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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
Here are members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy after their energetic set at the 2017 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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|Scottie Miller :: STAY ABOVE WATER|
|On his latest effort, Stay Above Water, respected pianist and Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame inductee Scottie Miller continues to mix celebratory, uptempo numbers with introspective, inspiring lyrics. The touring keyboardist for three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster (who lends vocals to the track "Keep This Good Thing Going"), Scottie is a multi-instrumentalist who takes influences ranging from New Orleans R&B to blues and touches of gospel to create fresh, lively tunes that are as intelligent as they are danceable. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Stay Above Water features smart lyrics, fat grooves, and delivery that's full of heart and soul.|
"Minneapolis City Paper writes of the album, "[Miller's] signature style warps far to the south of his home tundra ... his muscular vocals boast grit and firewater."
B.J. Huchtemann/Columnist, The Reader, Omaha, NE
2015 Recipient, Keeping The Blues Alive for Journalism
....Find more about this CD and artist
"Burned All My Bridges"
|The Nighthawks :: ALL YOU GOTTA DO|
|Legendary blues and roots band (and Blues Music Award winners) The Nighthawks latest CD is All You Gotta Do. The band is also enjoying critical acclaim for Michael Streissguth’s award-winning documentary film about their history, The Nighthawks – On the Blue Highway, which is now available on DVD from the group’s website, as well as Amazon.|
Eclectic? All over the map? The material on All You Gotta Do, The Nighthawks’ latest release, can certainly be described in these terms. Yet, throughout the nearly five decades of its career, the band has sourced songs from everywhere and anywhere. The prototype recording, Rock and Roll, although it had no originals, established this template in 1974. Three years later, Sidepocket Shot, showed the band capable of nearly all original material and spanning an even wider range of genres, this time in an array of production styles a la the Beatles' Revolver. ...Find more about this CD and these artists
"When I Go Away"
|Florida Historical Society Celebrates Florida's history and culture with Oct 21st festival|
|By Dr. Ben Brotemarkle/Florida Today|
(Cocoa, FL) - The second annual Florida Frontiers Festival will be held from 11am to 5pm Saturday on the grounds of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, 2201 Michigan Ave., in Cocoa [Florida].
The event will feature Florida music, demonstrations including Highwayman artist R.L. Lewis, vendors, food, a beer garden, and a children’s area with a “bouncy house” and games. Admission includes entrance to the museum, featuring permanent exhibits from the Ice Age to the Space Age, and the touring exhibition “Florida Before Statehood.”
Advance tickets available at the Florida Frontiers Festival website are $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. VIP packages are $75, with amenities including complimentary food, beer, and wine in an air-conditioned setting, and reserved seating in front of the stage.
The Willie Green Blues Band is headlining this year’s event. Green earned the 2017 Florida Heritage Award. He has performed with blues legends including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray.
...Find more about the Florida Frontiers Festival
|Music Maker Shares Video Documenting Partnership With Telluride Blues & Brews Fest|
|By Scott Bernstein /Jambase|
Last month, organizers of the Telluride Brews & Blues Festival invited Music Maker Relief Foundation partner artists Robert Finley and Alabama Slim to play the long-running event. The Music Maker Relief Foundation has just unveiled a video documenting the blues performers’ visit to Telluride Brews & Blues as well as the partnership with festival organizers.
Music Maker is a 501c3 non-profit which was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. When one of the festival’s organizers, Steve Gumble from SBG Productions, met Music Makers’ Tim Duffy, the pair bonded over a shared appreciation of the musical traditions of America’s South and of the Foundation’s mission. Gumble and Duffy first teamed in 2015 to bring artists from the Music Maker roster to Telluride. ...Find link to entire article here
|Angelo State University Students receive Blues Society Scholarships|
|(San Angelo, TX) - Ten Angelo State University students received a total of $13,500 in scholarship awards from the San Angelo Blues Society at a special awards ceremony Oct. 15 at the House of FiFi DuBois in downtown San Angelo [Texas].|
Scholarship Winners (L-R): Dalton Anderson, Brandon Batten, Sara Baxter, Will DeForest, Rebekah Arana Cook, Riley Jarabek, Luis Peña, Logan Lucas and Joseph Torres. (Not pictured: Mykel Martin)
The scholarships have been awarded in increasing amounts since 2008 to ASU students who are active in Blues Society activities and events, have above-average GPAs, are on track toward graduation and are recommended by a faculty member. There is also the expectation the students will continue to be active with the Blues Society and stay committed to their musicality. Funding for the scholarships is donated by local sponsors, and this year's awards are for the 2017-18 academic year.
...Find more about the San Angelo Blues Society's scholarship program
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|Reno Blues Society Halloween Monster Mash Veteran’s Benefit Oct 28|
|(Reno, NV) - The Reno Blues Society’s (RBS) annual veteran's fundraiser has always been a “M*A*S*H Bash. This year the RBS benefit will be held earlier as a Halloween Monster Mash October 28 at the Reno Cal-Neva 3rd floor Event Room 6:30pm-11pm. Proceeds go to the Veteran's Guest House and Adopt-a-Vet Dental.|
Along with music by Joker's Wild, Blue Haven and 9below0, there will be costume contests, a food drive for Food Bank Northern Nevada, and a raffle.
Tickets are just $12 in advance or for RBS members and $17 at the door. Advance tickets are on sale at Recycled Records, Melting Pot, Hippies and The Bead Store in Carson City the RBS website using PayPal or from a board member. ...Find more here
|Wichita Blues Society Blues Ball & LRBC Raffle|
|The Wichita Blues Society’s annual Blues Ball is a celebration of the blues and has been shakin’ the rafters at The Cotillion for two decades. We often book artists who have never played Wichita to headline the event. At our 20th Annual Blues Ball on November 4, we are excited to introduce Alligator Records artist Jarekus Singleton to a new audience of blues fans with our blues challenge winner Connie Hawkins and the Blueswreckers opening the show. Something extra special will also happen that night. It is the night we draw the name of one lucky person who wins a cabin for two on the sold out Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #30 in February 2018, plus $1,000 cash for travel expenses. Raffle tickets are still available online at our website – but time is running out! Proceeds from the raffle support our Blues in the Schools program. |
...Find about this event and where to purchase your raffle tix
|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise|
|- Prebook #31 West Coast Oct. 2018|
- Prebook #32 East Coast 2019
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 Pre-booking - $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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|Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival|
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2017 - Oct-29-2017
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
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|Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert|
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 4
Nov-10-2017 - Nov-12-2017
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, 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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