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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 15, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 50

Feb 18, 2016
jAN 5, 2017
Holiday Greetings!
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
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#)
Holiday Greetings!
From our corner of the world to yours...
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Here's 2016 Blues Festival Guide magazine cover boy Victor Wainwright (rt) with Rick Lewis (lt) of Soulshine Photographix, the photographer that captured the spectacular photo! Rick says, "As a photographer, I was honored to have my shot of Victor Wainwright selected as the cover of your magazine. I finally caught up to Victor again at the Bradenton Blues Festival in Bradenton, FL." Thanks guys! 
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CD & DVD Releases
The Paul DesLauriers Band :: RELENTLESS
Following the success of their self-titled album from 2014, The Paul DesLauriers Band has returned with the aptly titled Relentless, a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 new songs that encompass their most original and powerful work to date.
In a true collaborative effort, singer-guitarist Paul DesLauriers (pronounced "de-loree-yay"), bassist Greg Morency and drummer Sam Harrisson approached this recording the same way as previous projects: three men playing together in one room, capturing the performances live. This time they've applied that philosophy to the entire creative process, writing and arranging the music together from the ground up, with lyrics penned by DesLauriers and his longtime collaborator Alec McElcheran.
Each member of the band is a virtuoso in his own right, but what sets this power trio apart is its uncanny chemistry. ...Read more about this release
"I'm Your Man"
Artist Facebook
The Waydown Wailers :: EMPTY PROMISES
The Waydown Wailers sophomore release on Woodstock Records, Empty Promises, finds the quartet led by brothers Dave Parker (guitar/lead vocals) and Christian “Moe” Parker (lead guitar) mining deeper into the rich, upstate New York soil that inspired The Band and many great roots artists. Cultivating a sound described as the “edge of the swamp rock, blues, and jam with a healthy dash of Americana,” their music has been baptized “Outlaw Jam.”
The nine songs range from present-day observations and social commentary on a national level, to recounts of past relationships and desires in us all.
Another family affair (a North American tradition), brothers Dave and Moe were passionate about music at an early age. Michael “Scruffy” Scriminger (drum/percussion) and Connor Pelkey (bass/backing vocals), welded the circle complete. ...Read more about this release
"Don't let Life Pass You By"
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.
See below for new upcoming 2017 tour dates in your area.
...Find new tour dates, booking contact and more
Seattle’s All-Star Women Jam "Holiday Dress-Up Edition" Fri Dec 16
(Seattle, WA) - Blues To Do presents their Third Friday, All-Star Women Jam session "Holiday Dress-Up Edition" this Friday Dec 16th at Spinnaker Bay Brewing in Hillman City at Orcas & Rainier Ave. S. in Seattle. Wear your holiday dress-up, bring your voice, your instrument, your key, the feel of the song you want to do, have an excellent beer from Spinnaker Bay Brewing that goes great with an authentic tamale featuring homemade pickled peppers from The Tamale Guy (6-9pm)'s time to jam ladies!
This unique monthly jam features an amazing back-up band with Beth Wulff on piano, Patty Mey on bass, Kelli with an 'i' on drums/vocals, plus Sylvia Breece on guitar/vocals. Lots of great women jammers join us on a regular basis such as Annette Taborn, Lady Keys, Elnah Jordan, Sheila Kay...   ...Read more about this event
Christmas Eve Blues Party in Phoenix
(Phoenix, AZ) – A “Christmas Eve Blues Party” will be going down featuring San Diego harmonica master and entertainer Billy Watson, The Rocket 88s, and Mike Eldred on Sat, December 24, 2016 at the Rhythm Room (1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona. Doors are 8 pm and show is 9:00 pm. Cover is $10 and the show is 21 and up.
Billy Watson is an entertainer extraordinaire, capable of throwing down a blues show that can be infectiously hilarious and convincingly nasty. His energy as a frontman is relentless, his vocals inspiring, and his harp work musically outstanding. Billy's repertoire ranges from creepy grooves, grinding shuffles, to fast boogies and swings.
Blues music was created by people looking for a way to forget their "blues" by telling their stories through song. Billy's show reminds modern audiences that blues music can be lowdown, but that in the end it's all about having some fun, dancing, and forgetting about your worries. ...Read more about the artists
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 17-18, 2016 Radio Show: A TRIBUTE TO THE TRIBUTES
Photo by Michele LundeenElwood showcases a trio of brand new tributes! "The Musical Mojo of Dr. John," a live concert in honor of the good doctor. "Dear Jerry," another live event, giving props to Jerry Garcia. And "Way Down Inside," a salute to Willie Dixon, from Big Head Todd, and guest singers from the Chicago Blues scene.
A tribute to the tributes. Thanks be to the 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: MAKO FUNASAKA interviewed by SHAKURA S'AIDA
An interview of the creator of The Talkin' Blues by Canadian blues and jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress Shakura S'Aida.
Photographer and videographer Mako was the recipient of a Keeping The Blues Alive Award for category of Film, Television and Video. A Co-Production with Bravo! Canada, his The Talkin Blues Series is a 39 part 3 season series that examined the current state of Blues music, and documented the stories and the passion behind the music through interviews with some of it's most talented practitioners. The series was syndicated on Bravo! Canada. The series also appeared on BET-Jazz and COOL TV.

The Rhythm, Roots, And Soul Series was a series about R&B, Soul, Gospel and Roots music. The show focused on the musicians that make this music, and is a snapshot in time of their music, philosophies and careers.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Nick Moss Band "Catch Me I'm Falling"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
The Blues is a mighty long road... travel freely!
 ~ Birthdays of upcoming note: 
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); Dec 19 Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918); Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw (1902), Carla Thomas (1942); Dec 22 Lil Green (1919); Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924); Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949)
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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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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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