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|Your friends here at the Blues Festival Guide want to express how thankful we are that we're joined together with you in this universal family of blues. The blues binds us into a union that moves our passions and helps make our souls soar. We want to wish you and yours a bounty of peace, joy, true friendships and of course, music that moves you.|
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|Albert Castiglia :: UP ALL NIGHT|
|Up All Night. It's an apt title for Albert Castiglia's seventh album: nobody sleeps when this man is in town. After 27 years of house-rocking studio albums and smack-in-the-mouth live shows, the Florida bandleader is the acknowledged master of red-raw, sweat-and-hair blues that gives it to you straight. Now, the visceral riffs and bruised soul of Up All Night make everything else sound like a lullaby. "I'd describe the musical vibe of this new album," says Castiglia simply, "as heavy."|
Released October 6, 2017 on Ruf Records, Up All Night finds Castiglia in a creative swagger after last year's acclaimed Big Dog. What wasn't broke then hasn't been fixed now, with the bluesman once again recording at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, and capturing a warts-and-all mix alongside producer Mike Zito. "I figured since the Big Dog session went so well there, why change studios?" he reasons. "I'll probably record there for the rest of my life."
...Find more about this CD and artist
"Hoodoo On Me"
|The Deep South Festival in Port Noarlunga Nov 24-26|
|(Onkaparinga, South Australia) - 40 Artists In 10 Venues Over 3 Days! In its 6th year, the now newly located and branded “Port Noarlunga Deep South Blues Festival” is happening over 3 massive days and nights from November 24 to 26 over 10 venues. The whole township of Port Noalunga (a suburb of Onkaparinga), will be transformed into a “boutique style” festival showcasing the very best of local and national artists in the Blues and Roots on offer and presented as a smorgasbord of themed venues and varied performances types. will be experienced by all.|
Plus there’s a Blues Open Mic Jam. Calling all solo, duos and bands who can jam and play blues to come to the free open mic session at the Port Noarlunga Football Club (Britain Drive) on Saturday November 25 and Sunday November 26 from 4pm to 6.30pm as part of the Port Noarlunga Deep South Blues Festival program community event.
...Find more about the Deep South Fest and signing up for the jam
|7th Annual River Basin Blues Blast on Saturday, Nov 25|
|(Evansville, IN) - The River Basin Blues Society presents the 7th Annual River Basin Blues Blast on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Lamasco Bar & Grill (1331 W. Franklin Street in Evansville, Indiana) from 2 pm- close. Artists include Eliza Neals & The Narcotics, The Cold Stares, Honey Roy, Blues 4 U, and Copper Kettle.|
Opening the Blast will be Copper Kettle, an acoustic roots and blues group featuring Dale Niehaus (vocals, guitar), Gary Jines (harp), and Austin LeClaire (percussion). Also featured with the band for the Blast will be Jon Hyneman on bass. Blues 4 U will bring the long-standing tradition of great blues to the stage of Lamasco. This group is the only band to perform at all 27 years of the WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival. ...Find more about the River Basin Blues Blast
|Walking through Memphis soul-filled music landmarks |
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(Memphis, TN) - The South Memphis community that radiates from the hub of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is known as “Soulsville” or, more specifically, “Soulsville USA,” as if to suggest that the neighborhood is the national and thus world capital of that manifestation of vocal and instrumental artistry, emotional expressiveness and racial identity and pride that in the 1960s came to be known as soul music.
But, of course, the circumstances, environments and interests that inspired and continue to inspire the creation of soul-filled and soul-satisfying Memphis music were never confined to a few square blocks. The city, in fact, is chockablock with traces of its soul, blues and rhythm-and-blues heritage, and with the evidences of an active community of creators who look to the future while never losing sight of the achievements of the past.
There’s the birth house of “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy, on Beale Street.
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~ Magic City Blues Ball Dec 9
|(Birmingham, AL) - Magic City Blues Society Blues Ball will be Saturday Dec 9th at the Workplay Theater (500 23rd St S, Birmingham, Alabama). Albert Castiglia performing and the show is open to all. Doors open 7pm and showtime is 8pm-11:30pm. Tickets $20.|
(Silver Spring, MD) - Dec 31st, the DC Blues Society New Year's Party will be held at the American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring. Doors open at 6:30pm and the party goes from 7:30pm-12:30am. Featuring music by I Witness Blues. The evening includes a traditional southern-style dinner, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and cash bar.
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River Basin Blues Blast
Evansville, Indiana, USA
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Dec-01-2017 - Dec-03-2017, Bradenton, Florida, USA
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Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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Chester, South Carolina, USA
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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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Boca Raton, Florida, USA
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Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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