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Blues Festival Guide
June 30, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 26
Feb 18, 2016
Jul 7
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Video of The Week
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Elwood's BluesMobile
Me and the Devil Blues 
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
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 (only $1000!) 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 or text Kaati at 775 846 8238 for more details. Click image for cruise details.
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Here's San Diego guitarist Scot Smart, singer Mercedes Moore and ultra blues fan Marci Coyle at the Doheny Blues Festival, May 21, in Dana Point, California.
Photo: "Dancin'" Danny Watkins 
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CD & DVD Releases
Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip :: AIN'T BAD YET
Ain't Bad Yet is the sixth album by the Finnish Blues Award-winning (for "Best Band") blues-rock group Micke Bjorklof (pronounced Be-York-Loaf) & Blue Strip. The record was produced by John Porter, legendary for his productions of Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Santana, and no less than 10 Grammy-winning albums.

The band traveled to Rockfield Studios in Wales to Ain’t Bad Yet. The studio has played host to many of the world’s biggest artists from Black Sabbath to Rush and Oasis, and which, in 1975, was the primary studio Queen used for the recording of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
"We're really excited about the new material and about this collaboration with John Porter," Micke Bjorklof says.
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Hold Your Fire Baby"
Artist site
Ten Miles of Bad Road, recorded at Ultratone Studios in Studio City, CA with Grammy-winning producer Tony Braunagel is a powerful mix of contemporary blues, roots and soul performed by a killer session band including Johnny Lee Schell on guitar (Bonnie Raitt, Phantom Blues Band), the "Godfather of Outlaw Blues" Grammy nominee Alan Mirikitani (BB Chungking of the Buddhaheads) on guitar, James "Hutch" Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) on bass, Jim Pugh on piano and B3 (Robert Cray, Etta James), Tony Braunagel on drums (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Eric Burden, Phantom Blues Band), with special guest artists Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds on harp, Joe Sublett of the Phantom Blues Band on saxophone and Les Lovitt on trumpet.
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Low Road"
Artist site
News Flash
Blues On the Chippewa Festival, Aug 5-7, 2016 adds Bobby Messano, The Jimmy’s and Chris O’Leary band
(Durand, WI) - The 8th annual, free admission Blues On the Chippewa festival will run from August 5-7 2016 in Durand, WI! This year’s lineup includes: The Jimmy’s, Chris O’Leary Band, Skyla Burrell, Inside Straight Band, Biscuit Miller & the Mix, Bobby Messano, Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers, Katy G & the Girls, Dee Miller Band feat. Jimi Primetime Smith, Mark Cameron Band, Left Wing Bourbon, Alex Rossi Band, Josh Hoyer & Soul Collosal, Nick Foytik & Brother Sun Sister Moon. On site vendors will provide food, beer, wine, soda and water. An ATM will be on site as well. There will be a craft fair both Saturday and Sunday and a motorcycle show Saturday. Sunday evening the “afterglow jam will be held at the Corral Bar in downtown Durand. ...Find out more details about Blues On The Chippewa
Green River Festival Hosts Tedeschi Trucks Band, North Mississippi All Stars, Los Lobos July 10
(Greenfield, MA) - The Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts' favorite music and hot air balloon festival will take place July 8, 9, and 10 on the grounds of Greenfield Community in Greenfield, MA. July 10 will feature Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, and North Mississippi All Stars in the Wheels of Soul tour. Presented by Signature Sounds, the festival was recently deemed “one of 2015’s must see summer festivals” by Rolling Stone and one of the “fifty essential summer music festivals” by The New York Times.

The Green River Festival combines a spectacular lineup of nearly 40 acts on three stages, the best in local food, beer and wine, handmade crafts, a dance tent, a wide array of kid's activities and entertainment, and hot air balloon rides and a balloon glow,  
...Find out more details about The Green River Festival
Genoa Blues Festival, July 30 presents Headliner Kenny Neal and His Family Band & special guest Grady Champion
(Genoa, NV) - The Genoa Blues Festival presents Louisiana’s very own swamp blues master Kenny Neal and his Family Band with special guest Grady Champion at the Mormon Station Historic State Park, Genoa, NV July 30, 2016. Doors open at 2PM, music begins at 3PM. The opening group is our local favorite, the Buddy Emmer Blues Band. Then IBC award winner Grady Champion takes the stage with his down home Mississippi Blues before Kenny Neal takes the stage with his Bourbon Street, New Orleans celebration! Come hungry and thirsty, we will have oak wood BBQ and libations of your choice. VIP and General Admission tickets are available at

This is the best outdoor festival lineup of the summer, in the most picturesque venue, Mormon Station Historic State Park, Genoa, NV. 
...Find more details about the Genoa 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! ...Find more details on the Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Festival has delivered a bit of the Bayou and Blues to Long Beach for 30 years
(Long Beach, CA) - When you think of Southern California the sounds and tastes of New Orleans and the Louisiana Bayou mixed with West coast Blues and soul may not come to mind, nor a social club called the La La’s decked out and leading a festive Second Line parade in a place called Long Beach. But in fact they are several such festivals in these parts and one special one in particular, The Long Beach Bayou Festival, was just held June 18-19, and was their 30th anniversary! Generally held over Father’s Day weekend, this annual event delivers on many levels especially on being laid-back and friendly yet, with lots to enjoy for everyone.
Find more photos and info about the Long Beach Bayou Festival
Video of The Week
Keb' Mo' "America The Beautiful" recorded at the White House    
Elwood's BluesMobile
July 2-3, 2016 Radio Show: Blues Across America

For July 4th weekend, the time is right for a tribute to the greatness of America. And the greatness of its music. Particularly the greatness of its Blues. Chicago Blues. Delta Blues. California Blues. Piedmont Blues. Texas Blues. American music, from all ACROSS America. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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!
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

Happy 4th of July "Independence Day" America!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
July 1 Willie Dixon (1915), James Cotton (1935),
Syl Johnson (1939); July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893)
July 4 Champion Jack Dupree (1910)
July 5 Smiley Lewis (1913); July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913)
July 8 Louis Jordan (1908), Johnnie Johnson (1924)
July 9 Jack White (1975)
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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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 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Jul-01-2016 - Jul-02-2016
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Kalamazoo Blues Festival
Jul-07-2016 - Jul-09-2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
New York State Blues Festival 24th Annual
Jul-08-2016 - Jul-09-2016
Syracuse, New York, USA
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-08-2016 - Jul-10-2016
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-08-2016 - Jul-10-2016
Midland, Texas, USA
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul-08-2016 - Jul-10-2016
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival, 17th Annual
Jul-09-2016 - Jul-10-2016
Hayward, California, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Tel Aviv Blues Festival
Jul-13-2016 - Jul-16-2016
Tel Aviv, Israel
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, 29th Annual
Jul-15-2016 - Jul-17-2016
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Roadhouse Bluesfest 3rd Annual
Magnolia, Delaware, USA
Calgary International Blues Festival
Jul-25-2016 - Jul-31-2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-29-2016 - Jul-30-2016
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Genoa Blues Festival
Genoa, Nevada, USA
Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-04-2016 - Aug-07-2016
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-04-2016 - Aug-07-2016
Notodden, Norway
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