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Blues Festival Guide
June 9, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 23
June 16, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
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
Discount Cruise Tix  ~ Get Magazine ~ Tweet ~ Post Fests

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(LT-RT) Here's DC guitarist, singer, songwriter Billy Thompson, singer, songwriter, performer Michele Lundeen (as Madame LeRoux), bassist Danny Perez, and photographer Alison Elizabeth Huntley after a set with the Bayou Brothers band at the Gator By The Bay festival, May 8 in San Diego, California. Photo: Jon Naugle
*NOTE! The 14th annual edition can be found via blues societies and festivals, etc. When you get yours, snap 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!
Our 2016 edition is sponsored by the Big Blues Bender
CD & DVD Releases
Brother Sun Sister Moon :: LIBERTY
Liberty, the sophomore album from Dave Lambert and Donna Dahl, a.k.a. Brother Sun Sister Moon are twain, like minded musically and spiritually in that they share a common goal of giving what has so generously been given to them in talent and opportunity.Speaking in terms of blues, funk and electric guitar grooves, the two songwriters have effectively reached out to new levels with Liberty. Laced with vocal harmonies and musicianship which excels in the blues roots genre, it surpasses the duo's own previous exploits. Their magic is alive and kicking …a treat for all music lovers and blues aficionados. Liberty incorporates performances from Big George Jackson and lyrical content from Pulitzer Prize winner Maurice Manning.
Brother Sun Sister Moon will be following up with tour dates and appearances throughout the US. ... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Preachin' Blues"
Artist site
Connor Ray Music announces the signing of Houston-based singer/guitarist The Mighty Orq, and release of the 2016 International Blues Challenge finalist’s label debut, Love in a Hurricane. Recorded at Houston’s legendary Sugar Hill Studios and produced by The Mighty Orq and Josh Applebee, Love in a Hurricane features his regular touring band: The Mighty Orq (vocals, electric, acoustic, resonator, cigar box and Weissenborn guitars); Jimmy Rose (drums, percussion, mandolin); Barry Seelen (organ, piano, accordion); and Terry Dry (bass).
“I'm particularly excited about the new album because I've finally been able to combine all the elements of my various performance styles in one place,” Orq says about the new Love in a Hurricane. “There are rockers, singer-songwriter tunes, solo acoustic and cigar box songs, as well as southern rock, gospel and blues. ... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"The Possum Song"
Artist site
News Flash
Bentonia Blues Festival Saturday, June 18, 2016
(BENTONIA, MS) - The 2016 Bentonia Blues Festival will take place all day Saturday, June 18, at the Holmes family farm, 313 Wilson-Holmes Road just north of Bentonia, Mississippi on Highway 49 North. The event will feature food and arts and crafts vendors, RV and tent camping (fees may apply), live music, and incredible raffles. Related events leading up to the Bentonia Blues Festival will happen every evening, June 13-17, with live music at the Blue Front Café.
The Bentonia Blues Festival 2016 line-up includes Leo “Bud” Welch, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes with Dave Hundreiser, and more. Come out and have a great time and enjoy the show, just keep in mind that the Bentonia Blues Festival runs on juke joint time…
Find out more details about Bentonia Blues Festival 
Victor Wainwright …Super Grateful and Super Busy
“Hey everyone! This is Victor Wainwright and I would personally like to thank each and every one of you for your continued love and support. I would especially like to thank the many friends who voted during the Blues Music Awards, and also a very special thanks to the Blues Foundation Committee for selecting me. An enormous salute is also in order for all of this year’s nominees, each of whom have made incredible sacrifices and contributions to the worldwide blues music community.
Because of your support, we won the 2016 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award and also The Band of the Year Award. This is a dream come true, and it’s both humbling and exciting to be a part of something so prestigious!..."
...Read more plus find his smokin' schedule
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory
Appearing at:
- Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN) 6/11/16
- Glastonbury Fest (Pilton/Somerset, UK)
6/22 and 6/25
- The Woods Hole Film Festival 7/30-8/6 (TBA)
- Notodden Blues Festival (Norway) Aug 4-7
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory is a documentary film that provides an intimate look into the incredible lives of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen, piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. These legendary bluesmen who performed and recorded into their 80's and 90's, played a significant role in shaping modern popular music. The film features some of the last interviews conducted with all three men as well as their final live performances together. These memorable live performances, vividly capture these blues legends with the blues and rock stars they have inspired including... Read more details about Sidemen
Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection delivers career-defining, house rockin’ music
Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection, a 2-CDs-for-the-price-of-one, set boasts over 158 minutes of music and features career-defining performances from blues royalty past, present and future. The collection is housed in a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 24-page booklet featuring liner notes from head 'Gator, Bruce Iglauer.
Alligator Records has been releasing since 1971 created by iconic giants of the genre like Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, James Cotton, Elvin Bishop and Mavis Staples, and label-nurtured legends including Son Seals, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and Michael “Iron Man” Burks, has more than stood the test of time. With the Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection, we celebrate the label's remarkable past, history-in-the-making present, and a future filled with more "Genuine Houserockin’ Music." ...Read more about this collection
B.B. King Museum featured on AXS TV special June 9-17 piano and guitar lessons offered to children
(INDIANOLA, MS) -B.B. King and the museum will be featured on AXS TV's The Big Interview with Dan Rather along with other famed musicians for their upcoming episode, Special Edition: Legends Lost. Check local listings by typing in Legends Lost in the search box here.
The B.B. King Museum will now also be offering piano and guitar lessons to children ages 8-17 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Piano lessons are from 4pm-6pm and guitar lessons are from 5pm-7pm. Those interested may register in  Lucille's Gift Shop. Please call Verna Ransom at 662-887-9539 for more information. ...Find more about the B.B. King Museum here
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode: Junior Brantley
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Junior Brantley is keyboardist best known for his work in the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Roomful of Blues.  Junior Brantley was the recipient of the 2016 Nevada Heritage Award presented by Folklife Program of the Nevada Arts Council.  I had a chance to sit and chat with Junior about his life in music a few months ago when I was in Las Vegas."  (Music:  "Leaving" by Steve Strongman  Special thanks to Curtis Salgado and Junior Brantley for making this interview happen.)
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
Howlin' Wolf - "How Many More Years"
Elwood's BluesMobile
June 11-12, 2016 Radio Show: Reverend Shawn Amos
The Reverend Shawn Amos used to be just Shawn Amos, respected producer, record company executive, and all around musician. Then he caught the blues bug. He is bringing his personal history to the music, and he is bringing the blues to Elwood’s BluesMobile.
The Reverend Shawn Amos. Interesting guy. Interesting story. Great music. 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 9-Jackie Wilson (1934);
June 10-Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Arthur Burnett (1910);
June 12-Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977);
June 13- James Carr (1942); June 17- Matt Hill (1985); June 18-Sara Martin (1884); June 19-Jerry McCain (1930); June 19-Big Bill Morganfield (1956)
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 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
Long Beach Bayou Festival, 30th Annual
Jun-18-2016 - Jun-19-2016
Long Beach, California, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
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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