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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 1, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 35

Feb 18, 2016
Sept 1
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts click chart (NOT names) for links to sample tracks
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!

Here's Chris James & Patrick Rynn and Rob Stone (rt) at the Baja Blues Festival Aug 19 at the pre-party meet- & Greet jam.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*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. *Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now!
Our 2016 edition is sponsored by the Big Blues Bender.
CD & DVD Releases
Mike Sponza :: ERGO SUM
Italian blues musician Mike Sponza recorded Ergo Sum -- the title is Latin for "Therefore I am" -- at London's famed Abbey Road Studios, with two very special guests: the legendary British blues vocalist Dana Gillespie, whose career dates back to the 1960s, and multiple Blues Music Award- nominated guitarist and vocalist Ian Siegal, who has worked closely with such blues-roots acts as Jimbo Mathus and North Mississippi Allstars. These 8 songs were translated from Latin poems carefully chosen by Sponza, and with the assistance of Ian and Dana were crafted into contemporary blues songs for all of us to appreciate!
"Human passions have no age," Sponza writes in the liner notes. "I've discovered there's a trait d'union between the ancient poems of Catullus, Horatius, Martialis, Juvenalis and the lyrics of Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Bob Dylan. ...Complete details about this release here
Click to play"Modus In Rebus"
Artist site
Brothers Brown :: DUSTY ROAD
Dusty Road, the debut album by the Brothers Brown, unveils a dynamic new presence in American roots music. It’s dozen songs—buoyed by a superb level of songwriting and musicianship—recall the work of such seminal groups as the Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival in their ability to create a sense of place and time, or, rather, timelessness, as well as emotional depth. This new union of four powerful writers, players and producers from Nashville and Los Angeles also has a similar ensemble approach, with multiple vocalists and uncanny interplay.
The Brothers Brown are fronted by two musicians named Paul Brown. One is a double Grammy winning producer, guitarist, singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. The other is a Grammy nominated producer, keyboardist and songwriter based in Nashville. The band is completed by a virtuosic rhythm section... Complete details about this release here
Click to play"Love Sake"
Management site
News Flash
This Labor Day Weekend, Sept 3-4, the New Blues Festival III Honors Blue's Present, Future Artists 

(Long Beach, CA) - Returning for its third big year is the New Blues Festival III, Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St. in Long Beach, California.
Over thirty top-caliber Southern California-based blues acts will appear simultaneously on both the "Main Stage" and "Golden Groove Stage". Main Stage performers include: Blues legend Bobby Rush (Saturday's headliner) and root/rockabilly great Lee Rocker (Sunday's headliner), plus Christone "KINGFISH" Ingram, Big LLou Johnson, Bobby Cochran, Diana Rein & The Papermoon Gyspys, New Blues Revolution, West Coast Caravan of Allstars, Ray Goren, Downtown Rulers featuring Teddy Lee Hooker + many more. Gates open 10 am, music starts at 10 am each day. Tickets are $30, available now on the website and will also be sold at the gate both days. ...Find full article and photos here
Women in Blues will open the Daytona Blues Festival Friday, October 7
(Daytona Beach, Florida) – The seventh annual Daytona Blues Festival opens Friday, October 7, with a powerhouse line up of all women fronted bands. Starting at 2:30 pm, historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in beautiful downtown Daytona Beach will come alive with the sounds of some of today’s most talented women playing their unique and exciting versions of the blues. From rising star Vanessa Collier to international sensation Shakura S’Aida, with Carolyn Wonderland channeling some Janis Joplin in between, Friday’s artists personify what it means to be a woman in the blues.

