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|Carolyn Gaines :: BEWARE OF MY DOG|
|Carolyn Gaines debut album, Beware Of My Dog on Polka Dot Records, has revealed her to be an important new blues singer after Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Lee Hooker, Big Jay McNeely, Grady Gaines Junior, Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones! The 1950's blues and rock n' roll is back!|
Beware Of My Dog, blues author, blues teacher, Dr. Gaines, shows that Carolyn Gaines is both a student of the blues and a singer who does not copy her predecessors. Title track, “Beware Of My Dog,” has a connection to Big Mama Thornton’s and Elvis Presley's “Hound Dog” and a 1950s blues vibe. Gaines’ voice sounds unlike anyone else. Legendary saxman Big Jay McNeely features his distorted tone, and it fits the song quite well. The lowdown, one-chord blues, “I’m Your Cat, Baby” has Carolyn Gaines displaying a menacing voice that is a similar to 1961 “Back Door Man” Howlin’ Wolf with its growls and rasps.
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"Beware Of My Dog"
|The Blues Rule at Gator By The Bay|
| By Wendy Lemlin|
(SAN DIEGO CA) - Gator By The Bay has done it again! Although the 4 day music, food and culture festival began 18 years ago primarily as a showcase for Louisiana-style zydeco and Cajun music, the recently announced 2018 schedule has proven that Gator By The Bay’s Blues game is going to be super strong again this year. With over 25 Blues artists in the lineup of 100+ acts, the festival, running May 10-13 2018, is sure to be the great bluesy time we have come to expect.
To start with, the inimitable Southwest Louisiana-based slide guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth will headline the kick-off concert on Thursday evening, May 10. Known as “The King of Slydeco” for the zydeco influences in his unique guitar stylings, the noted slideman started out in The Red Hot Louisiana Band of zydeco king Clifton Chenier. His unorthodox guitar style comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements on the fretboard. ...Find more about Gator By The Bay
|Big LLou's 6th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam in Memphis May 9th|
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Six years and counting! It's Big LLou's 6th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute & Juke Joynt Jam, "The Blues After Party with a Purpose,” a not-to-be-missed, star-studded Blues experience! Join us as Blues Music Award nominees and more, pay tribute to the musicians inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Celebrate with "Blues Legends" and network with industry insiders.
Fundraising efforts will benefit The Blues Hall of Fame’s Generation Blues Charity, King Biscuit Blues Festival, and The GoldenVoice Audio Foundation. The Tribute Jam will be held Wed, May 9th, at 8PM at The Warehouse (36 GE Patterson Ave.) Memphis, TN 38103. Tickets are $20 – $150.
This year's theme is "Juke Blues and a Cadillac! In addition to paying tribute to the 2018 inductees The Aces, “Georgia Tom Dorsey,” Sam Lay, Mamie Smith, and Roebuck “Pops” Staples, we will be honoring the lives of Denise LaSalle and Eddie Shaw.
Doors open at 7pm for Early Bird Tickets and 7:30pm General Admission. Showtime is 8pm. ...Find more about Big LLou's Hall of Fame Tribute Jam
|April 6-8 enjoy the Tampa Bay Blues Festival on the Florida Waterfront this weekend|
(St. Petersburg, FL) - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns this weekend 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
|April 5-8 Redwood Coast Music Festival feat. 7 Venues, 50 Bands, Two Nights of Blues|
|(EUREKA, CA) - The Annual Redwood Coast Music Festival will be held on April 5-8, 2018 in Eureka, CA: four days, 50 bands, seven venues, 100+ sets of live music. Major Headliners In 7 Venues include blues, swing, zydeco, rockabilly, and country. Blues lovers are in for a real treat on Friday and Saturday nights at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium from 4:30 – 11pm (Doors open at 4pm).|
- Friday, April 6 Blues Show: Mark Hummel's Golden State Lonestar Revue with Rusty Zinn; The Andy T Band with Alabama Mike; and Anson Funderburgh, Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band, and Gator Nation.
- Saturday night, April 7 Blues Show: Roomful of Blues, and Terry Hanck.
The evening will be dedicated to the rich music heritage of Old Town Eureka made possible by the contributions of promoter Deborah Lazio. Deborah was the long-time proprietor of Eureka's legendary Old Town Bar & Grill and also booked acts for RCMF's Blues by the Bay.
...Find more about the Redwood Coast Music Festival
|May 26-May 27 it's the 29th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival|
|(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
|Blues Fundraiser April 21 for Alzheimer's Society in UK|
|(WORKINGTON, UK) - FEEL The Blues is set to return to West Cumbria this month at the Royal British Legion in Workington, on Saturday April 21, with several leading live acts joining the line-up. Born Healer, Thirteen Stars, Keri Farish, Roz Sluman, Redfish and Slagbank with an additional event in Maryport the next day.|
The event will raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and Maryport Inshore Rescue, and also raise awareness of how music helps those who are affected by Alzheimer's. Doors open at 2:30pm, and tickets are £10 and available from the venue or from Maryport Navy Club. All profits will be donated to charity.
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|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! LRBC #32 will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out… so be sure to sign on early to the Wait List, which launches April 17th at 11am CDT! To receive an email with this reminder and info, sign on to the LRBC email list or simply visit the website at that time.
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|Teen excels in music and science|
|(HAVERVILLE, MA) - In 2017 Veronica Lewis, age 14, won the Granite State Blues Society's Youth Musician Award for her boogie-woogie style of piano playing. She went on to represent New Hampshire at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, showcasing her musical ability and vocals. |
On Mar 25th, Lewis, who is a freshman at Georgetown Middle High School in Haverville, Mass, received the first place “Challenge Category Award" at the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention with the theme “Invention to the Rescue”— which are inventions that rescue or save something in peril. Her invention the NOMAD: Navigational Ocean Mammal Assistance Drone herds and guides whales and sea mammal pods like dolphins to safer areas of the ocean when stranded. She also won the "Inventor’s Choice Award" which is voted on by her peers at the event and the Medical Award. Congrats all the way around to this talented teen.
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| Redwood Coast Music Festival|
Apr-05-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
St. Petersburg, Florida, 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
Red, White and Blues
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
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| 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
Big Llou's Juke Joynt Hall of Fame
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-10-2018 - May-13-2018
San Diego, California, USA
May-11-2018 - May-13-2018
Pinetop Boogie And Crawfish Boil
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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