|2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual has arrived!|
|The 2018 issue of the Blues Festival Guide has been released! Inside the 108 pages you’ll find information to fill your festival calendar, as well as engaging editorial content to keep you updated on today’s blues scene. Pick up a copy for free from your local blues society or ORDER a copy to be shipped straight to your house!|
Irene Johnson/Editor/Blues Festival Guide
Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
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|Laurie Morvan (More-Van) delivers a double dose of fun on her new album, Gravity, as she shines on stellar guitar work and soaring vocals. For her sixth full-length album, Morvan partners with acclaimed drummer/producer Tony Braunagel and his team of A-list players at Ultratone Studios to record 12 fresh tracks of commercial blues rock and soul. Originally scheduled to be recorded back in 2014, the project was delayed when Laurie suffered a wrist fracture that required two surgeries over the next couple of years. Releasing this album is especially meaningful for Laurie, and the whole band is energized to be sharing this exciting new music with fans.|
The album opens appropriately with bass drum thump and Stratocaster boogie, on the hard driving “My Moderation,” demonstrating the alliance between the drummer and the lead vocalist/guitarist, which sets the tone for all to come. Morvan’s voice draws comparisons to Christine McVie as her throaty alto leads the charge on the edgy “Twice The Trouble,” and the persuasive blues “Stay With Me,” while her stinging guitar leads are braced by hot Hammond B3 from ace Mike Finnigan.
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"Gotta Dig Deep"
|Mud Morganfield :: THEY CALL ME MUD|
|They Call Me Mud on Severn Records, is the newest CD from singer Mud Morganfield, son of legendary blues icon, Muddy Waters. Produced by Mud Morganfield and Rick Kreher (who also plays guitar on the CD), They Call Me Mud was recorded at Joyride Studios in in Mud’s Chicago hometown. Mud penned 10 of the album’s 12 songs, with two others coming from his illustrious father’s catalog, “Howling Wolf” and “Can’t Get No Grinding.”|
A stellar cast of Chicago area musicians adds some authentic, downhome blues touches to the recording, including Billy Flynn on guitar, Studebaker John on harmonica and backing vocals, Sumito Ariyo Ariyoshi on piano, E.G. McDaniel on bass and Melvin “Pookie Stix” Carlisle on drums. Special guests include Billy Branch on harmonica, Mike Wheeler on guitar and Mud’s daughter Lashunda Williams, who joins her dad on a loving duet, “Who Loves You,” where Mud gets to stretch out on some of his R&B grooves. There’s also a horn section featured on several tunes, and Mud, himself, plays bass on three tracks. ...Find more about this artist and release
|Sonny Landreth, Shana Morrison, and Thursday Night Magic at Gator By the Bay|
|by Wendy Lemlin|
(SAN DIEGO, CA) - Because there’s no such thing as too much outstanding music, San Diego music festival Gator By the Bay added a Thursday night kick-off concert to its schedule a few years back. The Thursday concerts became an instant success, featuring internationally known artists, enjoyed in a more intimate, laid back atmosphere. On May 10, the tradition continues when Gator By the Bay proudly presents world-renowned, Louisiana-based slide guitarist, Sonny Landreth as the evening’s headliner. Taking the slot before Sonny will be Shana Morrison and Caledonia and opening the eclectic evening will be the gypsy jazz group, Zzmzzy Quartet.
The twice Grammy-nominated and multiple Blues Music Awards winner Sonny Landreth released his first live album in 12 years last June. Live in Lafayette, is a 90+ minute two-disc production recorded during three separate performances in Landreth’s home area of Lafayette, LA. One disc encompasses a wholly acoustic set, the other wholly electric. Of the album that won him his second Grammy nomination...
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|Mike Zito Embarks on “First Class Life” Tour May 11|
|(ST. LOUIS, MO) - Acclaimed guitarist-vocalist Mike Zito kicks off his Summer-long "First Class Life" Tour (in support of his new Ruf Records album of the same name), in his longtime hometown of St. Louis, with a Record Release Concert at Atomic Cowboy Pavillion, 4140 Manchester Ave., Friday, May 11. Showtime: 8pm Tickets: $17. Info: (314) 775-0775 or visit the club website. Performing with Zito is The Jeremiah Johnson Band.|
Both Zito - who resided in St. Louis for 32 years - and Johnson, who produced Zito's new album, are from the city famously known as the Gateway To The West. "A double shot of St. Louis musical heritage," is how Ruf Records' founder, Thomas Ruf, refers to this unique double-billing of Zito and Johnson. For complete Mike Zito "First Class Life" Tour Itinerary, please see below.There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose fifteenth album First Class Life will be released May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking-yet-poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition: Zito is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee. ...Find out about Mike Zito's tour and more
|12th Annual Clarksdale Caravan Music Festival May 12-13|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) – The Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest is held each year in May after the Blues Music Awards. This year the 12th Annual is May 12-13 and features 3 days of free live music outside Cat Head and the Rock & Blues Museum.|
- Saturday May 12, 2018
11 am - RL Superbad
11:45 am - Lucious Spiller
12:45 pm - Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
Rock & Blues Museum
1:30 pm - LaLa Craig
2:30 pm - Watermelon Slim
3:30 pm - Theo “Boogieman” D. & Iceman
- Sunday May 13, 2018
11 am - Terry Harmonica Bean
Rock & Blues Museum
12:30 pm - Little Joe Ayers,
1:30 pm - Mississippi Marshal Hopper
2:30 pm - Ghalia & Mama’s Boy
...Find out more about the Clarksdale Caravan Music Festival & more
|Robert Cray, Eric Burdon & Taj Mahal to Headline Russian River Blues Festival – June 10! |
|(GUERNEVILLE , CA) - Johnson's Beach in Guerneville and its surrounding property is turning 100 in 2018 and has announced three incredible music festivals and events all summer long!|
The Russian River Blues Festival is moving back to June! Get ready for an incredible day of blues music on Sunday, June 10 featuring…
• Five-time Grammy-winner Robert Cray
• Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon & The Animals
• Blues legend Taj Mahal Trio
• The Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio
• Guitarist Chris Cain
• Aussie soul-slingin' newcomer Kara Grainger
Stay the entire weekend and kick off the celebrations on Saturday, June 9 for the Johnson's Beach Feel-Good Beach Party, led by multi-platinum artists the Goo Goo Dolls and Shaggy, Bay Area favorites The California Honeydrops, and local artists Royal Jelly Jive, David Luning and Kingsborough!
