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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 22, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 51

jAN 5, 2017
Feb 18, 2016
Holiday Greetings!
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
News Flash
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
Holiday Greetings!
Joy and Peace-filled Holidays to you & yours...
Show us your BFG
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Here's Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry and his daughter Sharo (SHY) Perry at the Hayward-Russell Blues Festival in Hayward, California July 9, 2016
Photo: Tom Yearnshaw
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CD & DVD Releases
Live From Transylvania was recorded on March 28, 2015 at the Sighisoara Blues Festival in Romania. Six-time award winning keyboardist and vocalist, Jimmy Voegeli, leads Wisconsin’s blues powerhouse The Jimmys. The tight vocal harmonies and powerful horn lines by the Midwest’s best horn section will transport you back to Motown. Add to that the deep pocket by an all Brown Cow Productions’ star rhythm section and you have The Jimmys. The band was named one of the Top Ten festival acts of 2015. When he’s not performing, Voegeli helps out on the family’s fifth-generation old dairy farm.
Six previously recorded tracks on Live From Transylvania include: “Jacqui Juice” – Hot Dish (2015), “I Wonder” – Hot Dish (2015) “Hell or Heaven” – Gimme The Jimmys (2011), “Love Will Find A Way” – Gimme The Jimmys (2011), “You Say You Will” – Hot Dish (2015), and “Lose That Woman” – Hot Dish (2015).
...Read more about this release

Listen"I Wonder"
Artist Website
When Derrick Procell began writing songs with Grammy winner Terry Abrahamson, he hadn't planned on releasing the music under his own name. But as overwhelming positive feedback from other blues artists came back -- all of them wondering who the singer/producer was -- it became clear that Procell needed the world to hear his versions of the songs before they became hits for others. After releasing self-produced CDs under the Americana banner, Why I Choose to Sing the Blues is Procell’s debut blues album. Most of the 12 original songs were co-written with Abrahamson, while the others are solo Procell compositions.
A fiery live performer since his early days covering blues classics with his college band, Parchman Farm, Procell brings his full energy to the proceedings whether he's playing piano or harmonica. What really sets him apart, though, is his soulful, passionate, gritty vocals.   ...Read more about this release
Listen"The Wolf Will Howl Again"
Artist Website
News Flash
Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Launch Second Annual Holiday Tour
(Stuart, FL) - Butch Trucks, founding member of legendary Southern rock band the Allman Brothers, launches his Second Annual Holiday Tour with Butch Trucks and The Freight Train, featuring founding Allman Brothers' drummer, Butch Trucks; high-profile bandmates Damon Fowler, Butch Katz, Matt Walker, Garrett Dawson, and Heather Gillis round out the group. The Holiday Tour kicks off with a show at Terra Fermata (26 SE 6th St., Stuart, FL, 772) 286-5252), on Tuesday, December 27. Showtime is 9pm and tickets are $25. Complete tour itinerary at bottom.

Butch Trucks and The Freight Train was formed only one year ago and is already receiving rave reviews for their fantastic live shows spanning four U.S. tours. Founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, drummer Butch Trucks, is joined onstage by world-renowned blues guitar slinger Damon Fowler, who brings his highly-acclaimed playing and unique vocals to the Freight Train stage and music. ...Find Butch Trucks bio, upcoming tour dates and more
Bands Announced for Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #29 to the Southern Caribbean
(High Seas) - The 29th Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise will be sailing on the Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam from Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Bahamas Private Island (Beach Party at Half Moon Cay) Oct 21-18, 2017. General "On-Sale" date will be January 6th, 2017 12pm EST, 11am CDT, 10am MST, 9am PST.
Artists announced include Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band, Booker T. Jones Presents: A Stax Revue (10-Piece), Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue w/ Tommy Castro, John Németh, Monster Mike Welch & Vanessa Collier, G. Love & Special Sauce, Cyril Neville's Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Wee Willie Walker & Frank Bey w/ Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, Samantha Fish, The California Honeydrops, Coco Montoya, Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots Revue, Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child,"...   ...Find complete lineup and reservation info 
Dec 26 Great Salt City Blues Concert in Syracuse, NY with 20+ artists
(Syracuse, NY) - On December 26 the Palace Theatre at 2384 James St, Syracuse, New York, will be host to the GREAT Salt City Blues Concert, an historic celebration (not a jam) of the rich blues history of Syracuse as one of the most important Blues cities in the Northeastern United States. Doors open at 6pm and showtime is 7:30pm. The GREAT Salt City Blues Concert is dedicated in honor of Kelly James, Roosevelt Dean, Kyle Shirley, and Dave Olson, great Syracuse Blues musicians who are no longer physically with us but their contributions and spirit to the Syracuse Blues community will always be felt.
The players that are participating in The GREAT Salt City Blues Concert all still reside in Central New York and are actively playing. These musicians have greatly contributed to the history of the Syracuse Blues community.
...Find complete details and where to purchase tickets
Blues Society News
- Austin Blues Society Holiday Memberships and Merch Sale!
- Toronto Blues Society Guitar Workshop Feb 26, 2017
It's the holiday season and the Austin Blues Society wants to give you a present!
Starting December 21st through January 8th, 2017, you can save 35% on our wide selection of men's and women's ABS logo shirts, and a whopping 50% on new memberships and membership renewals!

To claim your discount, visit our web store, and use the appropriate coupon code at checkout:
- HOLIDAYSHIRTS2016 - 35% on men's and women's ABS logo shirts
- HOLIDAYMEMBERSHIPS2016 - 50% on all memberships

You can use these coupon codes as often as you'd like between now and January 8th, 2017 – so if you didn't get a new ABS shirt for Christmas, there'll still be time for you to get one at a great price afterwards!

The Toronto Blues Society (TBS) Guitar Workshop returns Sunday, Feb 26 at 2pm at The Burdock (1184 Bloor St W). This year’s workshop will feature Cecile Doo-Kingue, Don Rooke and Suzie Vinnick. This event is a great opportunity to ask some of Canada’s greatest guitarists about their craft. Tickets are $10 in advance. Door prices are $15 for TBS members and $20 public.
Cecile Doo-Kingue is considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists. She played Massey Hall in 2015 as part of the TBS’s Women’s Blues Revue. Don Rooke is leader of The Henrys, the Toronto-based ‘nearly-instrumental’ group that performs as a quartet, or quintet, but records with a larger stable of players. Suzie Vinnick, a Saskatoon native living in Ontario, is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship.
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. Booking begins Jan 6, 2017
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 24-25, 2016 Radio Show: CHRISTMAS BLUES
It is holiday time again. Time to dig into the sack of goodies and pull out the blues that best expresses the season. The giving, the wanting, the coming home, the not being home, the sitting by the fire, the watching the snow, the wishing there was snow, the eating of the food, the hugging of the loved ones. Yeah, all that.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
An interview with blues, roots, rock musician Steve Strongman, the Hamilton, Ontario based bluesman and JUNO Winner who was Mako's 50th Talkin' blues Podcast guest.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
 B.B. King "Blue Decorations"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
May your Holidays be Merry, Peaceful, and Music-filled!
~ Birthdays of upcoming note: 
Dec 22 Lil Green (1919); Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924); Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949);
Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944); Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914), Johnny Otis (1921); Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928); Dec 31 Odetta (1930)
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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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