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|The Jazz Foundation brought over 1000 musicians and their families back after Katrina, by rehousing, donating top shelf instruments and creating paying gigs for hundreds. They were there for hundreds affected by Superstorm Sandy, and rebuilt the homes of the musicians who lost everything in last year's devastating floods in Baton Rouge.|
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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
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Photo courtesy Eliza Neals
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|Krystle Warren :: THREE THE HARD WAY|
|Krystle Warren – the singer, songwriter, bandleader, and Rufus Wainwright collaborator – released her first album in five years, Three The Hard Way, on August 18 on Parlour Door Music. NPR All Things Considered spoke with her about the announcement, calling her music “evocative storytelling."|
Recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton), it’s also earned early spins on KCRW. Okayplayer hailed its announcement, calling her "a light in dark times," continuing, "If you're a fan of uncut soul and spirited R&B, Krystle Warren should not escape your gaze or rotation.” A potent mix of styles, Three The Hard Way swirls with R&B, folk music, jazz, hip hop, blues, gospel strains and yet is entirely original in its sound and scope, which ranges from spirituality and love to the effects of social media on our lives and gentrification. ...Find more about this CD and the artist
"Nae Nae & Ruthie"
|Acres of Blues Festival Sept 2-3, 2017 with Top Blues Acts|
| (Eureka, CA) - A stellar line-up has been announced for the first annual Acres of Blues Festival on the weekend of September 2-3, 2017 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (3750 Harris St.) in Eureka, Califorina. Acts include Laurie Morvan, Lydia Pence & Cold Blood, Vokler Strifler, Shane Dwight, and many others. This line-up will encourage blues lovers from afar to travel to Humboldt County and camp on site at the fairgrounds.|
Producer Michael Buell says: “After a long absence, the Blues are back in Eureka. People are excited, the response is overwhelming.”
Saturday’s complete line-up is: Laurie Morvan Band, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Volkler Strifler, Pearl Alley Band, and The Jim Lahman Band.
Sunday’s complete line-up is: Shane Dwight Band, Daniel Castro Band, AJ Crawdaddy, AC Myles, and the Anna Hamilton Trio.
...Find more about Acres of Blues
|New Blues Festival IV This Weekend Sept 2-3 in Long Beach|
|(Long Beach, CA) - On Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, the New Blues Festival IV proudly presents some of the top blues acts on the scene plus popular regional favorites, at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. Gates open 10am and music starts at 11am both days. Returning as Emcee on the Main stage: Big Llou Johnson from Sirius XM.|
Main Stage acts - Sat Sept 2: Reverend Shawn Amos, Ana Popovic, New Blues Revolution, Chris Cain & Zac Harmon, Ray Goren & the Generation Blues Experience, Backwater Blues, Union Hobos, ShadowBlue featuring Lady Faye.
Main Stage Sun Sept 3rd: King Brothers, Janiva Magness, Guitar Shorty, The Long Beach Blues Awards, John Clifton, Atomic Road Kings, Michele Lundeen, Deb Taren Band, Seville Street
Great SoCal blues bands will also be appearing alternately on The "Golden Groove Stage." ...Find more about the New Blues Festival
|5th Annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival returns to Greenville Sept 28 - Oct. 1|
|(Greenville, MS) - The fifth-annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival returns to Greenville September 28 - Oct. 1. It all started on this fertile, flat delta land. From these fields and the hands that nurtured them, emerged the style of music known as the blues. History tells us that these Delta blues have influenced almost every genre of music that exists today.|
Featured this year are St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Turnpike Troubadours, Shovels & Rope, Chris Knight, Casey James (Season 9, American Idol), Mississippi-based national blues sensation Jarekus Singleton and many more. The Highway 61 Blues Stage will host a world-class list of Delta blues staples including Toronzo Cannon and Cedric Burnside Project.
A new program will kick off the Festival on Thursday evening: The First Annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival Singer-Songwriters Competition.
...Find more about the Mighty Mississippi Festival
|"Cruise for a Cause: A Night of Blues on the Bay" Sept 22. 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.
...Find more about this Cruise For A Cause
|Early-Bird Ticket Pricing Ends Soon for the 2017 Daytona Blues Festival, October 6-8|
|(Daytona Beach, FL) There is still time to purchase tickets at our early-bird pricing. Until Monday, September 4, at 8:59 pm, visit the Daytona Blues Festival website to purchase single day tickets for $30 and 3-day passes for $75. After that time, ticket prices will increase to $35 and $90 respectively. And no blues fan will want to miss the 2017 Daytona Blues Festival, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach, Florida.|
Friday, October 6 will feature all women fronted bands. It is our “Women Play the Blues” day, and the start of a new tradition at the Daytona Blues Festival. The day begins with Vanessa Collier promoting her new album “Meeting My Shadow.” Vanessa is followed by Long Tall Deb and Colin John with their unique take on the blues. Sena Ehrhardt then brings her big voice to the stage before Carolyn Wonderland performs her brand of Texas blues. Finally, Shakura S’Aida closes the day with her high-energy act.
...Find more about the Daytona Blues Festival
|Join us in Honoring Frank Samuels Sept 2nd... One of the Bay Area’s most extraordinary Blues and Jazz Careers|
|(Albany, CA) - Come celebrate Frank Samuels 80th Birthday on Saturday Sept. 2nd at Britt Marie’s (1369 Solano Ave., Albany, California) from 8-11pm. To listen to an exciting drummer and blues vocalist like Frank at the age of 80 is inspiring. But also come out to honor Frank’s amazing career. Frank has been playing professionally since the age of 14, and has played with some of the country's greatest Blues and Jazz stars. Frank toured all over the country with Blues Legend Big Joe Turner, with Roscoe Gordon and with Jim Beck. He's played for years with the great Etta James. In the Bay Area, he’s played with Blues icon Fay Carroll and led his own band as well. He’s been a fixture in the Bay Area Blues and Jazz scene since 1960 and is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and accomplished bay area drummer/vocalists. ...Find more about Frank Samuels|
|King Biscuit Blues Festival presents 7th annual "Call and Response, The Blues Symposium" Oct 7|
|Call and Response Symposium Interviews the Blues on Malco Theater stage — Two FREE Sessions Oct. 7th at 10:45am and noon|
(Helena, AK) - The public is invited to an event that has become a colorful high point of the King Biscuit Blues Festival. The symposium on Saturday, October 7 at the historic Malco Theatre on Cherry Street (three blocks from the main stage) features two hour-long panels of artists steeped in the rich Delta blues traditions that have made King Biscuit the pride of the south.
Blues documentarian Roger Stolle hosts the first hour from 10:45am to 11:45am, while veteran blues journalist Don Wilcock hosts the second hour from 12:00pm-1:00pm.
10:45am-11:45am: Here’s who you’ll get to welcome home in the first part of the symposium....
...Find complete "Blues Symposium" panel of artists here
|The Mission Continues... Wilson Pickett & Eric Clapton |
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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Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945); Sept 1-Archie Bell (1944); 2-Billy Preston (1946); Sept 3-Memphis Slim(1915), Freddie King (1934); Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927), Guitar Shorty (1939)
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|Black Prairie Blues Festival|
Sep-01-2017, West Point
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017 - Sep-03-2017
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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
Panhandle Blues Festival
Moyie Springs, Idaho USA
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|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
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-04-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Downtown Helena, Arkansas, USA
Bukka White Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
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