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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
The Long Beach Bayou Festival
was fun and colorful... we even got Ronnie Mac to pose with us for a photo-op with the BFG! Pictured lt-rt: Diana Brownson, your e-Guide Editor Michele Lundeen, an exuberant Ronald McDonald, and new friends Irene Gutierrez and Denise.
Photo: Irene's phone
*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition has shipped to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. When you get yours, make sure to snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
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|Trinidaddio Blues Fest, 8-26-17, Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, John Primer, Alexis Suter!|
| (Trinidad, CO) - Returning to Central Park, the 2017 edition of Trinidaddio Blues Fest will host another world-class lineup. Headlining this year's show will be the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The T-Birds first appeared in the 1970s and despite numerous personnel changes over the years, they have maintained a top-shelf international profile and prolific musical output under the leadership of founder Kim Wilson. Not only did Kim establish himself early in his career as one of the top harmonica players in the world, but his playing. singing and writing have remained relevant and dynamic ever since, as evidenced by a steady stream of tours, collaborations, and recordings, and by his 2016 Blues Music Award as best harmonica instrumentalist.|
Appearing just before the T-Birds will be two-time Grammy nominee and 2017 BMA nominee John Primer and The Real Deal Band, with special guest Ken Saydak. John was the guitar player in Muddy Waters' last band,
...Find pics and more about the Trinidaddio Blues Fest
|18th Annual Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival July 8-9 celebrates heritage|
|NOTE: The West Coast Blues Society and festival have a new website|
(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 Blues Festival
|Survivor: The Benny Turner Story release & signing in Austin July 8|
|After more than 60 years performing gospel, R&B, soul and blues everywhere from the Chitlin Circuit to the Apollo Theatre to the far reaches of the globe, Benny Turner shares his captivating life story in his new biography, Survivor: The Benny Turner Story. Available in hardcover and eBook versions beginning July 8, 2017. |
An oral history as told to Bill Dahl, Benny talks about his early years in Gilmer, TX, the family’s move to Chicago in 1950 and the ultimate birth of his career in the gospel, R&B and blues genres. Surviving extreme poverty in rural East Texas followed by the shocking transition to urban life in Chicago and the untimely death of his big brother, bandmate and best friend Freddie King, is only a portion of the obstacles Benny has survived.
Bill Dahl writes in his introduction to the book, “What you’re reading is Benny Turner’s story the way he wants it told.”
...Find more about Benny Turner's book plus signings you can attend
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The Big Blues Bender will once again take over the Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas September 7–10, 2017. Music fans will enjoy top Blues Artists performing on four indoor stages, and Rooftop Pool Stage! “Everything, An Elevator Ride Away!”
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|Long Beach Bayou Fest was another winner!|
|(Long Beach, CA) - This festival is always a pleasure never a chore to get around and the 31st annual was no exception. I was only able to make it on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed myself dancing to zydeco, soul, funk, blues! The Mardi Gras parade is fun as it’s headed up by a traditional brass band and very colorful members of the La La Club who are entertainment in themselves! A traditional parade followed by traditional shenanigans!|
One of the highlights for me was seeing the Grammy-winning Pine Leaf Boys for the first time in person. Wow! They were not only super talented but really fun to watch! All the acts were so entertaining but other new act standouts for me were T Broussard & Zydeco High Steppers and MJ’s Brass Boppers from my hometown of Oakland. It is hard to see it all between also perusing the cool craft vendors and tempting food. I specifically came out for one of my faves, headliner Café R&B who always kill! More wow’s!
...Find more pics and details about the Long Beach Bayou Festival
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The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns in 2018! The LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 28~Nov. 4, 2018 will be sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Prebook starts July 25th at 11am CDT.
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|July 8-9, 2017 Radio Show:|
The Best of The Bluesmobile Part One
Coming up, twenty plus years of the Bluesmobile. Been a long good ride, with a lot of good music. We will give a listen back, to words and music from Ray Charles, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker with Los Lobos, Bo Diddley, RL Burnside, the Blues Brothers, and an exclusive live performance from our archives, with the great Johnny Copeland.
The best of the Bluesmobile. Part One! Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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|Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials "Midnight Rider"|
|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
|Birthdays upcoming of note: |
July 7-Pinetop Perkins (1913); July 8-Louis Jordan (1908), Johnnie Johnson (1924), Larry Garner; July 9 Jack White (1975); July 10 Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (1947); July 15 Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910); July 16 Denise LaSalle (1939); July 17 Peppermint Harris (1925); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941)
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|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
Magnolia, Delaware, USA
Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, ARTS & BBQ Festival 2017
Redwood City, California, USA
Blues and Ribfest
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017,
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
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|Prairie Dog Blues Festival|
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Waterville Blues Festival
Waterville, Ohio, USA
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza 22nd Annual
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Blues On The Chippewa
Aug-04-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-10-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Heritage Music Blues Fest
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
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