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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 11, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 32

Feb 18, 2016
Sept 1
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
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
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Get your copy of 2016 Blues Festival Guide magazine and enjoy our various feature stories and of course, find hundreds of festivals and also blues related ads. Pick up a copy at a blues festival, via your local blues society or order one to have shipped directly to you!
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We caught up with Frank Roszak of Frank Roszak Promotions in Memphis during the 2016 BMA event weekend. Roszak received the Keeping The Blues Alive Award for Publicist in 2014.
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Our 2016 edition is sponsored by the Big Blues Bender.
CD & DVD Releases
Lew Jetton & 61 South :: RAIN
Rain, the new CD from Lew Jetton & 61 South, promises to further Jetton's reputation as a clever songwriter, and dynamic, original vocalist. The band's previous 2 releases, State Line Blues and Tales From A 2 Lane, were both “Picks to Click” on XM/Sirius Radio's Bluesville Channel, and Rain promises to take up where the other two left off.
The songs on Rain range from poignant (“Lay Me Down”) to rousing gospel (“Glory Train”) to contemporary “(Who's Texting You”) to humorous (“Move On, Yvonne”). Think a little southern-fried Chicago, seasoned with cajun and creole spices.
Rain brings together the longtime 61 South bandmates, along with several of Jetton's buddies, including 2-Time International Thumbpicking Champion and IBC Semi-Finalist Alonzo Pennington, former multi-instrumentalist for guitar legend Johnny Hiland, J. Solon Smith on piano, former Lonnie Mack backup vocalist Miranda Louise, J.D. Wilkes, harp ace... Complete details about this release here on our website
Click to play"Who's Texting You"
Artist site
EllerSoul had wanted to do a project for some time and that was to get together some great friends and blues harmonica players and pay respect to one of the all-time greats, Big Walter Horton. The result is Blues For Big Walter.
Artists appearing include Kim Wilson with Big Jon Atkinson, Mark Wenner, Mark Hummel, Steve Guyger, Sugar Ray Norica, Anthony Geraci, Bob Corritore on tracks with Jimmy Rodgers and Robert Lockwood, Kurt Crandall, and Li’l Ronnie Owens, plus Henry Gray, Chico Chism, Sue Foley, Mike Welch, Steve Willis, Bob Welsh, Bill Stuve and more.
Blues For Big Walter is a non-profit project with proceeds going to The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund. Everyone involved donated music for the cause.
EllerSoul hopes they get to do a Volume II because they’re so many great players they just couldn’t get on this one CD.
Click to play"My Babe"
News Flash
24th Annual Chenango Blues Fest Aug 19-20
(Norwich, NY) - The 24th Annual Chenango Blues Fest on August 19th and 20th promises to be one for the books with artists from Woodstock headliners Canned Heat to Jam/Blues Rocker Anders Osborne, to soul bluesman Curtis Salgado, to the swingin’ roots of Duke Robillard, to soulful, triple threat Carolyn Wonderland and everything in between! The fest features two stages and will be held at the Chenango County Fairgrounds (168 East Main St., Norwich), in beautiful central New York. In addition to award-winning blues acts the festival also features arts and craft vendors, food and beer vendors, children's activities, and camping. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 day of show. See their website for advanced ticket locations and more information. Friday night show is always free to the public!
...Find full article and artist photos on our website
Joseph Rosen Photo Exhibition in Clarksdale Aug 13-14
(Clarksdale, MS) - Famed photographer Joseph Rosen will be having an exhibition of photographs from his book, Blues Hands at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS. The show is being hung this week, and there will be a preview and a book signing this Saturday, August 13 at 2:30 pm during the annual Sunflower River Blues Festival. The following day, Sunday, August 14th, Joseph will also be signing books at the Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art Store in Clarksdale during the Cathead Mini-Festival.
There will also be an opening reception on Thursday, September 8th from 5pm to 7pm at the Delta Blues Museum.
If you are in the area, drop by to any or all of these events and say hello, get a signed book, support the Delta Blues Museum, Cathead and Clarksdale.
Here are some links to learn more about the book, the Delta Blues Museum and Cathead. ...Find here on our website
Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival Saturday, Aug 20
(Morristown, NJ) - The sixth year annual, free Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival will come to the Morristown Green on Saturday, Aug. 20, with performances starting at noon and running through 10 pm Saturday. The event with headliner Robert Randolph & The Family Band, will feature blues, soul, swing and more plus celebrating local favorite guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli’s 90th birthday and paying tribute to the late bassist Rusty Paul. Parking is available in the public lots and the train station is just a couple of blocks away. Bring blankets and beach chairs.
