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|Here's one of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux's Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians at the 2017 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival.|
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|The release date for the eighth Billy Thompson CD titled BT, is January 12, 2018. The title, simply stated BT, brings all of Billy Thompson’s musical influences to bear, with this latest offering of original material.|
BT boasts familiar sonic shapes thrown in by long-time musical luminaries such as Mike Finnigan (whose credits include Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt), James "Hutch" Hutchinson (whose credits include Bonnie Raitt, Neville Brothers), Grammy winning producer, drummer Tony Braunagel (whose credits include Robert Cray, Taj Mahal), current BB King's Nola All Star band mate Daryl Johnson (whose credits include Neville Brothers, Rolling Stones). It also includes West Coast band mates, James East (whose credits include Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie), Michael Leroy Peed (whose credits include Joe Williams, Nathan East) and Danny Campbell (whose credits include Leo Nocintelli, Randy Newman), in addition, the East Coast band mates, Eric Selby (Soul Stew Records, Ron Holloway), Gene Monroe (King Soul), Michelle Lucas (Bobby Bare), Xantiny Grant, DK Kelly round out the formidable cast of players, along with bassist, bankster of love, Rob Cowart, who mixed, mastered and co-produced the project.
...Find more about this artist and release
"Burn It Down, Bernadette"
|2018 Blues Music Awards Nominees|
|(Memphis, TN) – The Blues Foundation is announced the nominees for the 39th Blues Music Awards. Congratulations to all musicians, producers, engineers, and record labels for making such stellar music this past year!|
This event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.
The BMA Ballot will be sent to all Blues Foundation members on January 23, 2018. Voting closes on March 1, 2018. Purchase BMA tickets and reserve your hotel room so you can be there in person to witness the historic events. Join the Blues Foundation and you can receive a BMA ballot and vote for your favorites.
The nominees for the 39th Blues Music Awards are: ...Find here
|5th Narrows Winter Blues Festival Jan 12-13|
|(Fall River, MA) - The fifth annual Narrows Center for the Arts Winter Blues Festival will be held Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Narrows Center for the Arts, (16 Anawan), Fall River, Massachusetts. Doors open at 5 pm, showtime 6pm. Tickets: $35 advance; $37 day of show; $62 Friday and Saturday Package.|
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, Jan. 12
6:00-6:45 Black Cadillac, 7:05 -8:05 Delta Generators
8:25-9:40 Scott Sherrard, 10:00 -11:30 Carolyn Wonderland
Saturday, Jan 13
6 - 6:45 Lois Greco, 7:05 - 8:05 Neal McCathy
8:25 - 9:40 Damon Fowler, 10 - 11:30 Anthony Gomes
...Find out more about the Narrows Winter Blues Festival
|Painted Axe Exhibit at JAX Airport |
(Jacksonville, FL) - As part of the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission ongoing efforts to showcase local artists, Painted Axe just opened a three-month exhibit at the JAX Airport that extends through March 2018.|
Located on the Connector Bridge between ticketing and the TSA security checkpoint, display cases feature newly custom painted guitars geared toward a wide variety of interests. All guitars are for sale with a portion of the proceeds returning to the JIA Arts Commission for future artistic efforts.
"This is a very unique and challenging opportunity," said Michael Gauf, owner artisan for Painted Axe. "Over 480,000 passengers come and go through JAX Airport monthly. Not all are from Jacksonville or, for that matter, Florida residents. As a result, artistic themes had to be somewhat universal, but still provocative enough to prompt a passerby to stop or slow down and review."Painted Axe specializes in custom painted guitars for special events, festivals, musicians and fundraising efforts. ...Find more about the guitars
|Over 200 Acts Registered for 2018 IBC|
|(Memphis, TN) - The list of approximately 232 currently registered acts for the Blues Foundation’s (BF) 34th International Blues Challenge is impressive. To see the names of these competing band, solo/duo, and youth act entrants, go to the official IBC registrants page and click on the individual societies. Acts will showcase and compete from Jan 16-Jan 20. You can find the schedule on the BF website under “programs” International Blues Challenge.|
The general admission International Blues Challenge Pass starts at $100 and includes:Tues Night International Showcases; Weds - Fri Beale Street Competition VenuesYouth Showcases - Friday on Beale Street; All daytime seminars and workshopsIBC Orpheum Finals on Saturday, January 20, 2018Also available: Keeping The Blues Alive Ceremony and Brunch on Friday, January 19 at 11am; Doubletree Hotel - $50; IBC Finals Premium Seating - $25; Request to Hold Passes at Will Call.
...Find the entire list of registered acts
|Antioch blues concert to drum up $10K in music education grants|
|Rowena Coetsee/East Bay Times|
Antioch’s Delta Blues Festival will hold its only concert this year on March 3 at El Campanil Theatre. The event will raise $10K in grants for music education.
(Antioch, CA) — Money doesn’t fall from trees, but sometimes it’s there for the asking.
For the first time in its history, the Antioch nonprofit Delta Blues Festival is offering $10,000 to further local students’ musical education.
To apply for the grant, schools and other organizations must complete the grant form at Delta Blues festival.net. The deadline is Feb. 14; a check will be presented to the successful applicant(s) at the March  concert.
Delta Blues Festival also will award two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to study music in college.
East County teens still have time to apply for the funds by going to the Delta Blues Festival scholarship link. The deadline is also Feb. 14.
...Find links and more about these opportunities
|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. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List 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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|MS Valley Blues Society Music Trivia Night Jan 14|
|(Davenport, MS) - The Mississippi Valley Blues Society and River Music Experience are teaming up to host a music themed trivia night on Sunday, January 14th in the Redstone Room. Teams of 4-8 people can test their musical knowledge over 10 different categories and compete for prizes such as tickets to Redstone Room concerts and more.|
Participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks. Drinks will be available at a cash bar. There will be raffles for great prizes from local businesses.
Participants can register online or by visiting the RME box office by 5pm on 1/12/18, online ticket sales will cease then. Remaining tickets will be available at the door the day of the event. Price is $10 per person. Doors: 2pm / Start: 3pm. The opening act is Avey/Grouws Band from 2:30-3:30pm.
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|Birthdays upcoming of note: |
Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924). Katie Webster (1936), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941); Jan 14-Allen Toussaint (1938), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15-Earl Hooker (1929), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16-Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932), Robert Wilkins (1896); Jan 17- Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936)
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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
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Jan-27-2018, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 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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