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Blues Festival Guide
May 19, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 20
Feb 18, 2016
May 26
Jul 7
Special 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
Special BFG Announcements
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Photo: Kaati
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Our 2016 edition is sponsored by the Big Blues Bender
CD & DVD Releases
The Norman Jackson Band ::
Receiving 3rd at the 2016 International Blues Challenge Finals, The Norman Jackson Band's first album, Child Support and Alimony promises to make you, "Get Your Happy On!" Norman's storytelling, authentic soul-infused voice is perfectly paired with his prodigal son's (Rick Shortt) blazing saxophone and playfulness. Each cut from this record radiates in sincerity, energy and genuine blues.
"Norman's Blues" leads the record as Norman's testament that everyone has their own voice in the blues. Rick lends a hand on three tracks vocally and the rock steady rhythm section held down by "The Boogie Man" Ron Brown and "Slowmotion" Danny Williams establishes the groove that will make you shout, "Ain't No Groove Like a Norman Jackson Groove!" 
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Norman's Blues"
Artist site
21st Century Blues is Texas-based guitarist Van Wilks’ first studio album in 10 years. Van Wilk’s has won awards as Best Guitarist for both electric and acoustic categories and Best Blues-Rock Band four years in-a-row in the Austin Chronicle music poll and voted into the Austin Chronicle Texas Music Hall of Fame. Produced by Van Wilks, 21st Century Blues was recorded and mixed by Chet Himes at Relentless Ranch Studios in Dripping Springs, Texas, and Chicken Run Studios in South Austin. Texas-sized special guests on the new CD include Grammy-winner Christopher Cross and Austin vocal hero Malford Milligan, both of whom appear on “She Makes Me Crazy,” a song written by Cross (who also plays guitar on the track) with Milligan adding his trademark dynamic voice.
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"There's a Sin In There Somewhere"
Artist site
News Flash
Get discounted tickets to the Fountain Blues Festival in Downtown San Jose on Saturday, June 25th

SAN JOSE, CA - The 35th edition of the Fountain Blues Festival kicks off at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25th in Plaza de Cesar Chavez (194 S. Market St.), Downtown, San Jose, California. Use promo code BFG to get $5 off tickets.
The festival showcases six, genre-bending acts including:
• The inspiring Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
• International Blues Challenge Best Band Winners and Latin Blues Legends - The Delgado Brothers
• Multi-Grammy Nominated Americana/Roots Blues Legend Maria Muldaur with her Red Hot Bluesiana Band
• Award-wining blues harmonica phenom Rick Estrin and his BMA-nominated The Nightcats
• Banjo master extraordinaire and "trance blues" legend Otis Taylor Band
And Headliners The California Honeydrops will make sure nobody is left sitting...
...Find ticket link, lineup and more about the Fountain Blues Festival
Blues Caravan 2016 USA Tour
- July 16 2016 Rockland, ME
North Atlantic Blues Festival
- August 13 2016 Waukesha, WI Waukesha Blues Festival
- August 14 2016 Duluth, MN Bayfront Blues Fest
- August 17 2016 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads
More dates for July and August to be confirmed!

Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016: Blue Sisters
This is the Blues Caravan 2016 – and these are the artists you’ve been waiting for. Now in its 12th triumphant year, the Blues Caravan is a touring showcase for the hottest young acts on the Ruf label. With past treks helping launch stars including Joanne Shaw Taylor, Laurence Jones and Samantha Fish, it’s a springboard for the blues scene’s next-big-things, and a magnet for fans who want to catch them before lift-off. 
...Find more about Ruf's Blues Sisters Blues Caravan
Dennis Jones - Blues You Can Rock To
Sizzling hot guitar solos, smooth and soulful vocals, high-energy stage performance, and backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you’ll instantly agree, this band rocks the blues like no other!
Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. And unlike others, he isn’t afraid to tackle the controversial issues of today.
Since 2003 Dennis has released five original CDs and a DVD that were met with rave reviews. Both Sides of the Track, the new 2016 release from Dennis Jones, has been in the top 20 Roots and Blues music charts since its release in February.   ...Find more about Dennis Jones
New Exhibit Opens at Delta Blues Museum:
Memphis Man: Living High, Laying Low
Don Nix: Meet the "Memphis Man"
Opening Reception  Thursday, May 19th, 5-7 PM
- Meet the artist
- Music by Mark "Muleman" Massey
- Book signing
- Free & open to the public

