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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
Sandra and Marshall Heiden of Charleston, South Carolina catch a photo moment with our cover artist Toronzo Cannon at the 2017 Daytona Blues Festival. The Heiden's travel to many blues festivals
(Selfie courtesy Marshall Heiden)
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|Black Cat Bone is the latest hot CD from Northern California classic-rock band, II BIG (Two Big), and their first-ever blues release. It embodies the finest in classic and original blues, and stays true to the roots.|
Produced by Indiana Slim with all-star musicians, the album creates classic, house-rockin’ boogie with a driving pulse and a live-in-the-moment vibe.
This CD was recorded with 1950’s Fender Tweed Amp tones that fire up rhythms more infectious than poison ivy and twice as hard to shake! Classic American blues as fine as an ice-cold beer on a red-hot day!
Produced and recorded by Russian River Records in Northern California, Black Cat Bone is now available on iTunes.
II BIG is available for booking. For more information and booking, contact Ken Ingalls at RiverRox Studios, P.O. Box 516, Talmage, CA, 707-367-1853, or email. ....Find more about this CD and these artists
"Bad, Bad Whiskey"
|James Armstrong :: BLUES BEEN GOOD TO ME|
|Catfood Records announces an October 20 release date for Blues Been Good to Me, the new CD from James Armstrong, which he produced with Blues Music Award-winner Johnny Rawls. This is his third album for Catfood, following Blues at the Border (2011) and Guitar Angels (2014).|
Recorded primarily at Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis, as well as at associate producer Jim Gaines’ Bessie Blue Studio in Tennessee, Blues Been Good to Me showcases the vocals and guitar of James Armstrong, backed by a hand-picked group of musicians who have played with him on numerous live shows, which made for a very comfortable fit. The band includes Matt Murdick - keyboards, vocals (who has worked with Buddy Guy, John Primer, Little Milton, and Johnny Johnson); Johnny McGhee - rhythm guitar (one of the founding members of LTD and has worked/recorded with Marvin Gaye, Natalie Cole and, George Duke); Andrew Blaze Thomas – drums (who has worked with Billy Branch, Bernard Allison, Ana Popovic and Ronnie Baker Brooks); and Darryl Wright – bass (who has worked with Mavis Staples).
...Find more about this CD and the artist
|2017 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Oct 13-15|
|(New Orleans, LA) - Grammy winners Robert Cray and Bobby Rush will top the bill of the 12th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans’ Lafayette Square Park. Admission to the general public is free. The festival begins with an evening concert on Friday, Oct. 13, and continues with two stages of music, lots of great food, and an arts market all day on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. It all takes place in New Orleans' beautiful Lafayette Square Park.|
Along with Robert Cray and Bobby Rush, Deacon John, John Mooney, Grady Champion, Samantha Fish, The Como Mamas, Robert Finley, A.J. Ghent, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, King Edward and Luther Kent are just a few of the great artists who will perform this year. For the complete schedule, please visit the website.
But for the seventh year they are offering a limited, exclusive opportunity to purchase access to our VIP guest area.
...Find more about the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
|Logan Center to host new annual Bluesfest Oct 13-15|
| Andrew Bauld|
Festival honors South Side roots of blues
(Chicago, IL) - The blues arrived in Chicago with African-Americans leaving the South for northern urban cities during the “Great Migration” of the early 20th century. In particular, the South Side became a hotspot for the style of “Chicago blues” performed by the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon in clubs just beyond the UChicago campus.
This weekend, the Logan Center for the Arts will celebrate that legacy through a new annual festival called Bluesfest. The three-day festival from Oct. 13 to 15 will feature concerts, workshops, film, food and conversations with local and national musicians and artists throughout the Logan Center.
“Since we opened our doors, the Logan Center has celebrated the rich cultural history of Chicago’s South Side, and we’re pleased to be able to continue this tradition by creating a new blues program,” said Bill Michel, executive director of the Logan Center. “Like many of our projects, this allows us to feature the work of great artists in the context of the University and the South Side.”
...Find link to entire article here
|2018 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Announces Schedule|
|(Memphis, TN) - The Blues Foundation’s (BF) International Blues Challenge has posted their 2018 schedule. We’ve included a list below. The annual International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.|
The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.
Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. ...Find links and much more about the 2018 IBC
|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Raffle tickets available at SFBS|
|The most anticipated raffle of the year is on! Enter to win a Cruise for 2 ($5,000 value) on the 30th Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise that sails from Ft. Lauderdale, February 4th, 2018. The cruise raffle drawing will be held at the South Florida Blues Society 15th Anniversary Picnic on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL). You don't have to be present to win. All the proceeds go to the SFBS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.|
Tickets are $20, with a maximum of only 500 to be sold! Simply go online to the South Florida website and click on the link on the homepage, where they gladly accepted credit cards. Raffle tickets may also be purchased by sending a check for $20 per ticket payable to: South Florida Blues Society, P.O. Box 772548, Coral Springs, FL 33077.
The cruise will travel to Tortola, San Juan, and Grand Turk aboard of the Holland America ms Koniningdam and include seven days of fantastic performances by:... Find links and more details that include artists
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|- 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: VERY LIMITED BALCONY CABINS AVAILABLE! 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!
Prebook now for #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean! 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.
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|Deep Blues Festival|
Oct-12-2017 - Oct-15-2017
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival
Oct-12-2017 - Oct-15-2017
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2017 - Oct-29-2017
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|Florida Jazz and Blues Festival|
Oct-28-2017 - Oct-29-2017
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Nov-03-2017 - Nov-04-2017
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Jackson MS, Mississippi, USA
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-23-2017 - Nov-25-2017
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-01-2017 - Dec-03-2017, Bradenton, Florida, USA
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