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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 9, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 6

Mar 18, 2017
Feb 18, 2016
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News Flash... 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Here's drummer Ric Lee (Michele Lundeen band), TK Jackson (Southern Avenue Band) and Paul Weibel hanging out during the Cincy Winter Blues Fest at the historic Phoenix Hotel in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The fest is presented by the Cincy Blues Society.
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CD & DVD Releases
Gonzalo Bergara :: ZALO’S BLUES
Zalo’s Blues is Gonzalo Bergara’s first electric album. Being today one of the most respected Gypsy-Jazz guitarists in the world, Gonzalo expands to an energetic, electric blues/rock guitar oriented album, with 11 original tunes and the legendary “You Don’t Have To Go” by Jimmy Reed.

The album features various styles from straight ahead Texas guitar shuffles, to swing tunes with a very strong guitar lines, a few vocal tunes. Very intense guitar sounds go all the way from an acoustic gospel tune to a Nashville, straight-ahead guitar picking one.

Together for 20 years, Gonzalo Bergara and his trio are based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, playing more than 100 shows around the world today, the trio is known as one of the most powerful and moving trios in their hometown.

“One of the most talented guitarists in the universe” - Little Charlie Baty
“A masterpiece” – Vintage Guitar
“One of my favorite guitar players” – Junior Watson
...Read more about this release

CDBaby site
Kat Riggins :: BLUES REVIVAL
"It's about the raw emotion in every note", Kat says. “If I can move someone to feel what I feel when I sing a song, then it's all worth it". With her own band, Blues Revival, she travels the world with the intent to "wake up the blues one song at a time!" With this in mind, the Blues Revival album was born.
Of the 10 songs on Blues Revival, two are covers chosen for their sentiment and groove, while the other eight are written by Kat herself. They combine traditional blues with some elements of gospel, southern rock and even hints of hip-hop. “Blues Is the New Black,” for example, is an up-tempo tune about blues music making a comeback. The lyrics are set in a foot stompin’ celebration of gospel drums and bass with blues guitar holding it all together.
...Read more about this release

Listen"Blue Is The New Black"
News Flash... 
Monroe County Library System’s award-winning history lesson with a backbeat
(Monroe, MI) - Since 1988, when Detroiter Robert Jones brought the blues, “the roots of all American music,” to the Navarre Branch, the Monroe County Library System’s annual Black History Month Blues Series has thrilled tens of thousands of music lovers of all ages with free entertaining, educational concerts performed by local, regional, national and international blues and roots music artists. Legends like Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins and Robert Jr. Lockwood have been joined by legends-in-the-making like Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, Billy Branch and Victor Wainwright.
Saturday February 25, 2017 it’s The Big Gig! Monroe County’s 30th Annual Black History Month Blues Concert, a once-in-a-lifetime event to be held at Meyer Theater, Monroe County Community College (1555 S. Raisinville Rd. Monroe, Michigan). Early start time: 6:30 pm sharp.

An all-star lineup of your Blues Series favorites mark 30 years of the Black History Month Blues Series. Host Rev. Robert B. Jones will kick off the show starring ... Find entire lineup and more details about this show and series
Gregg Martinez serves up Bayou Blues and Creole Soul
Gregg Martinez—whose blend of blues, R&B and powerhouse Louisiana soul music he describes as “bayou blues and Creole soul”—was born and raised and still lives in the Cajun country of south Louisiana.
The late Ed Bradley of TV’s 60 Minutes—upon seeing him perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival—called Gregg Martinez one of America’s greatest hidden treasures. His talent is the stuff of legend and even after more than forty years, Gregg is better than ever. He has performed throughout the U.S. and has toured South Africa, England, Wales, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Gregg has released eleven albums, including the 2016 release, Soul of the Bayou. This new CD is on Louisiana Red Hot Records label and is Gregg’s second national release on the label. The album was on the 2016 Grammy ballot for Best Traditional Blues Album and was nominated for Best Blues Album by OFFBEAT Magazine’s annual Best of the Beat Awards.
...Find more about Gregg Martinez and how to book
2017 International Blues Challenge Winners
(Memphis, TN) - Congratulations to ALL participants, finalists and winners of the 33rd IBC. Winners competed against hundreds of contestants from around the globe and were announced Feb 4th in front of an excited audience at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis.

- 2017 IBC Band Winners
1st Place: Dawn Tyler Watson - Montreal Blues Society
2nd Place: The Souliz Band featuring Sugar and Spice - Suncoast Blues Society
3rd Place: Rae Gordan & The Backseat Drivers - Cascade Blues Association
-2017 IBC Solo/Duo Winners
1st Place: Al Hill - Nashville Blues Society
2nd Place: Brody Buster's One Man Band - Kansas City Blues Society
- 2017 IBC Albert King Guitar Player Award
Ben Racine (Dawn Tyler Watson Band) - Montreal Blues Society
- 2017 IBC Acoustic Guitar Player Award
Al Hill - Nashville Blues Society
- 2017 IBC Best Harp
Brody Buster's One Man Band - Kansas City Blues Society
- 2017 Best Self-Produced CD
High Temperature, JW-Jones - Ottawa Blues Society
...Find more about the 2017 IBC winners
"Winter Blues" Music Festival March 11 in Oregon
(Milwaukie, OR) - The "Winter Blues" Music Festival will be held March 11, 2017 at the Elk's Lodge (13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie Oregon) with 6 bands and a special performance with the Youth Music Project. Doors open 2:30 pm, music starts 3pm. This event is open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Tickets $20 advance, $25 door. Kids 10-18 years accompanied by an adult, $13. See ticket site for more options.