Memphis blues and rock legend Don Nix has enjoyed a long career that involved close associations with Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, George Harrison, Freddie King, Furry Lewis, John Mayall, and many others.
Memphis Man: Living High, Laying Low by Don Nix is a memoir of a Memphis music legend who played sax in an instrumental band, the Mar-Keys, that scored one of Stax Records first Top 10 hits, and then went on to become a prolific songwriter and record producer. His song, "Going Down," has been recorded by Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Sammy Hagar, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Deep Purple, The Who and many others.
...Find more about the Don Nix "Memphis Man" exhibit
Blues Festival Guide and friends tour Grammy Museum in Cleveland, MS
CLEVELAND, MS – Blues movers-and-shakers from around the world were in Memphis the first week in May for the Blues Music Awards and the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. At the conclusion the BFG decided to end the week with a visit to the new Grammy Museum in Cleveland, MS.
On Saturday, May 7, The Blues Festival Guide organized a private tour that not only included the BFG staff but also musicians, promoters and various industry people. The attendees included: Legendary Bluesman Bobby Rush; Mizz Lowe, Bobby Rush's dancer; Al and Lydia White, Grassroots Blues Festival; Bluesman Little Willie Farmer; Amanda Gresham, Delta Music Experience; Harty Wiedemann, Blues Pro Talent; Markey Blue and Ric Latina from the Markey Blue Band; Jonnye Weber, President of the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania;...
...Find more photos and details about this cool tour
Blues Society News
~ Cincy Blues Society Blues Challenge June 5th
~ Ventura County Blues Society has Pete Anderson May 28
CINCINNATI, OH – The 18th annual Cincy Blues Challenge, presented by the Cincy Blues Society, will be held June 5th at Germania Park (3529 W Kemper Rd.) from noon to 9pm. Gates open at 11:30am. The Blues in the Schools Band will open the show followed by 24 blues acts! Admission is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Food will be available during the Challenge. Pulled Pork Barbeque and more!
...Find lineup and more details about the Cincy Blues Challenge
VENTURA, CA - Saturday May 28th, 3:30-6pm, the Ventura County Blues Society will present the legendary Honky Tonk, American Roots and Blues guitarist Pete Anderson as part of their “Afternoon Blues” last Saturday series at Plan B (3520 Arundell Cir #107, Ventura, CA).
“Someone whose name belongs with Clapton, Hendrix, Harrison, and Stevie Ray Vaughan... never pass up a chance to sit in a darkened room and watch Pete Anderson play guitar,” says Kathy Coleman,
No cover, great wine and great food! Food will be available from “It's in the Sauce” BBQ Truck!
Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
Blues Foundation News
Generation Blues
MEMPHIS, TN – The Blues Foundation expanded its longstanding Blues in the Schools youth education efforts with a new initiative that began in 2010 entitled Generation Blues. This scholarship program allows qualified applicants under the age of 21 to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs such as Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, Augusta Heritage Center and Fernando Jones’ Columbia College Blues Camp.
...Read more about Generation Blues and find application for youth
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode: Michael Fonfara of Canadian band Downchild
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Some people lead such fascinating lives full of amazing experiences. One such person is Downchild keyboardist, Michael Fonfara. Michael's journey in music includes times with Rhinoceros, Electric Flag, Lou Reed, Tycoon, and Downchild just to name a few. He's almost like the Forrest Gump of Rock and Blues music. Michael was kind enough to sit down with me to talk about his life and his experiences for this episode.  (Music:  "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special Thanks to Omar Tunnoch, Andrew Galloway, Michael Fonfara, 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
Junior Parker "Driving Wheel"
Elwood's BluesMobile
May 21-22, 2016 Radio Show: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan turns 75 years old, but his music stays forever young. Come aboard the Bluesmobile, for an action-packed retrospective. The genius of his songwriting, the variety of ways others have sung his work, the interpretations he has made of the music of others. A complicated, fascinating look at a true musical legend.
The music of Bob Dylan on the occasion of his 75th birthday. 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: 
May 19 Jimmy Thackery (1953); May 21-Fats Waller (1904), Dave Specter (1963); May 25-Miles Davis (1926); May 26-Mamie Smith (1883); May 27-Junior Parker (1932); May 28 T-Bone Walker (1910), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (BFG Publisher)
Correction: Sara Martin's birthday was June 18, 1884 not May 18 as noted in this section last week.
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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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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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Freedom Creek Festival
Aliceville, Alabama, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-10-2016 - Jun-12-2016
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-10-2016 - Jun-11-2016
Canton, Ohio, USA
Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival
Jun-11-2016 - Jun-12-2016
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Bentonia Blues Festival 44th Annual
Jun-13-2016 - Jun-18-2016
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA 
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-17-2016 - Jun-19-2016
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Jun-17-2016 - Jun-19-2016
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
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