Two great festivals – one incredible weekend! Enjoy two stages of alternating music, wine tasting, shopping, tasty food, dancing and all your friends – jam packed into one incredible weekend!
Single Day and Weekend Passes are available – upgrade to the Party Pass
...Find more about the Russian River Blues Festival
|18th Annual Jus` Blues Music Awards Conference Week Jul 31-Aug 4|
|(TUNICA, MS) - The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation, Inc. will be hosting their 18th annual summer event, the 2018 Jus` Blues Music Awards Conference (JBMAC), July 31st through August 4th at the Horseshoe Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. |
Tuesday July 31st will kick-off day one of the JBMAC with a Delta Blues Educational Tour where we will visit the birthplace of B.B. King and the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. The tour will also include a Lunch & Blues Jam at the legendary Club Ebony.
Wednesday, August 1st will be the President's VIP Reception to welcome the JBMA 2018 Class of Living Legend Honorees and early registration attendees.
The evening of Thursday, August 2nd is the exciting “Jus’ Blues Music Awards Night of the Living Legends.” This spectacular formal banquet style event features great performances and entertainment tributes celebrating the achievements of national and internationally accomplished musicians, artists and industry professionals who have made an indelible mark in the history of Blues and Soul music. ...Find more about the Jus' Blues Music Awards week
|Doheny Blues Festival Reveals 2018 Site Map!|
|(DANA POINT, CA) - Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival rocks into town May 19 & 20 at its new venue at Sea Terrace Park! The new 2018 Site Map is finally here, so now you can start planning your weekend schedule! Navigate your way around Sea Terrace Park and find out how to get from stage to stage – whether you fancy spending time sipping craft beers at the BackPorch or watching headliners on the Dana Point Stage, Doheny Blues has something for everyone!|
The Parking & Rideshare map is also here! Take advantage of all the free street parking around Sea Terrace Park, use a Rideshare option which will drop you on the corner of the festival, or maybe ride a bike... there are many options! The pedestrian entrance is on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road, but remember - there is NO parking allowed in the Salt Creek Beach parking lot.
Luxury shuttles will also run to many locations throughout the City of Dana Point, including the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Doubletree Suites / Campground, Dana Hills High School and Strands Beach. Plus, trolleys from Laguna Beach will drop off at the Main Entrance! ...Find more about Doheny
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|- The West Coast Returns! #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is Sold Out! Join Waitlist!|
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb. 2019 is Sold Out!
Join Wait List!
LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 2018
will sail 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 website reservations
or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
LRBC #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean 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… Join the Wait List via the website or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
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Birthdays upcoming of note:
May 10- Larry Williams (1935), Greg Piccolo (1951); May 11-Kansas Joe McCoy (1905), King Oliver (1885); May 12-Barbara Dane (1927), Guy Davis (1952); May 13-Stevie Wonder (1950), May 14-Grady Gaines (1934); May 15-L.C. "Good Rockin" Robinson (1915); May 16-Cleveland Chenier (1921)
May 17-Tiny Powell (1922), Taj Mahal (1942); May 18-Little Son Joe Lawlars (1900), Big Joe Turner (1911); May 19 Jimmy Thackery May 19, 1953;
May 20-Joe Cocker (1944), Jaybird Coleman (1920)
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|Gator By The Bay|
May-10-2018 - May-13-2018
San Diego, California, USA
May-11-2018 - May-13-2018
and Crawfish Boil
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Hill Country Harmonica Festival
May-17-2018 - May-20-2018
Waterford , Mississippi, USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-19-2018 - May-20-2018
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-19-2018 - May-20-2018
Dana Point, California, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
May-19-2018 - May-20-2018
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Silver City Blues Festival
May-25-2018 - May-27-2018
Silver City , New Mexico, USA
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| Duvelblues 2018|
Simi Valley Cajun &
Blues Music Festival
May-26-2018 - May-27-2018
Simi Valley, California, USA
Smokin' in Steele
BBQ & Blues Fest
Jun-01-2018 - Jun-02-2018
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Blues on the Fox
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Monroe, Wisconsin, USA
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Jun-22-2018 - Jun-24-2018
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
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