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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 5, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 1

jAN 5, 2017
Feb 18, 2016
News Flash... Sunshine Music Festival & more
Show us your BFG
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
About Us 
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
News Flash... Sunshine Music Festival & more
Sunshine Music Festival Coming Jan 14-15, 2017
(St. Petersburg & Boca Raton, FL) -
Saturday, January 14 – St. Petersburg – Vinoy Park Sunday, January 15 – Boca Raton – Mizner Park Amphitheater featuring our most diverse line-up yet with: Tedeschi Trucks Band – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers – Mavis Staples – Dave Mason – Railroad Earth – North Mississippi Allstars – Greyhounds.

When it’s January in Florida that means it’s time for the annual Sunshine Music Festival to bring some of the most electrifying musical performers to the state. And this year promises to be one of the best yet!

Once again headlined by the preeminent blues-rock leader Tedeschi Trucks Band the 2017 Sunshine Music Festival features a great line-up of exciting acts on two live music stages along with a wider array of refreshing craft beers and delectable menus from a wider variety of food vendors. The Festival will kick off Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Noon in Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Area and then Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Noon in Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton in South Florida.

General Admission tickets for the all-day event are $59.95. Special Reserved Tickets are available for $99.95 and limited VIP Sunshine Experience packages are also available. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, parking and service and handling charges. ...Find complete details here
10th Annual Mississippi Blues Marathon & Expo Jan 5-7
(Jackson, MS) - The Mississippi Blues Marathon celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and the race will take place on January 7, 2017 in downtown Jackson, Mississippi’s capital city. With live music before, after, and throughout the course, the Mississippi Blues Marathon proves to be one-of-a-kind.

They will once again host the pre-race Blues Expo on January 5-6 at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS). Vendors from across the country will have running gear, accessories, etc. and several local vendors will have blues-related items. Also enjoy music on Friday Jan 6th from national and internationally renowned blues artists such as Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. Musicians will also provide the live soundtrack along the course on Saturday.
Since our inaugural race in 2008, the event has worked to showcase Jackson and the rich Blues history of the state. A portion of proceeds going to the Blues Foundation and its efforts to support local Blues Musicians and also the MS Blues Commission’s Benevolence Fund, which helps musicians in need.
...Find more details here
Clarksdale, Mississippi Film & Music Festival Jan 26-28
(Clarksdale, MS) - 7th annual Clarksdale Film Festival is brought to you by same folks who organize Juke Joint Festival – the nonprofit Clarksdale Downtown Development Association. The 2017 festival dates are Thursday-Sunday, January 26-28 with official film festival screenings and more. Screening locations include the Delta Cinema, New Roxy, etc. in historic, downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi
To this date on Friday January 27th at 6:30pm, the Clarksdale Film Festival is proud to present the Clarksdale premiere of Gip the movie, the full-length documentary that was years in the making. The premiere will be held at the Delta Cinema’s main theater, downstairs, with special guests. From movie web site: Gip is the story of Henry "Gip" Gipson, a gravedigger by day and a bluesman by night. In 1952 he started "Gip's Place" - a ramshackle, thrown-together juke joint in his backyard in Bessemer, Alabama.
...Find more info on this and other films, guests and and artists performances
Lehigh River Blues Jam January 28, 2017
(Allentown, PA) - The Lehigh River Blues Jam will be held January 28 at the Days Hotel, 3400 Airport Road, Allentown, Pennsylvania to help raise awareness and educate about Hepatitis C. Doors open at 2:30pm and bands run until 10pm.
The Lehigh River Blues Jam began in 2006. This is a grass-roots Blues festival with a diverse range of styles and is maintained by a well-oiled team of volunteers. Between the spring and summer festivals, the Lehigh River Blues Jam features 17 bands that draw a growing community of Blues lovers from around the world.

