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Blues Festival Guide
July 28, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 30

Feb 18, 2016
Sept 1
Jul 7
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Elwood's BluesMobile
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Special BFG Announcements
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(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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CD & DVD Releases
Sounds Like The Blues To Me is Jeff Chaz's first album of all-new material since his post-Hurricane Katrina release In Exile in 2006. Originally from Creole, Louisiana, his travels eventually brought him to the Home of the Blues, Memphis, Tennessee, where the favorite music of his formative years began. His incendiary live performances continue to be seen by thousands upon thousands of music-loving visitors to New Orleans each year... people from all over the world who make pilgrimages to the Crescent City in search of the blues. In the course of his long career, Jeff Chaz has performed with such legendary blues artists as Albert King, Little Milton, Ruth Brown and many others. Jeff's unique style of blues incorporates the style of Memphis combined
with the mixture of New Orleans rhythms. "It is Memphis barbecue meeting up
with New Orleans gumbo," quips Chaz.
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"I Am The Blues"
Artist site
Mark Cameron :: PLAYIN’ ROUGH
Playing Rough features a range of Blues from front porch slide to funky up tempo blues. A tour de force for harp lovers and additional flute tracks add a twist to the fourth album by vocalist/songwriter Mark Cameron. The fourth Album from Minneapolis-based blues man Mark Cameron is rough-around-the-edges blues the way it was meant to be. From the boogie based opener "Doctor In the House" to the haunting closing cut "Borrowed Time" this album delivers on its promise to play it rough. The searing harp of Bill "Killer" Keyes and the haunting flute of Sheri Cameron add a rare flavor that is a perfect complement to Cameron's brutally honest vocal style.

... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"Somewhere Down The Line"
Artist site
News Flash
This Saturday, July 30 The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Uptown Theatre Napa
(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. By the late ’70s, few of either existed. ...Find out more details about this event
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest August 12, 13 & 14
(Ontario, Canada) - The Calabogie Blues & Ribfest will be held August 12-14 at Calabogie Peaks Resort. Cost ranges from $25 to $175, depending on camping, full weekend, one day pass etc…

Calabogie Blues & Ribfest will feature Eastern Ontario’s BEST blues music lineup.  In addition there will be ribbers from across North America, vendors, kids’ zone, food, beer garden, and of course everyone’s favorite feature – mountainside camping available all weekend long. Calabogie Blues & Ribfest is a family friendly environment, with something for everyone! With over 16,000 in attendance at the 2015 festival, the 2016 festival is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Randy Bachman is headlining, and find the full lineup at
Contact 800-669-4861 for more information.
Find more about the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
The Heritage Music Blues Festival features a Weekend of Award-Winning Blues
(Wheeling, WV) - The Heritage Music Blues Festival will be held August 12-14 at the Heritage Port Amphitheatre (1201 Water St.) in Wheeling, West Virginia.
The Heritage Music Blues Festival began in 2001 when Bruce Wheelerm envisioned a Blues music festival in a newly constructed water front park
on the bank of the Ohio River in downtown Wheeling. The fact that Wheeling
had no blues scene or even a blues club, band or solo artist did not deter
Wheeler from developing a festival. Promoted as A Weekend of Award-Winning Blues, the Festival today gets raves from coast to coast. Wheeler's festival features two stages, a Main Stage with Blues Music Award Winners and up and coming IBC solo duo and band winning acts, and a Second Stage dedicated to local and regional artists, from WV, OH, PA, and MD.
...Find more about Heritage Music Blues Festival
Carolyn Gaines: The Renaissance Blues Woman steps out as an important new blues singer
By Scott Yanow
Throughout much of her life, Carolyn Gaines has been a significant part of the blues world. She has taught a countless number of children about the blues in her Blues Schools programs, written many articles about the blues greats, interviewed late great B.B. King, Guitar Shorty, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cyril Neville, Buddy Guy's guitarist  Ric Hall, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray, her uncle Grady Gaines, and her father Roy Gaines, produced performances, worked on publicity and radio promotion, dealt with labels and festivals, and been a spokesperson for the 'Blues' music on many levels. Now, after many experiences, she is emerging as an important new blues singer.

Inspired by such giants as Buddy Guy (in addition to loving his music, Carolyn and Guy share a love for polka dots in their outfits),  
...Find more about Carolyn Gaines
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
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival 2016- 26th Annual Sept 2-4
(Rentiesville, OK) - Down Home Blues, Oklahoma Style - 200 musicians; 30 acts on 3 stages: a showcase of regional OK blues and four international
headliners; admission $15 day, Kids free, Kid's Village; come join the fun!
Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4, and come to the
longest running big blues fest in OK, the Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival, held at the authentic juke joint for the millennium! The festival is presented by F.O.R. Blues Inc., Selby Minner, the D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum, and the best volunteers and sponsors. Rentiesville is off US 69 two exits north of I-40 and 3 exits South of Muskogee. Exit at Checotah-Rentiesville, go right one mile and right again two miles past the Rentiesville Fire Dept and you are here.
...Find out more about the Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
The B.B. King Auction of a thousand treasures
(New York City,NY) - For millions upon millions of devoted fans, the globe seemed to pause for a moment when, in 2015, the wonderful Riley B. King - better known simply as "B.B." - passed away. Now, slightly more than a year later and as soon as Court approval is given, Guernsey's will be conducting a totally unreserved Auction of a thousand of the Blues great's most treasured possessions. A public Preview will be taking place live at the New York City showrooms of Gibson, the guitar maker which created B.B's beloved instruments. (The Gibson facilities on West 54th Street were once home to The Hit Factory where many iconic songs from the likes of John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, the Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and U2 were recorded.)
...Read more about the B.B. King Auction
Elwood's BluesMobile
July 30-31, 2016 Radio Show: Buddy Guy

The great Buddy Guy turns eighty. The Bluesmobile celebrates with music from his long, eventful career, both on his own, and with the many musicians he has played with. Plus: exclusive interviews. True stories from Buddy’s amazing life. Not to mention his incredible guitar playing!
The legendary Buddy Guy joins Elwood Blues. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
BUDDY GUY - 7/20/16 - with Brandon "Taz" Niederauer
Happy 80th Birthday Buddy Guy
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.
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
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); Aug 1 Robert Cray (1953);
Aug 2-Big Walter Price (1917), Mark Naftalin (1944)
Aug 3- Mercy Dee Walton (1915)
Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901); Aug 6- Willie Lee Brown (1900)
Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937) 

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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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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
Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival 29th Annual
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-14-2016
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
Baja Blues Fest
Aug-19-2016 - Aug-21-2016
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
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