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Spirits were high at the 2017 International Blues Challenge Finals in the Orpheum Theater's lobby. Between performance sets all come together. These Houston musician-brethren are:
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(Las Vegas, NV) – The Big Blues Bender, one of the most talked about Blues events in the country, has announced an impressive 2017 lineup. The Big Blues Bender offers what could be their best artist lineup to date, offering a wide variety of first class music and entertainment including, Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, and many more. This four night all-inclusive music experience delivers eighteen hours of live music, daily, on three indoor stages and a fabulous pool stage all under one roof, featuring the most talented and sought after Blues artists touring today.
The 4th annual Big Blues Bender will take place Sept. 22.214.171.124., 2017 at the legendary Plaza Hotel & Casino at the top of the world famous “Fremont Street Experience” in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. The Big Blues Bender has quickly become a festival favorite among Blues fans and artists alike – a bucket-list event for all, selling out far in advance last year.
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|5th Annual Pinetop Boogie and Crawfish Boil|
|(Clarksdale, MS) - The Fifth Annual Pinetop Boogie and Crawfish Boil will take place on May 13th 2017 at Ground Zero Blues Club; adjacent to the Delta Blues Museum; in downtown Clarksdale. All money raised at the event will benefit the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Scholarship Fund. The foundation’s mission is to provide support and encouragement to young musicians at the beginning of their career as well as comfort and safety to older musicians in the twilight of their career.|
At last year’s event $6,676.00 was raised for young musicians to attend the Pinetop Perkins Foundation master class workshop held every June at the Hopson Plantation. At the workshop young musicians learn from award winning musicians and master bluesmen like Bob Margolin, the workshop’s headmaster, Victor Wainwright, and John Del Torro Richardson just to name a few. Thanks in large part to the people who donate to our event; every young musician who wanted of needed a scholarship received one. We hope to accomplish the same this year.
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|Wiregrass Blues Festival Highlights Area's Blues Heritage|
|By Michele Forehand Dothaneagle.com|
The Wiregrass Blues Society is gearing up to host its annual Wiregrass Blues Festival, which will pay tribute to the history of the blues and its connection in the Wiregrass.
The schedule for the 2017 Wiregrass Blue Fest was released Wednesday [April 12].
The event will begin Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m., with a pre-party and meet and greet at the Clarion Inn Ballroom. The pre-party is open to all ticket holders. Entertainment will be provided by King Bee, who will perform an acoustic set. Individuals in attendance will also have a chance to meet Tas Cru and his band Of Tortured Souls. Artist Kevin Hargrave will also display and sell his blues drawings and painting. Jenn Ocken, a world-known photographer will display her blues photography and sell and personalize her book of blues photography, Blues on Beale Street.
On Saturday, April 22, events will be held at the Wiregrass Museum of Art.
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|April 15-16, 2017 Radio Show: Fantastic Negrito|
|There is a phenomenal new talent out there. Calls himself Fantastic Negrito. Started out as a Prince sound alike, had a horrible car accident, recovered, became a family man and a farmer, and then launched into a new life as a street performer. Rediscovered as a dynamic, highly original, music maker. He is taking off! Just got a GRAMMY!|
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