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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 17, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 46

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 are a few of the friendly, music-loving security staff from the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. at the 2016 Doheny Blues Festival, Dana Point, California. What makes it even more special was blues fan and BFG friend Dancin' Danny Watkins (pictured below) took the photo!!
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CD & DVD Releases
Dan Bubien’s sophomore studio album, Grinding These Gears, the followup to his successful 2013 debut Empty Roads, is a self-produced rootsy collection of original songs written by Dan and long-time friend and co-writer Roman Marocco, and recorded by legendary Pittsburgh musician Joe Munroe. Crossing genres from roots and blues, to R&B and soul, Dan’s sound is tied together by classic instrumentation, soulful vocals, and contemporary songwriting.
Dan Bubien is a singer-songwriter-guitarist from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. With a career that spans over two decades, Dan is constantly refining and redefining his craft with a wide palette of tones and textures, sounds and styles, to express his songwriting through an open, honest and wide catalog of real songs. Rooted in soul versed in styles from blues to funk, roots-rock to reggae, alt-country to singer-songwriter.
...More details about this release here
Click to play"Palest Rider"
Artist site
Debbie Bond :: ENJOY THE RIDE
Enjoy The Ride, Debbie Bond’s fourth studio album, contains 11 tracks, six are originals written by Debbie Bond and her partner, Rick Asherson. The project was recorded in The Shoals by the great Billy Lawson (FAME, Muscle Shoals Sound, Wishbone and more), with assistant Jerry Masters (FAME, Muscle Shoals Sound and more). The result is a fine collection of songs, infused with that big fat, warm and soulful Muscle Shoals, Alabama, sound. The record is a mix of “souly” originals and traditional Alabama blues paying homage to some of Debbie’s mentors – Willie King, Eddie Kirkland and Jody Williams. Debbie and her band kicked at their finest - highlights include Debbie’s soulful vocals and guitar, “Radiator” Rick's outstanding harmonica, groovemeister Dave Crenshaw’s percussion and sizzling horns from Brad Guin - plus guest spots from guitarist Will McFarlane (six years with Bonnie Raitt) and the legendary Spooner Oldham on organ.
...More details about this release here
Click to play"Enjoy The Ride"             
Artist site
News Flash
Nov 18th Deadline for Early Bird Discounts on the 15th Blues Festival Guide annual print magazine ads
Include our 15th annual Blues Festival Guide print magazine in your 2017 marketing budget! We are offering an early-bird advertiser's 15% off discount through Nov 18 in our annual which will hit the streets April 2017. Click the bluebird image at left for details and rates.
Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
Best... Kaati, Michele, Cheryl, Goran, Heather, Tom, Sean, Tim, and Irene
Nick Schnebelen Band "Around The World 2017 Tour”
Big news for Nick Schnebelen! He and his band’s "Around The World 2017 Tour” will kickoff on January 10, 2017 at Fanatics Pub in Lima, New York. Nick Schnebelen has quickly built a reputation as a killer lead guitar player and impassioned vocalist. As founding member of the award winning, popular family band, Trampled Under Foot (TUF), Nick has traveled the world playing festivals such as Notodden, Montreal, and as fan favorites on the annual Legendary Blues Cruise. In 2008 Nick Schnebelen received The Albert King Award for "Best Guitarist" at IBC and in 2014, the Blues Music Award "Band of the Year", Trampled Under Foot (TUF).
"Echoes of the blues like Freddie King, Buddy Guy... Nick Schnebelen's world-class guitar playing leads the way," says Seattle Post Intelligencer, John Soble.
Click here for 2017 January tour dates in your area.
BB King’s Band on the Road Again…The Thrill is Not Gone
Keeping The Blues Alive…BB King’s Blues Band can’t stop playing the music that was born in the Mississippi Delta.
If you thought “The Thrill Is Gone” meet BB King’s Blues Band on tour across the United States and hear the sound that made Mississippi “The Birthplace of the Blues.” Many of the original BB King Band members have come together to “Keep the Blues Alive” for their fans and to perpetuate the music that King made famous all over the world.
Myron Johnson, BB King’s Tour Manager has re-assembled the band with celebrated Mississippi bluesman Jesse Robinson, as the frontman. Robinson was singled out by “BB” as his favorite guitarist on numerous occasions, therefore, “Jesse was the obvious choice to lead the band as we hit the road to honor the “King of the Blues,” according to Johnson.
...Find the BB King Band here
36th European Blues Awards prove a Winner at Tenby Blues Festival Wales
(Wales, UK) - The results of the winners of the European Blues Awards were announced on Saturday 12th of November 2016 at the Tenby Blues Festival, Wales UK. Following last year’s European Blues Awards reveal at the O2 Arena London, this year it was the first time Wales hosted the results and Tenby Blues Festival proved the perfect location. The awards, now in their 36th year are purely the choice of a colossal week long public vote that makes the genre accolade the biggest outside the USA. It was Bluesman Mike Francis, himself a former nominated finalist recently taken on to represent and promote the message within the UK, who read out the winners before festival headliner and twice award nominee Paul Lamb and band took the stage at the De Valence Theatre. (Pictured here is 2016 Winner Best Musician (Performance) Julian Sas from the Netherlands) Find details and the list of winners
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“Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection” Traveling Exhibition Opens Jan 7, 2017 at National Blues Museum
(St. Louis, MO) - The National Blues Museum’s traveling exhibition, “Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection,” presented by curator, Lynn Orman Weiss, opens January 7, 2017. The collection features 60 photographs of ‘Women of the Blues’ of all ages and ethnic backgrounds representing all styles from southern soul blues to Chicago blues and rock blues. The images include artists such as, Mavis Staples and Susan Tedeschi to Chicago’s Southern soul blues diva, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, the newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland, and many more. This exhibit is dedicated, in tribute, to Koko Taylor’s foundation, Sisters of Royalty.

