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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 22, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 38

Feb 18, 2016
sept 29
Nov 24
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 Society News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Photo by Michele Lundeen
Here's Frank Bey of the Bey Paule Band and Wee Willie Walker. What a treat to hear these two at the San Diego Blues Festival on Saturday Sept 10, 2016.
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!
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CD & DVD Releases
M.C. Records is thrilled to welcome back The Queen of Blues/Rock guitar Joanna Connor to the label. Six String Stories was released internationally on August 26, her first in 14 years. Joanna will be touring nationally and internationally to support her new recording.

Six String Stories is the one that the fans who pack her hometown gigs have been waiting for. You’ll still hear the scorching solos – but there’s more to Joanna Connor than that. The disc’s ten tracks include tastes of gospel, rock, soul and funk; all with the gutsy singing and heartfelt playing that have always been her trademarks. Connor wrote eight tracks on Six String Stories with Marion Lance Lewis, a mainstay of her live band.

"Joanna Connor might be the best – or most original – blues-based slide guitar player you're likely to come across today. Or tomorrow." — Guitar World ...More details about this release here
Click to play"By Your Side"
Bob Seeley :: LET’S BOOGIE!
Let’s Boogie! is the sixth of a series of studio and live recordings from one of the world's premier boogie piano players, Bob Seeley. Consisting mostly of standards, all songs here are arranged by Bob Seeley. An inductee to the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio USA, Bob is a classically-trained pianist whose early discovery of boogie woogie is our blessing. Born and raised in Detroit, he learned boogie, stride, and ragtime from recordings and folios. Among his great influences is Pat Flowers (Fats Waller's protégé) and the boogie pioneer Meade Lux Lewis - one of the three giants of boogie woogie (along with Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson).
Bob was a personal friend of Meade Lux Lewis, having met while Bob was playing one of Lewis’ tunes at a house party. He later was a accompanist of legendary Blues singer Sippie Wallace. As a solo performer, Bob toured throughout Europe, the USA, and Brazil.
..Full details about this release here
Click to play"Swanee River Boogie"
News Flash
David Julia’s "Simple Things"
By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro ©
Guitarist, singer and songwriter David Julia has been performing live since the age of seven and by the age of ten he had a regular Friday night gig at a local club. Simple Things is his first recording and take it from me, there is nothing simple about it. On this five track EP, David wrote four of the songs and he surrounded himself with some of the best players in the business. Joining David Julia on guitar and vocals are: the disc's producer, Mark Telesca (Mark Telesca Band, Blues Dragon & Diunna Greenleaf) on bass; Chris Peet (JP Soars & Southern Hospitality) on drums; and Albert Poliak on Hammond B3 organ.

