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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 1, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 48

Feb 18, 2016
jAN 5, 2017
Nov 24
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
About Us (NEW ph#)
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
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Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Ed Wills from New Orleans shows off his copy of Blues Festival Guide. Ed and his band, Blues 4 Sale, performed at the Bogalusa Blues Festival in Bogalusa, Louisiana on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. 
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CD & DVD Releases
Rooted in the blues and spiked with R&B urgency, Omar Coleman’s Live! At Rosa’s Lounge on Delmark Records contains 10 mostly funkified songs. "We like our blues with a dose of funk, soul and all other kind of stuff," says Omar Coleman. Eventually these supposedly separate genres run into each other especially with the new generation of blues artists taking over.

Even though it was only available for the second half of the year Omar's Delmark debut Born & Raised was #15 on Living Blues magazine's top radio albums of the year. In that LB review of the album Roger Gatch said, "The album bears the mark of an artist who is appropriately confident in his abilities as a singer, harmonica player and songwriter and who is steeped in the classic blues sounds of his home city yet unafraid to take them in a more contemporary direction..." ...Read more about this release
Artist Website
Isaiah B Brunt :: A MOMENT IN TIME
A Moment In Time, Isaiah B Brunt’s latest release was recorded in New Orleans and features bassist, Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee George Porter Jr. of The Meters, and all-star horn section with James Brown’s former musical director, Jeffery T Watkins, on saxophone!

Isaiah has been a top Aussie production guy and former studio owner of Darling Harbor studios who's worked alongside some of Australia's top groups including solo projects by Rob Hirst, Midnight Oil, Steve Prestwich, Cold Chisel, Julio Iglesias and his Orchestra, American Idols Randy Jackson and Goo Goo Dolls have rehearsed there during Australian tours. Not only has Isaiah been behind the board for globally upper echelon bands he's been a go-to side man for bands touring down under like the time Keanu Reeves band Dog Star hit Sydney and Isaiah recorded them aiding them on their shows around Sydney. ...Read more about this release
Artist Website
News Flash
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 to read more and find 2017 January tour dates in your area.
BB King’s Band on the Road Again…
The Thrill is Not Gone... We're Back! 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 more about the BB King Band here
Blues legend receives honor for his part in desegregating nation's military
(St. Louis, MO) - Fans of blues legend Johnnie Clyde Johnson long have complained that – although a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – the native St. Louisan’s stellar musical talents were often unfairly overshadowed by others.
As U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill put it, “He wasn’t quite as ‘showy’ as some of the other musicians he hung out with.”
His low-key nature could explain why Johnson, who died in 2005, also didn’t dwell on another significant part of his life – as a member of the Montford Point Marines, the corps’ first African-American unit. It was set up during World War II – years before the U.S. military was finally ordered desegregated by then-President Harry S Truman in 1948.

On Monday at the National Blues Museum, before a crowd of Johnson’s relatives and admirers, McCaskill formally presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Johnson’s widow, Frances Johnson.
...Read and see more about Johnnie Johnson
Note from the Delta Museum Director about deadline for matching Museums for America Grant
(Clarksdale, MS) - It's late fall down in the Delta, with cooler weather, but things have been hot and hopping at the Museum.
We are very excited to have made great strides toward our goal of raising $60,000 on #GivingTuesday, to match our Museums for America grant! We really appreciate the donations that so many of you contributed for Mississippi Day of Giving and for #GivingTuesday.

So far, we have raised $11,011.85 in online and offline donations, and thanks to the fundraising site GiveGab, we are able to extend our deadline to December 31. We still need your help to reach our goal! If you can, please make your tax-deductible donation to the Delta Blues Foundation (our 501c3) by mailing a check to PO Box 459, Clarksdale MS 38614, or donate through our website, or through the GiveGabsite. Just in time for that year-end charitable gift you need!
...Read more and find out how you can assure the museum thrives
Pinetop Perkins Foundation launches Pinetop Assistance League, a respite care program for elder musicians

The Pinetop Perkins Foundation announces the launch of a brand new program: The Pinetop Assistance League (PAL). The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career. The Pinetop Assistance League (PAL) fulfills the second part of this mission and provides respite care for elder musicians.
The official benefit launch for PAL will take place at Antone’s Nightclub on February 15th in Austin Texas with a great line-up of Texas musicians, to be announced soon!
PAL will be dedicated to providing temporary respite care for elder musicians over the age of 55. Although preference will be given to blues artists, musicians in other genres will be eligible depending on available funds.
...Find more about this worthwhile program
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
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More then a cruise! More than a festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Dec 3-4, 2016 Radio Show: REVEREND SHAWN AMOS
Photo by Michele LundeenThe Reverend Shawn Amos used to be just Shawn Amos, respected producer, record company executive, and all around musician. Then he caught the Blues bug. He is bringing his personal history to the music, and he is bringing the Blues to us.
The Reverend Shawn Amos. Interesting guy. Interesting story. Great music. 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: ERIC THOM music writer
An interview with music writer Eric Thom about his life and his approach to reviewing music. Writer for Blues Revue magazine among others... a highly-specialized generalist with hyper-active word skills. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Junior Wells & Otis Rush "Hoodoo Man Blues"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
The Blues is a mighty long road... travel freely!
~ Birthdays of upcoming note: 
Dec 4 Larry Davis (1936); Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912); "Little Richard" Penniman (1932); Dec 6 Sean Carney; Dec 8 Gregg Allman (1947); Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934)
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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

 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
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
Winter Blues Fest
Feb-10-2017 - Feb-11-2017
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Clearwater Sea-Blues
Festival 2017
Feb-18-2017 - Feb-19-2017
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Riverwalk Blues and
Music Festival
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-10-2017 - Mar-11-2017
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
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We are woman owned and operated.
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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