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Blues Festival Guide
April 12, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 15

thru April 26
thru April 12
April 5-May 10
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
Blues Society News
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Share Photo Moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's the Bullit Whiskey girls at the 2017 Doheny Blues Festival. There's no shortage of all 'round fun at this event!
Photo: Jeff Beeler
*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.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now our  now! The Big Blues Bender is official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine! ...
CD & DVD Releases
Elias.T.Hoth gives us a new blood offering with his 11th original musical invention O Rhesus Negative. This latest album brings us a deeper insight into this hard ass mean kickin, blood spittin rocker. This new album, O Rhesus Negative, is named after is a very rare and unusual blood type (a bit like the man himself), whether or not this new album will make you anemic, or is more likely to make you see red, can only be decided from the listening.
However, the new album does bring us a fresh musical infusion of re-oxygenated lyrical hemoglobin, and it’s fair to say we now appeared to have stabilized the patient with the completion of a new and highly successful O Rhesus Negative album transfusion.

The album brings us no less than 4 rock, 2 blues and 5 very intimate personal ballads. Firstly, diehard fans will not be disappointed as the heavier sound tracks, which will certainly raise blood pressures deliver some bristling brand new visceral, classic hothic rock 'n’ roll anthems, possibly some of the most impressive to date.  ...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Belzoni County Catfish Blues"
News Flash... 
George Thorogood & Buddy Guy to Headline Doheny Blues Festival – May 19 & 20
(DANA POINT, CA) - Dana Point's Doheny Blues Festival returns May 19 & 20 to its new venue at Sea Terrace Park. This year's legendary lineup will be led by legendary blues rocker George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Chicago Blues icon Buddy Guy, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon & The Animals, Grammy-winning blues jam-band Blues Traveler, vocal powerhouse Beth Hart, among many others.

The 21st Annual festival will be reimagined at its new home, with more intimate stage areas, elevated food and beverage offerings, spacious VIP & GOLD amenities, shade structures, street parking, luxury shuttles that will run to locations throughout town, trolleys from Laguna Beach, free bike valet, consistent festival guidelines, and lots of extras! Plus, beach chairs are still welcome!

So check out the daily lineups and grab your Single Day or Weekend Passes today! 

SATURDAY, MAY 19• George Thorogood & The Destroyers• Blues Traveler• Jimmie Vaughan• Anders Osborne• Eric Gales.
..Find schedule and more about Doheny Blues Festival
Hill Country Harmonica, May 17-21, adds Magic Dick to Line-Up
(WATERFORD, MS) – Midwest Harmonica Workshop's organizer Sean O'Phelan is teaming up with Hill Country Harmonica Founder, YouTube Harmonica Instruction King Adam Gussow, and the backbone for the previous events in 2010-2012, Jeff Silverman, to bring you the greatest harmonica intensive weekend of the entire year. The weekend of May 17-21 will bring over 100 harmonica players from all edges of the world to the Foxfire Ranch (1465 Old Oxford Rd, Waterford, MS). 

Headlining this event with instruction and performances are Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band, Adam Gussow and the “Blues Doctors”, East Coast legend Charlie Sayles with Tony Fazio, Jimi Lee, Todd Parrott and our local favorites Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry and his daughter Shy Perry of Mississippi. There will be special guests and surprises along the way. HCH is supported and sponsored by the best companies in the business and will be a weekend to remember. 

What is Hill Country Harmonica (HCH)?HCH 2018 is a 4-day and 4-night harmonica instructional intensive weekend.
...Find more about Hill Country Harmonica Festival
Robert Cray to Headline the Russian River Blues Festival - June 10
(Guerneville, CA) - Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2018 and has announced three incredible music festivals throughout the summer – including new dates for the annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival!

The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 9 with the Johnson’s Beach Feel-Good Beach Party, led by multi-platinum artist the Goo Goo Dolls, chart-topping performer Shaggy, Bay Area favorites The California Honeydrops, and local artists Royal Jelly Jive, David Luning and Kingsborough!