Friday’s headliner, Shakura S’Aida, arrives in Daytona Beach from Brooklyn, New York, via Switzerland and Toronto, Canada. A Florida performance by Shakura is a relative rarity and no wonder. When not touring in the United States or Canada, Shakura has been seen in... Find full article and photos here
Blues Lovers Step Up To Support Musicians Impacted By The Louisiana Floods
(Hillsborough, NC) - The Music Maker Relief Foundation has created the Baton Rouge Musicians Fund (BRMF). The fund was created in partnership with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation and will directly support musicians impacted by the Louisiana Flood.
Beginning August 12, 2016, heavy rains fell over the state of Louisiana. The record-breaking flooding, caused by the nearly seven trillion gallons of rain that fell, has damaged more than 60,000 homes.
One of the damaged homes belongs to 91 year-old blues pianist Henry Gray, a native of Kenner, Louisiana. Gray, who still tours both solo and with his band, Henry Gray and the Cats, has traveled the world playing the blues with the Rolling Stones, Howlin' Wolf and countless others. Despite his success on the global stage, Gray still lives in a humble home, and like 54 percent of home owners in the flood zone, has no flood insurance.
...Find full article here on our website
Blues Birthday Heroes: Singer Carolyn Gaines Honors Roy Gaines, Buddy Guy, Junior Kimbrough, Blind Boy Fuller
What do Buddy Guy, Roy Gaines, Blind Boy Fuller, Junior Kimbrough and Carolyn Gaines have in common? Other than all five being blues artists, their birthdays have recently been celebrated. While the first four musicians are all well-known blues legends, Carolyn Gaines (Roy Gaines’ daughter) is an up-and-coming blues singer who has already made major contributions to the blues as a teacher keeping Buddy Guy, Leadbelly, Shemekia Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Bobby Blue Bland, Joe Scott, Johnny Lang, Guitar Shorty, her uncle Grady Gaines, B.B. King, and Roy Gaines’ names alive behind the scenes. She has also been inspired by the four veterans and performs her own fresh interpretations of some of their songs.

Buddy Guy, who ranks as the most famous living blues artist, celebrated his 80th birthday this July 30.
...Find full article and photos here on our website
Blues Blast Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards
(Champaign, IL) - Blues Blast Magazine is proud to have the honor of recognizing Henry Gray, Barrelhouse Chuck and Bruce Iglauer with our Lifetime Achievement Award. Our Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize an individual's lifetime of contribution to blues music. Henry Gray and Bruce Iglauer will receive their awards at the Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies on September 23rd at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding individuals.
The awards show will feature performances 20+ acts including Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Peter Karp, Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames, Bob Margolin, Shaun Murphy, Fiona Boyes, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Shoji Naito, Big Harp George, Markey Blue, Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band, Danielle Nicole, Andy T-Nick Nixon Band, Anthony Geraci & Monster Mike Welch, Andy Poxon & Little Ronnie, Henry Gray, Bob Corritore, Guy King, Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, Jon Spear Band and the Corey Dennison Band. ...Find full article and photos here 
Blues Foundation News
New Blues Foundation Board Members, New Newsletter, New Website Coming, BMA Submission Time, Auction Item
(Memphis, TN) – The Blues Foundation's 3rd quarter board meeting was held in Austin, Texas. There was a Friday evening Austin Meet & Greet at the infamous Antone's Nightclub. The Saturday meeting was held at Arlyn Studios where new board members were elected. Please welcome Tom Davis, Jostein Forsberg, Jackie Scott, Mark Thompson, and Rich DelGrosso, who is their Scholar Constituency Representative. Gary Paradis, Janice Johnston, and Paul Benjamin were re-elected for a second three-year term, beginning October 1, 2016. The Executive Committee for 2016-2017 will be made up of Paul Benjamin - Board Chair, Jeff Syracuse - Vice Chair, Tom Davis - Treasurer, Scott Fitzke - Counsel, Michael Freeman, Janice Johnston and Alan Maites... ...Find full article and photos 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!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Sept 3-4, 2016 Radio Show: Eli "Paperboy" Reed

The 21st Century has brought back a soul music revival. Elwood gives attention to Eli “Paperboy” Reed, a young man with an amazing voice, tight songwriting skills, and a knowledge of and enthusiasm for rhythm and blues, gospel, and the blues.
Meet Eli "Paperboy" Reed. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915), Freddie King (1934);
Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907); Sept 6-Buddy Bolden (1877), Jimmy Reed (1925); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927), Guitar Shorty (1939); Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925)
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4th Nickel Plate District Amphitheater Blues Fest
Sep-02-2016 - Sep-03-2016
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
New Blues Festival III
Sep-03 - Sep 04-2016
Long Beach, CA, USA
Bowlful of Blues 24th Annual
Newton, Iowa, USA 
Big Blues Bender
Sep-08-2016 - Sep-11-2016
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 
For all festival links
please go to our website
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
Blues Blast Music Awards 2016
Champaign, Illinois, USA
6th Bay Area Blues Festival
Sep-24-2016 - Sep-25-2016
Martinez, California, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-28-2016 - Oct-02-2016
Copenhagen, Denmark
Bridging the Blues
Sep-30-2016 - Oct-08-2016
Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee USA
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We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine, affiliated with the top-ranking website, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide, with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
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