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Blues Festival Guide
June 2, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 22
June 16, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
May 26
jUNE 11
Jul 7
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Me and the Devil Blues 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Show us your BFG
News Flash
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Special BFG Announcements
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(MARSEILLES, FR) - A cabin on the European Blues Cruise is up for sale at a discount from your friends at the Blues Festival Guide. The Cruise sails Aug-27-2016 - Sep-01-2016 from Marseilles, France aboard the Zenith. Headliners include: Billy Branch, Eddie Shaw, Mitch Woods, Stacy Brooks, more! Call Kaati 775 846 8238 for price and discount ticket details. Click image for cruise details.
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Austin based Seth Walker showing off his copy of the 2016 edition of Blues Festival Guide. He and his band performed Saturday, May 21 at the Bayou Boogaloo in New Orleans.
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CD & DVD Releases
Mark May Band :: BLUES HEAVEN
Connor Ray Music announces the signing of blues-rock guitarist Mark May and the May 20 release date of his new CD, Blues Heaven, with special guests including Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters), Hadden Sayers, Eric Demmer (Gatemouth Brown) and Steve Krase.
Blues Heaven is the 6th album for Columbus, Ohio-based Mark May and his band, and its 13 tracks represent a new height in blues power performances and songwriting chops for the celebrated musician. The new album also features backing by The Soul Satyr Horns, who provide extra punch to Mark and the band’s incendiary blues riffs.
“I think Blues Heaven is the most truthful CD that I’ve ever done,” admits Mark May. “While there are songs on the album about the good times that I've had, others express my own personal struggles and tell the story of my life..."
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Boom, Boom"
Artist site
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars ::
Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars Fifty Shades of Blue is their Delta Groove Music debut. The Boston Blues All-Stars are the same musicians Geraci has been playing with for parts of the last five decades. They include vocalists Toni Lynn Washington, Darrell Nulisch, Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson and of course Sugar Ray Norcia. As Geraci points out, “I don’t sing, so why not get the best.” The “best” are backed by guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch, bassist Michael “Mudcat” Ward and drummers Marty Richards and Neil Gouvin. The All-Stars take on thirteen Geraci-penned numbers that are full of fresh original ideas that are applied to music that come from many shades of the blues palette. ... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Fifty Shades of Blue"
Artist site
News Flash
Blues In The Desert June 4th
(HENDERSON, NV) - Get ready to sing the blues. The City of Henderson presents Blues in the Desert this weekend on Saturday June 4 at the Henderson Pavilion (200 S. Green Valley Parkway). The event features performances by blues guitarists Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang. Tickets start at $25.

Buddy Guy is a true blues legend. At age 79, the award-winning blues icon is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, major guitar influence to rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a pioneer of the Chicago blues. The man who Eric Clapton considers the “greatest blues guitarist ever” and who was the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will perform music that spans over 50 years, including “Sweet Home Chicago” and songs from his most recent album Born To Play Guitar.
Find out more about this weekend's Blues In The Desert
33rd Chicago Blues Festival June 10-12
(CHICAGO, IL) - The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." This year's festival runs June 10-12 and kicks-off with Shemekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials, Corky Siegel and more. Headliners on Saturday include, Fred Wesley & The New JB's, Irma Thomas and Wee Willie Walker & We "R". The festival closes on Sunday with a Tribute to Otis Rush. The Chicago Blues Festival has always been programmed as an educational tool. Since the 60's the Blues has become a cross cultural experience and has provided a deeper understanding into American Society. ...Find schedule and complete details
11th annual Maine Blues Festival June 17-19
(NAPLES, MA) - Join Bray's Brewpub and the Lakes Region on Fathers Day weekend, June 17-19 2016, for the 11th annual Maine Blues Festival. We make it a weekend event with great live Blues Friday thru Sunday. Starting with a preview show on Friday and ending with an All-Star open mic on Sunday.
The Maine Blues Festival is based on the Pub Crawl format with over 10 stages and more than 40 bands! Advanced tickets are available for $16 at Bray's Brewpub, Bullmoose Music Stores and the Maine Festival website. Tickets will be $18.00 during the festival and children under 12 get in free.
