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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
Here's Dancin" Danny Watkins (lt) with radio personality and one of the Doheny Blues Festival
MC's, Bubba Jackson, in Dana Point, California.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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| Trudy Lynn :: I'LL SING THE BLUES FOR YOU|
I’ll Sing the Blues for You
(Connor Ray Music) from acclaimed Houston-based blues singer Trudy Lynn, features 10 tracks dripping with blues, soul and R&B, and includes her unique takes on songs from Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulsom, Memphis Minnie and Johnny Copeland, among others, as well as the funky original, “Thru Chasin’ You,” destined to be a fan favorite. Backing Trudy on the album are label president Steve Krase on harmonica, David Carter on guitar, Terry Dry on bass, Randy Wall on keyboards and Matt Johnson on drums.
“Choosing material for this album was quite an adventure,” says Trudy about I’ll Sing the Blues for You. “In my musical career, there are so many blues artists that I have been inspired by.”
In the new album’s liner notes, Trudy explains how its title came about. “As I’ve said in a previous recording of mine, ‘Everybody’s Got a Blues Song to Sing.’ ...Read more about this artist and release
"Thru Chasin' You"
|10th Annual Blues On The Chippewa Aug 4-6|
|(Durand, WI) - The 10th Annual Blues On The Chippewa will be held in Memorial Park in Durand Wisconsin, Aug 4-6th 2017. This year, to celebrate 10 years, we will be running a second “local” stage in addition to an incredible lineup on the main stage. This year’s lineup includes: Jon Cleary, John Nemeth, Eric Lindell, Dave Keller Band, Erica Brown, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Norman Jackson Band, Alex Wilson Band, Reverend Raven & West Side Andy, Tommy Bentz, Left Wing Bourbon with Sue Orfield, Harrison Street, Brian Naughton, Miss Myra & the Moonshakers, Joy Ann Parker, Blue Rooster, Three Feral Cats, Squishy Mud, Mark Cameron Band, Armadillo Jump and more. Blues brunch, Sunday All Star jam, and music in downtown venues Friday and Saturday nights, shuttle service available for a fee.|
As usual the festival is free. Camping and overflow camping are available in Tarrant Park and at the Rolling Greens Driving range.
...Find more about the Chippewa Blues Festival
|45th Anniversary of the Bentonia Blues Festival June 17|
|(Bentonia, MS) - The last surviving performer of the unique Bentonia style blues, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, and owner of the oldest surviving juke joint in Mississippi, the Blue Front Café, presents the oldest blues festival in the country, the 45th Bentonia Blues Festival, June 17, 2017. The festival takes place at Holmes Farm (313 Wilson-Holmes Rd.) on a wide grass lawn next to a pond surrounded by a grove of cypress trees just north of Bentonia, Mississippi on U.S. 49.|
The special lineup of favorites to help celebrate this anniversary includes Leo Bud Welch, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Bill Abel, Cadillac John Noland, Tito “Harlem Slim” Deler, Ms. Pleshette, Randy "19th Street Red" Cohen, Wes Lee Music, Mike Munson and special guests – the Bolivia Bentonia Blues Band. Authentic blues from Noon-10pm Saturday.
The festival also features food, arts and crafts, RV and tent camping (fees may apply), and more. In conjunction, enjoy live blues through June 16 at the Blue Front Cafe. ...Find more about the 45th Bentonia Blues Festival
|Next weekend it's the 31st Long Beach Bayou Festival |
|(Long Beach, CA) –(Long Beach, CA) - The Long Beach Bayou Festival is back Sat-Sun June 24-25, 2017 at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach (400 E. Shoreline Dr.) with its Mardi Gras atmosphere - including Cajun/Creole food, a French Quarter Marketplace, kid’s activities and the best in Blues, Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco music. Hours are 11am-9pm, Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday. Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco, the festival features simultaneous stages of music.|
Highlights include blues guitarist Bernie Pearl, Jimbo Ross (Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin), the captivating and energetic Café R&B, Grammy-winning Pine Leaf Boys, popular Zydeco band Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers, and the amazing Jumpin’ Jack Benny Band with its mix of blues, soul, and funk.
