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Blues Festival Guide
July 21, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 29
Feb 18, 2016
Jul 7
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Video of The Week
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Special BFG Announcements
Discount Cruise Tix  ~ Get Magazine ~ Tweet ~ Post Fests

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Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Here's Velma Landers (lt), new Co-Producer of Hayward Russell City Festival, and retiring Co-Producer, Paula Stewart (rt). The ladies were showing off their BFG magazine at the July 2016 Hayward Russell City Festival. Paula has been Co-Producer for sixteen years with her husband, Ronnie Stewart. Welcome Velma and thank you Paula for all you've done. 
Photo by: Tom Yearnshaw
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CD & DVD Releases
Stony Plain Records (various) :: STONY PLAIN 40 YEARS
Stony Plain Records, Canada’s premier roots music label, released a special 3-CD set, Stony Plain 40 Years, to celebrate a huge milestone. The 47 song package includes cuts from its illustrious history of albums, as well as a complete disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks.
“Celebrating Stony Plain’s 40th Anniversary by putting together this specially priced three CD set has been a joy,” writes label founder/president Holger Petersen in the album package. “Not only going back over those years and selecting some of our favorite tracks, but to also dig deeper to find rare and previously unreleased material by old friends Eric Bibb, Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur, David Wilcox, the late Bob Carpenter, Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton and the legendary Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys from 1979. With extensive notes and packaging, this stunning collection will be a joyful surprise for true music fans everywhere.”
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"In My Girlish Days"
Label site
Mike Wheeler :: TURN UP!!
One of Chicago’s hardest working groups, the Mike Wheeler Band, is back with their sophomore recording on Delmark, Turn Up!! The CD features Wheeler’s long time, ultra-tight band of Larry Williams on bass and background vocals, Cleo Cole on drums, Brian James on keys and background vocals, plus the legendary Chicago Horns of Kenny Anderson on trumpet and Hank Ford on tenor sax. This is funky, electrifyin’, modern, original Chicago Blues at its best and most entertaining.
Turn Up!! is packed full of catchy, killer original songs, with a standout cover of Little Milton’s classic, “That’s What Love Will Make You Do.” Mike truly excels at the funky, soul-drenched, up-tempo rockers like the title track, “Yeah!,” “Sweet Girl,”, and “I’m Hooked.” He gets lowdown and funky on slower ballads...  ... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Sweet Girl"
Artist site
News Flash
Los Lobos to headline San Diego Blues Festival, Sept. 10
(San Diego, CA) Los Lobos, Bobby Rush and Nikki Hill will headline the sixth annual San Diego Blues Festival on the downtown San Diego waterfront on Saturday, Sept. 10. The day-long festival features two stages that rotate acts from noon to 8 pm, including Watermelon Slim, the Bey Paule Band with Wee Willie Walker, Chris Cain, Junior Watson & Billy Watson and, The Holla Pointe. Big Jon Atkinson will perform outside the front gate beginning at 10:30 am.
All festival proceeds benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank,
which supplies meals to 400,000 San Diegans in need each month. In 2015,
the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, one-third of which was
fresh produce.
During the first five years of the event, the festival has generated
$435,000 for the Food Bank as well as more than 12 tons of food donated by
festival goers. ...Find out more details about the San Diego Blues Festival
Baton Rouge’s Kenny Neal aches over his city’s violence
A patriarch of Baton Rouge’s first family of music says his “heart is broken on both sides” after that city’s recent tragedies.
“We’ve got to come together and make things right,” said Kenny Neal, who was close with people involved. Three police officers were killed Sunday [July 17] and another three wounded in what has been described as an “ambush-style” attack, which occurred less than two weeks after a Baton Rouge man was shot to death by police.
Neal arrived home from New York that day.
“I was here a week before last and the tensions were high,” Neal said. “People were very upset. We’ve got to get together and make this right and make this better for everybody. I am friends with a lot of these officers.
...Find details about Kenny Neal coming to the Genoa Blues Festival
Trinidaddio Blues Fest promises another World Class Lineup August 27, 2016
(Trinidad, CO) - Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2016 brings the nation's premier talent once again to Trinidad, Colorado. Headlining the Star Studded Ensemble is 2016 Grammy Nominee, Shemekia Copeland! Superstar support will come from 2015 Contemporary Female Artist Janiva Magness and Grammy Winner for best Zydeco/Cajun album, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band!
Nine bands will fill the bill at Central Park in Trinidad. The music starts at Noon with Trinidad guitar virtuosos Jaquie Gipson followed by Zakk DeBono. Then, from Boulder, CO, the Lionel Young band will perform just before Westword Magazine's 'Best Blues Band' in Denver, 4 years running - Al Chesis & the Delta Sonics!
Midway through the lineup is the incomparable Albuquerque Blues Connection!
As Mexican Jerry says: "Ain't nothin' but the Blues!" And it wouldn't be
Trinidaddio without ABC! ...Find more about the Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Stony Plain Records celebrates its 40th Anniversary
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) - 2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of one of Canada's longest surviving independent record labels. Stony Plain Records has been recognized worldwide for its consistent, high quality roots and blues releases. A three volume set, Stony Plain 40 Years, celebrates with some of the label's favorite tracks, including one full CD of rarities and previously unreleased music by artists like Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur, Duke Robillard and Sam Chatmon. Stony Plain was named "2014 Record Label of the Year" by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Add to that 6 Grammy nominations, 11 Juno Awards and dozens of Blues Awards and Maple Blues Awards.
Long-time label friend and celebrated Canadian publicist Richard Flohil contributes an insightful timeline to Stony Plain’s history and contributions to the music industry in his liner notes.
...Find out more about Stony Plain's journey
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival does it again!
(Hayward, CA) - The Hayward Russell City Blues Festival roared into downtown Hayward over the weekend of July 9th and 10th and we were among the crowd. This year the theme was "Let’s Do It Again,” bringing in some of the past favorite acts and also some new blood. In its 17th years on the grounds of the Hayward City Hall, the festival annually reminds locals and visitors alike of the robust blues scene that resonated in Russell City, just a few miles west, on the edge of San Francisco Bay.
Produced by Ronnie Stewart and Co-Producer, Velma Landers, the West Coast Blues Society, and a host of volunteers, the festival features entertainers with roots in Russell City and the East Bay, including but not limited to Bobby Webb, Fillmore Slim, Sonny Rhodes who made his home in the Bay area for many years and BigCat Tolefree. Headliners Carl Weathersby on Saturday and Bobby Rush on Sunday provided a mix of....
...Read more about the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
Video of The Week
Roy Rogers & Carlos Reyes "Stones in My Passway"
Elwood's BluesMobile
July 23-24, 2016 Radio Show: Stony Plain