Read more details about the Maine Blues Festival
Tower District Father's Day Blues Festival June 19
FRESNO, CA - Treat Dad to an afternoon of Blues with the family at the 7th annual Tower District Father's Day Blues Festival! The event takes place on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, from 5pm-9 pm on the Saint Therese Church Lawn on (Floradora & Maroa Avenues) in the Tower District, Fresno, California. Admission is only $15 (Kids 9 and under free with paid adult admission). Gates open at 4pm.
The Tower District Father’s Day Blues Festival is brought to you by The Central Valley Blues Society and the Tower District Marketing Committee. For more information call (559) 497-8362.
Delta Blues Museum Hosts First Annual Guitar And Drum Camp June 20-24, 2016
(Clarksdale, MS) - The Delta Blues Museum will host its first annual Guitar and Drum Camp from June 20 - 24th, 2016. Summer camp for young musicians is an extension of the Museum's award-winning Arts and Education program. Students from ages 9 - 18 will focus on lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums--interested students should already have a basic knowledge of their instrument of choice. The camp will begin on June 20th and end with a public performance on June 24th on the Museum stage.
The camp hours are 9 AM to 12 noon. Instructors include Walt Busby, John Holmes, Lee Williams and other special guests. ...Read more details about the Delta Blues Museum Camp
Music memories are made of this…
By Michele Lundeen
(DANA POINT, CA) - Once again the Doheny Blues Festival, held May 21-22, did not disappoint. For starters, it’s hard not to miss with a sweeping location next to a beautiful Southern California beach and palm trees swaying in the light breeze. Add in the 3 stages with top-notch acts, and a plethora of creative crafts and food and you’ve got a party. Bring your own low-back chair or blanket to mark your spot but you can also find lots or other seating in the downhome-fun Back Porch Stage area during those shows plus picnic tables and benches throughout the park. One of my favorite parts, aside from the wide variety of music and discovery of new-to-me cool artists, is people watching and running into music loving friends old and new.
...Read full recap w-quotes, and photos from the Doheny Blues Festival
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode: Soul Singer Sonny Charles (Pt 1 & Pt 2)
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Sonny Charles is an American Soul singer who was the lead singer for the Checkmates, Ltd. during the '60's and '70's.  His vocals that are heard out front on their 1969 Phil Spector produced hit, "Black Pearl".  He went onto become a solo artist in the 1970 and formed a partnership in the mid-90's with another member  of the Checkmates, Ltd., Marvin "Sweet Louie" Smith, under the Checkmates name.  In 2008, he joined the Steve Miller Band and tour with them up until a few years ago.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Sonny in Las Vegas in March of 2016." (Special Thanks to Rob Lutes, Daniel Cross, Eric Thom, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan.) CLICK HERE FOR PT 2 OF THIS PODCAST
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page

Legendary Rhythm & Blues 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
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
Jimmy Rogers & James Cotton - "Walking By Myself"
Elwood's BluesMobile
June 4-5, 2016 Radio Show: Ana Popovic
The finest American blues player to ever emerge from Serbia? Ana Popovic. There is no argument. Great guitar player. Great singer. Dynamic performer. Excellent songwriter. She has just released not a double album, but a triple CD set. Called Trilogy. Buckle up and get ready.
Elwood and Ana Popovic talk and listen to Ana’s massive three CD release. Ooh wee. 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: 
June 3-Jimmy Rogers (1924), Heather Penrod-Rudd (BFG Sales rep and Distribution Mgr), Memphis Minnie (1897), Curtis Mayfield (1942); June 4-Tinsley Ellis (1957);
June 8-James Harman (1946), Derek Trucks (1979)
June 9-Jackie Wilson (1934); June 10-Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Arthur Burnett (1910);
June 12-Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977)
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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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T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc.
Jun-03-2016 - Jun-04-2016
Longview, Texas, USA
 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
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
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Long Beach Bayou Festival, 30th Annual
Jun-18-2016 - Jun-19-2016
Long Beach, California, USA
Brews and Blues
Lancaster, Wisconsin, USA 
Blues Cruise Reunion Party
Open To All Blues Fans!!
Jun-23-2016 - Jun-25-2016
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose , California, USA
Blues from the Top
Jun-25-2016 - Jun-26-2016
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Canton Firemans Blues and Brews
Canton, Connecticut, USA
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-08-2016 - Jul-10-2016
Midland, Texas, USA
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We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine, affiliated with the top-ranking website, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide, with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL.
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