“This exhibit is the perfect artistic complement to the Women of the Blues section in the museum and we are excited to have it during the time when the country celebrates National Women’s History Month in March,” says Dion Brown, Executive Director of the National Blues Museum.
...Find more info and images about the this exhibit
Blues Society News
~ New Orleans Blues Society selects Solo/Duo Winner
~ UK Blues Federation picks winner for European Challenge
7th European Blues Challenge April 7-9, 2017
Wesley to Represent New Orleans Society
(Mandeville, LA) - Singer/songwriter Will Wesley was chosen by a panel of judges to represent the New Orleans Blues Society (N.O.B.S.) at the 2017 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN January 31 to February 4, 2017. The N.O.B.S. Solo/Duo finals were held in the historic Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Hall in Mandeville, LA, Saturday, November 12.

Four acts competed during the evening. Dennis Schiably, President of the N.O.B.S., announced the winner at the end of the evening. Wesley, a very talented young man from Baton Rouge, LA, impressed both the crowd and the judges to come out on top. Wesley has been performing in the area for over 10 years and performed mostly original material during his portion of the contest. The runner up in the competition, the duo Dirty Rain Revelers, will travel to Memphis in the event Wesley is unable, for any reason, to attend.
...Find more info about the artist, blues society and historic event location
2016 UK Blues Challenge Winners the Kaz Hawkins Band
The 3rd UK Blues Challenge, held by the UK Blues Federation, took place November 12th, 2016 and selected the band that will go in Denmark next April 2017 for the European Blues Challenge! Four final bands competed for the title: Wille & The Bandits, Dove & Boweevil, Kaz Hawkins and Rebecca Downes.
Congratulations to winners, the Kaz Hawkins Band. They go on top cpompete in the European Blues Challenge plus will be offered the opportunity to play at a number of top UK festivals which will include the Upton Blues Festival. UKBlues hopes that the winners of the 2016 UK Blues Challenge will be invited to represent the UK in Memphis in 2017 as well.
7th European Blues Challenge April 7-9, 2017
The European Blues Union has received 21 confirmations from countries that will participate to the 7th edition of the European Blues Challenge at Horsens (Denmark) April 7-9, 2017.
Here is the list so far: France, Sweden, Italy. Norway, Finland, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Estonia, Switzerland, Croatia, Austria, Poland, Romania.
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
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More then a cruise! More than a festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Nov 19-20, 2016 Radio Show: BLUES RE-INVENTED
Photo by Michele LundeenMusic is in a constant state of change, and yet it somehow remains the same. And sometimes, music changes by reinvention – a re-boot of an old style, a re-discovery of a forgotten artist. We will give a listen to re-inventors past and present - Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens, Pokey LaFarge, Skip James, Robert Johnson, and more….
The Blues, Re-invented. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Mix Stevie Ray blues, Rick James funk and Living Colour-styled hard rock... Here is a fun interview with the candid, Canadian artist Tony (Wild T) Springer who is originally from Tunapuna, Trinidad. "A lilting, lyrical take on Hendrix. An absolute delight" said David Bowie. "I followed him around like a messiah - Tony's been my idol for years" said Jeff Healey.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
John Mayall w-Walter Trout on solo
"Room The Move" circa 1984
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967); Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926); Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956), Shuggie Otis (1953)
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Festival Calendar
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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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
are paid "Featured" ads

 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-04-2016
Bradenton, Florida, USA
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
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
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-09-2017 - Feb-12-2017
Boquete, Panama
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