Stony Plain Records is one of the last great labels standing. From Edmonton, Canada, it grabs talent on both sides of the border. Its roster includes Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and Maria Muldaur, in addition to Monkey Junk, Jeff Healey, Colin Linden, and many more.
We celebrate four decades of Stony Plain Records. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ LRBC #29 Pre-Book Started today 7/21/16
~ Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 ... Act now!
~ Join Waitlist for LRBC #28
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct-21-28, 2017: PREBOOK HAS STARTED Thursday July 21 for LRBC #29 Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Visit or call (816) 753-7979. Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin holds a space in line to book a cabin when the artist announcement is made (likely in late Nov. '16).

LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016
LIMITED CABINS REMAIN!! San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit.
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.
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!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
July 21 Floyd McDaniel (1915); July 22 George Clinton (1940); July 23 Tony Joe White (1943); July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942), Mick Jagger (1943); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Junior Kimbrough (1930), Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940), Otis Taylor (1948)
July 31 Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923)

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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
Blues On The Chippewa
Aug-05-2016 - Aug-07-2016
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival 29th Annual
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-14-2016
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Mystic Blues Festival
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-14-2016
North Stonington, Connecticut, USA
Navasota Blues Fest
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-13-2016
Navasota, Texas, USA
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-14-2016
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Waukesha BluesFest
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-13-2016
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
 Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-19-2016 - Aug-20-2016
Norwich, New York, USA
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