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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 21, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 38

Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Elwood's BluesMobile
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety on our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. 
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
We were all anxious to hear the King Brothers Band (pictured Lt-Rt: Lee and Sam King) at the New Blues Festival Sept 3 in Long Beach, California but Mother Nature had different plans for the outdoor event, unfortunately, and a major downpour happened instead.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*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.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now! The Big Blues Bender is official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine! ...
CD & DVD Releases
Cabbagetown is the latest project from Atlanta-based blues and roots rock quartet, Delta Moon. It’s the band’s 8th studio album and the follow-up to the award-winning 2015 release, Low Down, named one of the best blues records of the year by both Downbeat and Blues Music Magazine.
Cabbagetown consists of 9 original compositions and 1 cover of Son House’s timeless classic, “Death Letter Blues.”

After a long and successful European tour in the Spring of 2016, the band reconvened in Marlon Patton’s studio in Tucker, Georgia, to strike while still red hot from playing 6 nights a week. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun, in a rural setting surrounded by great gear, pets, woods, food and ale.

Award-winning songwriter Tom Gray had several new Delta Moon classics ready to go – “Rock And Roll; Girl,” “The Day Before Tomorrow,” “Just Lucky I Guess,” and “Coolest Fools.” Full-band renditions quickly followed with a few twists  ...Find more about this CD and the artist
Listen"21st Century Man"
Bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has a distinctive approach to his music. The sound is an irresistible blend of tradition and spontaneous creativity, with a deliciously insidious emphasis on the groove. It is a compelling, hard swinging brand of blues that, whenever he performs, packs the floor—his audience can’t not dance. A guitarist of impressive facility, a vocalist of coolly stylish authority and a composer of persuasive original blues that both extend and enhance the idiom, Willie’s music has a rare individualistic quality. It is at once airy and full of open space yet also loaded with earthy, intense emotion, and as featured on his new Pete Anderson produced album, No Black No White, Just Blues, it showcases a master at the top of his game.

Lightnin’ Willie has gone from low down beer joints to become staple on the international festival circuit, with plenty of wild stops along the way...
...Find more about this CD and the artist
Listen"Can't Get That Stuff"
News Flash... 
Greenville-Washington County CVB is rollin’ on the river all right!
Come to Greenville-Washington County Mississippi, for a fabulous lineup of festivals plus museums that tell the fascinating stories of floods, blues, Native Americans, wildlife, literary genius and everyone’s favorite frog.

7th Annual Sam Chatmon Blues Festival Hollandale • September 22 • Bikes, barbecue, and the blues in home of Sam Chatmon

5th Annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival September 29 - October 1 • Live music festival held on the banks of the Mississippi River in Warfield Point Park featuring the Highway 61 Blues Stage, which is now in its 18th year

6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival October 19-21 • Celebrates the Hot and Soul of the Delta with local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers

7th Annual “Jim Henson” Frog Fest & Chili Cookoff Leland • October 28 • Features professional story-tellers, magicians, live music, Delta cuisine and live puppet performances.

Click here for links and details
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
Robert Cray will headline the inaugural Reading Blues Festival held October 6-8
(Reading, PA) - Berks Arts Council is thrilled to announce the inaugural “Reading Blues Fest” with host venue the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. The fest also will be presenting performances within walking distance at restaurants and bistros throughout downtown Reading, PA, Friday, October 6, Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, 2017; featuring international, national and regional Blues Artists.

The Berks Arts Council is the same organization that has been presenting the acclaimed Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest since 1991, with general manager/producer John Ernesto. The Inaugural Reading Blues Fest will be hosted by Michael Cloeren – founder and producer of Pocono/Pennsylvania Blues festivals.

Keynote Speaker on Sunday, October 8, will be Bill Wax, former Program Director and Sirius XM Bluesville founder and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of The Blues Foundation based in Memphis TN.
....Find more about the Reading Blues Fest
International Conference on the Blues Oct 1-3
(Cleveland, MS) - Registration is open for the 4th annual International Conference on the Blues, which will take place on Oct. 1–3 in Cleveland, largely on the grounds of the Grammy Museum Mississippi. The featured artist is New Orleans soul/R&B vocal legend Aaron Neville, who will perform on the 3rd, and the conference will also celebrate the centennial of blues icon John Lee Hooker and the Delta fieldwork of folklorist Alan Lomax.

The conference is part of Delta State University’s International Delta Blues Project, a program run by the Delta Center For Cultural and Learning that also offers a blues studies minor and graduate certificate as projects intended to boost the region’s cultural economy.

"The mission of the Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of the Mississippi Delta's culture and history,” the Center’s director, Rolando Herts, said. “The blues was born here, and educating residents and visitors about the global significance of blues music and culture is very much a part of fulfilling Center's mission." Read entire article here...
10th Deep Blues Festival brings heavy blues, Americana and rock 'n roll to the promised land
(Clarksdale, MS) - A decade in, Clarksdale's Deep Blues Festival boasts its biggest, baddest lineup yet with heavy sounds from half a dozen Southern states — including Louisiana, North Carolina and, of course, Mississippi. The promised land.


"These are acts that can rock any house, anywhere, any time, but to see them all together at such post-apocalyptic venues as the Shack Up Inn and New Roxy makes Deep Blues Fest an unbelievable music fan experience," said festival co-organizer Robin Colonas. "Every year is different. Every year is legendary. But this one is 10 years in the making, and it shows."

The event's 10th anniversary lineup is as stunning for its diversity as it is impressive for its names: The Seratones, Nikki Hill, Lee Bains III & the Gloryfires, Robert "Lil Poochie" Watson & Hezekiah Early, The Yawpers, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Dex Romweber, Leo “Bud” Welch, RL Boyce, Jimbo Mathus, Kenny Brown, Mark Holder & MPH, Chicken Snake and more. ...Find more about the Deep Blues Festival
Elwood's BluesMobile
The Mission Continues... Pokey LaFarge
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.
Find The BluesMobile Radio Archives on Mixcloud
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Verandah Balcony Cabins Available! Book Yours on LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct 21-28
- Now Prebooking  #31 West Coast Oct. 2018

- Sept 27 Prebook #32 East Coast 2019 starting 11 am
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct. 21~28, 2017: CABINS ON SALE NOW! Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. There are still a few Verandah Balcony Cabins available. Call Reservations @ (816) 753-7979 and Book Your Cabin NOW! Visit here for complete lineup and cabin availability. 
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. Now Prebooking - $500 per cabin deposit (fully refundable) holds your spot to book once bands are announced!
#32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean Prebook launches Sept. 27th @ 11am CDT! By placing your $500 per cabin, fully-refundable prebook deposit, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made! (likely in March or April ’18). Visit reservations or call (816) 753-7979 on Sept. 27th @11am CDT.
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Video of The Week
Nick Schnebelen Band 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939), Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1907); Mighty Joe Young (1927); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival Calendar
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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
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 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
For all festival links
please go to our website
Daytona Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-08-2017
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct-13-2017 - Oct-15-2017
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival
18th Annual
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #29
Oct-21-2017 - Oct-28-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
 Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2017 - Oct-29-2017
Copenhagen, Denmark 
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We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine, affiliated with the top-ranking website, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide, with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
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