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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 1, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 9

Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Here's guitarist, singer, songwriter Daniel Castro after his show at the Torch Club in Sacramento.
 Photo: Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw
*NOTE! Each year our annual edition ships to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. Snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 15th annual Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
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CD & DVD Releases
Johnny Nicholas & Friends :: TOO MANY BAD HABITS
Heralded Austin-based blues/roots musician and songwriter Johnny Nicholas’ reissue of his long out-of-print 1977 album, Too Many Bad Habits, also features a special bonus disc of previously unreleased performances. The two-disc set has been completely remastered and includes the liner notes from the original Blind Pig LP release in 1977. A new set of liner notes written by acclaimed author/music critic Ed Ward will also accompany the CDs and vinyl. Featured artists on the original sessions included blues legends Big Walter Horton on harmonica and vocals, Johnny Shines on guitar and vocals and Boogie Woogie Red on piano and vocals, as well as Ray Benson and other luminaries of the original Asleep at the Wheel lineup.

“This album was initially released on the fledgling Blind Pig label in 1977 and was cut from their catalogue in 1978 shortly after I joined Asleep at the Wheel and stopped touring under my own name,” remembers Johnny Nicholas. “I requested the original masters back from the label numerous times over the years and finally got possession of all multi track tapes, masters, art work and photos in January of 2016. 
...Find more about this artists and release
Listen"Too Many Bad Habits"
News Flash... 
Mitch Woods Nominated For 2 Blues Music Awards 
(MEMPHIS, TN)- Mitch Woods garners two 2018 Blues Awards nominations: Acoustic Album for Friends Along The Way and Instrumentalist - Pinetop Perkins Piano Player. On May 10, performers, industry representatives and fans from around the world will arrive in Memphis, the home of the blues, to celebrate the best in blues recording and performance from the previous year. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. The Blues Foundation will reveal the winners on May 10, 2018 at the Blues Music Awards held in Memphis, TN at the Cook Convention Center.

Released in late September, Friends Along The Way features many special guests that Woods has gotten to know over the course of his 40-year career. Along with Van Morrison and Taj Mahal, who perform with him on three tracks, the album also features Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Joe Louis Walker, Maria Muldaur, Cyril Neville, Marcia Ball, John Hammond, Kenny Neal, and earlier recordings with James Cotton and John Lee Hooker.
...Find more about Mitch Woods, his CD and his tour 
4th Suncoast Blues Festival returns to Sarasota Fairgrounds Saturday Mar 3
(SARASOTA, FL) - The Suncoast Blues Festival kicks off at 10am Saturday, March 3 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota). A lineup of artists with numerous Blues Music Award nominations and other genre credentials to their names comes to Sarasota this weekend for Suncoast Blues Festival. This year is a single-day event, though RV and tent camping will be available.

Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter, who just received a combined seven Blues Music Awards nominations, heads the bill along with Grammy-nominated guitarist Lurrie Bell and former Sub Pop-signed singer Thornetta Davis. They’ll be joined by E.G. Kight, replacing Doug MacLeod due to emergency eye surgery, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones and James Armstrong.
Here’s more about the musicians performing at this year’s event.
...Find more about the Suncoast Blues Festival
Civil Rights Music Commemoration March 16 at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi
(CLEVELAND, MS) - The Recording Academy celebrates the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through the music of this historic movement.

On Friday, March 16 in the Sanders Soundstage GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi and Recording Academy™ Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, and Florida Chapters commemorate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the days leading up to the 50th anniversary since his tragic passing and the music that powered the civil rights movement with a special evening of stories and performances by GRAMMY®-winning and nominated artists.

Performances will range from folk to funk, from Southern gospel to deep soul, featuring GRAMMY winners William Bell, Bobby Rush, and Betty Wright, and GRAMMY nominee PJ Morton, backed by an all-star band of legendary studio musicians from the golden age of Stax Records. The multi-media event will feature never-before-screened interviews from the GRAMMY Living Histories archive featuring such icons of American music, culture, and politics as Al Bell, B.B. King, Coretta Scott King, and more.
...Find more about the artists and event 
Redwood Coast Music Festival April 5-8 features plenty of blues
(EUREKA, CA) - Situated along the spectacular Northern California coastline, the City of Eureka is one of California’s best kept secrets. Bordered on one side by beautiful Humboldt Bay and on the other by mountains lush with giant redwoods. One of the most beautiful tourist locations on the West Coast - where the redwoods meet the ocean. There’s dance floors in every venue plus Blues, Hot Jazz, Swing, Zydeco, Rockabilly, Country - we've got it all.
Thursday night April 5th kickoff features with Stompy Jones with Chris Binnings 7pm – 10pm at the Adorni Center (this is a $10 separate ticket). Two sets by one of the best dance band on the West Coast. The Redwood Coast Music Festival 2018 blues artists performing Friday and Saturday April 6th-7th include Roomful of Blues The 50 Year Anniversary Tour, Mark Hummel's Golden State Lonestar Revue with Rusty Zinn, Anson Funderburgh with The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike, Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band, Terry Hanck Band, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Bishop Mayfield & Friends with Dave Storie, Gator Nation, and Gino & The Lone Gunmen. Admission is 18 years & older for blues shows.
...Find more about the Redwood Coast Music Festival Blues acts & schedule
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is sold out! Join Waitlist...
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb. 2019 bands announced soon!
The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns! 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 or call (816) 753-7979.
#32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean bands announced soon! LRBC #32 will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. Open Cabin Sales or Wait List will be announced in April. To receive an email with this info, sign on to the LRBC email list and stay tuned! 

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Blues Society News
Crossroads Blues Society $500 Scholarship Application Due by 3pm, April 6 for Regional High School students
(ROCKFORD, IL) — Crossroads Blues Society Karen Howard Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior going to college or music school to study music. Apply by 3 pm April 6.

The $500 scholarship commemorates the work of Karen Howard, who spent more than three decades bringing live music to Rockford through Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts.

The scholarship for post-secondary study recognizes an outstanding high school student who has been actively involved in music and is going on to study music after high school. Applicants must be graduating from a high school in Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson, Boone or Dekalb counties.
Apply by 3 pm April 6: 779-537-4006. 

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Video of The Week
Mitch Woods, Van Morrison, Taj Mahal
"Take This Hammer" 
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
 Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948);
Mar 3-John Primer (1945); Mar 4-Bobby Womack (1944);  Mar 5-J.B. Lenoir (1929), Peg Leg Howell (1888), Tommy Tucker (1933 ); Mar 6-Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893), Walter Trout (1951); Mar 9-Georgia White (1903), Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10-Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938), Ronnie Earl (1953)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival Calendar
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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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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! 
Mar-10-2018, Hartford
Connecticut, USA
Blues at the Library
Mar-23-2018 - Mar-25-2018
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
 Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
 Redwood Coast Music Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Springing the Blues
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA 
27th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-12-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
  Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tribute Show
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
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-10-2018 - May-13-2018
San Diego, California, USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-11-2018 - May-13-2018
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
New England Blues Summit
May-18-2018 - May-20-2018
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA
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