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| Kris Delmhorst :: THE WILD|
|“Brilliant” (Pop Matters, Boston Globe) bluesy singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst marks two decades of a life in music with the release of The Wild, on September 22. The arc of the album describes "losing the path, finding the path: losing your connection to your lover, to the muse, to your sense of self, and dead reckoning the way back," says Delmhorst. The record juxtaposes a wide open sonic template – dark washes of electric guitar and pedal steel, bright layers of acoustic guitars underlined by cello and keys against lyrics that travel from deep melancholy to the joy of inspiration and connection. Miles Davis famously said, "Music is the space between the notes. It’s not the notes you play; it’s the notes you don’t play,” and Delmhorst uses that philosophy to create an uncluttered embrace of mystery and questioning.|
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|Royal Blues Holiday Celebration Dec 16 for Prostate Cancer Awareness|
(Decatur, GA) – The 2017 Blues 4 Prostate Cancer Education Tour is making an impact in the Atlanta metro area on December 16 with the Royal Blues Holiday Celebration for Prostate Cancer Awareness at the Vista Room (2836 LaVista Rd., Decatur, GA). PCaBlue and the Atlanta Blues Society are working together to connect the dots between prostate cancer and blues music by hosting this educational concert event. The show will feature legendary blues man, Grammy Award Winning Bobby Rush and Atlanta’s very own Big Bill Morganfield. Hosted by ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV anchor, Tom Jones and WRFG Radio UK Bob, twill include both a live and silent auction. The event is a fundraiser for PCa BLUE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising prostate cancer awareness.|
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men. There are nearly 3 million prostate cancer survivors in the U.S. today and more than 161,000 men will be diagnosed this year. All men are at risk, some more than others. This is a cancer that has very few, if any, noticeable symptoms when it is in its earliest, curable stage.
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|ISC Screenshot Special Promo Dec 4-13, 2017 |
ISC 2017 is reopening entries for a special promotion called Screen Shot, running Dec 4 - 13, 2017. ISC is looking for songs that are appropriate for Film, TV, Ads, Video Games, and other licensing avenues. Ten Screen Shot finalists will have their songs made available to almost 1,000 industry contacts who are looking for music for upcoming projects. Additionally, one overall winner will get the opportunity to directly network with a group of high-profile execs who specialize in music placement. Included are: Lionsgate, Domino, Antfarm, The Sound Works, and more. Plus, all songs will be entered into the overall music competition and be eligible to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes.|
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ...Find more about the ISC
|2018 West Coast LRBC Lineup & Open Cabin Sales|
(Mexican Riviera) - It’s the return of the left Coast LRBC when #31 sails to the Sea of Cortez Oct 28-Nov 4, 2018. Open Cabin Sales start December 21st at 11am CST! Visit reservations.bluescruise.com or call (816) 753-7979 at that time. The cruise will leave from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Loreto on Holland America’s ms Eurodam.
LRBC #31 artists performing will be: Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band; Booker T. Jones Presents a Stax Revue; Los Lobos; Tab Benoit Whiskey Bayou feat. Eric Johanson, Jeff McCarty & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux; G-Love & Special Sauce, Ruthie Foster Quintet; Tommy Castro & the Painkillers; Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers; Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues; Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers; California Honeydrops; Phantom Blues Band; Theodis Ealey; Roy Gaines Tuxedo Blues Orchestra; Toronzo Cannon; Mike Zito Blues Band; Debbie Davies; Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band; Willie K & The Warehouse Blues Band; Southern Avenue; Hadden Sayers; Brother Yusef; 2018 IBC - Band Winner (TBA); Piano Bar: Mitch Woods, Rob Rio, Wendy DeWitt, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Bettye Jo Miller; Jam Hosts: Randy Oxford & Michele Lundeen. ...Find more about LRBC
|The Blues is Alive and Kicking in Buffalo, New York |
|(Buffalo, NY) - Tas Cru believes there is nothing more important for a blues performer today than sharing one’s love for the great American treasure that is the blues with the next generation! Recently the Blues Society of Western New York hosted his visit to Buffalo’s Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts for two days of workshops and performances with over 100 students participating. Students, already skilled and talented musicians, created horn and vocal arrangements for blues classics by Albert Collins, Jimmy Reed and Etta James as well some Tas Cru tunes. They then performed them and brought down the house! Sometimes school is really, really cool!|
“These kids are phenomenal,” says Tas, “they live and breathe music and know and love their blues - supported and encouraged by great teachers who want to help their kids be able to become musicians rather than just learn how to play music. Why wasn't my high school this cool?! Thank you Blues Society of Western New York for furthering my faith that the blues is alive and will be for years to come.”
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|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise|
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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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MLK Jr Blues Festival
Jan-11-2018 - Jan-13-2018
Chester, South Carolina, USA
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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
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Jan-26-2018 - Jan-27-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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Destination Blues Music Festival
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Bruthen Victoria, Australia
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