The celebration continues on Sunday, June 10 with the Russian River Blues Festival, powered by blues legend Robert Cray and his band. Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five GRAMMY wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. Also appearing at the Blues Festival on June 10 will be Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon & The Animals, blues legend Taj Mahal Trio, the Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio, Chris Cain, and newcomer Kara Grainger. ...Find more about the Russian River Blues Festival
The 1950's Blues & Rock n' Roll Is Back! Carolyn Gaines Debut Album Beware Of My Dog
By Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist/Historian
We must ask Big Mama Thornton, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Boy Fuller, David Jr. Kimbrough, Big Jay McNeely, Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, Grady Gaines Jr.: how did blues vocalist Carolyn Gaines produce a straight, re-framed Blues-Rock n’ Roll CD called Beware Of My Dog on Polka Dot Records.

On Beware Of My Dog, Ms. Gaines has revealed herself to be an important new blues singer. 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. Big Jay McNeely’s features his distorted tone and 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 Howlin’ Wolf’s 1961 “Back Door Man,” with its growls and rasps.
...Find more about Carolyn Gaines and her debut 
Blues Foundation News
Little Steven joins Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame inductees and Blues Music Awards winners
The sounds, and the stars, of the blues rule Memphis when Blues Music Week kicks off on May 8
(MEMPHIS, TN) — There has never been a Blues Music Week quite like one that will be happening this May, and it all starts and ends with Little Steven Van Zandt. Back in January, Little Steven served as a finals judge for the International Blues Challenge, and came away so impressed with The Blues Foundation’s work to preserve blues heritage and celebrate blues recording and performance that he offered to return as the host of the Blues Music Awards in order to help bring even greater awareness to the significance of this music form. He will launch Blues Music Week with a special Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul show at Memphis’ Minglewood Hall on Tuesday, May 8. Then, on Thursday, May 10, he’ll emcee the biggest awards show in Blues at the Cook Convention Center, where he will be joined on stage by such big-name award presenters as Steve Miller, Joe Louis Walker, Janiva Magness, Tito Jackson, Candi Staton, and Tony Joe White.
...Find more about the Blues Foundation's doings
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is sold out! Join Waitlist!
#32 Eastern Caribbean Feb. 2019 Wait List launches April 17th @ 11am CDT!
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! Join Wait List starting April 17!
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.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
- Connecticut Blues Band Challenge starting this weekend
- North Central Florida Blues Society Electric Jam
(HARTFORD, CT) - Sunday, April 15, kicks off the first round of the 23rd Annual Connecticut Blues Society Blues Band Challenge. The Preliminary Rounds are being held at Black-eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum St, Hartford, CT) on Sunday afternoons. Doors open at 2pm and the first band hits the stage at 3pm. Finals will be held on June 23 at the Black-eyed and Blues Festival in Hartford’s Bushnell Park.
(GAINSEVILLE, FL) - Each month the North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS) hosts an electric blues jam in Gainesville, now at Eagles Landing (Eagles Landing (7118 W. University Ave - Gainesville, FL). There is no smoking inside the venue. Signups start at 6pm and sets are 30 minutes long and run from 7pm-10:30pm. Backline and PA are provided by the host band, so we ask that you be respectful when using their equipment. If you play guitar or bass you will need to bring your own instrument (amps are provided). The next one is April 15. Contact NCFBS or the venue for dates. 

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Video of The Week
"I'm Too Strong For You" (Official Music Video)
Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
 April 12-"Hound Dog" Taylor (1915); April 15-Tommy Castro (1955),
Bessie Smith (1894); April 16-Sean Costello (1979); April 18-Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924), “Little Ed” Williams (1955), Alexis Korner (1928); April 21-Clara Ward (1924); April 22-Charles Mingus (1922), George "Harmonica" Smith (1924), Bullmoose Jackson (1919)
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 Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-12-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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
 Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival
Apr-27-2018 - Apr-28-2018
Abilene, Texas, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
13th Annual
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
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-11-2018 - May-13-2018
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
Pinetop Boogie And Crawfish Boil
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
New England Blues Summit
May-18-2018 - May-20-2018
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA
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