Enjoy a free, Southern, cooked platter with each ticket purchase, while supplies last! Including red beans and rice, corn bread, collard greens, mac & cheese, and fried chicken. ...Find more details, lineup and tickets
Tips for the IBC Jan 31-Feb 4 (for musicians & fans)
By Ricky Stevens - It's almost time for The Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge [Jan 31-Feb 4]. Here are some (hopefully) helpful hints.
Going to the International Blues Challenge? Good for you! It's the World's Largest Gathering of Blues Musicians, and it's fun. I've been involved with the IBC since 1999. I've been a venue coordinator and chaired the Blues Foundation Board's IBC committee. I've been a fan on the street and the guy backstage at the finals. If it's happened at the IBC I either did it, saw it, or know the guys who were there when it happened.
This is something you've heard but many of you don't (and won't) believe.
Winning the IBC should not be your only goal. Use this time to network and showcase. Make contacts and do the things that you do best when you get onstage. Have fun.
Susan Tedeschi and Homemade Jamz both came in second. Watermelon Slim didn't even make the finals. All of them have done OK.

Here are a few suggestions based on my time at the IBC...
Special BFG Announcements
~ Promoters! Post Your 2017 Festivals ...easy & free
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The Blues Festival Guide is a leading media source for all news and updates related to blues music throughout the world. Take advantage of our website traffic and POST YOUR FESTIVAL on our top-ranking site
Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
Best,  Kaati, Michele, Cheryl, Goran, Heather, Tom, Sean, Tim, and Irene
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Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Here's guitarist Big Jon Atkinson (lt) and Kim Wilson after Kim Wilson's Blues Allstars annual Holiday show at Winston's Beach Club in Ocean Beach, California Dec 11, 2016.
Photo: Jeff Beeler
*NOTE! The 14th annual edition can be found via festivals, blues societies and etc. When you get yours, snap photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2016 Guide! *EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit. 
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CD & DVD Releases
Brooklyn Bolero, performed by Houston and Boston-based singer, songwriter and guitar player Eric Sommer, captures his remarkable acoustic guitar skills in a perfect setting. Surrounded by an outstanding Brooklyn trio that includes New Jersey session players Jim Oakley on percussion and Zach Smith on bass, this record’s got everything: back-up harmonies, superb vocals and tight arrangements, blistering slide guitar and harmonica grooves that recall the great John Mayall (Bluesbreakers) and Magic Dick (J. Geils Band).
Eric started his musical career in the Boston area and has been a regular player on many national tours and showcases. He worked in Europe for two years with Nick Lowe and acts Bram Tchaikovsky and Wreckless Eric on Danish, German and British rock stages, returned to Boston and formed The Atomics, a cult power-pop band in South Boston. ...Read more about this release

Listen"Red Dress"
Artist Website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ Join Waitlist for Jan 2017 LRBC #28 never know!
~ Book your cabin on the LRBC #29 starting Jan 6
~ Pre-Booking LRBC #30... Hold Your Spot!
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: OPEN CABIN SALES START Friday, Jan. 6th at 11am CST for LRBC #29! Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. 
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
Jan 7-8, 2017 Radio Show: CURTIS SALGADO
One of the great harmonica players and soul singers, Curtis Salgado has had an amazing career, playing with Robert Cray, fronting Roomful of Blues, and being a major inspiration for the Blues Brothers. He overcame a kidney transplant, and has come back stronger than ever. Beautiful Lowdown is his latest release.
The amazing Curtis Salgado joins me. 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 musician, producer, and songwriter Alec Fraser.  He is one half of Fraser Daley and has played with the who's who of the Canadian blues scene.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
 Katie Webster "Sweet Daddy"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

Congratulations to Shemekia Copeland
on the birth of her son, 6 lb 10 oz
Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz,
born Dec 24, 2016
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Jan 5-Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); 6-Kim Wilson (1951); 8-Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at legendary Fillmore); 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records); 11-Slim Harpo (1924). Katie Webster (1936), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); 12- Ruth Brown (1928), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941)
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
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MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-12-2017 - Jan-15-2017
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Jan-14-2017 - Jan-15-2017
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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