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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 12, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 2

jAN 5, 2017
Feb 18, 2016
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
CD & DVD Releases
Special BFG Announcements
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
About Us 
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ Join Waitlist for Jan 2017 LRBC #28 never know!
~ Book your Cabin on the LRBC #29 
~ 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.
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CD & DVD Releases
Donald Ray Johnson & Gas Blues Band :: BLUESIN' AROUND
Bluesin' Around is a collection of favorites of Grammy Award winning Donald Ray Johnson and The Gas Blues Band who have performed during their years together. "I met Gaspard in 2004 while on tour with the Maurice John Vaughn Revue, and we've done several tours since," Johnson says. "I was very pleased to go to France to record with this great band. It's a pleasure working with these stellar musicians.
Texas-born vocalist and drummer Donald Ray Johnson has spent a lifetime dedicated to music. He has performed with blues legends such as Big Mama Thornton, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson and Philip Walker, and toured with R&B stars including The Isley Brothers, The Commodores and Teddy Pendergrass. As an original member of the R&B/disco group A Taste of Honey, Johnson was the drummer on "Boogie Oogie Oogie," a now-classic, platinum-selling recording that reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1978 and led to the group's Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year
...Read more about this release

Listen"Bad Luck"
Artist Website
News Flash... 
Sunshine Music Festival Jan 14-15, 2017 in Florida
(St. Petersburg & Boca Raton, FL) Saturday, January 14 – St. Petersburg Vinoy Park and 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
MLK Jr. Blues Festival in Chester, South Carolina Jan 12-15
(Chester, SC) - Listen to your heart, hear with your soul, brotherhood and the blues is for everyone! The MLK Jr. Blues Festival, brought to us by 2nd Thursday Blues, will be held January 12-15 at Carolina Hall (119 College St) in Chester, South Carolina. Not one of the largest festivals, but one of the more important blues festivals, the 4-day event celebrates the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, freedom, nonviolence, harmony, peace, love, brotherhood, justice through an uplifting music of freedom, the blues, in recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King National Holiday weekend.
The microphone will be opened as audience members all will have an opportunity to share their thoughts of Dr. King and times past and present and their hopes for the future and now. There are outstanding blues, soul, sacred steel. gospel artists who will be performing for four straight days of deep, meaningful blues which will uplift all attending. ...Find more details, photos, lineup and times
BMAs: Sweet news for Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
(Tahoe Onstage/Tim Parsons) - The 2017 Blues Music Awards should be sweet as Sugar Ray Norcia, and no matter what happens, Toronzo Cannon won’t quit his day job.
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have entertained music lovers for more than 40 years, but somehow a Blues Music Award has not been included in the bandleader’s illustrious career. That just might change on May 11, when the hardware is awarded at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Norcia and his bandmates received 10 BMA nominations, the Blues Foundation [just recently] announced.
Cannon, who previously had just one BMA nomination, received four this year — Album, Contemporary Blues Album, Song and Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year.
A bus driver for the city of Chicago, Cannon works four 10-hour shifts driving the No. 20 Madison route through several tax brackets from downtown to the west side of Chicago. He said his daily observations inspire songwriting.
...Read complete story and find nominees and pics here
The 2017 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Lineup is Complete!
(Annapolis, Maryland) - Chesapeake Bay Events, Inc. is pleased to announce that The Mavericks will be the closer for the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival on Saturday, May 20th, 2017.

The Mavericks are an eclectic American band, combining country music, Latin, and rockabilly influences. The Mavericks were founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, the band recorded six studio albums. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996's "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down". They are best known in the UK for their 1998 single "Dance the Night Away," which spent 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 4. In 1996, The Mavericks won a Grammy Award for the song "Here Comes the Rain."

Don Hooker, festival promoter stated that, "Normally, the festival doesn't repeat from year to year, but The Mavericks were so well received last year, despite the lousy weather and smaller than normal crowd, I felt that having them back made sense. They also filled the crossover band slot that we normally book each year."

Also, recently added to the Sunday bill was Robert Randolph and the Family Band, who have a new album due out in February. ...Find complete lineup and more images here
Music On The Couch 2017 IBC Shows with Vinny Marini
(Memphis, TN) – The 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC) is coming up soon and it’s time to tune into Music On The Couch with Vinny Marini and enjoy preview shows and the LIVE web casts. Blues Societies from around the globe hold Local Challenges to select a band and/or one solo/duo act to come to Memphis to compete. Marini began interviewing acts coming to Memphis in 2011 during his normal Monday internet radio shows, finishing with an interview with the Band Winner on the Monday after the competition ended. The following year, he presented a proposal to the Blues Foundation to do his shows from Beale Street, and since 2012, Vinny has been situated upstairs at The Rum Boogie Cafe (Third & Beale) for IBC week doing intereviews. Since then he has spent over 140 show hours specifically focusing on the IBC. Send an email for information on how you can have your band or product sponsor the shows and be in front of the world!
Here’s the artists and links for the 2017 IBC Preview Show #1 on Music On The Couch Show #352 ...Click for the 1st show and show schedule
Special BFG Announcements
~ Promoters! Post Your 2017 Festivals ...easy & free
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Greetings festival promoters! Please post your 2017 festival dates on our top-ranking website (even if you don't know your line-up yet). It's easy (2 minutes) and free and we don't sell our lists! Here is the direct link to post your festival. Just fill in the blanks - your FESTIVAL INFO will go live within hours.
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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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Elwood's BluesMobile
Jan 14-15, 2017 Radio Show: JW Jones
The best dressed man of the blues, the mighty good looking Canadian JW Jones, is back with some mighty smooth guitar playing. Plus ace songwriting, sterling production work, a few tasty covers, and some surprise collaboration efforts. He makes the blues looks good, and when the blues look good, we all look good.
New blues from JW Jones. 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 Maple Blues Award award winning Drummer of The Year, Bucky Berger, who has played with multiple award winning Canadian Blues band Fathead among many others...
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
 Long John Baldry "Backwater Blues"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928) pictured here, Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941); Jan 14-Allen Toussaint (1938), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15-Earl Hooker (1929), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16-Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932), Robert Wilkins (1896); Jan 17- Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); Jan 20-Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888), Luther Tucker (1936); Jan 21-Snooks Eaglin (1936), Richie Havens (1941), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948)
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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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