The lineup for this year's WBMF reads like the who's who of the blues locally and nationally and consists of Cee Cee James & The Mission of S.O.U.L., CD Woodbury, Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, Lloyd Jones, Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings, and 2016 Best Female Vocalist, Journey to Memphis contender and 3rd place IBC “Band” winner, Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers! 
...Find more about the Milwaukie, Oregon Winter Blues Music Festival
From Mississippi Blues to Grammy Gold
(Brinda Fuller Willis/Jackson Free Press) - When the 59th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 12, Mississippians will have more reason to watch than just the performances and celebrities at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

This year, three prominent bluesmen from our state, Bobby Rush, Vasti Jackson and Luther Dickinson, are nominated for the Best Traditional Blues Album.

Rush, 83, is a Jackson-based blues icon celebrating his fourth Grammy nod, this time for his latest offering, Porcupine Meat, released in September 2016.
Jackson, 57, is a McComb-native blues guitarist and vocalist, receiving his first individual Grammy nomination for his sixth album, The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers, released in May 2016; he also played guitar and served as the musical director on Porcupine Meat. Dickinson, 44, is a Tennessee-born blues guitarist who grew up in north Mississippi, also known for his work with the North Mississippi Allstars and The Black Crowes. He is nominated for his solo double-album, Blues & Ballads: A Folksinger's Songbook, Vol. I & II, released in February 2016.
...Find link to entire article about these MS bluesmen
Win A Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise For 2 in October!!
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Sail with Buddy Guy, TajMo' (Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band), Booker T. Jones, Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, G. Love & Special Sauce, Cyril Neville, Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six, The California Honeydrops, Victor Wainwright, Samantha Fish, Coco Montoya, Mr. Sipp, John Nemeth, Marcus King Band & many more.
The best blues experience on the planet! Cabins are on sale now. Reservations: (816) 753-7979.
Blues Society News
Boise Blues Society’s Annual Fat Tuesday Celebration & Fundraiser Feb 28
(Boise, ID) - Fat Tuesday is party time with four hours of great blues music at one of the Boise Blues Society’s (BBS) biggest events of the year on Tuesday February 28. BBS ushers in its 25th year of bringing the best in blues music to Boise and Treasure Valley with its annual Fat Tuesday Celebration and Fundraiser at the Playhouse Boise (8001 W. Fairview). Band lineup (in order of appearance): Blues Collective, Jake Leg, The Blues Directors, The Blues Addicts & Brass Tacks Horns. Doors 5:30pm and music 6pm-10:30pm. Tickets are $20. Costume contest, large dancefloor, no host food and full bar.

All proceeds from this event help support the BBS Blues in the Schools program, which provides free blues education and live music programs free-of-charge to any area school, and scholarships to young promising musicians. The event always sells out in advance, so get your tickets early! ...Find more details here
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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~ Pre-Booking LRBC #30... Hold Your Spot!
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct-21~28, 2017: CABINS ON SALE NOW!
Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Join Buddy Guy, TajMo': The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band, Booker T. Jones Stax Revue, Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, Tommy Castro & The LRBR, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six
& many more!! Info.
LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb 4-11, 2018! PREBOOK NOW! Ft. Lauderdale to Antigua, St. Kitts & Grand Turk on Holland America's ms Koningsdam. Info.
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Feb 11-12, 2017 Radio Show: Grammy Blues Nominees

Coming up in the next Bluesmobile, the Oscar of music, the Grammys. The BluesMobile Radio Hour will track the Blues nominees. Joe Bonamassa, Bobby Rush, Fantastic Negrito, Janiva Magness, Luther Dickinson, Lurrie Bell, The Record Company, Joe Louis Walker, Kenny Neal, Vasti Jackson, Mike Zito, and more! Come as you are. Tuxedo not required.
The Grammys, and 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
Episode: Cordova Bay Records' Michael Burke
An interview with the owner and founder of Cordova Bay Entertainment and Records, Michael Burke.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Special BFG Announcements
~ Promoters! Post Your 2017 Festivals ...easy & free
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Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
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Video of The Week
Magic Sam "Sam's Boogie" (on Earl Hooker's guitar!)
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Happy Valentine's Day Feb 14th
All the love I miss loving
All the kiss I miss kissing
Before I met you baby
Never knew what I was missing
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Feb 9-Johnny Heartsman (1937); Feb 10-Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932); Feb 11-Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942); Feb 12-Pink Anderson (1900), Gene McDaniels (1935); Feb 14-"Magic Sam" Maghett (1937), Maceo Parker (1943); Feb 15-James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901); Feb 17-Lou Ann Barton (1954), Noble Watts (1926-2004); Feb 16-Bill Doggett (1916), Super Chikan (1951); Feb 18-Irma Thomas (1941)
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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
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Riverwalk Blues and
Music Festival
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Phoenix Blues Blast
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
 Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-27-2017 - Mar-04-2017
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ
Mar-04-2017 - Mar-05-2017
Kariong, Australia
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
Redwood Coast Music Festival
Mar-30-2017 - Apr-02-2017
Eureka, California, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-07-2017 - Apr-09-2017
St Petersburg , Florida, USA
New England Blues Summit
Apr-28-2017 - Apr-30-2017
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-11-2017 - May-14-2017
San Diego, California, USA
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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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