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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
Blues Festival Guide sales rep Tom Andrews attended the book signing party for Benny Turner
’s new book Survivor:The Benny Turner Story
. The event was held at B.B. Kings club on Decatur Street in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. Copies of the book are available on Amazon. Pictured, l-r, are Turner, Andrews, Andrews’ granddaughter Veronica Nguyen and her friend Zach St. John from Long Island, NY.
Photo courtesy Tom Andrews
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| Rae Gordon Band :: BETTER THAN I WAS|
After a head-turning third-place finish in February 2017 at the International Blues Challenge – their set at the finals in Memphis’ Orpheum Theater “had the audience up on their feet stomping and clapping with appreciation,” (Blues Blast Magazine
) – the Rae Gordon Band knew expectations would be high for their next CD. The previous releases, Blue Lemonade
(2013) and Dirty Flowers
(2015), were well-received and picked up some awards, but Rae and her band felt there was now extra pressure to deliver something worthy of all the buzz they’d built in Memphis.
“Our seven-piece band has this huge impact in a live setting,” Rae says. “The horns, the heavy-grooving rhythm section, the gritty guitar tone – together they just pack a punch that people really respond to. I felt like the challenge was to make a record that would let people feel that impact.”
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|This weekend! Sonoma County Blues and Arts Festival August 19 - Two Stages!|
|(Rohnert Park, CA) - On Saturday, August 19th, starting at 3pm, SOMO Concerts invites you to a day-long, pop-up festival filled with nationally acclaimed Sonoma grown blues and a beautifully curated fine art gallery. Patrons will be delighted by the main stage featuring legendary local living bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, vocalist, guitarist, composer, producer and Santa Rosa High School Alumnus Doyle Bramhall II, Award Winning Bay area Blues vocalist Ms Taylor P Collins and Vallejo-based gospel sensations The Sons of The Soul Revivers. In the Redwood Grove our second stage welcomes “Electric Chicago Blues from Muddy to Buddy” with Sonoma County’s stalwart The Blues Defenders and Special Guest veteran guitarists Levi Lloyd And Friends and Volker Strifler.|
Kathleen McCallum, a long-time North Bay artist, arts advocate and event producer has joined the Sonoma County Blues Festival as the Director of this year’s new Juried Art Show.
...Find links and more about the Sonoma County Blues and Arts Festival
|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 links and more about Trinidaddio
|Acres of Blues Festival Sept 2-3, 2017 features top blues acts in Eureka, CA|
|(Eureka, CA) - The Acres of Blues Festival will feature top blues acts September 2-3, 2017, at The Redwood Acres in Eureka, California.|
A stellar line-up is scheduled for the first annual Acres of Blues Festival on the weekend of September 2 and 3, 2017 at the Redwood Acres in Eureka. Co-producer Michael Buell says: “After a long absence, the Blues are back in Eureka. People are excited, the response is overwhelming.” The line-up will encourage blues lovers from afar to travel to Humboldt County and camp on site.
Saturday’s line-up: Laurie Morvan Band, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Volkler Strifler, Pearl Alley Band, and The Jim Lahman Band.
Sunday’s line-up : Shane Dwight Band, Daniel Castro Band, AJ Crawdaddy, AC Myles, and the Anna Hamilton Trio.
Purchase tickets via their website.
...Find more about Acres of Blues Festival
|Honeydrops Add Zest to Aimloan.Com San Diego Blues Festival, Sept. 9|
|(San Diego, CA) - Amid a lineup of otherworldly Mavis Staples, Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker and unpredictable Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, you will find the California Honeydrops at the seventh annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival on Sept. 9.|
The Honeydrops don’t adhere to musical boundaries. They draw their own lines and then cross them whenever the mood strikes them. The result is music that can be mournful funk blues, or gliding and flowing R&B, or bouncy New Orleans second line, or a hybrid of various sounds handy at the moment.
They are, succinctly, the kind of act that opens eyes and ears at a music festival, the cool blend of surprise and tradition that refuses to be typecast.
The day-long festival is held on the picturesque downtown San Diego waterfront, a setting that traveling trombonist Randy Oxford has called “one of the most beautiful concert settings anywhere in the world.”
...Find links and more about the San Diego Blues Fest
|Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Welcome World-Class Musicians Sept. 9 & 10|
|(Guerneville, CA) – For the last 41 years, the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival has welcomed world-class musicians to the scenic river town of Guerneville, and this year’s lineup continues that tradition. The 2017 festival will take place on Sept. 9 & 10, and feature an incredible mix of jazz, blues, soul and funk music, including hit-making songstress Stephanie Mills, East Bay legends Tower of Power, blues guitar powerhouse Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, lead singer from Mint Condition Stokley, Bay Area festival favorites Con Brio, smooth jazz supergroup West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown, and many more artists. Tickets are on sale now at the website.|
“We are thrilled with this year’s lineup and know that fans of the festival will be partying at Johnson’s Beach in September,” noted festival producer Rich Sherman. “All of these artists are known for their incredible live shows, so the energy will be soaring in Guerneville!
...Find more about the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
|Tas Cru’s Simmered & Stewed |
|Released on the VizzTone label... Tas Cru gives us eleven songs featuring his trademark well-crafted lyrics, strong vocal and well-played cigar box, resonator, acoustic and electric guitars. Simmered & Stewed proves to be a worthy follow-up to Tas’ chart topping You Keep the Money (2014).|
This new album has earned high praise. Referring to its high energy opening tracks, “Dat Maybe” and “Grizzle n’ Bone,” Big City Rhythm and Blues says, “Nearly blew me out of my chair!” And the Midwest Record dubs it, “The smokingest record of the year!” The take from Living Blues magazine reaffirms Cru’s well-establish reputation as a gifted writer calling Simmered & Stewed “songwriting with a deep respect for the blues.” Enjoying wide airplay, including being featured as a Sirius/XM Bluesville “pick to click,” for the first half of this year Simmered & Stewed has resided at or near the top of every major blues chart.
...Find links and more about Simmered & Stewed
Good news Blues Brethren and Soul Sisters! We've decided to make selected episodes from our vast archives of The BluesMobile Radio Hour available for your listening pleasure! And in order to appease the music licensing powers that be, we are moving to Mixcloud to host our archival releases.|
Our first archival release is a celebration of Eric Clapton. This episode first aired in March 2015 on his 70th birthday. But do we really need an excuse? There is a lifetime of music to sample, from Cream to Blind Faith to Derek and the Dominoes, and more. Plus, exclusive and rare Clapton sound bites from our interview archives! Find The BluesMobile Radio Archives on Mixcloud
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Baja Blues Fest
Aug-18-2017 - Aug-20-2017
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
BBQ & Blues Festival
Aug-18-2017 - Aug-19-2017
Madison, Indiana, USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Little Lake Blues & Brews Festival
Aug-19-2017 - Aug-20-2017
Willits, California, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-25-2017 - Aug-27-2017
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
2 Left Feet Blues Festival
Aug-26-2017 - Aug-27-2017
Simsbury, Connecticut, USA
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017 - Sep-03-2017
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Black Prairie Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017, West Point
Rentiesville Dusk to Dawn
Sep-01-2017 - Sep-03-2017
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
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|Paramount Music Festival|
Sep-01-2017 - Sep-03-2017
Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA
New Blues Festival IV
Sep-02-2017 - Sep-03-2017
Long Beach, California, USA
Acres of Blues
Sep-02-2017 - Sep-03-2017
Eureka , California, USA
Big Blues Bender
Sep-07-2017 - Sep-10-2017
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Panhandle Blues Festival
Moyie Springs, Idaho USA
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