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|2017 IBC Finalists Compilation :: INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE #33 CD|
|Over the past thirty-three years, one of The Blues Foundation's key events, the International Blues Challenge, has blossomed into an industry-leading annual showcase of the best new talent the genre has to offer. What began in 1984 as a handful of acts displaying their talents today stands as the world's largest gathering of blues musicians. The IBC makes careers, forges relationships between artists and industry veterans, and unites blues fans in their love for the music.|
The 14 tracks on this CD, the result of a partnership between The Blues Foundation and Frank Roszak Promotions, were drawn from this year's Solo/Duo division and Band division finalists. First Place Band winner Dawn Tyler Watson's gospel-infused "Shine On" kicks off the compilation in powerful fashion. "Let’s Hear Some Blues," by Johnny Fink & The Intrusion, is a down-and-dirty shuffle you can't help but sing along to. Randy McQuay's "Til I Get To Memphis" features white-hot slide guitar and an impassioned vocal, while Brody Buster’s One Man Band takes blues storytelling into the future on "2029." Next up is First Place Solo/Duo winner Al Hill with "Don’t Dig Today," a deeply felt piano blues... ...Find more about this CD and artists
|Music Jam Productions Presents Florida Jazz And Blues Jam 2018|
|(Boca Raton, FL) - Come visit Florida for the January 27, 2018 Florida Jazz and Blues Jam. January is the best time of the year to visit Florida! Plus, check out this incredible artist line up!The Florida Jazz and Blues, held Saturday January 27, 2018, features the legendary Dr. John, a six-time GRAMMY® award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, the exclusive Florida appearance of The Devon Allman Project with special guests Duane Betts and former Gregg Allman and Allman Brothers keyboardist Peter Levin, the legendary Walter Trout, with his new album at the top of the Billboard charts, Louisiana bluesman Kenny Neal and venerable blues legend, Marcia Ball.|
The event will be held at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater at the West end of Glades Road (20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton FL 33498). Gates open at 2:00 PM and the live music goes until 11 PM.
...Find more about the Florida Jazz and Blues Jam
|ISC Annual Stocking Stuffer Promotion Ends Jan 3|
|In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, the International Songwriting Competition is re-opening submissions from December 18, 2017 to January 3, 2018 for its annual Stocking Stuffer promotion, and the fee is a discounted $25 per entry.|
All entries will also be automatically entered into the overall 2017 ISC competition.
There is no limit to the number of songs you may enter, and all songs entered will be eligible to win the overall ISC prizes which include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services. One overall winner will receive two free days of recording time at Dark Horse Institute.
Enter your songs today ...Find where to enter this special, limited offer
|Blind Raccoon & Nola Blue Showcase Lineup during the Jan 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis |
|(Memphis, TN) - Blind Raccoon (the music marketing firm based in Memphis) and Nola Blue (record label, artist management/consulting service and certified social media marketing provider) are delighted to announce the line-up for their showcase taking place during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. |
On January 17, 18-19, from noon to 5pm, 14 acts from NY, NJ, TX, TN, CA, DC, WA, OK and OR grace the stage of the Purple Haze Nightclub, downtown Memphis. The showcase artists are a smorgasbord of roots and blues talent playing the gamut of styles from blues/rock to acoustic blues with Americana, folk, soul, R&B in the mix for good measure. Four of the acts are participating in the 2018 IBC – Likho Duo (Long Island Blues Society), Kathy & The Kilowatts (Austin Blues Society), Patty Reese & Dave Chappell (DC Blues Society) and Joyride (Blues Society of Tulsa). Five of the artists’ albums have been submitted by their society for 2018 Best Self-Produced CD – Likho Duo, Antry, Kathy & The Kilowatts, Patty Reese and Stacy Jones Band.
Sixty-year blues music veteran, Benny Turner, will be at the showcase on Wednesday and Friday...
...Find schedule and more about this showcase
|21st Doheny Blues Festival May 19-20, 2018 New Location|
(Dana Point, CA) – The 2018 Doheny Blues Festival, entering its 21st year, will occur on May 19 & 20, 2018. After 20 successful years of bringing the world’s finest Blues musicians to Orange County, we are also excited to announce our new venue, Dana Point’s Sea Terrace Park (Pacific Coast Highway & Niguel Road, Dana Point, CA 92629). The award-winning festival will be re-imagined at its new seaside home, with more intimate stage areas, elevated food and beverage offerings, and involvement from many local businesses in the Dana Point community. The line-up of performers is taking shape now, and Early Bird Tickets are on sale now here. |
In November, the Doheny Blues Festival was notified by the State of California Parks Department that it would have to find a new venue, despite a 20-year track record of producing its world-class festival, which draws fans from around the world. In 2017 alone, fans traveled to the Dana Point festival from 43 states and 12 countries. ...Find more about the new location and tickets
|Goodbye to a Living Fossil of The Blues|
|By Roger Stolle|
There's blues "the genre," and there's blues "the culture." Both can be fabulous, but each comes from a different place. With the latter, the music is simply the voice of a people, the voice of a time and place. In the early hours of November 29th, one of those voices was silenced. RIP.
Born in 1937 Mississippi, Robert "Bilbo" Walker grew up much like Charley Patton or Robert Johnson. Pretty darn close to it, anyway. The family lived in a tin top shack in the flat, alluvial plain we call the blues Delta. No electricity or running water. (And don't even think about phones, TV or internet.) An outhouse. Cotton fields, sharecropping and segregation. That was the world shared by those early generations of bluesmen. You had to make your own way. Or not.
Field work and family responsibilities meant that Robert received very little formal education and couldn't read or write. But that never — not for one minute — stopped him from pursuing his dreams.
...Read this heartfelt and humorous story
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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. Open cabin sales began today December 21st via BluesCruise.com or call 816.753.7979.|
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
Sunshine Music Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
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
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more!
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