Performers will include special guest headliner Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the pedal steel guitarist who draws from blues and soul; Quinn Sullivan, young blues guitarist extraordinaire; Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, only son of the incomparable Louis Prima paying tribute,
...Find full article and more artist photos on our website
It's John Lee Hooker Month at Delta Blues Museum plus the 29th Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Fest is here
(Clarksdale, MS) - The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS, is excited to honor the important work of native son, John Lee Hooker, and they plan to make it an annual event at the museum.
For John Lee Hooker Month, the Museum has special items on sale in their Gift Shop: CDs and vinyl, DVDs, and his biography, Boogie Man. The book "gives an account of an entire art form. Grounded in a time and place in American culture, the blues are universal, and in the hands of the greatest practitioners its power resides in the miracle of using despair to transcend it." It's "the authoritative biography of the musician whose career spanned over fifty years and included over one-hundred albums and five Grammy Awards. ...Find full article and event photos on our website
Blues On The Hill Aug 20 in Texas
(Harlingen, TX) - Blues on the Hill is an annual concert series that features national and international Blues Music Artists. The event has been a family oriented cultural event in Harlingen for the last 12 years. Their August 20th event will be held at McKelvey Park (1325 S. 77 Sunshine Strip) in Harlingen, Texas and feature Katy Guillen & The Girls with special guests Tim Gonzalez and Soul Pocket, and Evelyn Rubio.
2014 finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Katy Guillen & The Girls have deep roots in the blues, thanks to leader Guillen’s considerable skills and long history as a blues guitarist, but this trio—Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals), and Stephanie Williams (drums)—brings a wide range of talents and tastes to the band’s sound.
...Find full article on our website
A mural depicting town’s blues music roots considered for historic downtown building
(Aurora, IL) - A mural that commemorates Aurora, Illinois connection to the history of blues music could reside on the side of a downtown building by September.
With final approval, the 14-foot by 30-foot mural, painted as part of an international event that took place in Aurora in 2008, would be installed on the side of the historic Silver Plate Building at 6 E. Downer Place for at least five years.
The mural honors Aurora's past connection with blues music and was painted by a group of artists, under the direction of Patrick Kirwin, of Alexandria, Virginia, as part of the international Salon Forever event that took place at the Painters and Allied Trades Council 30 union hall in Aurora in 2008.
...Find more about the mural on our website
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!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Aug 13-14, 2016 Radio Show: DUOS

This week the Bluesmobile demonstrates how two heads are better than one. A program dedicated to duos. Sam and Dave, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Moreland and Arbuckle, The Blues Brothers, and many more.
Good things come in two’s this week when Elwood plays great blues duos on the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
EDDIE KIRKLAND ...Live at The Banana Peel
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
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);
Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939),
Albert Washington (1935)

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Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival 29th Annual
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-14-2016
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
Aug-12-2016 - Aug-14-2016, Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
 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
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
European Blues Cruise
Aug-27-2016 - Sep-01-2016, Marseilles, France
For all festival links
please go to our website
Fishers , Indiana, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival
Sep-02-2016 - Sep-04-2016
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Lehrter Bluesfestival
Lehrte, Germany
Sonoma County Cajun Zydeco & Delta Rhythm Festival
Sep-03-2016 - Sep-04-2016
Sebastopol , California, USA
Bowlful of Blues 24th Annual
Newton, Iowa, USA
Big Blues Bender
Sep-08-2016 - Sep-11-2016
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
Sep-10-2016 - Sep-11-2016, Guerneville, California, USA
San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Sep-16-2016 - Sep-18-2016
Telluride, Colorado, USA
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