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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 8, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 36

Feb 18, 2016
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
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We caught up with Bill Grisola, guru of the New Blues Festival in Long Beach, CA, here with performer, Emcee and DJ on B.B. Kings Bluesville, Big LLou Johnson, Saturday 20, 2016.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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CD & DVD Releases
Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers :: SPARE KEYS
Jimmy Thackery has made his career as a musician for over 40 years, traveling the globe from big festivals to everyone’s favorite neighborhood bars. A true professional musician, Jimmy gives his audience his best each and every performance, respecting and appreciating his fans along the way. His music reaches people’s lives in personal and profound ways, as witnessed by the touching messages he receives during and after each tour.
Spare Keys is an all-original album, with six instrumentals and six tunes with vocals. These songs use all the keys available on guitar, running the gamut from soulful blues in "Blues All Night," to heart-wrenching blues in "I Even Lost the Blues" and "You Can’t Come Back." His rock roots shine in "Puttin’ the Word Out" and "Fightin’ in the Jungle," which also features howler monkeys recorded at the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize.
...Complete details about this release here
Click to play"Blues All Night"
Artist site
News Flash
40th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, Sept. 10 & 11!
(Guerneville, CA) – The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival is proud to celebrate 40 years of music on the river. This year’s event will take place on September 10th and 11th at Johnson’s Beach & Resort in Guerneville. Headlining the 40th Annual festival will be Jonny Lang, Keb’ Mo’, Chaka Khan and Brian Culbertson, along with Bobby Rush, Sheila E., Nikki Hill, Raul Midón, Moreland & Arbuckle, Igor Prado from Brazil, The Cosmo Alleycats and The Retroz.
For the last 40 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community, and the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival now ranks amongst the oldest music festivals in North America, alongside groundbreaking events like the Newport Folk Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival – and continually voted Best Music Festival in Sonoma County by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian. ...Read full article and see photos here
Marcia Ball headlines Saturday, October 8, at the Daytona Blues Festival
(Daytona Beach, Florida) – Starting at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 8, the seventh annual Daytona Blues Festival will serve up a full day of the best blues, headlined by the one and only Marcia Ball. Joining Marcia at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in beautiful downtown Daytona Beach will be Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory, Tas Cru, IBC first place band winner The Delgado Brothers, and Florida legend Willie Green.
Marcia Ball is a Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller who has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world.
...Read full article and see photos here
Fans Prompt Ojai Bowlful of Blues Return Sept 17
(Ojai, CA) - On Saturday, September 17, after an 11-year hiatus, Ojai’s Bowlful of Blues will return to Libbey Bowl, in Ojai’s Libbey Park, Ojai, California, with performers scheduled from 3-9pm, including headliner, blues legend Arthur Adams, and featuring Mitch Kashmar, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Calire-Marx Organ Quartet, and rising star Jade Hendrix. Gates open at 2pm with popular locals Richard Kaller and Annieville Blues on the lawn stage.
“Part of our reason for the return of the Bowlful of Blues after all these years is due to the fans,” says Michael Kaufer, Co-Founder/Producer of the festival in 1983, with the late Clarence Sterling. “Since the last concert in 2004 after Clarence’s death, people have continually stopped me on the streets asking for the concert’s return. Due to the event’s immense popularity, and the circumstances being right, the decision was made to reinstate the concert.
...Read full article and see photos here 
Slim Harpo Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge biography from LSU Press
(Baton Rouge, LA) - Slim Harpo finally gets a full biography thanks to a new release by music journalist Martin Hawkins. Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge, from LSU Press, delves into the history of this Baton Rouge performer whose work formed the foundation for the city's blues scene and was later covered by the Stones, Muddy Waters, Pink Floyd, the Kinks, Van Morrison and dozens more.
As Louis Armstrong forever tethered jazz to New Orleans and Clifton Chenier fixed Lafayette as home to zydeco, Slim Harpo established Baton Rouge as a base for the blues. In the only complete biography of this internationally renowned blues singer and musician, Hawkins traces Harpo’s rural upbringing near Louisiana’s capital, his professional development fostered by the local music scene, and his national success with R&B hits like “Rainin’ in My Heart,” “Baby Scratch My Back, and “I’m A King Bee,” among others. ...Read full article and see photos here
Janis: Little Girl Blue: Basking in the limelight of the blues
Hollywood loves its messed-up, tragic rock stars, and a biopic of hippie icon and “white blues” singer Janis Joplin has been in the works for longer than anyone can remember, with everyone from Pink to Amy Adams slated for the lead role.
That it never seems to come together is telling. The ending to Joplin’s arc — death by heroin overdose in 1970 at age 27 — provides no redemption, just stone-cold tragedy. Besides, the Joplin story has already been told well, albeit thinly fictionalized, by the movie that made Bette Midler a star — 1979’s The Rose.
In the absence of a biopic, American public broadcaster PBS offered up another Joplin documentary: Janis: Little Girl Blue, by director Amy J. Berg [now on Netflix]. While the doc is aimed squarely at PBS’ generous baby boomer audience — doing little to contextualize Joplin’s significance for a younger generation —  ...Read full article and see photos here
Blues Foundation News
~ South Central Indiana Blues Society hold 1st Challenge
(Nashville, IN) - The South Central Indiana Blues Society held it's first "Boogie to Beale Challenge" Aug 21 with 12 acts competing to earn a place in the 2017 International Blues Challenge. Here are the 1st place winner
Solo/Duo: Paul Holdman & Rebekah Meldrum
Band: Jimmy G and the Sidewinders
People's Choice Award: King Bee & The Stingers
The Memphis Fundraiser for these acts will be held on January 21st 2017 at the Player's Pub in Bloomington IN. Winners and the Youth Group Showcase will perform that night.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ LRBC #29 Now Pre-Booking, $500 Deposit Per Cabin Holds Your Spot
~ Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 … BOOK NOW!
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct-21~28, 2017: PREBOOK NOW for LRBC #29! Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
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
Join Waitlist! Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam.
If you need help, please visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979. Visit
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More then a cruise! More than a festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Sept 10-11, 2016 Radio Show: Bobby Rush
Photo by Michele LundeenOne of the great showmen in the Blues world, still touring in his eighties, Bobby Rush
knew everybody, played with everybody and has a story about it as well. A massive four CD box set of his incredible career is called Chicken Heads. Bobby Rush wants us to play it. We will.
The incredible Bobby Rush. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio
Click Here 
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
An interview with Blues guitarist/singer, Alligator recording artist Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, who delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Tommy Castro, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan).
Note: this interview was recorded early June 2016.

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Snooky Pryor w-Steve Freund Band and Big Moose Walker
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927), Guitar Shorty (1939); Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925); Sept 11-Barbeque Bob (1902); Sept 12-Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900), Gus Cannon (1883); Sept 13-Charles Brown (1922); Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911 ), Snooky Pryor (1921);
Sept 16-B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931),
Billy Boy Arnold (1935)
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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
Ojai Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, 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
For all festival links
please go to our website
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Sep-30-2016 - Oct-02-2016
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Bridging the Blues
Sep-30-2016 - Oct-08-2016
Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee USA
Georgia Blues and Roots Festival
Oct-01-2016, Mableton
Georgia, Georgia, USA
22nd Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert
Dallas, Texas, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-05-2016 - Oct-08-2016
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Daytona Blues Festival
Oct-07-2016 - Oct-09-2016
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival
Oct-08-2016 - Oct-09-2016
Kure Beach, North Carolina, USA
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