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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 8, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 49

Feb 18, 2016
jAN 5, 2017
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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CD & DVD Releases
Benny Turner :: when she’s gone
Benny's 4th release, when she's gone, is a musical feast featuring six original songs and four blues standards. With special guests Marva Wright, Bob Margolin, and Charles Brown, each song showcases Benny's smooth, soulful voice and his signature bass style.
Nominated for 2016 Blues Blast Soul Blues Album of the Year and Winner of the Independent Music Awards blues song of the year ("I Can't Leave”), this is sure to be a winning addition to your music collection.
when she's gone is in loving memory of Ella Mae, the mother who raised two blues legends - Benny and his big brother, the late blues legend Freddie King, a 2012 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Turner, who toured with King until his death in 1976, says he remembers their mother, Ella Mae King Turner, playing guitar. ...Read more about this release
"I Can't Leave"
Artist Website
News Flash
B.B. King Museum AllStars Fall Concert Dec 8th & 10th

(Indianola, MS) - The B.B. King Museum AllStars, five, 15 year-old teens from five Delta towns, will hold their Fall Showcase December 8th at the Bindley Theater (315 Main St. Indianola) and 10th at the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center (400 2nd St, Indianola) and is sponsored by the Mid-Delta Arts Association of Indianola, Mississippi. Director, Harvey Jackson, has planned a fabulous show, billed as "An Evening of Blues and Jazz". Blues, jazz, pop and R&B and not-to-be-missed!
Showtime is 7pm and tickets are $10. The AllStar ensemble consists of Tae'Angelo Carter of Leland, MS, Ikia Crisler of Indianola, MS, SaPhire Jefferson of Sunflower, MS, Faith Love of Hollandale, MS and Durga Saseendran of Cleveland, MS.
Brindley Center tickets are on sale at The Crown Restaurant in Indianola, MS (662-887-4522) and the B.B. King Museum tickets will be sold in Lucille's Gift Shop at the museum (662-887-9539. Will Call pickup. ...Click for links
Nominees for the 59th GRAMMY’s 2017

(Los Angeles, CA) - The Nominees have been announced for the 2017 Grammy’s. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 12, 2017. The CBS network will broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. We extend our congratulations to all the nominees. Our focus is primarily blues and roots, of course, so here’s that list!
- Best Traditional Blues Album:
Can't Shake The Feeling — Lurrie Bell
Live At The Greek Theatre — Joe Bonamassa
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes I & II) — Luther Dickinson
The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers — Vasti Jackson
Porcupine Meat — Bobby Rush
- Best Contemporary Blues Album:
The Last Days Of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito
Love Wins Again — Janiva Magness
Bloodline — Kenny Neal
Give It Back To You — The Record Company
Everybody Wants A Piece — Joe Louis Walker
- In the Best Roots Gospel Album:
God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
- In the Best American Roots Performance category
“Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time” — Blind Boys Of Alabama
Track from: God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
Alligator Records
- In the Best Americana Album category
This Is Where I Live — William Bell — Stax  ...Find more about the GRAMMY's
Winter Blues Festival Heats up the Season in Kokomo, Indiana Dec 9
(Kokomo, IN) - Three local musicians are curing the winter blues.
For the first time since 2013, B.L. Benson, Mike Milligan, and Blindboy and the CNI Dawgs are regrouping in Kokomo [Indiana] to put on the Winter Blues Festival, marking a return to the City of Firsts for the three bands. The concert takes place Friday, Dec. 9, at Phi Delta Kappa House, 2401 Saratoga Ave., Kokomo, Indiana.
According to organizer Mike Milligan, the musicians wanted to perform for their hometown this time around.
“We were doing these blues festivals in Kokomo, but then we started performing in Indianapolis. It seemed like all my focus was on the Indianapolis area, and I’d like to redirect my momentum,” said Milligan.
Milligan, who has lived “within slingshot distance” of B.L. Benson and Blindboy and the CNI Dawgs for more than 20 years, said it’s always a pleasure to perform with his friends for his own city. ...Find out more here
Hey Blues Fans! Don’t miss the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis
(Memphis, TN) - Memphis’ claim as the “Home of the Blues” will be indisputably evident the first week of February when thousands of blues fans from across the country will attend the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) hosted by The Blues Foundation.
2017 International Blues Challenge will be January 31-February 4. The International Showcase will open the event on January 31 with competition rounds February 1st-4th in venues located on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tickets are $100 for the basic pass which grants general admission to: Tuesday Night International Showcases, Wednesday – Friday Beale Street Competition Venues, Youth Showcases – Friday on Beale Street, all daytime seminars and workshops, and IBC Orpheum Finals on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on or on Beale Street at various locations. ...Find more about the happenings at IBC
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
Dec 10-11, 2016 Radio Show: BOBBY RUSH
Photo by Michele LundeenFresh on the heels of a four CD retrospective of his fifty years in the blues, Bobby Rush got off his laurels and made a brand new record, all originals, called Porcupine Meat. As always it is excellent. And as always, it does contain songs about food.
The incredible Bobby Rush joins Elwood Blues. 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: LINDA MANZER Canadian master guitar luthier
An interview with Canadian master guitar luthier, Linda Manzer. She's been making guitars for over 30 years and is renowned for her archtop and flat-top acoustic guitars. Hi-profile clients include Pat Methany, Carlos Santana. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Blind Boys of Alabama "Mother's Children Have A Hard Time"
(group and song back story and Muscle Shoals outtakes)
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
The Blues is a mighty long road... travel freely!
 ~ Birthdays of upcoming note: 
Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934), Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926), Casey Bill Weldon (1909); Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926)
Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918), Lonesome Sundown (1928)
Dec 13 Lurrie Bell (1958), Lucky Peterson (1964); Dec 15 Andrew “Big Voice” Odom (1936), Mark Hummel (1955), Nick Moss (1969); Dec 17 James Booker (1939), Paul Butterfield (1942); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917), Lonnie Brooks (1933), Peg Leg Sam (1911), Rod Piazza (1947)
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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

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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
River City Blues Festival
26th Annual
Mar-16-2017 - Mar-18-2017
Marietta, Ohio, 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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