Commander Cody, Lucky Peterson and Tony Coleman of The BB King Band. ...Find more about this release
"The King Is Gone'"
|What’s New at Gator by the Bay Festival in San Diego, CA|
|SAN DIEGO, CA - Now in its 15th year, San Diego’s Gator By the Bay, May 5-8, 2016, has become a wildly popular San Diego festival tradition, known for presenting an eclectic mix of musical styles and a fun-filled atmosphere. Wander among the festival’s seven stages at Spanish Landing Park, and you can listen---and, of course, dance--- to over 90 performances of everything from authentic Louisiana Cajun and zydeco music to Chicago and West Coast Blues, from Latin to rockabilly and swing---and more! This year, several new experiences are sure to add to the historically high level of enjoyment.|
For starters, the stellar lineup includes blues greats Roy Rogers, Curtis Salgado, John Nemeth, Kid Andersen, Rick Estrin, Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, and a host of others.
...Find more about Gator By The Bay
|Ghost Town Blues Band Will Perform Over 20 North American Festivals in 2016|
|With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard." -Living Blues.|
MEMPHIS, TN - Beale Street’s latest success story, BBMA 2015 Nominee for “Best Blues Band” and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.
Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival circuit today.” Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals."
...Find more about the Ghost Town Blues Band
|Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones is “Doin’ What It Takes” - Across the country and around the world!|
|After more than 40 years recording, touring and writing songs covered by such artists as Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Coco Montoya, Joe Louis Walker, and Curtis Salgado, Jones looks forward to bringing his unique brand of deep blues, swampified soul, and New Orleans funkstivity to another season of festivals. From Seattle, WA to Denmark, returning to NY, NY, through Philly, Ohio and back to the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland , OR and on south through California, there is no stopping this winner of over 30 music awards.|
“When I heard Jones live for the first time, it was like exhaling after holding my breath for fifteen years” – Delbert McClinton
“You know who’s really great is this guy Lloyd Jones from Portland, OR” - Robert Cray
Find more about Lloyd Jones
|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
|Blues Music Awards just a week away!|
|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.|
As a reminder, here is the list of Nominees.
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 ...
|The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka|
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Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Omar Tunnoch is the bass player and one of the principle songwriters of Fathead - a [Canadian] band who have won two Juno awards in the Best Blues band category. He is also an amazing painter who has a vivid imagination for the things he captures. And he loves his pet reptiles. In this
interview, Omar talks about his music and his art, and shares his knowledge
of reptiles. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Omar Tunnoch, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan.)"
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
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|April 30-May 1, 2016 Radio Show: BMA pre-Awards Show|
The Blues Music Awards are the Oscars of the Blues World. The annual big fun happens in Memphis on May 5th. Awards will be handed out, and nominees will play live. The nominees include Shemekia Copeland, the Cash Box Kings, James Harman, the Cedric Burnside Project, Wee Willie Walker, and more. Join Elwood Blues for a pre-show Awards show.
The Blues Music Awards. Behind the envelopes, next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
~ Birthdays of note through next week:
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); May 1- Big Maybelle Smith (1924), Little Walter Jacobs (1930); May 3 Homesick James (1914), James Brown (1933); May 5 Blind Willie McTell (1901), Johnnie Taylor (1934); May 8 Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911)
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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
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Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-21-2016 - May-22-2016
Dana Point, California, USA
Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, 21st Annual
May-27-2016 - May-29-2016
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
B.B. King Museum's
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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