As always, the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature, so even the most inexperienced dancers can join in on the fun
...Find more about the Long Beach Bayou Festival
|36th Fountain Blues Festival to feature Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette & more June 24th|
(San Jose, CA) - The 36th Annual Fountain Blues Festival will be held June 24th, 2017 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, (170 S Market St.) San Jose, California. Appearing will be Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, Fillmore Slim, Aki Kumar Blues Band and Maxx Cabello Jr. Gates will open at 10 am and music goes from 11am-8pm.
Tickets are on sale. All ticket holders will need to get their tickets scanned to obtain a wristband and then have bags checked by security before entering the event. There will be "in and out" privileges, but they will need to re-check your bags on each re-entry. Low back, beach style chairs and blankets okay. VIP ticket holders will have a padded folding chair/seat in the shade provided by the festival (these are GA and not reserved).
|18th Annual Hayward/Russell Blues Festival July 8-9 celebrates heritage|
|(Hayward, CA) - The 18th Annual Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival celebrates its 18th year in Hayward, making this one of the oldest continuous Blues festivals in the West. The festival will he held July 8-9, 2017 from 11am-7pm at the Hayward City Hall Plaza (777 “B” Street, Hayward, California).|
Some of the talented artists appearing over Saturday and Sunday are Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Grady Champion, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Little Jimmy Reed, Southern Soul Review featuring Johnny Rawls, Blues Boy Willie & Linwood Taylor, The Kimbrough Brothers, The Oakland Blues Divas and many, many more (lineup subject to change).
This little town of African-American's, who migrated here from the deep south, was one of the proving grounds for many blues musicians. Russell City, an unincorporated area of Hayward, California is about 12 minutes from the City of Oakland. This community of modest houses and small farms along the bay is now gone. During it's heyday, Russell City was a down home, known for its clubs with dirt floors, bootleg electricity and a steady stream of musicians playing a unique style of Delta Blues.
...Find more about the Hayward/Russell heritage and festival schedule
|(2nd) 7th Annual Daytona Blues Festival, Oct 6-8, 2017 |
| (Daytona Beach, Florida) - When Hurricane Matthew took a turn and began heading directly toward Daytona Beach last October, the organizers of the Daytona Blues Festival had to make a hard call. In the interest of the safety of our guests, talent and volunteers, we had to cancel the festival. This cancellation was indeed necessary, as the area experienced sustained hurricane winds Friday, October 7 (the scheduled first day of the festival) which knocked out power, downed trees, and forced a mandatory evacuation of the beachside. On Saturday, October 8, the festivals venue, Jackie Robinson Ballpark, was under water with major damage and no power. And many of the beachside hotels used by our many out-of-town visitors did not reopen for months.|
...Find more about the (2nd) 7th Annual Daytona Blues Festival
When the scheduled artists were contacted and told of the cancellation, almost all asked to be invited back for 2017.
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|June 17-18, 2017 Radio Show: JW Jones|
|The best dressed man in the blues, the mighty good looking Canadian JW Jones, is back with some smooth guitar playing. With 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.
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June 17- Matt Hill (1985); June 18-Sara Martin (1884); June 19-Jerry McCain (1930), Big Bill Morganfield (1956); June 20-Lazy Lester (1933); June 21 Skip James (1902); June 23-Helen Humes (1913); June 24- Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); June 25-Clifton Chenier (1925), Eddie Floyd (1935); June 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); June 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915), Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892)
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|Bentonia Blues Festival|
Jun-12-2017 - Jun-17-2017
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
W.C. Handy Blues
& BBQ Festival
Jun-14-2017 - Jun-17-2017, Henderson, Kentucky, USA
Brews & Blues 2017
Lancaster, Wisconsin, USA
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-16-2017 - Jun-17-2017
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Blues on the Fox
Jun-16-2017 - Jun-17-2017
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Singing the Blues Festival
Anderson, California, USA
Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose, California, USA
Blues From The Top
"The Year of The Catt"
Jun-24-2017 - Jun-25-2017
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
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Broad Street Blues & BBQ Festival
Griffith, Indiana, USA
Jun-30-2017 - Jul-02-2017
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
20th Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-06-2017 - Jul-09-2017
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Jul-07-2017 - Jul-08-2017
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival
Buffalo, New York, USA
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
Jul-08-017 - Jul-09-2017
Hayward, California, USA
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