The disc opens with one of David's originals titled "Just A Matter Of Time." It's a hot number about a hot number who caught David's eye. After laying some lines on her he's so sure he'll win her over that he flat out tells her...
...Read full review here
At the Daytona Blues Festival, October 7-9, there is too much music for just one stage
 (Daytona Beach, FL) – While the 7th annual Daytona Blues Festival officially kicks off at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, downtown Daytona Beach, Florida at 2:30 pm Friday, October 7th, the music actually begins at the welcome party, Thursday October 6th, at Bahama Breeze Island Grille. Starting at 8:00 pm, Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowland and his band will get the party started with two free sets for festival attendees. With his band and as a solo act, Josh has been a crowd and judges’ favorite at the IBCs for the past two years. Josh’s fun-loving mix of traditional and original blues is the perfect start to a great weekend of music.
The legendary Friday, October 7th, “Women in Blues” line up has already been highlighted. But those stellar women are not the only music makers Friday. The Riverfront Stage, in its second year, will feature 2016 IBC solo finalist and “Best Guitarist” winner Bing Futch, and 2016 IBC solo/duo winners Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, keeping the blues flowing between sets.
...Read full story and see photos here
“Boo” Mitchell, Cedric Burnside to Headline Third Annual Blues Conference Oct 2-4
(Cleveland, MS) – The Third Annual International Conference on the Blues promises to bring legendary entertainment and academics to Delta State University from Sunday, Oct. 2 through Tuesday, Oct. 4, including GRAMMY award-winner and Royal Studios owner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and GRAMMY nominee and four-time Blues Music Award winner Cedric Burnside. The conference, which is still open for registration, brings together Blues scholars, historians and fans from all over the United States in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, a place known as the epicenter of Blues music and history.
Among the highlights of this year’s International Conference on the Blues:
- “Blues on the Grounds” at Historic Dockery Farms featuring music by Jake and the Pearl Street Jumpers
- Keynote address by Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell
- Conversation and an outdoor concert in downtown Cleveland with Cedric Burnside
- Presentation by GRAMMY winner Dr. David Evans, leading specialist in Blues, American folk music, and popular music
- Events highlighting Blues music songwriters and performers including ‘Blues in the Round’ sponsored by Visit Mississippi
- Brunch on the front porch of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
...Read full info, bios and see photos here 
Annual Blues Festival Guide Early Bird Special!
Now is the time to figure out your 2017 marketing strategy and we are offering an early-bird advertiser's 15% off discount in the 15th annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE PRINT MAGAZINE which hits the streets next April 2017.
Include our print magazine in your 2017 marketing budget. This award winning publication is free to the Blues community (100,000 distributed throughout U.S and Canada), and features entertaining and educational editorial by top Blues’ aficionados. Advertisers get results.
Get great savings if you order your ad space and pay before November 18, 2016 (artwork not due until March). Online advertising opportunities also available - we can customize a package for you and give you big discounts. Ask for our media kit. We specialize in blues fan and industry databases and we are looking forward to helping you build a custom campaign which will give your brand maximum exposure!
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Blues Society News
Kootenay Blues Society injects funds into school music program
(Nelson, BC, CA ) - Trafalgar Music Program received a much-needed injection of funds thanks to the August 6 International Blues Day Fundraiser at the Royal Hotel.
The well-attended event, hosted by the recently formed Kootenay Blues Society, saw several musicians and bands, including Frank Brooks, Charlie Jacobson, Rick Lingard, Keith Todd, Tim Bullen, Anna Katarina, the Baker Street Blues, the Lazy Poker Band with Simone Waisboim and Aryn Sheriff, played for hours with a suggested donation fee of $5-$10.
All of the money raised goes towards the Band and Music Program at Trafalgar Middle School in Nelson (British Columbia, Canada). Tim Bullen, the Music Educator at both Trafalgar and LVR high schools, will be using it for badly needed instrument repair costs. 
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
 Info: WEBSITE or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More than a festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Sept 24-25, 2016 Radio Show: Wee Willie Walker & more
Photo by Michele LundeenElwood welcomes Wee Willie Walker, a soul singer on the fringes back in the day, now rediscovered by fans Rick Estrin and Kid Andersen from the Nightcats... who even made an album with the guy, If Nothing Ever Changes. This hour also features some Ray Charles, and a sampling of other Littles: Walter, Milton, and Charlie. Hour two Elwood welcomes Nathaniel Rateliff, the singer/songwriter reborn as a soul singer. His latest release, Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats, was released on the classic soul label, Stax. This soulful hour also features some old school Stax artists.
Every week, Elwood points the BluesMobile down the road to bring you the finest in blues, both old and new. Hop on in, and take a ride. Right here, in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode: GREG NAGY
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
An interview with Greg Nagy, a multi-faceted artist whose songwriting, singing, and guitar playing reveal his personalized music that is refreshingly and honestly infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock, blues, and gospel.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Greg Nagy and Bruce Greenaway).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz & Victor Wainwright Live
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939), Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1907); Mighty Joe Young (1927); Sept 24- Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924), Chick Willis (1934), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893), Willie Kent (1936); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949);
Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932), George "Wild Child" Butler (1936);
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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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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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 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
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 
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Fest
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-16-2016
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Bukka White Blues Festival
Oct-14-2016 - Oct-15-2016
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #27 Southeastern Caribbean
Oct-29-2016 - Nov-05-2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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