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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 10, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 45

Dec 29, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
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)
About Us (NEW ph#)
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!

Here's San Diego based blues chanteuse, Whitney Shay at the annual Gator By The Bay Festival in San Diego, CA, 2016.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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CD & DVD Releases
Both Sides of The Tracks is Dennis Jones’ fifth album on Blue Rock Records. He wrote nineteen of the tracks for this album and then picked his favorites. He and his band have been playing some of the songs for a while, so “they transferred well in the studio,” says Jones. “A few songs kicked my ass, but I'm very happy with the results. I have a great new band and the support of musicians and friends that I've known and played with over the years.”
Dennis's feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues.  ...More details about this release here
Click to play"It All Depends"
Artist site
Brian Langlinais :: RIGHT HAND ROAD
You could say Brian Langlinais’ new recording, Right Hand Road, was birthed by an ice storm, but that would be getting ahead of the story. Long before that weather event, the album’s roots ran from sea to sea along I-10, home to a slew of bars and nightclubs where bands earn gas money between major cities. For decades, these venues have fostered the uniquely American art form called roadhouse music: a big tent under which blues, country, zydeco, and even jazz come together—often in the same band. Roadhouse legends such as Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Omar and the Howlers, Mason Ruffner, and Lee Roy Parnell all came through Langlinais’ hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, where he cut his teeth in bands playing this crowd-pleasing music. 
...More details about this release here
Click to play"It's The Whiskey That Eases The Pain"
Artist site
News Flash
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Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
Best,  Kaati, Michele, Cheryl, Goran, Heather, Tom, Sean, Tim, and Irene
Big Daddy's Blues Club presents "Blues in The Street” Nov 11-12
(McComb, MS) Big Daddy's Blues Club (224 North Railroad Blvd., McComb, MS) presents "Blues in The Street” Nov 11-12. An event like no other in Pike County Mississippi, this pre-opening outdoor event will feature blues greats, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, Little Freddy King, Terry "Harmonica: Bean, Ransack, Larry Ingram and performing at Big Daddys Blues Club. "Gateway To Blues and America's Music"©, Big Daddy's Blues Club will be a funky laid-back down home music venue with emphasis on the Blues.
To kick off the event Friday Nov 11, 2016, the Mayor of The City of McComb, Mississippi will present a plaque at 6:15pm, on location, to honor one of the Scenic Rivers region’s own blues greats from McComb, Kent “Omar" Dykes of Omar & The Howlers, for his contributions to the arts and being an ambassador to the City of McComb, Mississippi.
...Read more about "Blues In The Street" weekend
8th Annual Big Bend Hospice Benefit Concert in Memory of Pat Ramsey Nov 12
(Tallahassee, FL) - Save the date, November 12, 2016, for the 8th Annual Pat Ramsey Benefit for Big Bend Hospice at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, Florida from 1pm-12am (at the earliest). This will be the eighth year benefiting Big Bend Hospice in Pat's honor. Ramsey was a well known and loved person, musician and blues singer around the globe. He passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 in the care of Hospice. His music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. Free for age 12 and under or if you like... give a donation.
All of the participating bands and musicians are giving their time and talent for Big Bend Hospice. All have their own experiences with hospice and they also want to give back for the love and care given to their loved ones, and for the love they had for Pat.  "This Was His Wish, To Give Back!"
...Find the complete lineup and also how you can donate if you like
Buzz is building for Bradenton Blues Festival Dec 2-4
(Bradenton, FL) - A month before the fifth annual Bradenton Blues Festival, organizers welcomed some important players in the blues world.
The International Blues Foundation hosted its annual board of director’s retreat in downtown Bradenton last week. The International Blues Foundation houses the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis and is directed by a board of 23 individuals from Canada, Norway and across the U.S.

Thanks to the annual blues festival along the Manatee River, blues musicians such as Doug Deming relocating to the area, Blues Music Magazine headquartered within walking distance of downtown Bradenton, and blues venues like Ace’s Live and Blue Rooster, Bradenton has become a destination on the blues map.
“To have the Blues Foundation host an annual board retreat in downtown Bradenton acknowledges that Bradenton has the blues, and is becoming a desired destination for businesses,”
...Read more about the blues events coming up in Bradenton
Blues Society News
Colorado Blues Society Blues Challenge had twist this year
The Colorado Blue Society (CBS) Congratulates The John Weeks Band and A.J. Fullerton as Winners of the 2016 Colorado Blues Challenge! They will represent CBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2017!
Kyle Deibler, CBS IBC Chairman explained a twist in this year's competition. John Weeks competed in both the band and the solo/duo competition and came out the victor in a rare double win in this Blues Challenge. Deibler explains, "Moses Walker & John Weeks were the winning solo/duo in Sunday's competition to go along with John's band victory, and by rule; John had to make the determination of which act he wanted to head to Memphis with for the IBC. Knowing John's decision in advance, I announced A.J. Fullerton as the champion in the solo/duo division and he will represent CBS proudly in Memphis. But in the moment, we failed to give Moses Walker & John Weeks their due, for their winning performance on Sunday, and as the contest coordinator, I deeply regret that we missed that opportunity. In retrospect I should have announced Moses & John as the rightful winners in the solo/duo category, explained the Blues Foundation competition rule and then announce that A.J. would be our representative for the 2017 International Blues Challenge."
Kyle and CBS wish to thank all of the fans and venues that supported the events this year.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ Join Waitlist for Jan 2017 LRBC #28
~ LRBC #29 & #30 Pre-Booking... Hold Your Spots!
LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb 4-11, 2018 ! PREBOOK NOW for LRBC #30! Ft. Lauderdale to Antiguia, St. Kitts and Grand Turk on Holland America's ms Koningsdam
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. 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 #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
 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
Nov 12-13, 2016 Radio Show: MIKE BLOOMFIELD
Photo by Michele LundeenMichael Bloomfield is one of those tragic figures who flamed out too young, but left behind a great legacy of music. There is a new biography, Mike Bloomfield: The Rise And Fall Of An American Guitar Hero. The author, rock historian Ed Ward, hops aboard to talk about Bloomfield, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, the Electric Flag, and more!
The life and times of Mike Bloomfield. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode: SUE FOLEY
Sue Foley is an award winning blues and roots singer, songwriter. Foley spent her early childhood in Canada, and started her professional career at sixteen. By twenty-one, Foley was living in Austin, Texas and recording for Antone’s—the blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of blues-rock legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Bobby Rush "Porcupine Meat"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Nov 10 Bobby Rush, George "Mojo" Buford (1929); Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929), Mose Allison (1927), Chris Smither (1944); Nov 12 Bukka White (1906), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913), John Hammond, Jr. (1942), Candye Kane (1961); Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947);
Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873), Hubert Sumlin (1931), Eden Brent (1976), Francis Clay (1923); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967); Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946)
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Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm &
Rock Festival
Nov-11-2016 - Nov-13-2016
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
Blues In The Street
Nov-11-2016 - Nov-12-2016, McComb, Mississippi, USA
San Francisco International
Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
 Venice Blues Festival
Nov-18-2016 - Nov-20-2016
Venice, Florida, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-24-2016 - Nov-26-2016
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-02-2016 - Dec-03-2016
Bradenton, Florida, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-12-2017 - Jan-15-2017
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Jan-16-2017 - Jan-17-2017
St. Petersburg/Boca Raton,
Florida, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues
Cruise #28 Caribbean
Jan-22-2017 - Jan-29-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Cincy Winter Blues Festival
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
3rd Annual Suncoast Blues Festival
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Sarasota, Florida, USA
International Blues Challenge
Jan-31-2017 - Feb-04-2017
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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