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|Mark Nomad :: LIVE FROM SOMEWHERE|
|Live From Somewhere, on Blue Star records, is Mark Nomad’s tenth album and his first without any of his own original songs.|
Recorded completely live with just an acoustic guitar, voice and harmonica, Live From Somewhere is Nomad’s homage to the Delta bluesmen who first inspired him and contains vintage classics he’s been performing ever since.
Featuring songs by Muddy Waters, Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and other masters, Live From Somewhere also features a unique version of “Last Time,” an old Rolling Stones song, bringing it back full circle to the blues that first propelled them.
Known for his incendiary electric work with his band, Nomad is equally at home in a solo acoustic setting. There is nothing more plaintive than a lonesome slide on an acoustic guitar, a lone voice and a wailing harmonica.
Here’s what others say about Live From Somewhere:
“Moody and magnificent…” Blues Music Magazine (USA)
“This album is good, start to finish…” Blues Matters (UK)
“Good vocals and resonator work…” Blues Blast (USA)
Available from CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon...
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|29th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, Sat May 26-Sun May 27, 2018|
|(SIMI VALLEY, CA) — Dave Mason, Eddie Money, Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Chambers Brothers, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band and this year’s GRAMMY winner Lost Bayou Ramblers, highlight the 29th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. Southern California’s biggest Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, and Roots Music Festival features two stages of music, dozens of food booths, craft vendors and a daily Mardi Gras Parade.|
The 29th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will once again fill your Memorial Day weekend with two days of great music and great fun.
Taking place Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27 at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park (5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, California), this popular festival features two stages delivering non-stop performances showcasing an array of acclaimed Cajun, Blues and other roots-based music acts.
Single Day tickets are $30 for adults (ages 13 and over) per day, and $45 for a 2-day pass; children 12 and younger are free. Special Early Bird single day tickets can be purchased online for $22 through April 15.
...Find more about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival
|Tampa Bay Blues Festival Returns to St Petersburg, Florida Waterfront, April 6-8 2018 |
|(St. Petersburg, FL) - When the Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns April 6-8, enjoy three great days of 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. On 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
|Memphis Rent Party… come together|
|"An emotional map of musical Memphis. If you don't know these characters, let Robert Gordon introduce you." - Elvis Costello|
"Robert Gordon's book is proof that Southern heritage is American heritage, and all sorts of people - black and white, familiar and strange, dead and alive - are what it is." - Greil Marcus
The fabled city of Memphis has been essential to American music-home of the blues, the birthplace of rock and roll, a soul music capital. We know the greatest hits, but celebrated author Robert Gordon takes us to the people and places history has yet to record. A Memphis native, he whiles away time in a crumbling duplex with blues legend Furry Lewis, stays up late with barrelhouse piano player Mose Vinson, and sips homemade whiskey at Junior Kimbrough's churning house parties. A passionate listener, he hears modern times deep in the grooves of old records by Lead Belly and Robert Johnson. ...Find more about Memphis Rent Party
|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 the website 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!
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
|Central Virginia Blues Society Hosts acoustic Jam at Winery April 1st|
|(FREE UNION, VA) - The Central Virginia Blues Society will host an acoustic JAM live at Glass House Winery (5898 Free Union Rd, Free Union, VA). Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2-5pm. Picnics are welcome.|
Glass House Winery wines and chocolates, packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, etc., are available for purchase in the Tasting Room. The Tasting Room is open 12 to 5:30 p. m., and the event is rain or shine...inside the glass house conservatory. No Cover, regular tasting fees apply. (No outside alcohol is permitted).
(POMEROY, OH) - The Meigs County Commissioners approved an amount of $950 for the Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society (PB&JS), which will cover the cost of porta johns for the summer events on the parking lot. The PB&JS sponsors a variety of music events during the year, including the Big Bend Blues Bash and Rhythm of the River, a free concert series held on the levy.
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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); April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897), Alberta Hunter (1895), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927); April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939); April 4 Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield (1913); April 5 Larry McCray (1960); April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918) Warren Haynes (1960)
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|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
Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
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| Red, White and Blues|
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival
Apr-27-2018 - Apr-28-2018
Abilene, Texas, 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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