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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 4, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 31

Feb 18, 2016
Jul 7
Sept 1
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
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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Here's Genoa Blues Festival producer Brad Andres with headliner Kenny Neal at the site of the event in Mormon Station Park, in historic Genoa, NV July 30, 2016.
Photo: Tom Yearnshaw
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Our 2016 edition is sponsored by the Big Blues Bender.
CD & DVD Releases
Harper and Midwest Kind :: SHOW YOUR LOVE
Show Your Love is an amalgamation of original blues, rock, soul and world music, by Detroit based, Australian singer/songwriter, Peter D. Harper, known as Harper, who creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Borrowing from western and world music, this musical visionary develops a highly original take on the roots genre. Harper is a multiple award, winning musician honored with 14 x music awards in four different countries.
Harper’s powerful soulful voice rips through this all original 11-song CD with passion and integrity. His use of the deeply spiritual didgeridoo creates a raw and eerie sonic texture.
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"What's Goin Down"
Artist site
Balkun Brothers :: self-titled
Balkun Brothers’ self-titled album is a powerful blend of infectious grooves, hard‐hitting guitars, monstrous drums, and deep, raw blues soul. The band's second full length album (first as a duo) is a testament to the brothers’ dedicated search for new and exciting sounds that push the boundaries of blues, funk, and rock n’roll.
Balkun Brothers have teamed up with New York City blues giant, Popa Chubby, who helped assist the Band in the production of the album, as well as engineering and recording the 12-song outing at Serpentine Studios in Central Valley, New York.
With sonic influences from the earliest era of the Delta masters to the most modern rock n’ roll titans...
... Read complete details about this release
Click to play"She Got It All"
Artist site
News Flash
Baja Blues Fest, August 19-21, Featuring Coco Montoya & John Nemeth
(Rosarito Beach, MX) – Three days of fun, sun, music and friends, August 19, 20, 21, 2016 at the 5th Annual Baja Blues Fest. Our 3 Day Event Pass is a bargain at $45 (Pre-sale). You can also buy raffle tickets at the event to win our exciting prizes!
What do you get when you take a group of world-class blues musicians, a team of dedicated board members and then mix in over 70 passionate volunteers? What you get is yet another amazingly fun and entertaining weekend: the 5th Annual Baja Blues Fest.
This year’s lineup features double headliners: John Nemeth who has been honored with two Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015; plus the legendary blues guitarist/singer and former member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Coco Montoya.
...Find out more details about the Baja Blues Fest 
August 27, 2016 Trinidaddio Blues Fest brings another World Class Lineup 
(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
Experience The Bender
(Las Vegas, NV) - The Big Blues Bender is just a month away! It's a one of a kind Blues festival in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, NV September 8-11. Experience four days and nights of the biggest and baddest Bender ever as we take over the entire legendary Plaza Hotel &Casino, featuring the most talented and sought after Blues artists touring today, on multiple stages, including a newly designed rooftop pool-oasis stage. Bring a friend or come and make new friends! Join the Bender family now!
2016 Bender room packages are sold out... However, 4 day passes are still available! Get them on the Bender website.

Music fans will enjoy top Blues Artists all just steps away from their hotel rooms, and more: Vendor Village, Activities, Artists Panels, Theme Nights and the World Famous Fremont Street Experience at your front door.
...Find more about the Bender
Cody Dickinson at The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi August 13
(Cleveland, MS) - The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is pleased to welcome Cody Dickinson on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7pm to the Sanders Soundstage for an intimate discussion on his new album and career, moderated by Shannon McNally, GRAMMY nominee and Board member of The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter. The conversation will be followed by a special performance.
Cody Dickinson is an artistic entrepreneur in the fields of music and film. Over the course of his career Cody has contributed to several major motion picture soundtracks, including Barnyard, Snoop’s Hood of Horror, The Mechanic, Black Snake Moan, and Brand the film. In recent years, Cody has transitioned from creating music for films to producing films.
...Find more about  this special appearance at the MS GRAMMY Museum
Genoa Blues Festival will be back in 2017
By Tim Parsons Tahoe/OnStage 
(Genoa, NV) - Blue skies accompanied red-hot blues as live music returned on Saturday [July 30, 2016] to Mormon Station State Park in Genoa. And while there was more room on the lawn for the fans, the organizer plans an encore next summer.
“I do it for the musicians and the music,” said Genoa Blues Festival Promoter Brad Andres, who put on his first public event. “Food and music together soothe the soul. Everyone was happy. I didn’t see anyone who wasn’t smiling from ear to ear.”
Kim Emmer and David Lee Clark.Louisiana’s Kenny Neal, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, headlined the concert. He was backed by his brothers, Frederick on keys, Graylon on drums and Darnell on bass. Grady Champion, of Canton, Mississippi, the 2010 International Blues Challenge winner, performed and was backed by Reno’s Buddy Emmer Blues Band
...Find photos and more about the Genoa Blues Festival 
2016 Living Blues Awards
Critics’ Poll
Blues Artist of the Year (Male) Buddy Guy
Blues Artist of the Year (Female) Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Blues Singer Otis Clay
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) Lurrie Bell
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) Sugar Blue
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) Allen Toussaint
Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) Bob Stroger
Most Outstanding Musician (Drums) Cedric Burnside
Most Outstanding Musician (Horns) Trombone Shorty
Most Outstanding Musician (Other) Freddie Roulette – Lap steel
Best Live Performer Bobby Rush
Comeback Artist of the Year Wee Willie Walker
Artist Deserving More Attention Matthew Robinson
Best Blues Albums of 2015
Album of the Year
Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love – Alligator Records
New Recordings / Contemporary Blues
Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country – Cedric Burnside Project
New Recordings / Southern Soul
...Find complete the list of Living Blues Award Winners here
Elwood's BluesMobile
Aug 6-7, 2016 Radio Show: Harmonicats

Blues hounds and wailers rejoice. This week in the Bluesmobile, a celebration of the harmonica. So simple, so dynamic. Featuring some of the all-time best in the history of the harp. Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, plus past masters like the Sonny Boys, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter!
The folks who put the harm in harmonica. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
ROY GAINES "Too Many Miles Between Us"
Happy 82nd Birthday Aug 12th
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: 
Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901); Aug 6- Willie Lee Brown (1900); Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937); 8-Joe Tex (1933), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego Anderson (1968), Leo Fender (1908);
Aug 11-Sam Collins (1887); Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920), Roy Gaines (1934); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921),
Aug 14-Larry Graham (1946), Son Seals (1942) 

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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
 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
For all festival links
please go to our website
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
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
European Blues Cruise
Aug-27-2016 - Sep-01-2016, Marseilles, France
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