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|Rockwell Avenue Blues Band :: BACK TO CHICAGO|
|The members of the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band have each achieved successes over long parallel careers, but there was some unfinished business to attend to. Longtime bonds, which sometimes elude conscious recognition, drew them to Delmark's Riverside Studio on Chicago's North Rockwell Avenue in October of 2017. It was a joyous musical and artistic reunion. Tad Robinson, Steve Freund and Ken Saydak had all recorded for Delmark over the past decades. Now it was time to join together again, as equals who had shared a lifestyle and craft, each in his own way, each with his own voice. So they took a week away from their routines to share a brief moment, frozen in time on Back To Chicago.|
“This CD reflects exactly how we sound live,” exclaimed the band. “We have been working together in different incarnations for over 40 years and we bring several American Roots styles together that will appeal to the most discerning listener!” Part of the "last of the golden age" of Chicago blues, they say “we learned from the originators.” The album was recorded in Oct 2017 and produced by Dick Shurman. ...Find more about this artist and release
"Blues For Hard Times"
|Enjoy 3 days of blues when the Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns April 6-8|
|(St. Petersburg, FL) - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to the waterfront in St Petersburg, Florida, on April 6, 7, 8 2018. That's three great days on blues music, in the sunny, tropical setting of Vinoy Park, on the shores of Tampa Bay.|
This KBA winning blues festival has earned the reputation as one of America's best music events, with fabulous music, in a friendly downtown venue with so much to enjoy.
- Friday, April 6, dig Robert Cray, Beth Hart, John Nemeth, Chris Beard, Jonn Del Toro Richardson.
- Saturday, April 7, features Buddy Guy, Ronnie Earl, Janiva Magness, Eric Gales, and Quinn Sullivan.
- Sunday, April 8, Delbert McClinton, Sugaray Rayford, Mississippi Heat, Band of Friends "A Celebration of Rory Gallagher Feat. Davy Knowles, Gerry Mcavoy, Ted Mckenna," and Tad Robinson
On Friday and Saturday nights, following the festival, we are hosting two separate After Shows, with festival artists performing at The Ale & Witch and Ringside Cafe in downtown St Petersburg. Both clubs are a short walk away, and admission is free! ...Find more about the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
|The New England Blues Summit – 3 Days of Blues & Fun, May 18th to May 20th|
|(STURBRIDGE, MA) - May 18th is not that far away! Going into our third year, The New England Blues Summit has always strived to bring you 3 days of fun, blues music and friendship, with all the amenities. No sleeping in a tent for this one. This is not an outdoor festival. The Summit offers weekend packages that have you covered. Held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA, our Weekend Packages come in many configurations suited to all budgets that include room, food and tickets for the days you attend.|
We are very excited for this year’s event. It’s not too far away and now would be the perfect time to buy your tickets if you live close or if you want to stay for one or two nights look into our weekend packages. There’s still time to make use of our deposit options and split the cost of a weekend package into two payments and good news, we’ve extended the final payment date to April 15th so there’s plenty of time to go big!
...Find more about the New England Blues Summit
|8th Exit 56 Blues Fest May 26-27 Showcases Women In Blues & more|
(BROWNSVILLE, TN) - The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center will once again showcase the Women In Blues at the 8th annual Exit 56 Blues Fest with a full day of female performers on Sunday, May 27. The festival, presented from the porch of the last home of blues legend Sleepy John Estes, will showcase two full days of blues performances at Interstate 40 at Exit 56, is hosted by N Da Kno’s Jazzii A, an entertainment industry veteran that has toured with Bobby Rush.
“We’ve got an incredible line-up of ladies who are pioneers on the blues scene both in the delta and around the globe,” says Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark. “This showcase includes artist who have performed on the David Letterman Show and Conan O’Brien. They’ve been immortalized on the Beale Street Walk of Fame, in memorabilia cases at The Hard Rock Cafes in Memphis and Pittsburg, garnered numerous Blues Music Award nominations and shared the stage with acts like U2, Bon Jovi and Huey Lewis and the News. It’s absolutely astounding the accomplishments these blues singer/songwriters have received. We’re honored to present them at the 2018 festival.”
Here is the full 2018 Women In Blues showcase:
...Find 2-day lineup and more about Exit 56 Blues Fest
|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 viahttps://reservations.bluescruise.com 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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|Nanaimo Blues Society Springtime Blues Fundraiser this Saturday, Mar 24|
|(NANAIMO, BC) - The Nanaimo Blues Society Springtime Blues Fundraiser takes place at Beban Park auditorium on Vancouver Island, BC, Saturday, March 24, 5-11pm.|
The evening will feature alternating sets by award winning Vancouver blues guitarists Steve Kozak and Jason Buie and their bands. Tickets are $20. The 2018 Summertime Blues festival will be held August 23-26 at Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
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Mar 22-Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner (1932), Mar 23-Stick McGhee (1918), Chaka Khan (1953), Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1932); Mar 25-Aretha Franklin (1942); Mar 26-Rufus Thomas (1917); Mar 27-Leroy Carr (1905), Robert "Junior" Lockwood (1915), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Herman "Little Junior" Parker (1932), Johnny Clyde Copeland (1937); Mar 28-"Cripple" Clarence Lofton (1887); Mar 29-Sue Foley (1968), Camille Howard (1914); Mar 30-John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914), Eric Clapton (1945); Mar 31-Big Maceo Merriweather (1905), Lowell Fulson (1921), Lizzie Miles (1895)
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|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
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-14-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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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
Ventura County Blues Festival
Camarillo, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-10-2018 - May-13-2018
San Diego, California, USA
May-11-2018 - May-13-2018
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