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Blues Festival Guide
June 16, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 24
June 16, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
Jul 7
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
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
Me and the Devil Blues 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Special BFG Announcements
Discount Cruise Tix  ~ Get Magazine ~ Tweet ~ Post Fests

European Blues Cruise - Cabin for sale at Discount
(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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Here's Michael Kinsman, promoter of the San Diego Blues Festival, with your e-Guide editor Michele Lundeen at the Gator By The Bay Festival May 8th. 
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CD & DVD Releases
Andy Poxon :: MUST BE CRAZY
Andy Poxon’s CD, Must Be Crazy on EllerSoul Records, shows off the extraordinaire talents of this young guitarist, singer, songwriter who also wrote and co-wrote the songs on this 13 track album. Produced by Poxon and Kevin McKendree, who delivers on piano, organ and electric piano, Must Be Crazy also features Kevin Blevins on drums, Steve Mackey on bass, Jim Hoke on saxophones, the McCrary Sisters and Chloe Kohanski on background vocals, and Yates McKendree on organ on track 13.
“To say Andy has a bright future is an understatement, at the least…. This album represents a young roots musician already developed past his years and ready to lead us all into the future of pure American blues and roots music.” – Duke Robillard. ... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"You Must Be Crazy""
Artist site
Georgie Bonds :: HIT IT HARD
Hit it hard. This is what Georgie tells his band before they take the stage. Hit it hard. That’s how he worked as a blacksmith, that’s how he lives his life. Nothing is done in half measures. The 11 tracks on his third album, Hit It Hard, feature his good friends, music and songwriting partners guitarist Neil Taylor and harmonica man Buddy Cleveland and reflect many aspects of Georgie’s personal blues journey. The first track, “Pickin’ Your Bones,” is a tribute to Georgie’s mentor–the great Sonny Rhodes–who guided him as a fledgling blues singer. The final track, “Another Year,” laments the prospect of spending another year in jail. Georgie wrote this song, his first, as a young man during a two year stint in Federal prison. ... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Pickin' Your Bones"
Artist CDBaby 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
Get discounted tickets to the Fountain Blues Festival in Downtown San Jose held 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, as they channel a combination of R&B, funk, soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second line.
...Find out more details about the Fountain Blues Festival
15th Annual Tbaytel Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada July 8, 9 & 10
(THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA) - The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is a world-class music festival that takes place on a beautiful location in Marina Park on the shores of Lake Superior - looking out at the famous Sleeping Giant. It features some of the best names in blues, roots, and blues/rock entertainment, while also showcasing the incredible base of talent that thrives in Northwestern Ontario. Over the past 15 years, the Festival has grown to the point that it is now respected as one of the best Blues Festivals in North America.
This year the Line-up is All-Canadian, and includes Tom Cochrane, Colin James, Burton Cummings, Serena Ryder, Gowan, Downchild Blues Band, David Gogo, April Wine, Jack de Keyzer and much more! For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit their website or call 1-800-463-8817. Find festival link here
Guitar Pete's grave… How do we honor our blues legends?
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - Last summer I spent a large amount of my free time traveling across the city visiting the grave sites of important local jazz and blues musicians. Sadly, for many of our city's esteemed music greats a small stone grave marker is the only physical evidence of their existence in Indianapolis.
I spent one particular summer afternoon scouring Section 99 of Crown Hill cemetery in a search for the grave of the legendary Indianapolis blues player Guitar Pete Franklin. I must've spent a couple hours zig-zagging through the area reading and rereading every headstone multiple times before finally giving up.
A few weeks ago I renewed my search for Guitar Pete Franklin's grave, but this time I decided to employ a more strategic method. So I called up the Crown Hill switchboard for guidance. ... Find entire story about the search
Blues Society News
Cape Fear Blues Festival Returns June 17-19
(WILMINGTON, NC) - What formed in 1987 as an organization to preserve and support the industry of blues music—locally, regionally and nationally—Cape Fear Blues Society (CFBS) has grown and evolved over its three-decade span. This weekend [June 17-19, 2016) they will host their 21st Cape Fear Blues Festival (CFBF), which also continues to change and welcome anywhere from 700 to 1,000 people celebrating the legacy of such soulfully enriching music.
Led by CFBS director Lan Nichols, the festival returns in 2016 with cooler temps. For years it was held at the end of July, but the heat proved too oppressive on the southeastern coast despite the sizzling sounds providing respite. So last year Nichols took note. “Late July has been good to us, but the opportunity to shift to a (potentially) cooler month really motivated the change,” he tells. ...Read entire article about the festival and society
Me and the Devil Blues 
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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
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Video of The Week
Honeyboy Edwards- "Gamblin Man"
Elwood's BluesMobile
June 18-19, 2016 Radio Show: Curtis Salgado
The great Curtis Salgado was one of the inspirations for the Blues Brothers, and Jake’s whole look took a lot from Curtis Salgado’s whole look. He has been a soul singer for a long time, with Robert Cray, Roomful of Blues, and on his own. He was sidetracked by some major life-threatening illness, but he has come roaring back.
New music from the great Curtis Salgado. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

Happy Father's Day to all you fathers, daddys, papas and daddios.
Celebrate your blessings!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
June 17- Matt Hill (1985); June 18-Sara Martin (1884); June 19-Jerry McCain (1930); June 19-Big Bill Morganfield (1956); Skip James (1902); June 23-Helen Humes (1913); 
June 24- Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); June 25-Clifton Chenier (1925), Eddie Floyd (1935); June 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); June 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915)
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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
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Jul-01-2016 - Jul-02-2016
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival
Jul-01-2016 - Jul-03-2016
Driffield, United Kingdom
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.
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