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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
Here's a capture of the Pine Leaf boys after a rousing, rootsy set of Cajun and Louisiana gritty Creole blues at the Long Beach Bayou Festival
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|Sept. 9 & 10 The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival will be held in scenic river town|
|(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
|"Cruise for a Cause: A Night of Blues on the Bay" Tickets on Sale Now|
|(San Francisco, CA) - All aboard Cruise for a Cause Sept 22, featuring Kenny Neal (Grammy-nominee, Blues Hall of Fame), Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (Entertainer of the Year Award) and Tia Carroll (West Coast Blues Hall of Fame). Enjoy four hours of cruising on the beautiful San Francisco Bay taking in the best in Blues and the best in views!|
Once aboard the San Francisco Belle, a 1,500-capacity vessel that once served as a Louisiana river boat, you will be transported back to an era of Southern hospitality and charm while experiencing some of the best modern-day Blues music. The journey begins along San Francisco's dazzling skyline and continues out to the Golden Gate Bridge, past Alcatraz, around Treasure Island and under the Bay Bridge before returning to Pier 3 on Embarcadero. Whether you're stompin' on the dance floor or taking in the spectacular views from the outer decks, Cruise for a Cause is destined to be a snappin' good time for all.
Cruise for a Cause is hosted by the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC) and produced by Velma Landers. The event will launch SFHDC’s Artists Housing Fund, an initiative dedicated to providing affordable housing and financial empowerment services to local artists that are struggling to hold on to their homes and livelihoods in San Francisco. Since 1988, SFHDC has provided affordable housing, financial empowerment, supportive services and economic development opportunities for San Francisco’s low- and moderate-income residents.
In addition to providing an unforgettable night of music and dancing, Cruise for a Cause will help launch San Francisco’s return to a culturally vibrant place where artists can afford to live and practice their crafts. For more information about SFHDC, please visit here. For more information about Cruise for a Cause, please visit this website. ...Find more about this Cruise For A Cause
|8th Annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues Festival Aug 25-26 at Heritage Station in Huntington, West Virginia|
|(Huntington, WV) — In her time, “Diamond Teeth” Mary Smith McClain was called “The Queen of the Blues.” She played everywhere from The White House and all over Europe to the Cotton Club and Apollo Theatre.|
She shared billings with everyone from her half-sister Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Big Mama Thornton, Ray Charles, Charlie Parker, Nat King Cole, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
And as her last wish, Mary’s ashes were scattered on the railroad tracks behind the old B&O passenger station where the Logan native hopped her first train out of Huntington at age 13 to perform with troupes like Irwin C. Miller’s Brown Skin Models, and Rabbit Foot Minstrels, and where she created such a flash (she put eight diamonds from her bracelet into her teeth) that she influenced young musicians such as Johnny Copeland and Levon Helm, who referred to her as “The Lady with the Million Dollar Smile” in The Band song “W.S. Walcott’s Medicine Show.”
The legacy of Mary, who was considered the oldest living blues singer when she died at age 98 on April 4, 2000, gets honored on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, as those same railroad tracks at what is now Heritage Station host the eighth annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues Festival.
Here's a closer look at this weekend's festivities…
Read entire article here at the Herald Dispatch
|Women Rule the Main Stage at New Blues Festival IV Labor Day Weekend Sept 2-3|
|(Long Beach, CA) - On Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, the New Blues Festival IV proudly presents some of the Blues' biggest female artists, at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. Gates open 10am and music starts at 11am both days.|
Headlining sets on the Main Stage include Janiva Magness, whose critically-acclaimed album Love Wins Again was a 2017 Grammy nominee in the Best Contemporary Blues category; Ana Popovic, the Serbian-born guitar great and six-time Grammy nominee who recently relocated to Los Angeles. Other female acts on the main include San Diego’s "Queen of Steam" Michele Lundeen; soulful blues from the Deb Taren Band; Shadowblue featuring Lady Faye; and Seville Street. Other NBF IV headliners are blues legend, Guitar Shorty; The King Brothers; Chris Cain; Zac Harmon (performing with Chris Cain); Rip Cat Records' renowned harpist/vocalist from Fresno, John Clifton; The Reverend Shawn Amos; Long Beach faves, Atomic Road Kings; Teen guitar prodigy, Ray Goren and the New Blues Experience; Backwater Blues Band; and Union Hobos; and more great SoCal blues bands on The "Golden Groove Stage." Returning as Emcee on the Main stage: Big Llou Johnson from Sirius XM
As with previous years, there's a Vendor Village, Craft Beers on Tap in the Beer Garden, BBQ Vendors, Gourmet Food Trucks, and much more.
Tickets: $40. (General Admission/Single Day Pass); $70. (Weekend Pass (Saturday/Sunday); Gold Ticket/Single Day Pass, $75; Gold Ticket, Weekend Pass (Saturday/Sunday), $125.; VIP/Weekend Pass (Saturday/Sunday), $200. Children 12 and under free with paid adult. Info: (707) 572-5837 or online. Direct link for purchasing tickets.
This year's festival is presented in conjunction with the new Long Beach Blues Society "Preserve the Past, Promote the Future."
|The Mission Continues... with Wilson Pickett |
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.|
Elwood’s BluesMobile (formerly House of Blues Radio Hour) is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues, his famous character from The Blues Brothers. Since 1993, Elwood has showcased Blues and Blues-based music such as R&B, Soul, and Rock & Roll with featured guests ranging from B.B. King and Eric Clapton to Jack White and Sharon Jones. In February 2012, the program was re-branded as Elwood’s BluesMobile, with all programming remaining unchanged. In July 2017, the program was terminated and is no longer on the air. These episodes are from the radio show's extensive archives.
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|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
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
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Panhandle Blues Festival
Moyie Springs, Idaho USA
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Sep-15-2017 - Sep-17-2017
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Ojai Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Bridging the Blues
Sep-22-2017 - Oct-15-2017
Arkansas and Mississippi Delta, Memphis, TN, Arkansas, USA
Cruise For A Cause
San Francisco, California, USA
Jammin' in JC
Sep-22-2017 - Sep-23-2017
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival
Sep-29-2017 - Sep-30-2017
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Sep-29-2017 - Oct-01-2017
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
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