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|Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers ::|
THE EASTWEST SESSIONS
|Like many first-class leaders Mindi Abair (pronounced with a long A plus Bear) knows how to surround herself with greatness. She has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and such dynamic stage presence. After eight successful solo albums, the two-time GRAMMY nominated saxophonist, singer, songwriter teamed up with powerhouse Detroit band The Boneshakers, led by guitarist Randy Jacobs and released the critically acclaimed debut Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers LIVE in Seattle in September of 2015.|
After 2 ½ years of non-stop touring with the five-piece band that includes vocalist Sweet Pea Atkinson, drummer Third Richardson, keyboardist Rodney Lee and Derek Frank on bass, she called on the talents of renowned blues-rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith) to guide them into the studio for their first studio recording.
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"Had To Learn The Hard Way"
|Savoy Brown :: WITCHY FEELIN'|
|Veteran British Blues band Savoy Brown's Witchy Feelin' on Ruf Records proves the Devil still has all the best tunes. Witchy Feelin' promptly shot to #1 on Billboard Magazine's Blues chart and #1 on iTunes Blues “Top Albums.”|
From the thrillingly brittle guitar riff that opens “Why Did You Hoodoo Me,” we are in the hands of a master, with founding member Kim Simmonds reigniting the seismic vocals and searing fretwork that established Savoy Brown’s linchpins of the '60s British blues boom. "On this album, I tried my best to get my voice in its power zone," he explains. "I'm a baritone singer. I like listening to singers I can relate to, such as J.J. Cale, Mark Knopfler, Tony Joe White and Tom Rush. For my guitar playing, I still get inspiration from Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and all the Chicago players I grew up listening to back in '63... but I always listen to new music too."
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"Why Did You Hoodoo Me"
|Free concert downtown Gainesville to celebrate Black History Month on Feb 11th|
|Gabriella Paul, Avenue Writer|
(GAINESVILLE, FL) - …Sunday from 2pm to around 6pm, Black History Month will be celebrated for the first time on Bo Diddley Community Plaza with various black musicians performing, Ballard, the events coordinator for the City of Gainesville Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, said.
“Black musicians over the many years have contributed just really to every major genre of popular music,” Ballard said. “There’s a little something for everybody.”
The free concert will feature world-renowned trumpeter Longineu Parsons and award-winning songwriter Billy Buchanan with his Rock 'n Soul Revue coming together under the stage name Dr. Neu & Blujafunk, according to a press release.
The name comes from the collaboration of genres between the two bands, performing everything from blues to jazz to funk.The concert, presented by the City of Gainesville, is free to the public and funded in part by Culture Builds Florida. ...Read entire article here
|Vanderbilt students help preserve Jefferson Street’s musical history|
(NASHVILLE, TN) -Vanderbilt University students and Vanderbilt faculty are helping preserve an important part of Nashville’s musical history.Jefferson Street, once a vibrant corridor of live music venues and recording studios, launched the careers of many iconic blues, R&B, jazz and soul artists. From the 1940s through the 1960s, Ray Charles, Little Richard, B.B. King and many other rising stars could be heard there nightly.
“I listened to this music as a young man, without realizing what it was, and it was a shock to me to realize that a great deal of it got made right here,” says Rogers Hall, co-director of Vanderbilt’s Space, Learning & Mobility Lab (SLaM) at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.
To help preserve and honor the area’s rich cultural and musical heritage, students in the SLaM Lab have partnered with Lorenzo Washington, founder of the Jefferson Street Sound recording studio.
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|2018 Juke Joint Festival wristbands on pre-sale now|
(CLARKSDALE, MS) — Saturday, April 14, 2018, is Juke Joint Festival's main event, y'all! The world-famous nighttime blues crawl includes juke joints, blues clubs and other classic venues filled with the most amazing music you can imagine. Pre-sale wristbands are limited. See “wristband” details on the Juke Joint Festival website and buy now. Saturday night’s JJF wristband event features some 30 acts at 20+ venues in Bluestown, USA.
Clarksdale's nonprofit Juke Joint Festival is Saturday, April 14th with Related Events running Thursday through Sunday. Over 100 blues acts will perform. (Schedule to be announce later this month on the Juke Joint Festival site. It's half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta!
Saturday's free day events include a dozen daytime music stages, racing pigs, monkeys riding dogs, children's activities and more. Then, at night, the official wristband action begins at 7pm and carries on through 1am at participating venues! Details online. ...Find all the links you need and more
|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise|
|- #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is Soldout! Join Waitlist now!|
- Prebook now for #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. 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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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
|Boise Blues Society's Fat Tuesday ...then Boise Blues Kids|
|(BOISE, ID) - The Boise Blues Society's Fat Tuesday Party will be Tuesday, February 13. This annual fundraiser for the non-profit organization helps BBS continue to presents its highly successful Blues In The Schools program and to offer Music Scholarships to student musicians around the Treasure Valley.(BOISE, ID) - The Boise Blues Society's Fat Tuesday Party will be Tuesday, February 13. This annual fundraiser for the non-profit organization helps BBS continue to presents its highly successful Blues In The Schools program and to offer Music Scholarships to student musicians around the Treasure Valley.Music from Mojo Boogie, Billy Blues Band and Blues Addicts will start at 6:30pm in the Sapphire Room of the Riverside Hotel. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.com – $15 in advance, $20 at the door.|
Boise Blues Kids, former Boise Blues Society Music Scholarship Winners, are putting on a show February 17 at Ironwood Social (5467 N Glenwood St. 5467 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID) to raise funds for future Scholarships and for the Blues in the Schools program. Don't miss hearing these talented young musicians: Zack Quintana; Thomas Wilson; Noble Holt; Kevin Littrell; Casey Shelden and friends are performing live. It's a fun-raiser!
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Birthdays upcoming of note:
Feb 8-Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889), Floyd Dixon (1929), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928); Feb 9-Johnny Heartsman (1937); Feb 10-Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932); Feb 11-Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942); Feb 12-Pink Anderson (1900); Feb 14-"Magic Sam" Maghett (1937), Maceo Parker (1943); Feb 15-James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901); Feb 16- Bill Doggett (1916, Super Chikan February 16, 1951; Feb 17-Lou Ann Barton (1954), Noble Watts (1926-2004); Feb 18-Irma Thomas (1941); Feb 19-Earl Bell (1914), Sam Myers (1936), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937), Sam Myers (1936)
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Mahindra Blues Festival
Feb-10-2018 - Feb-11-2018
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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
Suncoast Blues Festival
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-09-2018 - Mar-10-2018
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more!
Blues at the Library
Mar-23-2018 - Mar-25-2018
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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| Tampa Bay Blues Festival|
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
27th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-12-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-14-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
14th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Red,White and Blues
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
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