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Blues Festival Guide
July 7, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 27
Feb 18, 2016
Jul 7
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Me and the Devil Blues 
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Video of The Week
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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 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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Utah Blues Society Treasurer Tripp Hopkins (lt) and President Brian Kelm (rt) with Coco Montoya at The State Room, Salt Lake City, Utah  June 30, 2016.
*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 us your photo plus caption & credit. 
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CD & DVD Releases
Guy King :: TRUTH
Truth is the Delmark debut from Guy King, a rising superstar in the ultra-competitive Chicago blues, soul, and jazz world. Delmark first knew about Guy’s impressive talent back in 2000 when he was the late great bluesman and Delmark artist Willie Kent’s lead guitarist and band leader until Willie’s passing in 2006. “It’s so exciting to see Guy grow and mature into the major player he has become, leading his own band since then in both blues and jazz settings, always playing and singing with deep soul, passion, and originality,” says Delmark.

With help from his friends – all-star producer and journalist Dick Shurman (Albert Collins, Johnny Winter and acclaimed recent Delmark albums from Eddie C. Campbell, Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Burns,)...
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"The Same Thing That Can Make You Laugh (Can Make You Cry)"
Artist site
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers Live in 1967 – Volume 2
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers– Live in 1967- Volume Two, continues the archival blues path blazed in Volume One that captures previously unavailable live recordings of heralded performances of one of the best of the Bluesbreakers band lineups featuring iconic musicians John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). Distributed by Sony/RED, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 – Volume Two showcases a legendary group of players who while only together a short three months, created a lasting legacy, made an immense impact on music and led to the formation of one of the most acclaimed groups of all-time when Green, McVie and Fleetwood left to form Fleetwood Mac.

Produced by John Mayall (who also did the cover package photography, artwork and design) and Forty Below’s Eric Corne from one channel reel-to-reel original tapes recorded by Tom Huissen,
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Greeny"
Label site
News Flash
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
Saturday, July 30, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Uptown Theatre in Napa, California
(Napa, CA) – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be appearing Saturday July 30th at the historic Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA.

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets
...Find out more details about the Dirty Dozen and the historic Uptown
Learn to Play Blues Fast with Kelly Richey!
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Thousands of guitar players have learned to master the guitar with Kelly’s personal, one-on-one guitar lessons. Whether you take lessons at her home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, or online over a webcam connection, you'll get a customized learning plan and practice routine built around your needs and goals. ...Find details about Kelly Richey's special offers and more
Recording Academy includes Two New Blues Categories… time to submit
(Los Angeles, CA) - A Committee for The Recording Academy - The Blues Task Force - submitted a proposal for two Blues categories to their Awards and Nominations department earlier this year which passed The Recording Academy’s scrutiny and was ratified by the Board of Trustees in May.

Thanks to those efforts we now have Best Traditional Blues album and Best Contemporary Blues album within the American Roots category, effective immediately.

The first round of submissions opens July 1st and closes July 20th for recordings released between October 1st, 2015 and July 31st, 2016.

The Final round of submissions opens August 10th and closes August 24th for recordings released in August and September of 2016.
...Find more about the new Blues categories
The Delta Blues Museum Calendar
(Clarksdale, MS) - Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's oldest music museum. Here are some events coming up at the museum:
• August 11 – 14, 2016 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
• Special Museum hours on Sunday, August 14 from 1-5pm
• August 12, Delta Blues Museum Band Performance on DBM Main Stage. 5pm
• August 12, Booksigning With Judy Flowers "Clarksdale and Coahoma County (Images of America)" author leads a Q&A in the DBM classroom. Open to the public. 1:30pm
• August 13, Booksigning With Joe Rosen "Blues Hands" author leads a Q&A in the DBM classroom. Open to the public. 2:30pm.
...Find more about the Delta Museum
Blues Society News
~ Iowa Blues Society Blues Challenge Winners
~ CVBS fundraiser for living liver donor and recipient
(Des Moines, IA) - Central Iowa Blues Society Challenge was held on Saturday June 18th at the Downtown Marriott. Congratulations to 2016 Iowa Blues Challenge solo/duo winners Bare Bone (Bob Pace & Dwight Dario) and band winner the Jeff Banks Band.

(Fresno, CA) - On June 10th, a liver transplant took place between longtime Central Valley Blues Society (CVBS) member and friend Caroline Jackson and musician Richie Blue. Richie becoming a Living Liver Donor has brought goodness and great vibes out of everyone. An upcoming fundraiser is planned by the Central Valley Blues Society for Sunday, July 17 at the FULTON 55 in Fresno. The event starts at 4pm and will run till 9pm or so. $15 / $20 donation requested but no one will be turned away. There will also have a Silent Auction and a Raffle for a guitar.
(click link to read more about this amazing journey and immediate need)
Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
Video of The Week
Pinetop Perkins "Chicken Shack"  
Elwood's BluesMobile
July 9-10, 2016 Radio Show: Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker is an official member of the Blues House of Fame. But that glory has not stopped him from making music. And sharing his new music with you… is OUR glory.
Joe Louis Walker. 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
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

 ~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
 July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913); July 8 Louis Jordan (1908), Johnnie Johnson (1924); July 9 Jack White (1975);
July 10 Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (July 10, 1947); July 15 Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910); July 16 Denise LaSalle (1939)
July 17 Peppermint Harris (1925)
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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
Tel Aviv Blues Festival
Jul-13-2016 - Jul-16-2016
Tel Aviv, Israel
For all festival links
please go to our website
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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